Saturday, 31 December 2011

2012 Celebrations Tonight from The Plaza Deck of The Civic Centre in Sydney



Don't be satisified to sit in front of your TV on December 31st and watch the crowds celebrate the start of the New Year in places like Halifax and NewFoundland or New York as the ball drops over Time Square to start 2012, but become part of the celebration. Come down to the Plaza Deck of the Civic Centre at 320 Esplanade in Sydney and join in the celebrations from 10:30pm to 12:30am. Everyone is welcome! It will be fun for the whole family with entertainment featuring The Sheldon Aucoin Band. The Cape Breton Cerebral Palsy Association will be on hand to serve up hot chocolate in the Community Round Room on the lower level at the Civic Centre.

Friday, 30 December 2011

View of Richmond

Christmas is over and we now look towards to 2012 and a year full of possibilities for the tourism season. Destination Cape Breton has been busy meeting with tourism operators and businesses to get their input in what they would like to see happen in the year ahead. The Association is carefully charting its course of action as to what direction it will take to market the island to its full potential as a travel destination to meet with the visitor’s expectations. It is clear from all the information that has been gathered that visitors will be looking for a destination that can meet their needs in areas of experiential tourism. It is imperative that the products that the island is offering as its signature experiences will accomplish the desired effect and keep visitors in the area longer, providing a favorable memory that visitors will relay to others. In countries which have worked to refine their signature experiences, to meet and exceed the visitors expectations their tourism market has shown an increase. With the wealth of natural beauty and culture that Cape Breton has to offer, it is reasonable to expect that the island can accomplish this as well.
With the New Year just hours away, there will be lots of celebrating taking place throughout the county as everyone welcomes in the new year, with events scheduled for December 31st. A New Year’s Dance will take place at the St. Peter`s Lions Hall in St. Peters, running from 10pm until 2am. There will be a hot and cold Buffet, and dance to the music of Barrett’s Privateers. For tickets contact Margaret Morrison at 535-3030, Ext. 222, Shirley MacKay at 587-2078, Treka Burke at 587-2991 or 535-3472. Mary Beth Buchanan at 535-2203 or 535-3379 or Michell Carter at 535-3201 or Paula Sampson at 587-2910. There will also be a New Year’s Dance at the West Bay Road Fire Hall from 10pm until 2am, with recorded music and finger food. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 will host a New Year’s Dance from 9pm until 1am with a buffet served up by Chef Jim George and music by Celtic Country, tickets are available at RCL Branch 43. There will also be a New Year’s celebration held at the Framboise Community Centre from 9pm until 2am, lunch provided, and music by DJ. For tickets contact Sarah at 884-2025.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

New Year's Celebrations in Cape Breton

Additions to our New Year's Celebrations line up keep coming in. I have these additions to add for your enjoyment.

New Years Eve at the Englishtown Hall with the Jam Band and a buffet lunch/$10.00. Time-(10pm-2am).

New Year's Levee at Cabot Shores
Invitation to Annual New Year's Levee at Cabot Shores January 1, 2012, 3-6pm. Bring friends & family and some food/drink to share (BYOB)Bring walking shoes for a walk along Indian Brook (or snow shoes as the case may be. Bring a swim suit and towel for the second annual Polar Bear Swim - if you dare! RSVP with Barbara by 28. December: barbara@cabotshores.com, or call 902-929-2584.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas at the Yorkes


I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas morning, and that Santa was good to you all. I must apologise for not having put up a lot of posts in December but I have been having computer problems and Samta has just brought a new lap top to my son so I will be able to update my posts more often. I am just in the process of making Christmas Dinner for my family who will be arriving shortly, so again Merry Christmas and have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

Only 10 days left until the Big Day, and the rush is on. Stores are filled with shoppers, making sure they have the perfect gift for those on their gift list. In Richmond we are so fortunate to have a great selection of gift shops that can help take the stress out of the season. Everything from heirloom Christmas items from the Christmas Shoppe to specialty items at the local Boutiques and Craft and Gift shops; quality items made by local crafters can be found here in Richmond. So don't panic, there is still time to drop in at any of the beautiful shops around the county to find what you are looking for.

Even as the holidays draw near, there are still lots of events taking place to heighten your holiday spirits. One such event, which you will not want to miss will take place tonight, December 14th, at the St. Georges Channel Community Hall. Noel, A Christmas with J.P. Cormier and the Elliot Brothers will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 and you get your tickets by calling 1-902-345-0616, or 1-902-345-2641. On December 18th, the St. Georges Channel Hall is busy again as it holds it very popular Country Breakfast from 9am until noon. And also on December 18th, there will be a Christmas Concert held at Our Lady's of Assumption / Notre Dame de L'Assomption Cathedral in Arichat at 2292, Hwy 206 at 2pm. A lunch of soup, sandwich, dessert, tea or coffee will be served following the concert.

At the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center, they have a special display taking place commemorating Christmas from year's past. Come and see some beautiful old toys and memorabilia. The showing will run during the holidays at the J Franklin Wright Room from 4pm until 10pm.

If you have not sent out your Christmas cards yet, you might like to pick up a pack of 6 beautiful Winter in Richmond County Note Cards, which feature the winning images from the 2011 Winterscapes photo contest. The cards are available at Jeantie's Mini-Mart, Shamrock Store, C & M Video, Home Hardware in St. Peter's, Fleur de Lis Store (Rockdale), the East Coast Credit Unions in Richmond County and St. Josephs Credit Union.

Until next week, have fun as you prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Tourism Operator Expands Operations in Richmond County


Working in tourism, one of the aspects of the work that I enjoy most is meeting operators that feel deeply about the industry and want to see it prosper and grow. Richmond is very fortunate to have operators that work very hard in making this happen. One such operator is Beate Haffold, owner/operator of the MacDonald Country Inn and Canal House B&B in St. Peter's. Ms. Haffold feels deeply that the industry in Richmond County and Cape Breton Island will continue to grow to such an extent that she continues to expand her tourism holdings in the county. Ms Haffold first opened the doors of the 5 room B&B in 2004, quickly gaining a strong clientele with the 4-Star rated accommodation and in 2009, Haffold and her partner purchased the MacDonald Hotel and remodeled the 1906 era accomodation and turned it into the modern up-to date 4-Star rated MacDonald Country Inn, offering guests 5 comfortable units with private baths, as well as 3 suites. The Inn, which runs year round, also has a full service restaurant, which operates daily during the tourism season and during the off season for private gatherings of 6 or more. In 2010 the partnership separated, dividing the properties with Ms Haffold taking over sold ownership of the Inn. She then expanded the business with the start of West Wind Cottage Rentals, which handles a year round rental service for cottages around the area. On November 1st, 2011, Ms Haffold again took control of the Canal House B&B through a purchasing agreement with her former partner, and runs the B&B from April to the first week of November.
Haffold feels strongly that there is a need in the area for up to date well ran accommodations which offer visitors the types of accommodations that best meet their needs; and with the diversity of her properties she can now meet these needs. Ms Haffold employs a staff of 8 very dedicated workers, including Chef Dillon Carter, who was part of this summer’s Right Some Good Food Event. Staff members work very closely with Ms Haffold to make sure that guests have an experience that will have them making return visits to the area. One new experience Ms Haffold plans to offer in 2012 is an OctoberFest, held prior Celtic Colours Event, offering entertainment, a dance and traditional German dishes. She hopes this will turn into an annual event for the area.

Bal du jour de l'An / New Year's Ball‏ at La Picasse in Petit de Grat

Looking for someplace special to go and celebrate the start of 2012. La Picasse is having a New Years Ball on December 31st and it should be loads of fun, so dust of your dancing shoes and get your tickets today. This information on the event has come to my desk from the office of La Picasse.

Il y aura une bal du jour de l’an le 31 décembre 2011 à La Picasse à 21h en partenarait avec la Radio Communautaire de Richmond CITU. Venez célébrer la nouvelle année avec vos ami(e)s. Il y aura un petit goûter & un verre de vin à minuit. La musique enregistrée bilingue jouera avec les belles tunes que vous écoutez au 104,1 FM. Billets à l’avance jusqu’au 23 décembre sont 15$ la personne. Après le 23 déc. les billets seront 20$ chacun. DES JEANS SONT INTERDITS. Venez avoir du fun avec nous en commençant l’année avec de la joie. New Year’s Ball at La Picasse in partnership with Radio Richmond CITU on December 31st from 9pm to 1 am. Come celebrate the New Year with us while eating finger foods and a free glass of wine at midnight. Bilingual music as you hear on 104,1 FM will be playing. Advanced tickets (before December 23rd ) are 15$ each and after December tickets will be 20$ each. NO JEANS ALLOWED. Help us bring in the New Year with Joy.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Noel-A Christmas with J.P. Cormier and The Elliot Brothers -Let the Holidays Begin!


Looking for some great entertainment leading up-to the holidays, I have an excellent event that will definitely fit the bill. Noel-A Christmas with J.P.Cormier and the Elliot Brothers will take place at the St. Georges Channel Hall in St. Georges Channel on December 14th, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 and they can be obtained by calling 1-902-345-0616 or 1-902-345-2641. This is sure to be a great concert and what a way to kick off the holiday season.

