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Community Development Department Newsletter

September 2018


Short Term Accommodations Regulations


Proposed draft regulations affecting short term accommodations will be presented at a Committee of the Whole meeting on September 10 at the Wellington & District Community Centre at 7 p.m..  


There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions or offer comments about the proposed regulations. No decisions will be made at this meeting.


For more information, visit The County's website.



 Tourism Experience Design Workshop, Oct. 16-17


Mark your calendar for two days with industry expert Eva Gutsche to learn how to transform local assets into incredible experiences. She'll cover: 

·        The "Design Thinking" process

·        Using "Explorer Quotient" tool to understand today's changing traveller

·        How partnering can build great experiences

·        Logistics and operations of successful experiential tourism products

·        How to evaluate and set prices

·        Selling experiences to the travel trade

·        Marketing & distribution options

·        Designing action plans for success


For more information, contact Karen Palmer, or 613-476-2148 x. 2505.




Winter Sur-THRIVE-al

Networking Event

Save the Date: Oct 25


Dreading the idea of hibernating through another winter season? 


Join The County's Destination Development team for a creative half-day session where we'll hear about events, activities and opportunities coming up this "shoulder season."


Our aim is to help make connections and spark new ideas for spring, fall and winter events in The County.


To grab your seat, visit EventBrite.



Picton Town Hall 


The County of Prince Edward’s Community Development Department is inviting proposals for the ongoing use and operation of the current Picton Town Hall and former Picton Fire Hall. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is

2pm on Nov. 26, 2018.  


For further details and how to submit an expression of interest visit here.



 Recent Blogs

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 Media Highlight The County


Kendall Dewey and Slieman al-Jasem were the subject of a photo essay in The Globe & Mail and a story on the CBC, for their progressive partnership in which Mr. Dewey is mentoring Mr. al-Jasem to take over their fish processing business. Take a look at these lush photos by Johnny CY Lam.


Bloomberg wonders whether The County has ambitions to be the next Burgundy, in a piece featuring Merrill House, Exultant, Keinte-He and the Drake Devonshire.




Gavin Crawford, best known for his eight seasons on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and host of CBC Radio’s Because News, will headline the Comedy Country series with his newest one man show “FRIEND” “LIKE” #ME, live at the Regent Theatre in Picton on Saturday, September 22nd. In “Friend” “Like” #Me, Crawford takes the audience on a clickbaiting spiral of hilarious characters we all know and love (and love to hate) from our lives off- and online. You’ll be humblebragging you saw this show to all your distant high school friends. Ticket info here.


Wintersleep Headline Sandbanks Music Festival


The day-long music fest takes place September 15 at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Gianna Lauren, Listen Up Kid, Ella Jade, Jeremy Kelly, Triples and more will share the stage.


A day of music will be accompanied by food trucks, local beverages, visual art and free kid's programming throughout the day.

Advance tickets are $30, with $1 from each ticket sold going to support the Friends of Sandbanks.


Find more information here.


A TASTE of The County


TASTE community grown is one of Prince Edward County’s most highly anticipated wine and culinary festivals and a gathering of the best food and drink purveyors the area has to offer, all in one place.


This family-friendly day-long festival will host more than 50 vendors at Loch Sloy Business Park, highlighting the best of The County, including comfort food, farm stands, craft brews, shopping, entertainment, wine and spirits!  

Ticket info here. Recent Stories


Hops & Heifers a Niche Combination 


Rod Hadath stands barefoot - yes, barefoot! - in a pen of baby buffalo, nuzzling a brunette with budding horns. His wife, Lauren, stands nearby, similarly dressed in a white T-shirt branded with their farm's hops and horns logo, beaming down at a blonde baby buffalo. It's a far cry from the life they'd been living in Niagara. And this, spending quality time with their growing herd, is something they rely on to ease the frustration of establishing a new farm. "The buffalo are just super cool," Lauren says. "If you have a bad day, all you have to do is just go pet a buffalo and it makes you feel better. A the end of the day, I think the buffalo probably save us most of the time."



Merrill House Returns to its Roots - With a Bit of a Twist 


Jordan Martin comes to The County via Zimbabwe, Abu Dhabi and the UK. After working with 7-star hotels and managing marketing for a portfolio of 18 hotels in Central London, the Belleville native was looking for a property in France's wine regions - Burgundy, specifically - when he took a trip home and discovered The County. "Changing the name back to Merrill House is part of rebranding and transforming from a country inn to a luxury boutique hotel and a destination in its own right. We will bring back its finery, restore its heritage. But the interiors? They will be very contemporary - more about today and the energy that characterizes The County." 




Pringle Emerson - Fine Woodworking 


"I believe the more people you get to know and the more involved you get, the more opportunities open up. If you know what’s happening, you’ll know what’s needed and have an idea whether your business might have a market here," says Emerson Pringle, who moved back to The County six years ago, giving up an audio engineering career to pursue carpentry. Today, he's returned to audio work - providing technical services to The Regent - and is building a business around custom fine furniture. "A lot of my customers are from the city, but they really want to buy local. They want to use local tradespeople. They want to buy County-made products. I’m a realist, and that is real. That is what’s happening here."



Ameliasburgh Heritage Village’s 50th Anniversary

When: Sunday, September 2nd from 10am-4pm
Where: Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, 517 County Road 19
Cost: Normal admission applies. $5 for adults/$4 for seniors/$3 for kids/FREE for kids under 5/$14 for families

Help us celebrate the Village’s 50th birthday! Explore the buildings and reconnect with what makes this place so special. Local group Seventh Town performs from 1-4pm. There will also be pioneer games, a scavenger hunt, guided tours of the village at 11am and 2pm, and of course, birthday cake! We hope to see you there.


Annual Mariners Church Service

When: Sunday, September 23rd at 9:30 am

Where: South Bay United Church, 2029 County Road 13

Only one of two mariners’ services left in Ontario, this one traces its origins back to the 1930s. Join us to pay special tribute to those who work and play on County waters, and to those who have recently “crossed the bar.” Refreshments will be available after the service next door at Mariners Park Museum.

Apple-themed Tea Room Social at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village

When: Sunday, September 30th from 12-3pm

Where: Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, 517 County Road 19

Cost: $8, which includes museum admission and desserts!

Celebrate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary with seasonal delights on the last Sunday of each month. September brings us the apple harvest, so please join us for some delightful apple-themed goodies!


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