Wednesday, 13 November 2013

18th Annual Festival of Trees November 16th and 17th At The St. Peter's Lions Hall

Festival of Trees – Schedule

November 16 & 17, 2013
St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Lots of New Activities This Year!
Santa’s Favorite Cookie of the Year ContestCalling all bakers! Do you think you bake the best cookie? Here’s your chance! Bake 100 bite sized cookies for the public to taste and vote by secret ballot. Santa will declare a winner during the official opening at 6:30pm. Call Shanna at 535-2987 to register. (Limited to 10 bakers so register ASAP!)
Return of the Reindeer Hunt!Santa’s reindeer have escaped! Help Santa find the missing reindeer at participating businesses in St. Peter’s on Saturday, November 16th. Pick up a “Missing Reindeer” sheet at the Festival of Trees, then use the clues on the sheet to find Santa’s missing reindeer. There are special deals at businesses where you find the reindeer! As long as you find at least one reindeer, you can bring back your sheet to the Festival by 9pm on Saturday for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from one of a dozen participating businesses!
Jingle Bell Family Fun Run / WalkSUNDAY AT 9AM – 2.5km or 5km option. Wear your Santa hat & bring an unwrapped toy for the Shelby Shines on Toy Drive.  Following the run, join us at Louie’s cozy corner for a “runners special” breakfast!
Register your Tree Today!


FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Family Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Picture Taking with Santa
Time: 9:30 – 11:00am
Cost: $5.00/picture
Kidd Brothers
A Festival favorite!  Join the Kidd Bros for music, bubbles, and tons of fun!
Time: 11:00 – 12:00pm
Break for Lunch!
A light lunch is available for purchase at the Festival or check out the Lunch Specials at one of our local businesses.  New Menu!
Time: 12:00pm
Santa’s Favorite Cookie of the Year Contest
The first 100 tasters get to vote!
Time: 12:30
Santa’s Corner with crafts, coloring contest, cookie decorating and Santa’s wishlist
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Official Tree Lighting
Time: 6:00pm
Santa’s Workshop Milk & Cookies
The Night Before Christmas read by Santa’s Elves.
Time: 6:00pm
Musical Entertainment
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hot Mulled Cider, Hot Chocolate and Christmas Snacks
Time: Following Entertainment
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Jingle Bell Family Fun Run / Walk
2.5km or 5km option. Wear your Santa hat & bring a donation to the Shelby Shines on Toy Drive.  Following join us at Louie’s cozy corner for a “runners special” breakfast!
Time:  9:00am
Tree Voting & Silent Auction
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Cookie Decorating, Visits from your Favorite Fictional Character! Picture Taking with Santa
Time: 12:00am – 2:00pm
Break for Lunch!
A light lunch is available for purchase at the Festival or check out the Lunch Specials at one of our local businesses.  New Menu!
Time: 12:00pm

Musical Entertainment
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Announcement of Winners and Presentations & Silent Auction Awarded
Time: Following Voting & Silent Auction Finish
Tear Down
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Don't Miss the 18th Annual Festival of Trees in St. Peter's and Start the Christmas Season Off Right!!!


The 18th Annual Festival of Trees in St. Peter's November 16th & 17th at the St. Peter's Lions Hall, St. Peter's

Enter A Tree & Join the Reindeer Hunt!Village on the Canal Association is pleased to present this year's Festival of Trees. As in previous years, businesses are invited to:

1) advertise sales / specials / events occurring during the Festival weekend
2) advertise upcoming sales / specials / events
3) enter a tree in our commercial category!

The REINDEER HUNT Returns!

Businesses are also invited to participate in the HUNT for Santa's reindeer! Festival visitors will be encouraged to locate special reindeer (provided by VOCA) in pre-determined businesses in the village, and to record a unique identifier of that reindeer on a "Reindeer Wanted" sheet. VOCA will provide businesses with the reindeer to place in a visible location within their store. Consumers who complete the hunt for Santa's reindeer will be entered in a random draw to win a prize from a local business. VOCA will award winner with a $50 gift certificate from one of the participating reindeer-hosting businesses! We would also encourage businesses with the Reindeer to offer discounts to Reindeer Hunters. We’ve been in touch with some folks already, but if you haven’t heard from us yet, please email info@visitstpeters.com to let us know if you would like to OPT IN to the REINDEER HUNT!

The more information we have about YOU plan to offer that weekend, the better we can advertise at the Festival of Trees. So please let us know about your weekend specials and if you'd like to opt in to the Reindeer Hunt. The deadline to let us know is November 12th.

Over 500 people visited the Festival of Trees last year - let's work together to make sure many of these people also shop our local community!