Friday, 9 December 2011

6th annual Old Fashion Christmas Supper Rescheduled for Tonight

6th Annual Old Fashion Christmas Supper (with all the trimmings), which had to be rescheduled from last night will be held tonight - Friday - Dec. 9th - Starting at 4 pm - at the English Town Community Hall, charge $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children . Homemade pies & apple crisp -dessert.
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News from Commodore Greg of The Wallace MacAskill YC, St. Peter's, Cape Breton

I have just received some exciting news from Greg Silvers of The Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club, about an opportunity that may interest those of you who enjoy sailing and I want to pass it along.

Hello again all members and friends

Further to my messages in the past week or so about establishing an Yngling fleet in our area (St Peters, Isle Madame, Dundee, etc.) I wanted to let you know that I have received some early interest from a few people.

Regarding the idea that families could partner to co-own one of these fine little racing boats, Jeremy Hillyard has indicated he is interested in a half share - so if anyone else is so inclined, please let me or him know (DrJeremy.Hillyard@gasha.nshealth.ca).

I also have an expression of interest from one other sailor for a boat for his family, plus I am looking to purchase another one myself. So there's a potential of 3 already. There is a fleet of 8 boats available, on trailers, in Maine (pending further details and inspection, these are reportedly in very good condition except for sails).

Once again, to summarize the whole idea here:
- low cost, recently retired Olympic class keelboats are exciting to sail in fleet or match racing.

- it looks like a boat on trailer, in good condition, will cost in range of $3k. Sails may need to be replaced. The boats have to be hauled back from Maine. I have a quote in the works for fleet pricing on 'economy RB Stevens' class legal sail (main and jib)

- such a fleet would be a good step toward creating more actiitvity and more interest in sailing in our area. For example, we could get a weekly club race on a weekday evening going all summer - we could include the Y class in our own regattas, we could visit other local regattas and bring our class to their events....

- these boats are ideal for kids, and for seniors: very safe, positive flotation, exceptionally fast and stable, dry in 'friendly racing' conditions. Can be easily sailed solo (whitesail), or with crew of 1 or 2 more.

- very inexpensive to maintain (20.5' loa, on trailers, masts stepped by hand, etc.)

Gerry Gibson has confirmed we could easily set up a mooring field for a fleet of these boats at the Lions Marina.
So, I am keen to hear from any of you who have any interest!

We are looking to have a winter get-together, tentatively Jan 26 in St Peters, more info to come on that, and it may be a good time to see if this idea for a new racing fleet has any legs.

Happy holiday to you all,

Commodore Greg
Wallace MacAskill YC, St. Peter's, Cape Breton

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

Destination Cape Breton Association’s industry sessions are fast approaching! Thank you to all those who have registered, and a quick reminder to those that are interested in attending to please register at your earliest convenience. DCBA staff is eagerly awaiting this opportunity to hear all about your season and to answer any questions you may have regarding their recent contributions and successes. These sessions are excellent networking and brainstorming opportunities, so please do not hesitate to come out! Sessions take place as follows: December 7th Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre 10:00am, December 7th Bras d’Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter’s 1:30pm, and December 9th the Delta in Sydney 10:00am.

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, we are always trying to find something different to give as gifts or send out to the people we care about during the holidays. I always look forward to going to the mail box and finding Christmas Cards from family and friends, it is such a heartwarming traditional way of keeping in touch with the people you care about over the holidays. If you are looking for a card that will also remind your friends of home, the St. Peter’s Community Club may have just the answer for you. The winning photos from the Community Clubs Photo Contest have been chosen and are now available as delightful winterscape cards. The Cards are $6 for a pack of six cards (one from each photographer) and 6 envelopes. This is a fundraising effort with all the proceeds donated to the Nicolas Denys Museum, in St. Peter’s. The cards are available at Jeantie's Mini-Mart, Shamrock Store, C & M Video, Home Hardware in St. Peter's, Fleur de Lis Store (Rockdale), the East Coast Credit Unions in Richmond County and St. Josephs Credit Union.

To help lessen the stress of Christmas shopping, Richmond County has some great shopping locations that will make picking that special gift item a lot easier. Some of Richmond's most sought after shopping spots are Glad Tidings the Christmas Shoppe in St. Peter’s, Lynn’s Flowers and Gifts, Mac’s Celtic Shop and Lawton’s Drug Store, Forget Me Nots Gift Shop located in St. Georges Channel, and in Petit de Grat, La Picasse gift boutique which all have a beautiful variety of Christmas gift ideas. Until next week have fun as you prepare for the holidays.

Old Fashion Christmas Supper Tomorrow Night


There will be a 6th Annual Old Fashion Christmas Supper with all the trimmings on Thursday December 8th. It start at 4 pm at the English Town Community Hall. Prices are $12.00 and $6.00 for children. Homemade pies & apple crisp dessert.

Friday, 2 December 2011

View of Richmond

The countdown is on with only 23 days left until the big day is here. I love the holidays; the hustle and bustle, everyone putting up their decorations, children making their Christmas lists and all the great Christmas activities put on by the community groups which are so much fun to attend. And Richmond has a wonderful variety of events planned this season. Tonight, St. Peter’s will be hosting the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree, located next to Foodland Grocery, at 6pm with Santa present to give out candy canes to all the children. Following the tree lighting there will be live entertainment and refreshments at the St. Peter’s Fire Hall. There will also be a Family Square Dance held at the United Church Hall in St.Peter’s from 7 to 9pm with Music by Donna Marie DeWolfe and Al Martin.
A Relay for Life fundraiser will be held at the MacBouch Beverage Room and Restaurant in St. Peter’s on December 3rd, from 1-4pm. The event will have an auction with Christmas items, baked goods and a 50/50 ticket draw and great music from local entertainers. Also on December 3rd, the Noel Isle Madame Community Christmas will take place at LeNoir Landing in Arichat from 2:30pm until 6pm. On December 4th, a Christmas Bingo will be held at the Riverdale Community Centre in Lower River starting at 2pm. Also on the 4th, there will be Community Breakfast held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 in Arichat from 8am until 11am. And make sure to take in the Children’s Christmas Concert at the Lakeside Community Centre in Sampsonville on the 4th; what a perfect event to gets us into the holiday spirit. The concert will start at 2pm.
If you are looking for a card that will also remind your friends of home, the St. Peter’s Community Club may have just the answer for you. The winning photos from the Community Clubs Photo Contest have been chosen and are now available as delightful winterscape cards. A box of 6 cards is $6. Money raised from the sale of the cards will go to the Nicolas Denys Museum. The cards are available at Jeantie's Mini-Mart, Shamrock Store, C & M Video, Home Hardware in St. Peter's, Fleur de Lis Store (Rockdale), the East Coast Credit Unions in Richmond County and St. Josephs Credit Union.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Seinfeld in Sydney Tomorrow Night



Comedy Superstar Jerry Seinfeld will perform at 7pm tomorrow night at Centre 200. Tickets for Seinfeld’s show are $99.50 for floor and the lower bowl seats. Upper bowl and the fourth level club seats are $79.50. Tickets are limited, but seats are still available online at www.tickets.capebreton.ca, at the Centre 200 box office and Savoy Theatre box office, or charge-by-phone at 902-564-2200.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

The countdown is on until Christmas. There are just 25 days until the big day is here. I love the holidays; everyone is out putting up their decorations, the children are making their Christmas lists and every community is hosting events that are so much fun to attend. And Richmond and the surrounding areas have a wonderful variety of events planned. On November 30th, Richmond Academy will be hosting their first Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Variety show from 6 to 9pm at Richmond Academy. On December 2nd, St. Peter’s will be hosting the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree, located next to Foodland Grocery, at 6pm with Santa present to give out candy canes to all the children. Following the tree lighting there will be live entertainment and refreshments at the St. Peter’s Fire Hall. Also on the 2nd, there will be a Family Square Dance held at the United Church Hall in St. Peter’s from 7 to 9pm with Music by Donna Marie DeWolfe and Al Martin, so dust of your dancing shoes and come and enjoy the music. A Relay for Life fundraiser will be held at the MacBouch Beverage Room and Restaurant in St. Peter’s on December 3rd, from 1-4pm. The event will have an auction with Christmas items, baked goods and a 50/50 ticket draw and great music from local entertainers. Also on December 3rd, the Noel Isle Madame Community Christmas will take place at LeNoir Landing in Arichat from 2:30pm until 6pm. And there will be a Christmas Bazaar and Tea held at the Strait Area Evergreen Senior Club in Port Hawkesbury from 1-4pm. On December 4th, a Christmas Bingo will be held at the Riverdale Community Centre in Lower River starting at 2pm. Also on the 4th, there will be Community Breakfast held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 in Arichat from 8am until 11am. There will also be Merchandise Bingo held at the Fourchu Hall starting at 2pm. And make sure to take in the Children’s Christmas Concert at the Lakeside Community Centre in Sampsonville on the 4th ;what a perfect event to gets us into the holiday spirit. The concert will start at 2pm.

