Fall 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 mid December
NOVEMBER 3 – for mid December thru early April


Art Galleries/Exhibitions

 ART GALLERY OF BANCROFT, 10 Flint Avenue, Bancroft, 613-332-1542, www.artgallerybancroft.ca

Sept 5 – 29 – Rocky Dobey – “Etchings”: Intaglio Prints with guest collaborator Rocky GreenOpening reception Sept 7, 7:30pm.

Oct. 3-28 — Julie Lockau — Exhibition of Works.

Oct. 31 - Dec. 1 — Alex Jack — “From Outside” — Exhibition of Landscape Paintings.


JOHN M. PARROTT ART GALLERY, 254 Pinnacle St, Belleville, (613) 968-6731, www.bellevillelibrary.ca  

Aug. 30 - Sept. 27 — “Celebrating Tony Lassing: The Man & His Work.”

Oct. 4 - Nov. 1 — “Perspectives” — The Belleville Art Association will present their annual Juried Show.

Nov. 8-29 — “Heart and Soul: Two Men tell their Stories” features photographer Larry Tayler and Quilt Artist Bill Stearman. Gallery One.

Nov. 8-29 — “Preoccupied with my Father” — an exhibit of works to demonstrate the story of the author’s father as told in the book by the same name by Simon Schneiderman. Gallery Two.


STIRLING LIBRARY ART GALLERY, 43 Front Street, Stirling, 613-395-2837, stirlinglibraryartgallery@gmail.com

Aug. 29 – Nov. 11 — “Cultural Richness Revisited.” Artists: Debra VincentAllison LynnDoug BrantAJ VanDrie, and Sue Wade.

Nov. 2-4 & 9-11 — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — “Christmas Art Mart” — 100% Canadian handmade designs. Part of “Over the Hills Christmas Tour.”


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

Featured artists for the fall are Ren LonechildHenry GordonRocky GreenGeorge Raab, and Margo Merritt.


Art Events

Sept 22 & 23 – 21st ANNUAL TWEED & AREA STUDIO TOUR, 10 am – 5pm. Free Admission, Studio map and artist information www.tweedstudiotour.org / tweedstudiotour@gmail.com

Sept 22, 23, 29 & 30 — BANCROFT & AREA AUTUMN STUDIO TOUR — Self-guided tours. Brochures available at local businesses & Art Gallery of Bancroft. 10am – 5pm www.bancroftstudiotour.org, or Elaine Butikofer, rebutikofer@gmail.com or 613-332-0790.

Sept 29 & 30  & Oct 6 & 7— HALIBURTON COUNTY STUDIO TOUR – Self-guided tours  Over 25 local artists. www.haliburtonstudiotour.on.ca


Theatre/Live Entertainment

 BELLEVILLE THEATRE GUILD, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, 613 967-1442. Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10. www.bellevilletheatreguild.ca

Oct. 11-17 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. — A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED by Agatha Christie. Amateur sleuth Miss Marple tackles a very curious crime scene indeed.

Nov. 29 - Dec. 15 — RUMORS by Neil Simon. Upscale cocktail party, status-conscious guests, host found shot and wife is missing. What’s going on?


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

Oct. 12-13 — MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE — “MARMORA VICE” — It’s the 80’s and hard-boiled detective Sonny Crocket is on the beat. He works for the toughest crime unit around … Marmora Vice. Sonny has no evidence. The last thing that was heard before the crime was … “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” … Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31 — “THE PRINCESS & THE PEA” — 2018 PANTO — Welcome to the Peabody Kingdom. Prince Peter Peabody wants to wed. One night a visitor arrives. She is covered in mud and grease from trying to fix her race-car. She also claims to be a Princess. Of course, no one believes her. There is only one way to find out. Stack a pile of mattresses and stick a pea under one.


TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE, Tim Porter, Artistic Director, tim@tweedandcompany.com

Sept 19 - 29 — “ALECK BELL: A CANADIAN POP ROCK MUSICAL at the Tweed Kiwanis Pavilion, Memorial Park, Tweed, Ontario

The year is 1876.  Three men are locked in a heated battle to create arguably the world’s most important invention…The telephone.  One man emerges victorious.  That man was ALECK BELL.  In 2018, come and witness the epic new revival of our biggest success story, ALECK BELL! A CANADIAN POP ROCK MUSICAL.  Join us as we delve into the past with a modern pop rock twist, and experience the story of the telephone as you never have before.  Drama, intrigue, accusations, trials, sickness, espionage, a race to the finish line, secret meetings, and the only time in history a patent has been granted without a working model…the true story of the invention of the telephone and the men behind it is much deeper and darker than we think.  2 Hours,  Suitable for all ages, fun for the whole family! General Admission, $25.00 Adults, $20.00 Senior, $15.00 Student/Youth  Tickets www.tweedandcompany.com or In Person At The Tweed News, Tweed.



Sept. 14-16, MADOC FALL FAIR. Established in 1905, Madoc has a great country fair. Experience animal shows, live entertainment, horse pulls, tractor pulls, home craft and school displays, midway, great food, one of the best demolition derby’s and more! 47 Cooper Rd., Madoc. www.madocfair.org

Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. —DOORS OPEN ONTARIO. Come experience the Trent Port Museum (Trenton Town Hall-1861) like never before! $7.50 per person. 55 King St., Trenton. Laura 613 394-1333. www.bayofquinte.ca/tourism/events/2018-09

 Sept. 15, or Nov. 17, 1 p.m. — ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (Quinte Branch) presentation: “Have you started your family tree?” We can help. Everyone Welcome. Bring a friend. Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr., Trenton. www.quinte.ogs.on.ca, or facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

Sept. 16 — TERRY FOX RUN. It is a day of celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep his dream alive of finding a cure for cancer. *Some runs are held on days other than Sept. 17, please check for site & date at www.terryfox.org/Run/Find_A_Runsite.html

Sept. 26 — TURKEY SUPPER AT ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH. Come and enjoy home-baked turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the fixings (including home-made pie) at an old-fashioned church supper. 812 Bosley Rd., Queensborough. Contact Betty Sexsmith, 613 473-2188.

Sept. 27, 7 p.m. — FRIENDS OF THE TWEED PUBLIC LIBRARY present a special evening with Jack ToddMontreal Gazette columnist and author of “Desertion”, winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fiction. Tweed Public Library, 230 Metcalf St., Tweed. www.tweedlibrary.ca

 Sept. 29, 9 a.m. — HASTINGS HIGHLANDS HILLY HUNDRED. Billed as “The Toughest Century Ride” in Ontario, it will leave you in awe as it weaves its way through the colourful fall hardwood forests, lakes, hills and valleys of the Canadian Shield. Heart of the Park, 26 Station St., Bancroft. www.hillyhundred.ca

Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. — QUINTE CANADIAN FILMFEST. Times, prices and films TBA. 55 King St., Trenton. Contact Laura at 613 394-1333. www.bayofquinte.ca/tourism/events/2018-09

Oct. 13, 7 p.m. — KABOOM! TALES OF A TOWN. A free presentation and screening of “Playing with Fire,” the film that looks at the explosion of the British Chemical Plant. 55 King St., Trenton. Contact Laura at 613 394-1333. www.bayofquinite.ca/tourism/events/2018-09

Oct. 25, 7 p.m. — FRIENDS OF THE TWEED PUBLIC LIBRARY present a special evening with Heather O’Neill, Montreal novelist, poet, journalist and winner of the CBC Canada Reads. Tweed Public Library, 230 Metcalf St., Tweed. www.tweedlibrary.ca

Oct. 27 — FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY. Dancing, games, lots of treats; prizes for the most creative costumes and the most family members in costume. Enjoy some old-fashioned Halloween fun! Katherine Sedgwick, 613 473-2110.

