Spring 2018: Events in Hastings County

To submit your community, arts or non-profit event, free of charge, for print and online publication, please fill in our online form (at the bottom of this page) or email us your listing. DEADLINES to submit events as follows:
FEBRUARY 26 – for early April thru mid June
MAY 6 – for Mid June thru mid September
AUGUST 5 – for mid September thru early December
OCTOBER 28 – for early December thru early April


Art Galleries/Exhibitions

ART GALLERY OF BANCROFT, 10 Flint Avenue, Bancroft, 613-332-1542 agb@nexicom.netwww.artgallerybancroft.ca. Art openings the first Friday of the month 7:30pm.

  • APR 4 – 28: Fred Gottschalk – “Bee-cause and Effect”
  • MAY 2 - 26: Martha Eleen – Exhibition of Paintings
  • MAY 30 – JUNE 30: Eric Weiner – “Still Life is....still life.”


BELLEVILLE ART ASSOCIATON, 392 Front St., Belleville, Ontario10am to 4pm, Tues - Sat. 613-968-8632 info@bellevilleart.ca www.bellevilleart.ca.

  • APR 14 – PAINTING PARTY - Spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon painting A beautiful landscape design. 1 – 3 pm. Open to both members and non-members All supplies provided. Party leader is Janice Edwards. $25.00
  • APR 16 – PAINTING PARTY - Spend a couple of hours painting. 1 – 3 pm. Open to both members and non-members All supplies provided. Party leader is Sheila Romard. $25.00


A PLACE FOR THE ARTS Artist run collective and The Partista espresso bar, under one roof. A warm, welcoming space to meet and be inspired, 23 Bridge St W. Bancroft www.aplaceforthearts.com.


APR 21 - CREATIVE SPLASH, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Connect with other people while playing and making art! Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, this fun afternoon is for adults who want to explore their creativity in a non-judgemental inclusive space.

Join us every Thursday night at 6pm for a documentary at a Place for the Arts! "Grounded" is an independent feature film about what many authorities consider "The Greatest Health RE-discovery of all Time". New research has started to confirm the unexpected, that the surface of the Earth has healing power, like a gigantic treatment table. The concept was tested on the people of Haines, Alaska, population 1,700.

APR 27 - JOHN FOREMAN's 7-11 OPEN-MIC CAFE - 7pm-11pm - All strummers and drummers, pluckers and bowers, clappers, singers and penny whistle blowers are welcome to sign up.  Performers play 3 songs –and more later if time allows. Last Friday of each month.

Join us for ART SMART on the last Sunday of each month! Play with new art forms and learn from our talented and diverse artist members! Explore new genres, try something new… revisit an old hobby. Bring a friend, or come alone. Whatever you do, don't miss out on the chance to dip your toe into your creative depths! For more information, and to register, call Magdalene 613-332-7085. 


STIRLING LIBRARY ART GALLERY, 43 Front St, Stirling, 613-395-2837

APR 11 – JUN 2: DIFFERENT STROKES 2018 - An exhibition and sale featuring the artistic expressions of The Group of Eleven: a collective of artists working in mixed media, oil, watercolour, acrylics, pen & ink and encaustic. 


WILDEWOOD GALLERY, 33012 Hwy 62N, Maynooth, 613-338-3134

APR 14 – JUN 22: Ren Lonechild. Maynooth Indigenous artist, new original works. APR 14 1pm - 3 pm meet the artist.

JUN 2 – JUN 22: George Raab, prints from 1979 to present. JUN 2 1pm – 3pm meet the artist.


Theatre/Live Entertainment


BANCROFT VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE 5 Hastings St SBancroft 613-322-4682 www.boxofficebancroft.comwww.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca


APR 7 - RED DIRT SKINNERS - Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years, the sublime genre-defying sound of the Red Dirt Skinners is created by husband and wife team, Rob and Sarah Skinner. Tickets $20.00 613 332-8014


MAY 11 – MUDMEN – CANADA’S CELTIC ROCK WARRIORS. 8 pm. Doors open 7pm 613 332-8014


BELLEVILLE THEATRE GUILD Pinnacle Theatre, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville 613-967-1442 or www.bellevilletheatreguild.ca.


APR 5 – APR 21 - “THE CURIOUS SAVAGE” by John Patrick & directed by Kathryn Dalmer.  A wealthy widow's greedy stepchildren set their sights on her fortune. 2pm & 8pmAdults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10.


MAY 31 – JUNE 17 - “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” by Irving Berlin, directed by Moira Nikander-Forrester. History's famous sharpshooter finds fame and romance in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. 2pm & 8pmAdults $25, Seniors $22, Students $10.