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, we are always trying to find something different to give as gifts or send out to the people we care about during the holidays. I always look forward to going to the mail box and finding Christmas Cards from family and friends, it is such a heartwarming traditional way of keeping in touch with the people you care about over the holidays. If you are looking for a card that will also remind your friends of home, the St. Peter’s Community Club may have just the answer for you. The winning photos from the Community Clubs Photo Contest have been chosen and are now available as delightful winterscape cards. The Cards are $6 for a pack of six cards (one from each photographer) and 6 envelopes. This is a fundraising effort with all the proceeds donated to the Nicolas Denys Museum, in St. Peter’s. The cards are available at Jeantie's Mini-Mart, Shamrock Store, C & M Video, Home Hardware in St. Peter's, Fleur de Lis Store (Rockdale), the East Coast Credit Unions in Richmond County and St. Josephs Credit Union.

To help lessen the stress of Christmas shopping, Richmond County has some great shopping locations that will make picking that special gift item a lot easier. Glad Tidings the Christmas Shoppe in St. Peter’s, is always a must when doing your Christmas shopping. Lynn’s Flowers and Gifts, Mac’s Celtic Shop and Lawton’s Drug Store, also have a beautiful variety of Christmas gift ideas to suit your shopping needs. And don’t forget Forget Me Nots Gift Shop located in St. Georges Channel, where you can find 90% locally made gift items, just perfect for Christmas giving. In Petit de Grat, La Picasse gift boutique has some excellent gift ideas for the Christmas season. Well I hope, this will help with your Christmas shopping, until next week have fun as you prepare for the holidays.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Find Your Holiday Spirit at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design


Wow! It is less than a week away from Holiday Spirit. This annual fundraising event will kick off with an evening of fun, craft, entertainment, and refreshments by Allegro on Thursday, December 1st from 5pm to 9pm. The event promises to entertain you and fill your spirit with martinis & canapes Thursday December 1st, 5pm to 9pm. Tickets are $35. Following the evening event on December 1st, an artisan boutique shopping experience will take place on the 3rd Floor Loft of the Centre for Craft and Design on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. For more information on Holiday Spirit or to reserve your tickets for this evening shopping event, contact Tim at 539.7491 ext 116. Holiday Spirit, find yours at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design!Below are the dates and times for this festive event:

December 1st, 5pm to 9pm (Private Shopping Party, by ticket only)
December 2nd, 5pm to 8pm
December 3rd, 10am to 6pm
December 4th, 12pm to 5pm

Holiday Spirit is a fine craft market to help discerning shoppers find that special one-of-a-kind gift for those on their Christmas Lists.

This event is sure to draw shoppers from near and far and the new holiday advertisement from the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design is sure to attract lots of interest for Cape Breton.
The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design's advertisement for Holiday Spirit aired this week on CTV. If you have not had a chance to see it, click on the title of this post to check it out.

Christmas Concert at the Fortress of Louisbourg

During the holiday season I love to take in as many of the holiday concerts and special events as I can. It is the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas. This information has just come to my attention about a Christmas event taking place at the Fortress of Louisbourg that you will definitely be interested in, so I am passing it along. Hope to see you there.


December 11, 2011
Holiday Harmonies

Join us in celebration of the holiday season at the Fortress of Louisbourg for our annual holiday concert. 'Holiday Harmonies' features Coro Cantabile and tickets are just $25.00.

Venez célébrer la saison des Fêtes avec nous à la Forteresse de Louisbourg lors de notre concert des Fêtes annuel. « Holiday Harmonies» met en vedette la chorale Coro Cantabile. Les billets sont 25$.

Fortress Louisbourg Association and Sydney Architectural Conservation Society presents -

HOLIDAY HARMONIES, Sunday December 11 from 3 to 5 pm, in the Fortress Louisbourg 18th Century Chapel featuring the CORO CANTABILE.Tickets are $25.00 each by advanced credit card sale by calling 733-3552.
Refreshments and a special presentation at intermission.

Tickets are $25.00 each by advanced credit card sale by calling 733-3552.

Refreshments and a special presentation at intermission.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Great Christmas Gift Ideas from LaPicasse

This information has just come to me from the desk of LaPicasse, the French Cultural Center in Petit de Grat. This may interest anyone looking for Christmas gift items from our Acadienne Region, so I would like to pass it along.

Des nouveautés à La Boutique de La Picasse : Des photos acadiennes cadrées, des cartes de souhaite acadiennes générale et des cartes acadienne de NOËL. Nous avons eu le livre ‘’Acadian Lives in Cape Breton’’ et aussi des livres d’enfants variés. Venez ouère et supporter nos artistes locales. Pour plus d’information, appelé 226-0149.



The Boutique at La Picasse now has an assortment of Acadian cards, general Acadian Christmas cards and Acadian framed photos. We also have the book ‘’ ’Acadian Lives in Cape Breton’’ and we also have a variety of children books. Come visit our well stocked Boutique at La Picasse, in Petit de Grat and support our local artists. For more information please call 226-0149.

Tourism in Richmond County

Richmond County is gearing up for the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit of the season than attending the Festival of Trees. Yes, the Festival of Trees will be taking place on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. This is one of my favorite festivals because it is such an uplifting event. First, it is for a great cause with donations coming in for the Food Bank and second, it gets the whole community in the mood for Christmas. The children take part decorating their entries, either in the individual or child group categories, the community groups as well as the retail and commercial industry always do a spectacular job with their entries. This year's festival has an excellent schedule with lots of events planned for the whole family, including the highlight of the event, a visit from Santa.
This year's event includes a Family Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 10:30am with Santa Claus available for a Picture Session with the kids from 10:30 until 11:30am. The Kidd Brothers will be on hand with their entertaining and interactive children's band from 11:30am until 12:30pm and the very popular Santa's Corner is back again this year with the children taking part in making crafts, a coloring contest, and making up a Wish List for Santa taking place from 1pm to 4pm. The Official Tree Lighting takes place at 6pm followed by the reading of the classic Christmas story "The Night Before Christmas" read by one of the Elves at Santa's Workshop, with milk and cookies for the kids. Following this there will be live entertainment from 6:30 to 8:30pm, followed by mulled cider and hot chocolate served with Cape Breton's favorite treat on any occasion, oat cakes.On Sunday, the festival will run from 12pm until 2pm. The schedule of events include viewing and voting for your favorite Christmas tree, cookie decorating, mingling with your favorite fictional characters, the silent auction will continue, and Santa will again be on hand for pictures with the children. With live entertainment running from 1pm until 2pm. Upon completion of voting and the Silent Auction, there will be the presentation of awards for the best trees as well as the awarding of items to the lucky winners of the Silent Auction. Sounds like lots of fun, so bring the kids out to the Festival of Trees on this Saturday and Sunday. Now where did I put my Christmas decorations?

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

The tourism season on Cape Breton has come to an end for another season. Now we have the opportunity to look back at this past season and see how the island fared in the tourism market and start to plan for the future. This past season Cape Breton witnessed some remarkable feats in its tourism industry. First being designated as the number one island destination in North America and second, being named third best island destination in the world; that is definitely something to be proud of. It is now our goal to keep our standing at this top class level in order to continue to draw visitors from around the world. The Bras d’Or Lakes also received recognition and drew attention to the island when it attained designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. These two factors probably had a lot to do with well known travel writers from around the globe traveling to Cape Breton to experience first-hand our culture, scenery and experiences for which we are known.
This past season Destination Cape Breton Association worked diligently to increase our presence in the tourism market. It placed an information kiosk on the Halifax waterfront in order to direct visitors to our area. It also made extensive upgrades to the CBIsland.com website, which was an asset to the tourism operators, making it more efficient for them to effectively update their individual listings and give visitors who are planning to travel to Cape Breton a more complete view of what the island has to offer. Numbers pertaining to visitors to the area were down in the first part of the season but made a rebound in the latter part of the summer and into October. Overall Cape Breton fared very well with approximately 90,000 plus visitors paying Cape Breton a call. These numbers were higher than those seen in other tourism locations in Nova Scotia. DCBA continues to move forward with plans to best market the island to insure that the tourism industry continues to grow. They will be holding information sessions around the island with stakeholders of the tourism industry, where the DCBA staff will take the opportunity to highlight some of the islands exciting milestones and accomplishments, which are primarily as a result of the operators’, businesses’, and community organizations’ commitment and support to Cape Breton’s growing tourism industry. Operators will be updated on the opportunities available to become more involved within the industry throughout 2012. These sessions, which are free to the public, will be a great place to network, a chance to keep up-to-date on the many successes in the industry and an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the community. The sessions will take place December 5th - Inverary Inn in Baddeck 10:00 am, December 6th - Inverness Fire Hall 1:00 pm, December 7th - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre 10:00 am, December 7th - Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s 1:30 pm and December 9th - Delta, Sydney 10:00 am. To register go to http://www.cbisland.com/signup/.
This past season also saw some changes made to the tourism scene in Richmond County. Destination Richmond Tourism Cooperative dissolved its association, leaving the tourism industry in Richmond fully under the guidance of Jeff Stanley at the Municipality’s Economic Development and Tourism Department. Charlene Marshall who had been Destination Richmond’s Partnership Coordinator moved over to the Municipality’s Tourism Department for the initial transition, but has since taken a teaching position with the Nova Scotia Community College. Having worked closely with Charlene I am very sorry to see her leave the tourism field and want to express my thanks for all she tried to accomplish during her time in charge of DRTC.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

View of Richmond

With the end of the traditional tourism season on Cape Breton, it gives us a chance to look back at this past season and start to plan for the next. This past season Cape Breton has witnessed some remarkable feats in its tourism industry. First being designated as the Number one island destination in North America and second, being named third best island destination in the world; that is definitely something to be proud of. It is now our goal to keep our standing at this top class level in order to continue to draw visitors from around the world. Cape Breton also saw the Bras d’Or Lakes receive the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which also helps draw attention from around the world. This past season some of the best known travel writers from around the globe traveled to Cape Breton to experience firsthand our Cape Breton culture for which we are known. And Destination Cape Breton Association has worked very diligently increasing our presence in the Halifax mainstream and have also undergone an extensive upgrade to the CBIsland.com website, which is an asset to our operators, so they can effectively update their individual listings and give our visitors a more complete view of what the island has to offer.