Nov. 2-4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. — THE MAKER’S HAND FESTIVAL OF FINE CRAFT . The Finest Artisan Show in Eastern Ontario” showcasing international and local artisans. Picton Fairgrounds, 375 Main St. E., Picton. Admission $6, children under 12 free. www.themakershand.com

Nov. 9, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.; and 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. — BELLEVILLE WEAVERS & SPINNERS GUILD ANNUAL FIBRE ARTS SALE. Unique handcrafted creations, textured yarns, cozy shawls, warm mittens, felted bags and purses and more. Free admission and parking, wheelchair accessible. Payment by cash, cheque or major credit cards. St. Thomas Church Hall, 201 Church St., Belleville. bellwsg@gmail.com

Nov. 23-24 — RALLY OF THE TALL PINES. Bancroft. www.tallpinesrally.com

Nov. 23-25 — COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES. Silent auction of nearly 200 decorated Christmas trees, bucket draw, Christmas boutique, entertainment, visit from Santa, bake and preserves sale. Proceeds go to support healthcare needs in the community. Isaiah Tubbs Resort, 1642 County Road 12, Picton. 613 476-2181 x 4427. www.qhc.on.ca

Dec. 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. — PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR. Come out to enjoy a tour of old and new homes decked out in holiday finery. Contact sheltonpeta@gmail.com

Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET & HOME AGAIN TOONIE SALE. 33011, Hwy 62 N., Maynooth. Contact Chris Hass, 613 338-5303.

Dec. 8, 5 p.m. — BRIGHTEN THE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE & KIDS PARTY. Downtown Maynooth. www.maynooth.on.ca

Clubs, Lectures, Meetings

BANCROFT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Seniors Club 580, Millennium Park, Bancroft.

Sept. 25, 7 p.m. — Guest speaker Ken Broughton. “Making Apple Cider with a Home Press.”

Nov. 27 — Festive Winter Workshop with Lucille Kyle. Fun for All!


HASTINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Free public presentations held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Maranatha, 100 College St. W., rear entrance, Belleville. Bring a friend and enjoy refreshments, conversation and displays following the presentation. www.hastingshistory.ca

SEPT. 18 — Past President and journalist, Orland French, will speak on “Early Methodism in the Quinte Region.”

Oct. 16 — Film-maker Sean Scally will speak about and show his film “Playing with Fire”, based on the Great Trenton Explosion in 1918.

Oct. 20 — Who Stuffed the Body in the Grand Trunk? — All aboard for an evening of history and hysterics as Ken McDougall, Artistic Director of Stirling Festival Theatre and a group of lively actors try to solve a mystery specifically written for the Hastings County Historical Society’s Annual Banquet and Celebration of History. It’s 1918, and local soldiers are returning from WWI. A body is found and everyone on the train is suspect. Over a delicious three-course dinner at the Travelodge, Belleville, try to solve the case! Tickets are $65. Call 613 961-7091.

Nov. 20 — Retired Major William March will speak about the end of WWI in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cessation of fighting in the Great War.


QUINTE FIELD NATURALIST MEETING. Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge St. E., Belleville. All welcome, by donation.

Sept. 26 — Butterflies! Author of the Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of the Kingston RegionJohn Poland, will discuss the natural history of local butterflies, ways to attract them to your yard and how to contribute to science by reporting your sightings.

Oct. 24 — The Puzzling Biology of Flying Squirrels. Flying squirrels have higher levels of stress hormones than most of any other animal, so why aren’t they dead? PdD candidate, Lanna Desantis, presents her research into this fascinating aspect of flying squirrel biology.

Nov. 28 — Saving Grassland Birds. President of the L&A Stewardship Council, Kurt Hennige, will review his research on local nesting Bobolinks and Meadowlarks and outline the land management strategies that will help save these threatened species.


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 mid December
NOVEMBER 3 – for mid December thru early April