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And the winner is…

Drawing the winners for Explore the Shore prizes.

On August 5, organizers of Explore the Shore gathered to draw the winning names for prizes generously donated by Explore the Shore participants.

There was a good mix of winners from Ohio, Michigan, Windsor, around the county and a even a few from close-to-home Harrow.

Congratulation to the Grand Prize winner: T. Lanigan from Windsor!

The Grand Prize:

  • Service for 4 people from anywhere in Essex County – donated by Lonie Kady
  • Dinner for 4 – donated by Captain’s Gallery Restaurant
  • Accommodation at La Roos Maison (one night for four people) – donated by La Roos Maison
  • Horse and Carriage Ride – donated by Murdo’s Getaway Service
  • 18-Holes  of Golf  for up to 4 people at Oxley Beach  Golf Course, Canada’s Southernmost Golf Course – donated by Oxley Beach Golf Course
  • Lunch for two at Viewpointe Winery – donated by Viewpointe Estate Winery

Other Prizes:

  • Annual Conservation Pass ($60) – Essex Region Conservation Authority: P. McNamara (Windsor)
  • Gift Certificate for Koi Sushi in Kingsville ($100) – donated by Oxley Estate Winery: V. Johnson (Windsor)
  • 25 swim passes at Essex Recreation Centre – donated by Town of Essex: M. Habib (Amherstburg), S. Hornick (Tilbury), G. Johnston (Essex), S. Anderson (Harrow), D. Gray (Essex)
  • $100 Gift Certificate – Meadows-by- the- Lake: S. O’Donnell (Canton, OH)
  • $50 Gift Certificate – Erie Shore Vineyard: R. Faulkner (Allen Park, MI)
  • Aromatherapy or Culinary Gift Package – Serenity Lavender: M. Rahn (Leamington)
  • A Season of Fresh Fruit and Flowers – The Fruit Wagon: D. Barrette (Harrow)
  • Blueberries (5 lb. fresh or frozen) – Klassen’s Blueberries: P. Fowkes (Windsor)
  • Gift Certificate and Matrix Products – R & R Studio: L. Barkhouse (Belle River)
  • Free Tasting and Picnic Basket Lunch – Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery: A. Cadarette (Windsor)
  • 2 tickets for SWOVA Vintage Tasting Aug. 7 at CREW Winery – Colchester Ridge Estate Winery: E. Stephens
  • One night hotel stay  – donated by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island: C. Cutler (Inwood)
  • $50.00 shopping gift card – donated by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island: W. Figgins (Windsor)
  • Round trip tickets with VIA Rail – donated by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island: A. Sartori (LaSalle)
  • ‘Tour Colchester’ book – donated by Chris Carter: C. Burtch (Windsor)
  • 1 hour private riding lesson – Four Willows Farm: C. Springer (Windsor)
  • $65 Gift Certificate – Wreaths and Florals by Janice: S. Sylvestre (Windsor)
  • $50 gift certificate – Colio Estate Winery: D. Hernandez (Harrow)
  • Gift Certificate for Nursery plants – Essex Nurseries: T. Villemaire (Belle River)
  • 2 Gift Certificates for $25 – Meleg’s PYO Orchards: R. Fasan (Amherstburg), G. Carter (Windsor)
  • 2 gift certificates for Breakfast For Two – Ure’s Country Kitchen: E. Kemp (Windsor), L. Lahoud (Kingsville)

Meet Our Participants: Viewpointe Estate Winery

“Wine making from a Different Pointe of View!”

Viewpointe’s mission is to showcase Essex County’s fine wine and culinary diversity. With a breathtaking view of Lake Erie’s North Shore, Viewpointe makes for an ideal destination for any occasion.

Influenced by the history of the region, the plans for Viewpointe were inspired by a charming piece of the past: the “Mettawas”, a luxury hotel and casino built by Hiram Walker (Canadian Club founder) in 1890.

Viewpointe was developed to enhance the region’s charm. The design process considered the best way to move the vision forward, while supporting regional resources and talent. Viewpointe stands as a modern connection to the region’s rich history.

We look forward to seeing you at The View!


Viewpointe is stop # 16 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 151 County Road 50 East.

Meet Our Participants: The Fruit Wagon

We began growing fruit on the shore of Lake Erie in 1984. Our farm was settled in 1794 by the first arrivals from Europe, and our farmhouse still contains the original log cabin. Over the years, we expanded with new crops, two other orchards, four daughters, built “The Fruit Wagon” for our roadside sales, a greenhouse, and more recently built a larger barn and cooler to replace our older ones.

Peaches and apples were our first crops. Now we are produce seven kinds of tree fruits, including apricots, sweet cherries, peaches, pears, apples, Japanese and European plums. We grow greenhouse and field raspberries for a 6 month harvest. We also grow beautiful gladioli all summer, and mums
and pumpkins for fall colours. Our recent additions include fresh vegetables.

Our goal is produce the high quality fruit, vegetables and flowers that our customers appreciate. We hope you visit The Fruit Wagon often, and enjoy the
“fruits” of our efforts.

The Fruit Wagon is stop # 22 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 793 County Road 50 East.

Peaches from The Fruit Wagon

Doug Balsillie of The Fruit Wagon

Meet Our Participants: Meleg Lakeview Orchard

Meleg'sWe are a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm on 65 acres of land. We have been at this location since 1951. Our main crops are apples, peaches and strawberries followed by potatoes, cherries, plums, raspberries, sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, seedless watermelons, honeydews and apricots. We also make sweet apple cider, cider vinegar and our own hot and sweet paprika spice.


Meleg Lakeview Orchard is stop # 27 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 158 Arner Townline.


Meet Our Participants: Meadows by the Lake

The historic Meadows has been a landmark in Essex County since 1923. Canada’s most southern roadhouse brings back many fond memories of years past.

Owners Neda & Wayne Jahn purchased this historic building in 2005 and have since renovated and nurtured it back to the once extremely popular establishment it once was. The extensive menu has over 100 items and, in 2008 won the Biz X award for best home cooking in Essex County.

The Meadows is most famous for its fresh local fish and locally grown ingredients, but also offers homemade pizza & amazing burgers . Offering a full bar, cold draft & local wines to quench every taste on our patios.

The Meadows also operates its own 24 seat shuttle bus and provides wine tours of our local wineries.

Meadows by the Lake is stop # 4 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 9278 County Road 41 (at 50).

Meet Our Participants: La Roos Maison B&B

La Roos Maison B&B, with over 7000 sq. feet of living space is nestled on two acres of Lake front property right in the heart of Essex County’s wine region.

Whether it’s a couples retreat or casual tour of the wineries, La Roos Maison has all the amenities to accommodate your every want and need. We offer 5 luxurious and spacious rooms, all the rooms have balconies overlooking the lake or the country side. Your stay includes a delicious breakfast served in the morning.

We can arrange romantic horse and carriage rides that will take you to weddings, special events or wine tours. We are the perfect spot to spend the night before or after your wedding at the wineries. We host birthday parties, anniversary parties, girls get away or that romantic weekend. Gift certificates are available for all occasions.

Let the south shores of Essex County be your playground. Indulge yourself at La Roos Maison; “Your pleasure is our goal”.

La Roos Maison B&B is stop # 6 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 309 Martin Lane.