DCBA continues to move forward with plans and learning sessions to insure that the tourism industry continues to grow. And as part of this effort a series of free information sessions will be held around the island to which all industry operators are invited to attend. During these sessions, DCBA staff will take the opportunity to highlight some exciting milestones and accomplishments to date, primarily as a result of the operators, businesses and communities organizations commitment and support to Cape Breton’s growing tourism industry. Operators will be updated on the opportunities available to become more involved within the industry throughout 2012. These sessions will be a great place to network, a chance to keep up-to-date on the many successes in the industry and an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the community. The sessions will take place December 5th - Inverary Inn in Baddeck 10:00 am, December 6th - Inverness Fire Hall 1:00 pm, December 7th - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre 10:00 am, December 7th - Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s 1:30 pm and December 9th - Delta, Sydney 10:00 am. To register go to http://www.cbisland.com/signup/.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

On October 15th, another season came to an end for the St. Peter’s Visitor Information Centre. This season, off to a slower than usual start, saw fewer visitors during June and July. It did not take long to get back on track when summer temperatures finally arrived with the start of August and into September. There are always so many factors to take into consideration when looking at why the season unfolds the way it does; the untraditionally cold wet start to the season, the economic situation in the US and Europe , the high price of gas, and the high Canadian dollar. But it is nice to see that, in the end, the season turned our reasonably well. Numbers were down marginally, but not a bad season at all.

Now that the tourism season is over, we can again start planning for the upcoming season and there are already meetings scheduled for the Saltscapes Travel Expo in Halifax next spring. I just received a request for information from a bus tour company planning four tours. Even with the close of the St. Peter’s VIC, advertising of events will continue in order to bring as much attention to the area as possible. I will continue to update our events on the Tourism Spotlight Blog and in my columns, so if you have community events coming up please email me and I will be happy to add them to our list. My e-mail address is annmarieyorke@hotmail.com and to check the events on-line please go to tourismspotlight.blogspot.com for an up to date line up of events taking place in Richmond County, as well as the rest of Cape Breton.

Here are some of the local events taking place in Richmond County. On October 29th & 30th, come to a Halloween Haunted House at the Tara Lynne Center in River Bourgeois from 6-9pm. Admission is $3.00 a person. Also on Sunday October 30th, La Picasse will be holding a Giant 45’s Card Play at 2pm. Admission is $10.00 with prizes of $300.00, $200.00 and $100.00, as well as door prizes. Advance tickets are being sold at La Picasse. On Sunday, October 30th, there will be a 45s card play at the Riverdale Community Center starting at 8pm. On the 30th the St. Francis De Sales CWL Fall Fair will be held at the Riverdale Community Centre.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

MSN Gives Cape Breton Top Marks


The Cabot Trail made it onto MSN.ca's list of the top Fall Drives in Canada. MSN commented on our Fall foliage and highligthed the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site as some of the season's most spectacular.

Friday, 21 October 2011

2011 Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce Best Tourist Attraction Award Goes To The Cape Breton Bikefest


Cape Breton Bikefest has been awarded the 2011 Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce Best Tourist Attraction Award. This is the second year that the Cape Breton Bikefest has won the People's Choice Award for Best Festival or Event. They were up against some pretty tough competition including the Celtic Colors International Music Festival. This has been a very successful year for the Cape Breton Bikefest organization with this year's festival bringing in 15,000 bikers to Cape Breton to take part in the event, which was an increase over last year's 10,000 attendees. Cape Breton Bikefest organizers do an excellent job in promoting their event, and the organization is very fortunate to have a great group of people made up of generous sponsors, partners and a loyal volunteer base, working along with the organizations diligent board of directors working behind the scenes to ensure the event is successful. Congratulation on another very successful season.

View of Richmond

On October 15th, another season came to an end for the St. Peter’s Visitor Information Centre. This season, off to a slower than usual start, saw fewer visitors during June and July. It did not take long to get back on track when summer temperatures finally arrived with the start of August and into September. There are always so many factors to take into consideration when looking at why the season unfolds the way it does; the untraditionally cold wet start to the season, the economic situation in the US and Europe , the high price of gas, and the high Canadian dollar. But it is nice to see that, in the end, the season turned our reasonably well. Numbers were down marginally but not a bad season at all.

Now that the tourism season is over, we can again start planning for the upcoming season and there are already meetings scheduled for the Saltscapes Travel Expo in Halifax next spring. Even with the closer of the St. Peter’s VIC, advertising of events will continue in order to bring as much attention to the area as possible. I will continue to update our events on the Tourism Spotlight Blog and in my columns, so if you have community events coming up please email me and I will be happy to add them to our list. My e-mail address is annmarieyorke@hotmail.com and to check the events on-line please go to tourismspotlight.blogspot.com for an up to date line up of events taking place in Richmond County, as well as the rest of Cape Breton.
For events taking place in Richmond, Thursday, October 20th the Kitchen Party at the River Bourgeois Seniors 50+ Club will take place from 7-9pm. This event will run every second Thursday evening during the winter months. Monday October 24th, there will be a Lasagna Dinner served from 11am to 1pm at La Picasse in Arichat. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance at La Picasse or by calling 226-0149. On October 29th & 30th, come to a Halloween Haunted House at the Tara Lynne Center in River Bourgeois from 7-10pm. Admission is $3.00 a person. Also on Sunday October 30th, La Picasse will be holding a Giant 45’s Card Play at 2pm. Admission is $10.00 with prizes of $300.00, $200.00 and $100.00, as well as door prizes. Advance tickets are being sold at La Picasse.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Out the Meadow by Bev Brett Comes to The Masonic Hall, Baddeck

“Out of the Meadow” will take place at the Masonic Hall in Baddeck from October 21st to October 23rd. The play is written by Bev Brett and has received rave review by audiences where ever it has been seen. The Play was mentioned in the Can Revue May 2011 Issue, Playwrights Guild of Canada’s bi monthly newsletter of Canadian Plays: Out the Meadow by Bev Brett is mentioned as:
“A funny and haunting love story set against the backdrop of a colourful
Scottish Gaelic community in rural Cape Breton Island. Archie MacLean, an
entertaining storyteller, a charming liar, and a compulsive birdwatcher falls in
love with Lisa, a singer songwriter from away, whose career has taken a
downturn. Their coming together is joyous and inevitable but as the world
closes in on Archie both he and Lisa are thrown into struggle to survive from which only one emerges.” Out the Meadow was first produced in 2009 at Forerunner Theatre, in Halifax. I also play at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro on main stage from June 29th threw July 24 of this year, where it drew very positive reviews, such as this one by Andrea Nemetz, Entertainment Reporter from the Halifax Herald on July 6th,2011.
“dazzling and memorable”

“It’s worth the trip to Parrsboro to see this new, technically dazzling production…makes you part of the lives of three memorable characters and leaves you recalling their stories long after you’ve left the theatre.”
Now audiences here in Cape Breton will now have the opportunity to enjoy this delightful Cape Breton Love Story, written by the very talented Bev Brett first hand. It will be presented by the St. Ann’s Bay Players at the Masonic Hall, in Baddeck on the following dates: Friday, October 21, 2011 from 7:30pm until 9:30pm, on Saturday, October 22, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm and on Sunday, October 23, from 2pm until 4pm. For info' or reservations, phone 929-2426

Tourism in Richmond County

The Celtic Colours International Music Festival has been an overwhelming success in the Richmond County area as well as around the whole island. Richmond had visitors come into the area to take in the festival, many for the sixth and seventh time, just because they have enjoyed the festival so much. The interest in the festival was not only in the shows but the whole community; the meals and tours and many functions held in conjunction with the festival. The community dinners are one of the most popular features. I know here in Richmond our community dinners sell out every night they are offered, with the St. Georges Channel Fishcakes and Beans and L’Ardoise Sounds and Supper by the Sea always a hit with visitors.