Send your information to Amanda at info@visitstpeters.com or contact me for more information (631-0690).

Friday, 18 October 2013

Highland Village celebrates Oidhche Shamhna-Halloween



Highland Village celebrates Oidhche Shamhna - Halloween
 
The Highland Village in Iona will soon celebrate one of its favourite days on the Gaelic calendar - Oidhche Shamhna, or Halloween. For three nights October 24-26, the Highland Village brings to life stories and superstitions through its Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks program.
 
Oidhche nam Bòcan, features a special evening stroll through the Highland Village by lamp light, complete with costumed guides, stories, skits and memorable interactions. Highland Village personnel and volunteers work hard to introduce new story lines and surprises every year. This year there are some fun twists that the whole family will enjoy.
 
There will be short skits as you enter a number of the buildings in small groups. The action will focus on some of the old Gaelic superstitions and there will be some encounters along the way between buildings as well. This is a wonderful way to experience some of the old Halloween traditions.

The tour is followed by a céilidh in "The Tuning Room" with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is an experience for the whole family. Prepaid reservations are required. Tickets are $12 per adult, $28 per family, or $5 per student. The program runs from 7 each 9 pm each evening.
 
For more information contact us (Toll free)1-866-442-3542 or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca.
 
The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is a living history museum and folk-life centre located in Iona, Cape Breton Island, overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

With the Cold Temperatures Starting To Set In - Nothing Tastes Better Than A Gingerbreak Cookie With A Cup of Tea to Warm You Up.



 
 
Chewy Chocolate gingerbread cookies

 
 
 
 
 



 ½ cup chocolate chips (the darker the better)

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour

1 1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup butter

1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses

1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for rolling)

1 cup white chocolate chips, melted (for dipping)

Directions: Line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.

In another bowl beat butter and grated ginger.

Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.

In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water.

Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture.

Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture.

Mix in chocolate. Chill if you have time.

Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls; roll in granulated sugar.

Bake at 325 F until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes.

Cool and dip in melted chocolate. Makes about 3 dozen
 
 
 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Celtic Colours has arrived in St. Peter's. Check out the line up of activities taking place throughout the festival in St. Peter's!!

Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013
 


All the info about our Celtic Colours Kitchen Rackets is on this page!




This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.
 
Nightly Jam Sessions
From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Kitchen Rackets Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. The sessions begin after the Celtic Colours concerts, and usually get underway by 10:15 pm. This is a great opportunity for visiting musicians to join in with our local players and singers.

Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players and singers joining the jam is free. Open to 19 yrs and older only, please.

Each jam session is hosted by different players from St. Peter's and around the island. Our line-up this year includes musical hosts of all ages, featuring traditional and original Cape Breton music. Hosts will kick off their jam with a brief introductory performance and chat.

Kitchen Rackets Jam Hosts for Celtic Colours 2013
Fri. Oct. 11: Robert (SqueezyBob) Woodley and Tim LaBorie
Sat. Oct. 12: Leona Burkey with Allie Mombourquette, Rosie Bona & Jaidon Seymour
Sun. Oct. 13: Myles Davidson with Ross Ferguson, Ed Madden & Janine Mombourquette
Mon. Oct. 14: Bernie Landry et amis
Tues. Oct. 15: Hank Middleton & family
Wed. Oct. 16: Diasporado Band with Fork & Spoon
Thurs. Oct. 17: Bill Quimby
Fri. Oct. 18: Laurenn Marchand
 
Weekday Workshops
From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, and a square dance workshop at the St. Peter's United Church Hall.


Workshop descriptions are listed below.

Please contact the individual workshop leaders for advance registration or more detailed information on each workshop. All contact info appears in the descriptions below.
Roddie's Square Dance Society
Square dance lesson and session
Monday: 1:30 - 4pm
Join a gang of our regular dancers for some traditional sets and steps. Energetic dance tunes by live local players with an experienced caller. Come at 1:30 to learn the steps or get a refresher - then stay on for the dance. Novices welcome. Observers welcome. $10 at the door For more info please email Reg Landry at rslandry@hotmail.com  or call (902) 535-2903.
Dwayne Côté
Fiddle from Scratch
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm
Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played one before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.

Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Further your Celtic fiddle skills. This class is tailored for beginner to intermediate players and will focus on Cape Breton fiddle techniques and tunes.

Advanced Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm

An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the artform.

Celtic Guitar Chording
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm
Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.

Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:
anna-lisawhite@hotmail.com
 
Roger Stone
Scruggs and Clawhammer Banjo
Tues: 1 - 2 pm

This course will look at Scruggs or “Bluegrass”’ Banjo, as well as the mountain or Clawhammer style. Participants will learn methods of playing as well as proper set up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.

