Take a Drive to The Beautiful County!

October 24 to 26 is the perfect time to see one of the most beautiful places in Ontario: the Northumberland Hills, an hour east of Toronto.

Take a drive during this most glorious of all seasons – Autumn. 

Blog Photo - FOTA Patricia Calder - Fields and Farm in Autumn
Photo credit: Patricia Calder

The leaves have turned, but some fields are still green. The country roads yield one gorgeous sight after another.

Blog Photo - SOTH Hills Photo by Patricia Calder
Photo Credit: Patricia Calder

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The options are numerous. It’s your choice.

Stroll along the beach in a lakeside town or village.

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Photo by Peggy Dymond Leavey

Catch sunset over the water. From Lake Ontario on the south to Rice Lake on the north, the lake views are lovely.

Blog Photo - FOTA Norma Keith Sunset over Rice Lake
Sunset over Rice Lake by Norma Keith

Visit a village or hamlet.

Blog Photo - FOTA Keene Pumpkinfest
Photo credit: Ronald Mackay

Stay at a village inn like this one in Grafton.

Blog Photo - FOTA Grafton Village Inn

Blog Photo - FOTA Grafton Village Inn sign

Drop into an antiques shop.

Blog Photo - FOTA Grafton Village centre

The pace is slower, the small towns and villages are friendly.

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The SOS Lounge, Warkworth. Photo by Hamlin Grange

The shops and cafes are interesting.

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Outside a Warkworth cafe. Photo by Hamlin Grange

And so are the people. Say hello.

You may even be greeted by a pig in a blanket.

Blog Photo - Autumn girl with Pet Pig
Photo credit: Hamlin Grange

Stop and watch a few horses.

Blog Photo - SOTH Patricia Calder Horse and Foal
Photo Credit: Patricia Calder
Blog Photo - FOTA Judy Hopkins Cow painting
Painting by Judy Hopkins

See a cow or a rooster, real or imagined.

Blog Photo - FOTA Judy Hopkins Rooster painting
Painting by Judy Hopkins

Go for a stroll in villages like Warkworth, Colborne or Castleton.

Visit towns like Port Hope and Cobourg.

Blog Photo - FOTA Cobourg Pedestrians on sidewalk

Blog Photo - FOTA cobourg sidewalk pedestrian and flowers

Blog Photo - FOTA Cobourg cafe and Pedestrian

Blog Photo - FOTA Reva Nelson image of Cobourg Town Hall
Photo of Cobourg Town Hall by Reva Nelson
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Photo by Marie-Lynn Hammond

Northumberland has become a magnet for artists; many are members of Spirit of the Hills, host of the Festival of the Arts this October 24 to 26th in Cobourg.

Come to the Festival and meet them. You’ll receive a warm welcome here too! 

Browse the art and book fair at the Festival. Entry is FREE. 

Blue Hour at West Beach
Painting by Ian Davis

Buy an original work at a remarkably low price. Meet the people who created them.

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Clay art by Lorelyn Morgan

Buy tickets for the night-time shows at the Festival.

Listen to great music.

Blog Photo - FOTA San Murata Jazz Violinist
Jazz violinist San Murata

Watch fabulous dance. Take in the 10-minute plays. 

Blog Photo - FOTA Ron MacKay play - Read-through of Einstein's Kitchen
Read-through and rehearsals of Einstein’s Kitchen by Ronald Mackay

We’re all creating, rehearsing, preparing for the Festival.  Like these actors in Ronald Mackay’s Einstein’s Fridge – one of four short plays on stage October 24 and 25.

Blog Photo - FOTA Ron Mackay Rehearsal Einstein's Fridge Albert Einstein and Lisbeth Feist

Blog Photo - FOTA Ron Mackay Revised script reading of Einsteins' Fridge

Actors, musicians, dancers, poets  — all getting ready for the big event. 

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Poet Dane Swan

See great poets in action.  Hear authors read their work. 

Take a risk. Do something new.

Blog Photo - FOTA Allison leads Bellydance Workshop

Learn to write a song. Bellydance.  Hook a small rug.

Blog Photo - Jessica & Madeleine with Frames

Make a day or a weekend of it. Enjoy the beautiful county and its arts.

“Because life is too short not to cram into it all the inspiring, uplifting entertaining, amusing, stimulating and moving arts-and-culture experiences you can — especially when they’re all in one place!”   Marie-Lynn Hammond, Northumberland singer-songwriter and playwright.

See you soon at the Festival of the Arts!


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. carlamcgill says:

    Wish I could be there; it looks like a great event. Beautiful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Carla, for that lovely message!

      Liked by 1 person

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