The musical venues in Richmond had the most amazing variety of talent. BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet drew rave reviews from those who came into the Visitor Information Centre talking about the performance. A Touch of the Irish organizers heard visitors commenting that this year’s concert was the best they had ever attended in Lower River. St. Peter’s Ceilidh On the Canal continues to sell out year after year with visitors commenting how much they enjoy this venue. And not only are the visitors who attend the show impressed with the performance, but those behind the scenes who volunteer and the entertainers, who are always amazed by the community group who prepares the meal for all those taking part. I was told by festival organizers that it is never hard to get volunteers for the St. Peter’s event. The River Bourgeois’s community group did an excellent job entertaining visitors with their Afternoon Kitchen Ceilidh and meal as did the community groups on Isle Madame who did tours of the Notre Dame de L’Assomption Church and an afternoon of music and Roast Turkey Dinner and St. George's Channel community’s Arm of Gold Song Session. The afterhours Kitchen Rackets held nightly throughout the festival at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter’s and at L’Auberge Acadienne Inn in Arichat and at the MacDonald Country Inn in St. Peter’s on the nights of their respective area's concerts were major hits with the visitors and helped to add to the visitors Cultural experience of being able to sit back and relax with the local entertainers and mix with members of the local community, which always adds to the memories of those attending the festival. With comments about the fabulous times they are having attending the festival and how they are planning on coming back next year, is it any wonder that the Celtic Colours International Festival has been listed among the finalists for the TIAC 2011 Canadian Tourism Awards in the National Cultural Tourism Category. The Tourism Awards were established in 2003 to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry and to honor those people, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond the norm to offer a top quality visitor experiences to travelers visiting Canada. Celtic Colours definitely fits the bill offering 45 concerts with the best of Celtic entertainers from abroad as well as the best of Canadian Celtic performers, and combined with 300+ community events running right across Cape Breton Island and being able to maintain a volunteer base that works very hard to make sure the festival is a success and in doing so offers an experience that would be hard to top anywhere in the world. Our hats are off to the Celtic Colours International Festival organizers and congratulation for this year’s nomination, you deserve it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Christmas Ideas from Velo!


This has just come to me from Jacques Cote (jacques.cote@ns.sympatico.ca)of Velo Cape Breton. It is a great idea for Christmas gifts for any cycling enthusiasts, so I thought I'd pass it on. Check out the Velo Cape Breton website at velocapebreton.ca!


Hello!

It's been almost 2 years since the last order of VCB Clothing has been made. Over the last 6 months numerous inquiries have been received for VCB clothing for which we could not fill. Sooooo, we are mounting an order for jerseys, vests and jackets for Christmas delivery. Yes, Halloween is not yet passed that we're talking about Christmas gifts already.

The second edition of the acclaimed VCB jersey design is distinctive, visible and neat. See attached pictures.

The Short and Long Sleeves models are made out of the Light Micro Airdry technical fabric that wicks moisture and improves airflow to regulate body temperature and keep you dry. Both styles are available in men and women cut. More info here.

New this year, we will order vests. The Performance WindDry vest info here .

The Vests and the Jackets Unisex are made out of WindDry technical fabric to keep you warm and protect you against elements while managing moisture. More info here.

Short Sleeve Jersey = $65. Long Sleeve Jersey (full zip) = $85. WindDry Vest = $103. WindDry Jackets = $145. All prices quoted include HST. See order form attached.

Samples of each clothing to try are being shipped by Louis Garneau and will be available this weekend at the Cape Breton Farmers Market on Keltic Drive this Saturday, Oct 22, between 9:00 am and noon (In the back room on the left hand side). BTW, even if you have your assortment of VCB colours, you are more than welcome to the Market to see what they have to offer and meet other cyclists..

These Fit kits will be returned to Garneau on October 26th, so if you want to make sure the jersey you will buy fits, here's your chance.

There are minimum amounts to reach in each style. As usual, this is a prepaid order so cash or cheque will confirm your order. Order to be completed by November 1st for delivery just in time to put under the Christmas tree.

For you living outside of Sydney, here's the sizing chart for the clothing. It works.

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

We'll stay in touch!

Jacques

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Red Green's Personal Wit & Wisdom Tour Comes to Glace Bay This Week!


Put on your flannel shirt and dig out your duct tape as Canada’s favourite lovable, wacky handyman, Red Green takes to the road in his first cross Canada one-man show! Showtime is Tuesday October 20 at 7:00pm at the Savoy Theatre. Tickets are $57.00.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Celtic Colours Sells Out!


Tonight's Final Event of the Celtic Colours International Festival, The Barra Macneils' Celtic Roots & Branches has Sold Out. I hope everyone enjoys the show tonight!

Celtic Colours Ticket Availability- and Events For October 15th



Dancing up a Suete (2pm) – Cheticamp
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime:
Dancing Up a Suête
2:00 PM, La Place des arts Pére Anselme-Chiasson, Cheticamp, Tickets: $30/25

The suete winds of Cheticamp are famous. Our newest dance show will blow you away with high energy dancing from several traditions.
La Swing du Suête | Asham Stompers | April Verch Trio | Sylvie Doucet |Stephanie Aucoin | Ian MacDougall | Maybelle Chisholm McQueen

Community Meals
Fricot Musicaux
Hometown Kitchen, Cheticamp - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (Menu Pricing)

Fricot Musicaux
Harbor Restaurant and Bar, Cheticamp - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (Menu Pricing)

Visual Art Series
Farmers and Artisans' Market
Le Quai Mathieu, Cheticamp - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Free)

Open Studio Series
Proud to be Hookers Studio, Petit Étang - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Free)

Open Studio Series
Seasonal Treasures Gallery & Gifts, Cheticamp - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Free)

Mentors & Musical Minds (2pm) – Mabou
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

Mentors & Musical Minds
2:00 PM, Strathspey Place, Mabou, Tickets: $35/30/25
Traditions survive because one generation passes them down to the next. Today is an example of how it is happening in Mabou. Suas e!
Glenn Graham | Kimberley Fraser | Stan Chapman | Joe Murphy | Féis Mhàbu Youth Performers | Brian Doyle

Learning Opportunity:
Rug Hooking Workshop:
Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ($60 includes kit)

Pearl Stringing for Beginners:
Scotsville School of Crafts, Scotsville - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ($55 (materials included)

Visual Art Series
Living in a Painting: Cape Breton Island en Plein Air Exhibit:
J. Franklin Wright Gallery at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Free)

Lakeside Impressions 2011:
Scotsville School of Crafts, Scotsville - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (No fee, donations accepted)

Textile Festival Exhibit
Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Adult $3 / Students & Seniors $2 / Family $5)

Pipers Ceilidh (2pm) – Gaelic College
SOLD OUT! Zero tickets available for this concert.

The Barra MacNeils (7:30pm) – Sydney
SOLD OUT! Zero Tickets available for this concert.

Community Meals:
Spaghetti and Meatball Supper
Sydney Forks Recreation Centre, Sydney Forks - 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM ($10)

Visual Art Series
The Nova Scotia Art Bank Exhibition
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Free)

Gallery Exhibition: Roots and Branches
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Free)

Celtic Colours en Plein Air Viewing
Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney - 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM (Free)

Friday, 14 October 2011

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!


3 of the 6 Celtic Colours International Events have already Sold Out! A Full Slate in L'Ardoise and On These Rocky Shores in Main-A-Dieu have tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime. Now That The Work Is Done in Glace Bay has tickets available through the Savoy Theatre Box Office.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Leave It To The Ladies is Sold Out!




Tonight's Celtic Colours International Event in Iona no longer has any tickets available, but hose hoping to see Scotland's Mairearad Green will have another chance tomorrow night at the Orangedale Whistle! Those hoping to see Cathy Ann MacPhee will have a chance Saturday at The Barra MacNeils' Celtic Roots & Branches in Sydney and those hoping to see Cape Breton's own Ryan MacDonald will have one last chance Saturday night in St. Ann's for the Piper's Ceilidh!

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!



Guitar Summit in Judique and My Old True Love in Baddeck have SOLD OUT! But there are still some tickets available at 4 of the other 6 Celtic Colours International Events. Leave It To The Ladies in Iona, The Hills Are Alive in Ingonish, Devilish Duos in Belle Cote, and Kickin' Up A Storm in Sydney River will all have limited tickets available at the door an hour before showtime or you can check the Celtic Colours Box Office at 1-888-355-7744 until 4pm.

Tourism in Richmond County

Visitors to Richmond County, who are attending the Celtic Colours concerts, have been very happy with what they experienced so far and they are sure to be thrilled with the concerts that they are still to witness. On October 12th, enjoy "Ceilidh on the Canal", starting at 7:30 pm, St. Peter's Lions Club, St. Peter's, Tickets start at $25. This ceilidh is a true mix of musical styles - Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and a twist of Bluegrass. You just never know what may transpire on stage with Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert, Anna Massie, Mairearad Green, Niamh Ní Charra, Crowdis Bridge and Gillian Head all performing. The Ceilidh on the Canal has been and remains a popular fixture which offers an excellent variety of talent that has their audience coming back year after year. Before the concert visitors can enjoy Fishcakes and Beans at the St. George's Channel Hall, St. George's Channel starting at 4:00 pm. On October 14th take in "A Full Slate", 7:30 PM, L'Ardoise Community Center, L'Ardoise; tickets start $25. From super-talented fiddle and guitar playing to foot stomping dancers, you'll be blown away. Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear J.P. Cormier & the Elliott Brothers and Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews will attest to their amazing talent combined with the Asham Stompers from Western Canada and Richmond’s Allie Mombourquette; it should be an incredible event. But even before the main event takes place sit back and enjoy a traditional Kitchen Party at the Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois, with the entertainment starting at 2:30pm and running until 4:30pm and the corn chowder and chicken soup dinner running from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.

