3rd Annual Explore the Shore, July 28 & 29, 2012

We are getting ready to welcome you to the 3rd annual Explore the Shore weekend along the scenic and historic County Road 50, on the north shore of Lake Erie, in the Town of Essex, just south of Harrow. Twenty-nine businesses, recreational facilities and community groups are participating on the weekend of July 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

We are excited to have 5 new participants this year: Farm Dogs Cycles with a bike rodeo, Ravine Cottages with tours of the Tin Can Tourists vintage trailers, historic Christ Church Colchester with tours and a delicious lunch, Communities in Bloom with their plans for a Peace Garden in Colchester, and a unique tour of the new North 42 Degrees Estate Winery. Our returning participants are planning a full slate of activities and local products, including the opening of Oxley Estate Winery, live entertainment, wine tastings, fresh produce, pioneer crafts and activities, vineyard and orchard tours, artwork, gift shops, hair studio and florals. We have expanded to 12 locations offering food specials, including ice cream cones, wood-fired pizza, BBQs and picnic lunches.

Learn more about County Road 50 in the 1812 era by exploring our 1812 Scavenger Hunt, trying a musket ball putting competition at Oxley Beach Golf Course, cruising on a Tall Ship at Colchester Harbour, buying Chief Tecumseh tee-shirts, and reading a new tour book by local authors on the history of County Road 50. Enjoy our beaches, conservation areas, and especially the free Clubhouse Kidz Zone at the Colchester Beach and Harbour (with games, crafts, treasure hunt, and sandcastle building contest).

Bring a canned good for the Harrow Food Bank, and support our other charity events chosen by each participant.