STIRLING FESTIVAL THEATRE, West Front St., Stirling 613-395-2100 1-877-312-1162 www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


March 9 – 17 - ToboR the RoboT, a SFT YOUNG COMPANY March Break Show By Kieren MacMillan and Jeremy Hutton. ToboR the RoboT is what happens when “Pinocchio” meets “The Jetsons”. ToboR, a hapless but loveable domestic robot, just wants to be a real boy. With the help of his trusty robot friends Rusty and Axle, his human friend Sophie, and a cast of colourful characters, ToboR might just get his wish… that is, unless the evil Frequencia Hertz has something to say about it. Tickets $14


TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE, The Tweed Pavillion (Memorial Park) 416-476-1092 Tim Porter, Artistic Director tim@tweedandcompany.com

MAY 12– JAMES KING & THE MIDNIGHT HOURS. A combination of live music, vocal athletics, and theatricality, James King has been sweeping the Toronto Music scene. The Midnight Hours are a five piece classic rock trip served up with retro style. Tweed Pavilion. 8 pm. General Admission $15.00





MAR - APR – TREATS ON THE BLACK RIVER High water on the Black River signals the beginning of Whitewater Kayaking and great treats for sale at the river’s edge in Queensborough each weekend. Watch the fun and support the Queensborough Community Centre. For more information, call Lud and Elaine Kapusta 613-473-1458.


MAR 24 – 5th QUINTEWEST ANNUAL SEEDY SATURDAY, which includes a raffle ticket, seed swap table, workshops and a kids corner. Vendors will be offering seeds, plants, wares and gardening paraphernalia. – 10am – 3pm. Admission $2. Prince Charles Public School, Trenton.


APR 4 - “IT’S NOT THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW” Featuring: Host, Comedian Tim Boyle & The Spring Fashion Show. 6:30 - 9:30 pm, 122 North St. Stirling (Train Station) All Proceeds to the Stirling Rotary Station Park Project Limited Seating Call 613-395-2929


APR 6 - 8 – MACKfest - Note: Tentative Date dependant on high water conditions. Marmora’s kayak festival & Queensborough’s Treats on the Black River collaborate for a fantastic kayaking weekend! Info Lud & Elaine Kapusta 613 473-1458 or www.mackfest.ca


APR 6 – 5th ANNUAL VON TRIVIA CHALLENGE – Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Cres, Trenton. $30/person. 6pm – 10pm. Cash bar, 50-50 raffle, silent auction. To register Paula Mason 613-392-4181 x 5316/paula.mason@von.ca.


APR 15 – AN AFTERNOON WITH JS - St. Thomas' Choral Academy, Duo Pergulæ, the Odin String Quartet (Toronto) and an ad hoc professional vocal ensemble (Montreal) will give a concert featuring Bach's Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords transcribed for organ duet, the Sanctus in D minor, the Cantata No. 4 (Christ Lag in Todesbanden), as well as two works written by the music directors to celebrate St. Thomas' Church's bicentennial. St. Thomas' Anglican Church, 201 Church Street, Belleville. 4:30pm. Reception to follow. Admission by donation.


APR 23 - QUINTE FIELD NATURALIST FUNDRAISING EVENT - Join us for a delicious meal followed by a presentation from, Peri McQuay, nature writer and passionate environmentalist. – 7 pm at St Mark’s United Church, 237 Cannifton Rd N, Cannifton, 613-477-3066 for tickets, $28/person.


APR 25 – HAM SUPPER at St. Andrew’s United Church, 812 Bosley Road, Queensborough Betty Sexsmith 613-473-2188


APR 27 & APR 28 – 4th ANNUAL STIRLING-RAWDON HOME & LIFESTYLE EXPO Thinking of updating your home or just want to see what's available in and around the community? Hours: Apr 27 5:30pm – 8pm & Apr 28 9am – 4pm, Stirling Arena, 435 W Front St, Stirling. Admission $2.50. www.stirling-rawdon.com


MAY 4 - 6 – BELLEVILLE’S 6TH ANNUAL JANE’S WALK This global event held the first weekend of May honours urban activist Jane Jacobs. Lace up your walking shoes and bring your bike. Organized tours. Each walk (or ride) approx 1-1.5 hours. www.janeswalk.org/Canada/Belleville


MAY 5 - BANCROFT TURTLE FESTIVAL Bancroft Fish & Game Club 27602 Hwy 62 S, Bancroft. 10am – 3pm. Kelly Wallace at thinkturtle@yahoo.com


MAY 5 & 6 - STIRLING AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET, Stirling Fairgrounds Two big days loaded with antique cars, parts and automobilia. 7am to 5pmAdmission $5. Children under 12 free. Info Roxanne 613-395-1583 or 613-921-6936 treasurer@stirlingfair.com


MAY 6 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Queensborough Community Centre, 1853 Queensborough Rd. 8am – Noon. Ann Brooks, 613-473-4550, Queensborough Community Centre FB page.