Singing 101
Tues: 3-4 pm

This workshop will provide insights and instruction into proper breathing and vocal techniques, an intro to reading music, including intervals, scales and harmony. Learn how to hear yourself sing! This workshop will benefit new singers, as well as veterans looking for a refresher, or some new practice techniques.

Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info from Roger directly by email at: bretunes@hotmail.com
 
Paul Davis
Beginner Tin Whistle
Mon and/or Wed: 2 - 3 pm
Paul Davis instructs this workshop that includes an introduction and brief history, basic scales, and music suitable for whistles. Paul will provide a list of relevant resources, websites, etc. and will give participants a CD of demo tunes at regular speed and slowed down to an easy pace. Maximum 15 participants, so be sure to book your spot.

Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info: pdwhistle@gmail.com

 
Johannes Sturm
Luthier's workshop
Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm
Local professional luthier Johannes Sturm will tailor this workshop based on participants’ interests, discussing violin making and repair; and maintenance including evaluation and minor adjustments to most stringed instruments. The workshop will be of interest to all stringed instrument owners and players. Bring your instrument!

This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat: aims@ns.sympatico.ca

 
J.P. Cormier
Guitar Workshop
Friday: 2 - 3:30 pm
A 90 minute journey through the musical mind and repertoire of J.P. Cormier. The maestro will discuss, demonstrate and perform from all styles of guitar, including flat
picking and fingerstyle, and through the various genres of each style. History of the music and instrument will also be discussed.

This class is $35 per person. Contact Greg Silver to reserve your seat: info@kitchenrackets.org

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Barn is Offering a Great Selection of Entertainment throughout Celtic Colours, Check it Out!!!!


Celtic Colours International Festival Opens in Just 3 Days! Check out the ticket available for events in Richmond County!!!


 


The Celtic Colours Festival, the music will fill the island.
 
 
 
 
 
 Just 3 days until the opening concert for Celtic Colours and the start of the Celtic Colours International Festival. Do you have your tickets yet? The St. Peter’s concert on October 16th is SOLD OUT and the Lower River Concert on October 15th has limited tickets left. Both the concerts in D’Escousse and L’Ardoise have a good number of tickets available at the moment, but don’t wait too long to call and get your ticket. The L’Ardoise General Store has some tickets available. The Sounds and Supper by The Sea event  at Lobster’s R Us are sold out, The tickets for the Arm of Gold Fish Cake & Bean Supper in St. Georges Channel are limited, but there are a good number of tickets available for the Arm of Gold Song Circle, and there are a good number of tickets available for the Turkey Dinner at Our Lady of Assumption Parish Hall in Arichat so get your tickets soon for these event so not to be disappointed.

With the Celtic Colors is just around the corner, Roddie's Square Dance Society will be putting on a participatory event-a square dance /workshop with live music on Oct. 14 at the St. Peter's fire hall from 1:30-2:30 followed by a dance from 3:00-4:00. There will be a light lunch from 2:30-3:00 and a craft sale by local crafters during the event. $10 for the workshop and dance and only $5 for the dance. Be there and be square!

 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Cape Breton Potato Soup- Nothing Better To Warm You Up On A Cold Fall Day! Delicious.


Potato Soup
 
On a cold fall or winter day there is nothing better to take that nip out of the air than a delicious bowl of homemade soup. I must admit I am a soup lover, and so I want to share with you this recipe that I came across for potato soup. I hope you enjoy it.

Potato Soup

 5 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup onions, chopped
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
3 tablespoons flour
8 slices bacon
2 1/2 cups milk
4 chicken bouillon cubes

Combine potatoes, onions and water in a boiling pan.  Bring to a boil. Add bouillon cubes, parsley, salt and pepper.  Cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until tender.Meanwhile, cook bacon and drain off fat and set aside. Combine 1 cup of milk and flour.  Add to soup.  Simmer until thick,stirring constantly. Add remaining milk. Heat until hot.  Crumble bacon over top and serve. This would be great served up with homemade rolls straight from the oven drizzled with butter. Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Cape Breton Island Continues to Receive Acclaim From The Travel Industry! Named One of 50 Places to Visit In Your Lifetime in Canada

The beauty of our scenery






Cape Breton Island

Our Attractions
What a boost for Cape Breton Island Tourism. Cape Breton Island named one of the 50th, places to visit in your lifetime in Canada,  Check it out! Congratulations, Cape Breton Island again for being so wonderful.