During the festival there are also a variety of learning opportunities which will be taking place each day. For a full list of these experiences go to www.celtic-colours.com. And make sure to take in the Kitchen Racket each night at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn from 10pm until 1am. Admission is$2.00 with a ticket stub from that night’s concert or $5.00 without a ticket stub, and players are admitted free. But even after the Celtic Colours Festival has ended there will still be lots of activities taking place for our visitors to experience. On October 16th there will be a Merchandise Bingo held at the Tara Lynne Community Centre in River Bourgeois starting at 1:45pm. And on Thursday October 20th, the Kitchen Party at the River Bourgeois Seniors 50+ Club will begin. The Kitchen Party will run every second Thursday during the winter from 7-9pm. On October 24th, there will be a Lasagna Dinner held at La Picasse in Petit de Grat from 11am until 1pm, cost $10.00 per person with only 50 tickets sold in advance. Pick up your at La Picasse, 226-0149. And on October 29th and 30th, the young and old who enjoy the spookier side of Halloween, can take in the Halloween Haunted House which at the Tara Lynne Community Center from 7 to 10pm, admission is $3.00.

Until next week I hope you have a great time at the Celtic Colours Festival.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!



Good News! There are still tickets available for 4 of the 6 Celtic Colours International events tonight! The Song & The Songsmith in Mabou, Foot Stompin' Fun in Aspy Bay, Gaelic In The Glen in Glendale, and Women Of Song in Sydney all have tickets available at the door from 1 hour before showtime.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!


There are tickets available for 5 of tonight's 6 Celtic Colours International Events! We Are All Cousins in Cheticamp, A Touch of the Irish in Riverdale, Piano Summit in Sydney River, Close To Home in Christmas Island, and the Cow Bay Ceilidh in Port Morien all have tickets available at the door before showtime. Please check with the Celtic Colours Box Office at 1-888-355-7744 for last minute availability!

Tickets Still Available For Tonight's Celtic Colours International Festival


Celtic Colours International Music Festival Tickets Available for Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

CLOSE TO THE FLOOR (7:30PM)-MABOU
Zero tickets available -SOLD OUT!

WE ARE ALL COUSINS (7:30PM)- CHETICAMP
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

A TOUCH OF THE IRISH (7:30PM)- LOWER RIVER
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

CLOSE TO HOME (7:30PM)- CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime

COW BAY CEILIDH (7:30PM) - PORT MORIEN
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

PIANO SUMMIT (7:30PM) - SYDNEY RIVER
tickets available through Celtic Colours Box Office until 4pm.
Tickets available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

Celtic Colours Box Office: 1-888-355-7744 or 1-902-567-3000
The boc office will be open from 10am until 4pm today.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Attend Madame Grandchamps Cabaret and Join Author Elaine Sawlor and Other Story Tellers from the Fortress As They Share A Tale or Two About Louisbourg

A Celtic Colours International Festival Participatory event. Madame Grandchamps Cabaret: Join us at Madame Grandchamps Cabaret at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site to hear and share a tale or two about Louisbourg. Featuring author Elaine Sawlor and other storytellers from the Fortress of Louisbourg.This event will take place on Wednesday October 12th. from 2pm until 4pm. Regular admission fees to the site apply. For more information phone 1-902-733-3552.

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!


4 of the 6 Celtic Colours International events tonight still have tickets available. Collectively Celtic in Sydney Mines has tickets available at the door from 1 hour before showtime. Friends & Family in Albert Bridge also has tickets available at the door before showtime. From the Boyou to D'Escousse still has some tickets available at the door. There's a Land Somewhere at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre has tickets available through the Celtic Colours Box Office at 1-888-355-7744.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Velo Events planned for Celtic Colours

Velo Cape Breton has forwarded this information along us here at the Visitor Information Centre and I think you will find this interesting.

Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004. Visit our website info@velocapebreton.ca that will introduce you to some of our activities.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10. will go a long way. It's your 2011 legacy to the rising generation. To join click here.

Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TUESDAY MORNING IMPROMPTU RIDES GOING FAT... TIRES

This week it's in Iona/Grand Narrows for the CELTIC COLOURS Ride - Bicycle Tour of Grand Narrows and Derby Point Rd.

Tuesday, October 11th

Meeting: Grand Narrows Waterfront, Grand Narrows
Time: 1:00 PM

Bring your bike (or rent a bike in Sydney) to tour Grand Narrows and Iona. School children from the local school will participate and give cyclists a brief history of the area's culture and origins. 60% of the ride is on a gravel road.

More info: Sharon Brummund - (902) 622-2197- sbrummund@ns.sympatico.ca


INAUGURATION HERITAGE TRAIL - Whitney Pier

Friday, October 14th

Time: 11:00 am.

Part of the CBRM Active Transportation Plan, this off-road trail overlooks Sydney Harbour and the former lands of the steel plant. Once remediation of the Tar Ponds is completed, the trail will connect with Downtown Sydney and beyond.

More details of the event will be available next week. Stay tuned!

HIKE THE COXHEATH COLOURS & CEILIDH

Saturday, October 15th.

A Time to enjoy the splendor of the fall colours on the Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail. Along the trail stop to listen to musicians and to chat with wildlife experts.
Saturday, October 15th from 1-4pm. Join the fun at the Ceilidh in Knox Hall with fiddler Hanna Stockley and Kolten MacDonnell on keyboard. Refreshments for sale. The trail And Hall are located on Coxheath Raod at the Blackett’s Lake turnoff. Event is free Donations are welcome. For information call 1-902-564-6352

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CELTIC COLOURS HIKES IN CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Wednesday, October 12: Acadian Trail

Thursday, October 13: Branch Pond Look-off Trail.

Friday, October 14: Franey Trail

Guided hikes starting at 10:30 a.m.

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish.

Celtic Colours Tickets Available!



4 of the 6 Celtic Colours International events for tonight are sold out! Tickets are available at the door for Back Together in Boisdale and there are limited tickets available at the door for Legendary Celts in Marion Bridge.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

A Taste of The Festival is set for Tonight at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney

If you are looking for a truly Celtic Experience, you will definitely way to take in "A Taste of the Festival", tonight starting at 7:30PM, at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on the Esplanade in Sydney. Tickets: are $40/35/30 and are available through the Celtic Colours Box Office by phone at 1-877-285-2321 or on line at www.celtic-colours.com or in person at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.
The line up of talent is exceptional and includes: the Blazin' Fiddles of Scotland, The Black Family with songs of Ireland, Ronald Bourgeois and Hilda Chiasson-Cormier with music of Acadian flair, and BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet with the lively toe tapping music of Louisiana and a Cape Breton concert is not complete without at lease a few tunes from one of Cape Breton's best fiddlers Dwayne Cote. A Taste of the Festival what it advertises, a taste that will leave your craving more and more, and the festival has lots more to offer throughout the days ahead. So come on down and enjoy the Celtic Experience.

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Friday, 7 October 2011

View of Richmond

Fall is up on us, and the weather is seasonal and the changing leaves are beautiful. It has always been one of my favorite times of the year, and it is great to see that our visitors are agreeing with me, as they stop by the visitor centre and comment on how beautiful the leaves are. Of course they are also curious as to why so many homes seem to have large amounts of old furniture and other items at the end of their driveways! Oh well! They seem to understand once I explain about heavy garbage pickup. A couple of questions asked by our visitors are why do some of the homes have a star hung on the front of them. I was not sure myself what the star indicated, and one of my visitors actually brought me in the explanation. The star is a barn star which was viewed as a symbol of good luck to many farmers as they still are today, and make a very popular decorative accent to a garden wall or home front. Here is a generally accepted view of what the some of the different colours indicate as it pertains to the Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Brown means earth, can also mean friendship and strength; Green indicates growth, fertility, success in things and ideas that grow; Orange indicates abundance in career, projects and matters needing an added push, just to mention a few.

