Prince Edward County in the Springtime: Things to do in May

things to do in May

Looking for things to do in May in Prince Edward County? We’ve got you covered! High season is just getting started here in The County and the event calendars are filling up with lots of fun happenings.

This gorgeous weather is still so unpredictable, but we’ll take it! Though the forecast seems to change on a daily basis, we know how wrong the weatherman can be, so for now, we’ll just enjoy the sunshine and not worry too much about the rain. After all, it’s better than snow, right?

And what’s not to love about the glorious month of May … apple blossoms and lilacs, asparagus, strawberries … while they may be a little late starting this year, they are coming!

Here are our top picks for things to do in May:

Saturday May 12

Apple Blossom Festival, Saturday May 12. County Cider Co., 657 Bongards Crossroad, Waupoos. 1pm – 3pm Saturday only. Enjoy this special time of year with the County’s best view, cider tastings, and apple pie. Proceeds to benefit the Picton Library Expansion campaign and outreach activities at St. John’s Church, Waupoos.

Spring Birding Festival, Saturday May 12 through Monday May 21: Enjoy guided walks, tours and workshops during spring banding season. Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. Various organized activities are planned, check out the schedule here.

Prince Edward Community Theatre at Mt. Tabor, Milford, presents “The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls” Friday May 11 @ 7:30pm, Saturday May 12 @ 7:30pm, Sunday May 13 @ 2pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. More info here.

Dining in the Dark with Michael Hoy: Saturday at 7pm, 106 Bridge Street, Picton. Enjoy a culinary adventure, dining in the dark in support of the CNIB. Three courses plus a glass of Huff Estates wine $100. For reservations, please contact kelly.verbene@cnib.ca or chefmichaelhoy@gmail.com

Thursday May 17

Regent Theatre presents the annual Roc’n’Revue. Discover the stars of tomorrow: aspiring young local musical talent pairs up with professional mentors/coaches for an evening of performances that will absolutely wow you. Tickets are $25 at the Regent, with proceeds going to support the ROC, The County’s Youth Centre.

Saturday & Sunday May 19 & 20

Spring Antique Show and Sale @ The Crystal Palace. $5 admission, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Drag Racing at the Picton Airport (Saturday only) Starts at 11am $5 spectator admission

Saturday May 26

Fibre Fest featuring 60 vendors, knitting, spinning, and many fibre-related crafts and demonstrations @ Picton Community Centre 9am – 4:30pm $5 admission www.fibrefest.ca

Heroes and Legends in South Bay Cemetery A storytelling and musical concert featuring Suzanne Pasternack, who will regale you with stories of heroes, heroines, shipwrecks and daring rescues on our shores. Suzanne is one of our local treasures — not to be missed. South Bay United Church 2029 County Rd. 13, Milford $10 admission 1:30 – 3pm

Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show 11am – 3am at Huff Estates Winery $5 admission

Saturday and Sunday farmer’s markets start up May 19 (over the long weekend):

Wellington Farmer’s Market Saturday 8am – 1pm, Sundays 2pm – 4pm at the Wellington United Church on Main Street, Wellington.

Milford Market Saturdays 9am – 2pm at the Milford Fairgrounds

County Up Market Saturday 9am – 1pm at the Cenotaph

And there’s more … as of the long weekend, the Hayloft Dancehall is open on weekends, and there are always plenty of local artists, musicians, and local colour to keep you entertained. As such, these are just the highlights — you can find a more detailed list of events and entertainment at prince-edward-county.com.

Looking for a great place to get away to in Prince Edward County this spring? Why not book an accommodation package at the Merrill Inn. We have many popular one and two-night packages to choose from. Visit www.MerrillInn.com today to book your stay!

In the meantime, happy springtime! we’ll look forward to seeing you around the County!

Break out the Rosé! Spring is finally here!!

We were welcomed to this gorgeous carpet of Scilla siberica (also known as Siberian squill) in our backyard today. Could it be that the endless winter has forsaken us?

Just wanted to share.

What are you doing to celebrate spring?

May is traditionally the beginning of our high season here in Prince Edward County, but we’re a little behind due to random ice storms and cold snaps. While the tone is largely optimistic, we are just enjoying the warmth and bursts of colour as they come and looking forward to exciting times ahead. May is full of great things to do in The County, and we’ll give you a more detailed rundown on the blog next week, but this weekend we’ve got:

Saturday April 28: County Pop Music Festival at the Crystal Palace featuring Elliot Brood, Miss Emily, and more. Tickets are $30 and the fun starts around 3:30pm.

Before you hit the Crystal Palace, be sure to check out the Handmade Craft Show at the Prince Edward Community Centre from 9:30am – 4:30pm – a great stop for picking up something sweet for mom (remember — Mother’s Day is May 13).

Do you have any favourite springtime activities in the County? We’d love to hear your ideas! In the meantime, get out there and enjoy. Cheers!

April in the County: watching for signs of spring

April in the County spring tulips

Looking out on the snow flurries this morning it’s a little hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. It’s been a wild week, with rain, hail, gale-force winds, and a rather stingy handful of sunshine, but, as weather goes, April in the County is nothing if not … interesting. We could just as easily be snowshoeing as at the beach next week … and what’s life without surprises?

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March in Prince Edward County: What’s Happening Now

In like a lion? That’s what they’re saying … it’s March in Prince Edward County and as we watch the snow continue to fall, wistfully recalling yesterday’s balmy 10 degrees Celsius, we keep in mind that we are in the springtime home stretch. Today’s snowman will be tomorrow’s rain puddle!

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Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours

happy new year

Happy new year from all of us to all of you!

We wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the best of the season — may it be as prosperous and joyful as you want it to be, and may all your resolutions be easy to stick to! (Amy and I have resolved to eat more good food and drink better wine, so that shouldn’t be too hard!)

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