Cape Breton named one of 50 places to visit in your lifetime in Canada

As stated in the National Geographic, "Cape Breton has been included in a list of 50 locations to visit within your lifetime in Canada. With the launch of 50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada, National Geographic Travel brings together the best Canadian travel writers with iconic National Geographic photographers.
The world’s first digital super mag showcases all-new content from every Canadian province and territory and launches Oct. 1 on nationalgeographic.com/canada50. Additional content rolls out the entire month of October."

With this promotion by the National Geographic Traveler it will definitely have an impact on visitors planning to come to Canada and where they will visit. National Geographic Traveler has quite a following and has experts who know what the visitors are looking for and what they want in a vacation and to have Cape Breton listed among the 50 places to visit in your lifetime is quite a compliment. We know that Cape Breton is beautiful and has so much to offer visitors in the line of scenery  from our lakes and ocean beaches to our mountain ranges and world class attractions, activities, music and culture and now through National Geographic Traveler magazine visitors coming will also be aware of this. 

The content of the magazine falls into four categories: Country Unbound: Civilization and nature in harmony; Urban Places: Exploring great cityscapes; Wild Spaces: Wonders of the outdoors; and Paradise Found: Retreats to restore the soul, and we are overjoyed to have our island included for its special characteristics. Canada is a beautiful travel destination for visitors and we are so proud to among the top 50 places you will want to come to visit in your lifetime.

Our music and culture

Activities

Looking For Something Just A Little Different -Try Pumpkin Pie With An Almond Gingersnap Crumb Crust -And Enjoy!




Pumpkin  Pie With A Twist.
1 cup (250 mL) whole natural almonds
2 Tbsp. (10 mL) sugar
1 cup (250 mL) gingersnap crumbs (approximately 20 gingersnaps)
5 Tbsp. (75 mL) butter, melted
1 lb. (454 grams) fresh deli cream cheese
2/3 cup (160 mL) brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. (5 mL) grated orange peel
1/2 cup (2 mL) sour cream
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) canned pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. (5 mL) pumpkin pie spice
Sweetened whipped cream
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Spread almonds in a single layer on cookie sheet and toast 12 to 15 minutes in preheating oven until lightly browned. Cool; chop coarsely. Place a generous half cup of almonds in food processor bowl with sugar. Use metal blade and process until very finely chopped. Pour into a large bowl; add gingersnap crumbs and mix. Pour in the butter and stir well to combine. Press into bottom and side of a 10-inch pie plate to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes; set aside to cool. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar with orange peel until well blended. Beat in sour cream and the eggs, one at a time, until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Place pie shell on a cookie sheet; pour pumpkin cheese mixture into crust. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until filling is set. Let cool on a rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with sweetened whipped cream and remaining chopped almonds to serve.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Don't miss out on the opportunity to buy great local items at this weeks Port Hawkesbury Market October 3 from 3-6pm at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center




Don't miss out on getting great local products at the Port Hawkesbury Market on October 3rd from 3-6pm at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center.









Here are some of the great items available-remember buy local!!!

Wayne Johnson from Mainbrace International Ltd a wonderful selection of Nova Scotia Wines
 Forever Green Organic Farm - veggies, burgers, sausages
 Wild Flour Bakery - cupcakes and delicious treats
 GEMMS from Forest and Farm - fresh produce
 Buschmann's Sausages and Meats
 Martin's Fine Bakery - pretzels, pastries
 Claire's Variety Produce - produce, preserves
 Cornect Family Farm - honey products
 Rock Loaf Farm - wool products, meats
 ROC Society - home made breads and baked goods
 Gordon Patterson - model boats
 Evelyn Chisholm - wide variety of baked goods
 Farma'Sea - seaweed based spices and health products
 Encore Jewelry - handmade jewellery, songcatchers, etc. The pieces are made with from reclaimed Musical strings
 June Bowie - knitted products
 Chandlers Art - all natural soy tealight candles
 Bernie Wood - wood carvings
 Rose MacLeod - knitted and felted products
 Phyllis Ryan - unique beaded jewelry designs
 Forget Me Not - handmade crafts
 Vanessa Greenwood - delicious baked goods
 TABLES - your green thumb information center and hobby gardener produce
 Celtic Card Readings by Rita Warner
 Kingsville Farm Breads and Specialty Coffees/Teas
 Chisholm, Jolene -matted photos & greeting cards
 Dundee Wooden Crafts (R. Smith) salvage hardwoods into pieces of everyday use items
 McGuire, Sandra -Aroma Therapy body products, hair pieces, cards
 Punjab Spices -Authentic Indian Food
 Quintessence- hand knit/woven hats, scarves, one of a kind products
 Knoydart Farm Ltd (F. Hunter)- Organic Artisan Cheeses
 Wally Ellison- local author with his latest release
 **and our newest vendors**
 Bee Natural- Honey, all natural soaps, beauty products and beewax candles
 Nicole Fawcett- Sanddollars, hand-painted beach glass, hand-painted feathers, magnet

