ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:
Wellington, located in the heart of Prince Edward County, is a bustling and passionate community. Home to some of the county's biggest draws including the Midtown Brewery, the Drake Devonshire, East and Main and other incredible restaurants; The County’s professional theatre company, Festival Players and the well-loved junior A hockey team, The Wellington Dukes. The town is also famous for their farmers market, the widely-popular annual Pumpkinfest event and their prized children’s playground right on the shore of Lake Ontario. While the village of Wellington is favourably framed by the lake, picturesque farms, award-winning wineries, businesses and artisans of all kinds, its true heart is found in the unique community of individuals that call it home.
ABOUT OUR WELLINGTON ENVIRONMENT:
A trip to the local "Wellington Heritage Museum" will quickly show how closely tied the community has historically been, and continues to be, to the environment: from fishing, canning, and rum running, to farming, wine, cider, beer, spirits-producing, and of course, to tourism! Now, more so than ever, we need to do what we can to protect all aspects of the environment, including the water. Wellington is located right on the shore of Lake Ontario with a local beach and waterfront that is the jewel in Wellington’s crown and accessible to all. Neighbouring Sandbanks beach, The Wellington Rotary Beach is a beloved draw for locals and tourists, who stroll along the boardwalk or come to swim, picnic and relax. Every year the Wellington Rotary organizes a community beach clean up that bags up a shocking amount garbage--most notably plastic—that has washed up on shore. They also clear back overgrowth from the boardwalk and attend to any repairs that are necessary. The Wellington Rotary are stewards of the beach and work diligently to upgrade and maintain this important feature of the village. Part of the goal of Water Week is to celebrate and draw attention to Wellington’s natural heritage through the performing arts, both thematically and also by proximity: the photos will attest that the lake is never far from what’s happening artistically and can function as audience, muse and main attraction.