Great to see lots of visitors travelling in October and there are lots of events planned for them to experience. On October 8th, take in an Old Fashioned Grand River Square Dance and Social at the Grand River Fire Hall from 8:30pm until midnight, admission $7.00. On October 9th, Development Isle Madame Association will host Family Fun Day (free event) at the Cap Auguet Eco Trail, Boudreauville Entrance from 2-4 pm, with a BBQ, games and prizes; great fun for the whole family. The Riverdale Community Center has two events taking place on October 16th, the Riverdale Jamboree will take place from 2 to 5pm, admission is $5.00 and at 8pm the weekly Sunday Night Riverdale’s 45 Card play will resume. On October 24th, there will be a Lasagna Dinner from 11am until 1pm. Tickets $10.00 and can be picked up at La Picasse in Petit de Grat.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tourism in Richmond County

Visitors to Richmond County, who are attending the Celtic Colour Concerts are in for a treat, starting with “From the Bayou to d’Escousse: D’Escousse fais do do”, on October 10th, at 7:30 PM, D'Escousse Civic Improvement Hall, D'Escousse, tickets: $30/25. An Acadian community welcomes home her Cajun cousins from the Bayou. The songs will flow in both official languages along with tunes from here and there. Ronald Bourgeois, BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet, James Keelaghan, Mckayla MacNeil, Kayla Bona, and Clifford Carter. Patrons of this show are in for a unique experience with BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet, since forming in 1975, these Grammy winners have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in Music. Their music takes on the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and add flavours of zydeco, new Orleans jazz, tex-mex and country and blues to come up with their own recipe for a performance that will have captivate their audience and make it hard to stay in their seats. To fill in your afternoon before the show you may want to take in a Day of Celebration with Friends of Notre Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral: a musical afternoon at the Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The festival has everything covered to make the events as simple as possible before the concert event take in one of the delicious Community Meals on Monday, October 10th enjoy a Roast Turkey Dinner at the Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

On October 11th concert goers can enjoy "A Touch of the Irish", at 7:30 PM at the Riverdale Community Center, Lower River Inhabitiants, tickets: $30/25. In a community with Irish roots, some of Ireland's finest singers and instrumentalists, made up of Alan Kelly Gang, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin & Órla Ni Cheallaigh will meet a father and daughter vocal duo, Richmond County’s own very talented Cyril MacPhee and his daughter Haley. During the day enjoy Sounds and Supper by the Sea at Lobsters R Us, Lower L'Ardoise - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ($30), or take in the Isle Madame Lights: Experiential Tour and Chowder Lunch at Lennox Passage Provincial Park, Lennox Passage -10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ($30 includes lunch).

On October 12th, enjoy "Ceilidh on the Canal", starting at 7:30 pm, St. Peter's Lions Club, St. Peter's, Tickets start at $25. This ceilidh is a real "visit" - Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and a twist of Bluegrass. You just never know what may transpire on stage. Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert, Anna Massie, Mairearad Green, Niamh Ní Charra, Crowdis Bridge and Gillian Head. The Ceilidh on the Canal has been and remains a very popular venue which offers an excellent variety of talent that has their audience coming back year after year. Before the concert visitors can enjoy Fishcakes and Beans in St.George's Channel Hall, St. George's Channel - 4:00 pm.

On October 14th take in "A Full Slate", 7:30 PM, L'Ardoise Community Center, L'Ardoise; tickets start $25. From super-talented fiddle and guitar playing to foot stompin' dancers, you'll be blown away. Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear J.P. Cormier & The Elliott Brothers and Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews will attest to their amazing talent combined with the Asham Stompers and Allie Mombourquette, it should be an incredible event. But even before the main event takes place sit back and enjoy a traditional Kitchen Party at the Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois - 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and enjoy a tasty meal. During the festival there are also a variety of learning opportunities which will be taking place each day. For a full list of these experiences go to www.celtic-colours.com. And make sure to take in the Kitchen Racket each night at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn from 10pm until 1am. Patrons can attend with a ticket stub from a concert event for $2.00 or without a ticket stub for $5.00 and players are admitted free.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Count Down Is On-Only 3 Day Until The Start of The Celtic Colours International Festival

Celtic Colours Events taking place in Richmond County-October 2011

October 8th.
Artisan Show and Sale
St. George's Channel Hall, St. George's Channel - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Free)

If you are still looking to hear some great Celtic Music come and enjoy the
Kitchen Racket each night at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn from 10pm until 1am. Patrons can attend with a ticket stub from the Celtic Colours concert for
$2.00 or without a ticket stub for $5.00 and players are admitted
free. The Kitchen Racket event at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn will run from October 7th thru October 14th.

For Visitors interested in doing a day sail while in the area for Celtic Colours, call Cape Breton Sailing Charters at 1-902-631-5050 and set up an appointment with Captain Greg for a day on the lake.

On October 10th The Celtic Colour Concerts series in Richmond County
starts with “From the Bayou to d’Escousse: D’Escousse fais do do”, at
7:30 PM, at the D'Escousse Civic Improvement Hall, D'Escousse, tickets: $30/25.
An Acadian community welcomes home her Cajun cousins from the Bayou.
The songs will flow in both official languages along with tunes from here
and there. Ronald Bourgeois, BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet,
James Keelaghan, Mckayla MacNeil, Kayla Bona, and Clifford Carter.
Patrons of this show are in for a unique experience with BeauSoleil
Quartet avec Michael Doucet, since forming in 1975, these Grammy
winners have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun
group in Music. Their music takes on the rich Cajun traditions of
Louisiana and add flavours of zydeco, new Orleans jazz, tex mex and
country and blues to come up with their own recipe for a performance
that will have captivate their audience and make it hard to stay in
their seats.
The festival has everything covered to make the events as simple as
possible before the concert event take in one of the delicious
Community Meals on Monday, October 10th enjoy a Roast Turkey Dinner at
the Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Learning opportunities are also available during the day for the enjoyment of visitors to the area.
Day of Celebration: Historic Cathedral Tour
Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($5)
Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ($35)
Weaving Demonstration
Port Hastings Museum, Port Hastings - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Donations accepted)
Advanced Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($35)
Beginner Tin Whistle Workshop
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($15)
Square Dancing Workshop: Roddie's Set
St. Peter's United Church Hall, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 5:15 PM ($10)
Day of Celebration with Friends of Notre Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral: Musical Afternoon
Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($12)
Celtic Guitar Chording
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($35)
Day of Celebration: Historic Cathedral Tour
Notre Dame de l'Assomption Parish, Arichat - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM ($5)
If you are still looking to hear some great Celtic Music come and enjoy the
Participatory Events held after the Celtic Colours Concert.

There will be two Kitchen Party events on at L'Auberge Acadienne Inn in Arichat, in conjunction with Celtic Colours on Monday, October 10th, from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM ($5 without your concert stub or $2 with a concert ticket stub and the one at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's from 10pm until 1am, with the same charge as detailed at L'Auberge Acadienne Inn.

On October 11th concert goers can enjoy "A Touch of the Irish", at
7:30 PM at the Riverdale Community Center, Lower River Inhabitants,
tickets: $30/25. In a community with Irish roots, some of Ireland's
finest singers and instrumentalists, made up of Alan Kelly Gang,
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin & Órla Ni Cheallaigh will meet a father and
daughter vocal duo, Richmond County’s own very talented Cyril MacPhee and his
daughter Haley,will be match up to create an evening you won’t soon
forget.
During the day enjoy Sounds and Supper by the Sea at Lobsters R Us,
Lower L'Ardoise - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ($30), or take in the Isle Madame
Lights: Experiential Tour and Chowder Lunch at Lennox Passage
Provincial Park, Lennox Passage -10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ($30 (includes
lunch)).
Learning Opportunities that are available during the day for the enjoyment of the visitors. Isle Madame Lights: Experiential Tour and Chowder Lunch
Lennox Passage Provincial Park, Lennox Passage - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ($30 (includes lunch))
Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ($35)
Advanced Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($35)
Celtic Guitar Chording
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($35)
Visual Arts Series
Beyond the Colour Wheel
Gallery Ruairicroft, St. George's Channel - 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM ($10)

On October 12th, enjoy "Ceilidh on the Canal", starting at 7:30 PM,
St. Peter's Lions Club, St. Peter's, Tickets: $30/25. This ceilidh is
a real "visit"--Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and a twist of Bluegrass.
You just never know what may transpire on stage. Howie MacDonald,
Brenda Stubbert, Anna Massie, Mairearad Green, Niamh Ní Charra,
Crowdis Bridge and Gillian Head. The Ceilidh on the Canal has been and
remains a very popular venue which offers an excellent variety of
talent that has their audience coming back year after year.
Before the concert visitors can enjoy Fishcakes and Beans in St.George's
Channel Hall, St. George's Channel- 4:00 PM.
There are a number of learning opportunities that are available for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ($35)
Scottish Country Dancing Workshop & Tea
L'Ardoise Community Centre, L'Ardoise - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($15)
Advanced Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($35)
Beginner Tin Whistle Workshop
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ($15)
Celtic Guitar Chording
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($35)
Visual Arts Series
Celtic Colours en Plein Air: Richmond County Paint Out
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Beyond the Colour Wheel
Gallery Ruairicroft, St. George's Channel - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ($10)

On October 14th take in "A Full Slate", 7:30 PM, L'Ardoise Community
Center, L'Ardoise, tickets: $25/$30. From super-talented fiddle and
guitar playing to foot stompin' dancers, you'll be blown away. Anyone
who has had the opportunity to hear J.P. Cormier & The Elliott
Brothers and Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews will attest to their
amazing talent combined with the Asham Stompers and Allie
Mombourquette, it should be an incredible event.
But even before the main event takes place sit back and enjoy a traditional Kitchen Party at the Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois - 2:30 PM to 5:30
PM and enjoy a tasty meal.
There are a number of learning opportunities available for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle Class
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ($35)
Luthier Workshop with Johannes Sturm
Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter's - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ($20)
Open Studio Series
Grey Seal Weaving, Lower L'Ardoise - 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Free)

Out Door Event:
Walkabout Chapel Cove
L'Ardoise Community Centre, L'Ardoise - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Free)

Afternoon-Kitchen Party
Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois - 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM ($10 (includes meal- corn chowder/soup supper with dessert, tea or coffee, which will be served after the music, from 4:30 to 5:30pm))

Friday, 30 September 2011

CBC/Radio Canada Celebrates Open House Tomorrow


CBC/Radio Canada is celebrating 75 years in service with an Open House at 285 Alexander Street, Sydney on October 1st. from 11am to 3pm. They have lots of activities planned including a BBQ and Cake, entertainment with local musicians, interactive displays, a tour of the facility, face painting, kids activities and more. So drop by and help CBC celebrate.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Highland Village Launches Campaign to Develop Fund for Youth to Learn Traditional Cultural and Music Skills

This Press Release has just been brought to my attention and I want to pass it along to anyone who might find it interesting.



