News Local


Cobourg DBIA is having a great October

By Paige Montgomery

Submitted Photo
Meet Ethan Jones-Behan, the co-op student who will be learning the DBIA ropes weekday mornings this semester.

Submitted Photo Meet Ethan Jones-Behan, the co-op student who will be learning the DBIA ropes weekday mornings this semester.

Downtown Cobourg loves the month of October!

On Thanksgiving weekend, the Cobourg Downtown Business Improvement Area celebrated fall with the Harvest Festival. The scenic downtown was decorated with hay bales, pumpkins, corn stalks and scarecrows. It was the perfect setting for the seasonal vendors and activities that awaited the community.

Many families and friends enjoyed the extended storefronts and cozy dining options. Children could be found at the pony rides and Paddling Puppeteers set, while adults tried their hand at axe throwing and sat to watch the live wood-carving demonstration. The atmosphere downtown at the event gave an opportunity for the community to catch up with one another.

That opportunity will present itself again at our upcoming Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Young ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favourite costumes and make their way along downtown Cobourg to trick-or-treat on the street.

During the event, more than 30 local businesses will help create a Halloween experience downtown. Each participating business will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Don't be surprised to see some shop owners add to the atmosphere by dressing in costume too! Look for Trick or Treaters Welcome Here posters to know you've reached a candy stop.

We're happy to announce a new co-op student to the Cobourg DBIA team for the winter semester. We would like to welcome Ethan Jones-Behan. He will be working in the mornings from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Interested in business and events, he helped organized the Halloween Trick or Treat on the Street event, will put valuable time and effort into the Christmas event, and place emphasis on the importance of membership communication. Please give him a warm welcome if you see him in Downtown Cobourg.

Speaking of Christmas, in only three short weeks the Santa Claus Parade will be back in Downtown Cobourg. On Sunday, Nov. 19. head to King Street for the best seats in town for the annual parade happening between 2 and 3 p.m. Don't forget to pick up a coffee or hot chocolate at one of the downtown shops to enjoy at the parade.

During the parade letters to Santa, as well as non-perishable food donations, will be collected along the route that runs down King Street from D'Arcy Street to William Street.

The following weekend, discover the magic of the holidays in Downtown Cobourg. The Cobourg DBIA kicks of the holiday season between Friday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 26. Countdown to Christmas Downtown features carriage rides, carollers, reindeer, a pop-up Christmas shop, and visits from Santa! Store windows will be decorated, and there will be extra lighting on King Street and Second Street.

Let this event weekend give you some holiday season inspiration, as the Cobourg DBIA gives you a checklist of 24 things to do before Christmas in Downtown Cobourg!

Leading up to the Christmas event next month, there are many events taking place between now and Nov. 24.

Bespoke Aromatics will be offering an Introductory Aromatherapy Workshop on Sunday, Oct. 29. Learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively. This prerequisite introductory workshop leads into a natural skin-care workshop on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Let's Talk Books on Covert Street continues their Meet the Author series. On Monday, Oct. 30, meet Bianca Marais and discuss her book Hum if You Don't Know the Words.

Quinn's Blooms & Greenery is hosting their first-ever 0pen house on Nov. 17. Door prizes and giveaways, and light snacks and refreshments will be a part of the big night, with samples of Harden and Huyse as well as a floral gift with every $40 purchase.

El Camino will be celebrating their one-year anniversary party in Downtown Cobourg on Saturday, Nov. 18. Enjoy a sneak peek at their new winter menu, dancing, and many more surprises throughout the evening.

As we make merry in Downtown Cobourg heading towards the holiday season, keep an eye out for updates on our social pages and visit the Cobourg DBIA in the Market Building.