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What to do in Hastings County this Labour Day Weekend

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Looking to celebrate the last long weekend of the summer? We’ve rounded up all the events happening this Labour Day Weekend in Hastings County!

A wooden dock in a calm lake at dusk. The sunset glows pink and orange in the sky and the silhouettes of the trees are reflected in the water.

Check out Some Classic Cars

Tweedy’s Classic Scoops | Tweed

Friday, September 3, 5pm-8pm

A burgundy classic car sits in front of Tweedy's. There is a picnic table with a red umbrella in the background.

Classic cars, vendors, 50/50 draws and a full dinner and ice cream menu: what better way to kick off the long weekend? This fun evening of classic cars and more was running on Tuesday evenings, but has now moved to Fridays! For a real trip down memory lane, make sure to check out the interior of Tweedy’s Classic Scoops which is reminiscent of a 1950s diner and full of cool memorabilia. Certain to be a fun Friday night out!

For more information check Tweedy’s Classic Scoops Facebook Page.

Head to a Farmers Market

Market in the Village | Stirling

Friday, September 3, 4pm-7pm

A woman poses with a stroller in front of the tents set up for Market in the Village.

Start off the weekend in the quaint village of Stirling at Market in the Village. The market hosts a variety of local growers, makers, and artists, and is situated right next to the covered bridge in the centre of town. Stock up on fresh, local produce for your weekend meals, as well as coffee, honey, and fresh flowers! It’s the perfect place to prepare if you’re planning to have guests for the weekend.

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Marmora Farmer’s Market | Marmora Legion Park

Saturday, September 4, 8am-2pm

A view of 6 vendors set up in the parking lot of Legion Park in Marmora.

The perfect way to spend a leisurely Saturday morning, stroll through the Marmora Farmer’s Market to peruse more locally produced goodness! This market is located in the gorgeous Marmora Legion Park, with views of the Crowe River, next to the public beach, and near the dog park. A great spot to spend a few hours on a long weekend Saturday!

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Go Fish!

Baptiste Lake Pike Fishing Tournament | Dock Rd. Public Boat Launch

Saturday, September 4, 9am-3pm

A man in a motor boat in the water holding a large pike in front of him with arms extended.
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Calling all anglers! This is your opportunity to win $500 by catching the longest pike of the day! Other prizes include cash, fishing gear, and bragging rights!

All proceeds will be going directly towards improving the Baptiste Lake fishery through spawning bed enhancement projects and restocking. The goal is not only to raise funds for these projects but also to put pressure on the Pike population which will improve the quality of fishing for many other species in the lake.

The entry fee is $50 per boat. For more information head to the Baptiste Lake Association’s website.

Enjoy Activities Hosted by The Marmora Agricultural Society

The Demolition Derby at the Marmora Fair: 3 beat up cars crashing into each other in a green field. Spectators watch behind a barrier.

Unfortunately, the Marmora Fall Fair was cancelled for 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Marmora Agricultural Society still pulled together a bunch of fun family activities for the Labour Day Weekend!

Yard Sale | Marmora Fairgrounds

Saturday, September 4, 8am-3pm

All bargain hunters will be excited to hear about the Yard Sale hosted by the Marmora Agricultural Society at the Marmora Fairgrounds. Who knows what treasures will be unearthed?

Public Skating | Dr. Hamilton Crawford Arena

Saturday, September 4, 2:30-4pm

Cool off for a bit at the Dr. Hamilton Crawford Arena and take a few leisurely laps around the ice rink. The fee for entry is a $2 donation to the Marmora Fair Board. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited number of people are allowed on ice. Make sure to bring your own skates as no rental skates or skating aids will be available.

Demolition Derby | 6pm | Marmora Fairgrounds

Saturday, September 4, 6pm

A crowd favourite, the Demolition Derby is guaranteed to be a smashing good time!

Admission is $10 for adults, and free for kids 12 and under. The kids Power Wheel Derby starts at 5:30pm, and the main event with all the crashing action you crave starts at 6pm.

Food vendors including Duffers Chip Wagon, Mini Donuts, and Cookies & Cream ice cream will be there to satisfy any cravings for “fair food”.

Fireworks | Marmora Fairgrounds

Saturday, September 4, Dusk

Finish off the day of fun in Marmora with a fireworks celebration! Stick around in the grandstands after the demolition derby and watch the night sky light up. Make sure to bring a blanket and bug spray as you never know what you’ll encounter on a late summer evening.

For more information about the activities planned by the Marmora Agricultural Society, check out their Facebook Page.

Celebrate Pride in Maynooth

Maynooth Pride| Various Locations

Sept 2-5 

The Maynooth Pride poster listing the events taking place including: Queer Reading Night; Queer History Tour; Beach Day: and Book display.

Rescheduled from July, Maynooth Pride is ready to celebrate LGBTQ+ folx in Hastings County!

The north end of Hastings County is the home of a thriving LGBTQ community that won’t let bad weather stop them! Events scheduled for the August long weekend have been postponed to Labour Day Weekend including: A Queer Book Reading Night; Queer History Tour of Maynooth; Beach Day.

Find the details on the Hastings Highlands Public Library Facebook page.

Go to the Theatre…at Home!

Hot Mess | Online

September 4-12

The poster for Hot Mess showing Kelly Holiff under bright lights, holding a microphone with her head thrown back.

Looking for some local entertainment from the comfort of your home? Tweed and Company has just the thing! The show Hot Mess “A Way Too Intimate Evening of Song & Story with Kelly Holiff” will be available for free on the Tweed & Company YouTube Channel from September 4-12. (Donations encouraged, if possible)

Filmed in front of a limited live audience, “Kelly is ready to GO THERE with the people of Tweed, telling the outrageous stories of her career in the performing arts (many of them for the first time), and serenading us with song.”

Check the Tweed & Company website for more details

Happy Long Weekend!

Whatever you do this Labour Day weekend, make sure to enjoy the beautiful warm weather while it’s still here. If you’re looking for some more inspiration, check out these ideas:

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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)