Press Release: Highland Village Launches Campaign to Develop Fund for Youth to Learn Traditional Cultural and Music Skills

On Saturday, August 6th, the Highland Village in Iona hosted its 50th Annual Highland Village Day Concert. That event marked five decades of celebrating and promoting Scottish Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia through one of Cape Breton’s original Scottish concerts. Over those 50 years many young up-and-coming entertainers got their start on the Highland Village stage.

To mark this important milestone, and to ensure that cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions continue to flourish with our youth in Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society launched Stóras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support and assistance to up-and-coming Nova Scotia youth between the ages of five and twenty-one, who are eager to advance their skills in the Gaelic tradition including the following: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song, and step dance.

The Treasurers of Youth fund concept was inspired by the enthusiasm of the late Michael Anthony MacLean , a well known fiddler from Washabuck, Nova Scotia who always had a keen interest in assisting youth to further their skills in playing traditional Cape Breton music - especially the fiddle.

Initially, we intend to capitalise the endowment fund with a minimum of $35,000. The intention is to develop an endowment fund, whereby the capital would not be used - rather only the annual earned income - which would then be awarded and disbursed to a successful applicant(s). Thus, the Society has initiated the “Complete the Tune” Campaign through which monies will be raised to capitalise the fund. The main feature of the campaign is the sale of musical notes from “Michael Anthony MacLean’s Birthday” - a march composed by Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils.
More information on the fund, including a downloadable brochure, is available on the fund’s website www.treasuresofyouth.ca All donors will be provided with a charitable tax receipt.
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society in Iona was founded in 1959 to create the Highland Village Museum, to share and promote the Gaelic culture and heritage of Nova Scotia. Today, the Society continues to carry out this mission through the operation of the Highland Village Museum in Iona, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, as well as, initiatives to support the growth and development of Gaelic language and culture.
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Rodney Chaisson
chaissrs@gov.ns.ca
(902) 725-2272

Monday, 26 September 2011

Textile Festival Opens October 7th


This information is has come to my attention for the October 7th Textile Festival which will run until October 24th at the Inverness County Centre for The Arts. It will tie in very well with the Celtic Colours International Festival.

Oct. 7th the Textile Festival will open at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. This exhibit will run until Oct. 24th and is a celebration of all things fibre. The festival has become a bi-annual event and this year’s curator, Anne Morrell Robinson, has brought in fibre artist from across the Maritimes to display their work. When we think of textiles we often think of household goods or clothing. This show will make you re-think textiles and fibre art. To explain what fibre art is all you need to know is that the art is made using a fiber as the starting point. It might be thread, wool, wood fibre, or perhaps a fibre you never thought about. The art might be stitched, woven, felted, hooked, or embellished in many unusual ways. What is being done is only limited by the artist’s imagination. The artists who make these creations come from as close as Inverness and from as far away as Newfoundland. They all share a love of working with their hands to make items that lift up their spirits. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on Friday evening Oct. 7th from 6:00 pm to 7:30.
For those visitors here for Celtic Colours, it is a great opportunity to experience other art disciplines that Cape Breton is known for. The workshops are: Fabric Landscapes with Margie MacIsaac on Wednesday October 12th, Fabric Postcards with Regina Marzlin on Friday October 14th, and Rug Hooking with Yvette Muise on Saturday October 15th. For more information or to register please contact the Inverness County Centre for the Arts by calling 1-902-258-2533 or email www.invernessarts.ca

Friday, 23 September 2011

Coming Soon The 1st. Annual Hammer In Louisbourg -Don't Miss It

Attention all visitors coming to Cape Breton for the Celtic Colours International Music Festival, why not extend your visit for another few days and take in this unique event.
I love the variety of events a visitor can take in while visiting Cape Breton Island. Most folks might think OK Cape Breton Island, we can take in great Ceilidhs or festivals and historic Museums, and take a sail on the many boat tours, but what about the Cape Breton Black-Smith Association putting on an event where visitors can witness first hand their members as they demonstrate their skills using 18th to 21th century tools and methods and what better location to do this but at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. But that is exactly what our visitors can expect as they take in Hammer In Louisbourg on October 22nd and 23rd. The admission is $7.30 for adults, and $6.05 for seniors and $3.65 for youth or a family fee of $18.10. Price includes regular entry to the site plus the added value of watching the blacksmiths make various items, for example nails, welding, decorative items etc. The event runs from 9.30am until 5pm on Saturday, October 22nd, and from 9:30am until 2pm on Sunday October 23rd. Visitors are welcome to join the Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association on site for a fee of $35.00 or by going to the website www.cbblacksmiths.com to be become a member in advance.

View of Richmond

Now that Cape Breton’s festivals are starting to wind down, we turn our anticipation towards the Celtic Colours Music Festival. The schedules are out and the ticket sales seem to be going quite well, with some venues selling out almost immediately. But that does not mean that you are too late to purchase your tickets, there are still lots of venues with tickets available. Here in the Richmond County area, we are fortunate this year to have four venues and other venues within driving distance, for those who want to take in the after hours Kitchen Racket Jam Session at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's, which runs throughout the Celtic Colours week.

The opening concert “Distant Sons and Daughters” at 7:30pm on October 7th takes place in Port Hawkesbury with an excellent line up. This event will be preceded by Supper at the Causeway at the Port Hastings Fire Hall from 4:30-6:30pm, as part of the Celtic Colours Community Meals series. On October 10th the Celtic Colours concert “Bayou to D’Escousse: D’Escousse fais do do”, will take place at the D’Escousse Civic Improvement Hall starting at 7:30pm. The concert will be preceded by a Roast Turkey Dinner at the Notre Dame de L’Assomption Parish Hall in Arichat from 4 to 6:30pm. On October 11th the Celtic Colours concert “A Touch of the Irish” will take place at the Riverdale Community Center in Lower River Inhabitants. The concert will be preceded by Sounds and Supper by the Sea held at Lobsters R Us in Lower L’Ardoise from 1 to 5pm. This event will offer a Ceilidh from 1-3 and Lobster Supper from 3-5pm. Local fishers, musicians, and artisans will be on hand to help create an unforgettable experience by the sea for our visitors. On October 12th, St. Peter’s will host the Celtic Colours concert “Ceilidh on the Canal” starting at 7:30pm. This event will be preceded by a delicious Fishcakes and Beans Supper at the St. George’s Channel Hall starting at 4pm. On October 14th, I am happy to announce a Celtic Colours Concert in L’Ardoise for the first time; “A Full Slate” starting at 7:30pm. With the array of talent on their program it will definitely not be their last. This event will be proceeded by a Kitchen Party starting at 2:30pm and Chowder Supper starting at 4pm, at the Tara Lynn Community Centre in River Bourgeois.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Festival Celebrates Aquaculture Industry

Looking for something to do on the weekend, well I may have just the answer. This information has just arrived at my desk from Destination Cape Breton, about an event taking place on Saturday September 24th in Waycobah First Nations.It should be a great cultural experience.

Festival Celebrates Aquaculture Industry 14th annual Aquaculture Harvest Festival
Saturday, Sept. 24th, at the Waycobah First Nation.This year's event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the We'koqma'q Mi'kmaw School, 80 Reservation Road.The festival features live local entertainment, an oyster shucking demonstration, an aquarium with trout and shellfish, and face painting.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Drum and Fife Winter Lessons Available at the Fortress of Louisbourg

I am happy to pass this information along from the Fortress of Louisbourg Association, to all the young folks who would be interested in taking drum and fife lessons this winter.


The Fortress of Louisbourg Association Presents:

Drum and Fife Winter Lessons

The Fortress Louisbourg Association is seeking new recruits for the
drum and fife program. Come out and show us your musical talent!

Session 1 ($40) : October 29 – December 3rd
Session 2 ($50) : January 14th – March 10th
Session 3 ($50) : March 24 – June 2nd
Open to all students ages 10 and over.

Lessons will take place at Cape Breton University every Saturday at 10am.
Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.
Phone: 1-902-733-3548
Email: d_pitch1@hotmail.com or michellelaheyfla@gmail.com
Website: www.fortressoflouisbourg.com