MAY 6 THE MOTHER OF ALL CRAFT SHOWS - This indoor/outdoor event features artists, artisans, live music and a licensed bar. Items donated by artisans raffled off with proceeds benefiting Fixed Fur Life. Admission $2, kids free. Rain or shine 10am - 4pm. Henry’s Place & Signal Brewing Company, 79 River Road, Corbyville. www.motherofallcraftshows.com


MAY 17 – QUINTE TWEED MASTER GARDENERS PLANT SALE 8am - 12pm, Parkdale Community Center, Belleville.

May 19- "Introduction to GEDmatch" by Blaine Bettinger: a digital presentation hosted by The Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society. The DNA website GEDmatch can be intimidating, so this lecture will start at the beginning and look at some basic tools that genealogists can utilize in their research. Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome. www.quinte.ogs.on.ca and facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

MAY 26 or JUN 9 – ADVENTURES IN LALA LAND - Daylong guided bus tour of Central Lennox and Addington County. Cost $70, which includes lunch. Organized by Hastings County Historical Society. Tickets & info Mary-Lynne Morgan 613-961-7091 or www.hastingshistory.ca.


MAY 26 - RETURN OF THE BLACK FLY SHUFFLE - New owners of Queensborough’s historic Orange Hall are inviting the community to a return of our traditional springtime Black Fly Shuffle Dance. Elaine Kapusta, 613-473-1458, Queensborough Community Centre FB page.


MAY 27 - 5TH ANNUAL ROTARY LILAC RIDE - charity cycling event supporting PEC’s “Reaching For Rainbows”, reachingforrainbows.com. All routes start & finish in Picton at the Prince Edward Community Centre Rotary Hall. Refreshments will be available at route check points and a Post Ride BBQ will be provided. Info and registration www.pictonrotary.com.


MAY 28 – JUN 2 - 1st ANNUAL TURTLE WALK - This is the Strawberry Moon and considered to be the most active times for turtle nesting in Ontario. Part of the Turtle Walk is to raise money for the Turtle Trauma and Tunnel Campaign. www.turtleguardians.com



Clubs, Lectures, Meetings


HOW WE CAN HELP TURTLES - This presentation will cover the perils turtles face on and off the road, what we can do to effectively help turtles, and resources available to do so.

MAR 21 - 6pm - 7pm – Bancroft Public Library, 14 Flint Ave, Bancroft

MAR 29 - 6pm – 7pm – Carlow/Mayo Library, 124 Fort Stewart Rd, RR 4, Bancroft

MAR 31 – 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Hastings Highlands Library, 33011 Hwy 62N, Maynooth


TURTLEY SPEAKING - An hour of interesting & fun facts for kids about the eight species of Turtles that live in Ontario.

APR 7 – 11am – 12noon - Carlow/Mayo Library, 124 Fort Stewart Rd, RR 4, Bancroft

APR 11 – 6pm – 7pm - Bancroft Public Library, 14 Flint Ave, Bancroft

APR 21 - 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Hastings Highlands Library, 33011 Hwy 62N, Maynooth


HASTINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 100 College St W, Belleville, 7:30pm Lectures are free. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Enjoy refreshments, conversation and displays following lectures. Ample parking. www.hastingshistory.ca.


MAR 20 – A BRIEF HISTORY OF WATER & DRINKING WATER SYSTEM IN BELLEVILLEpresented by Belleville City Manager Perry Decola.




MAY 15 – THE AFTERMATH OF THE 1837-8 REBELLION & THE IMPACT ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS presented by Society Director Trevor Parsons.


JUN 3 – 11am – 12pm - Join the Hastings County Historical Society, HarperCollins Publishers and Cecily for a discussion of the Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie. The event will be held at The Belleville Public Library (3rd Floor meeting room).



QUINTE FIELD NATURALISTS ASSOCIATION - Meetings 7pm, Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville. All welcome, by donation.


MAR 26 – SMALL WETLANDS WITH BIG IMPACTS - Vernal pools provide critical wildlife habitat.  Learn about the features of these temporary wetlands, and the species that rely on this unique ecosystem from Emma Horrigan, Conservation Science Coordinator for Ontario Nature. 


To submit your community, arts or non-profit event, free of charge, for print and online publication, please visit www.countryroadshastings.ca and fill in our online form ) or email us your listing to info@countryroadshastings.ca.

2018 DEADLINES to submit events as follows:
MARCH 2 – for early April thru mid June
MAY 11 – for Mid June thru mid September
AUGUST 10 – for mid September thru early December
NOVEMBER 3 – for early December thru early April

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