Come out to the MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge for a great evening of entertainment every Tuesday from 7-9pm






MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge's
Tuesday Night Jam Session

If you are looking for some great entertainment for this evening come to the MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge at 9975 Grenville Street, St. Peter's. Every Tuesday night MacBouch host the Jam Session where some of the best local entertainers come out to perform from 7 to 9pm. Make sure to come early and get your seat as the restaurant draws a sold out crowds each week to this very popular venue.


If You Are Visiting the Margaree Valley on the Cabot Trail, Check Out The Excellent Entertainment Taking Place This Evening In Their Dining Room














The Normaway Inn located at 691 Egypt Road is a lovely accommodation nestled at the foot of the Cabot Trail. It also offers an excellent menu in their dinning room, but that is not all it offers it's overnight and dinner guests an excellent variety of entertainment nightly in their living room.

This weeks entertainment includes on Tuesday night singer and guitar player, Lisa Cameron, Wednesday night folk singer and guitar player, Louis Arsenault entertains and Thursday Rachel Davis and her fiddle wows the visitors. Sunday and Monday entertainers for next week to be announced at the end of the week.  Friday's are set aside for the Concert-Ceilidh at the Barn starting at 8pm and a dance at 10pm. The tickets for the Barn are $10.00, $15.00 and $20.00 for reserved seating and can be purchased by calling 1-800-565-9463, or $10.00 at the door for regular seating. Canteen services are available at the Barn, and the Inn dining room opens at 5:30pm on Barn nights.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Normaway Inn in The Beautiful Margaree Valley the Perfect Location For Great Traditional Music, Great Food, Great Service and Great Accommodations
















Check out the Barn at the Normaway Inn at 691 Egypt Road, in the Margaree Valley for great entertainment and great service and comfortable accommodations. The tentative weekday schedule of traditional music by the fireside in the Normaway living room is as follows: Sunday, Hailee LeFort  Fiddler, Monday, Louis Arsenault folk singer and guitarist, Tuesday, Lisa Cameron singer and guitarist, Wednesday, Louis Arsenault and Thursday, Rachel Davis with her fiddle.
Special appearance in the living room on Saturday, September 28th will be Chrissy Crowley fiddler and recording artist. Free admission for both overnight and dinner guests, free will donations are welcome.
And on Friday stay tuned for the performers for the Concert-Ceilidh at the Barn. Concert time 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door, and for students under 19 $4.00 Reserved tickets are available as well at $1o.oo, $15.00 or $20.00 for more information call 1-800-565-9463.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Magicial Season of Christmas is quickly approaching, and if you have been looking for one of the sought after Elf on A Shelf creations I maybe able to help you out!



I love Christmas and all the holiday traditions that goes with it. I love the story of the elf on the Shelf in case you have not hear about the Elf on The Shelf below you will find some background information on what the elf is all about.












The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition


The poetic story dictates that the elf's main priority around the family's household is to keep watch over the children's behavior during the day and return to the North Pole overnight to report their behavior to Santa Claus, detailing any acts of obedience or misdeeds performed by a child during that particular day, returning home by the following morning. Starting from the day following Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the elf remains with its family to ensure that they behave properly throughout the holidays. However, the top policy regarding the Elf on the Shelf is to refrain from touching the creature, as doing so could permanently erase any Christmas magic with which the elf had been bestowed upon being named by the family. It is no longer capable of fulfilling its duties of recounting the events of the day to Santa Claus, cautioning that he may or may not learn about a child's behavior should the Elf on the Shelf be stripped of its holiday enchantment. Every day, the elf's position changes, providing the family with the responsibility of locating its current perch before its departure for the year on Christmas Eve.

These very sought after elfs are not always easy to come by, so if you are looking to find a location where you can get your child his or her very own elf on the shelf, I am happy to be able to relay the information that Glad Tidings the Christmas Shoppe in St. Peter's has just received a shipment  in.
 
"THE ELF ON THE SHELF" has arrived in stock today!!!!!! Along with the Elf Kit with boy or Girl Elf they also have a sweater for the boy a skirt and a tutu for the girl elf.
New this year is a kit with a child,s cooks hat and apron and one for the elf also DVD with the elf story. Shop early while quantities last

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Blue Berries Are Such A Healty Fruit For You, And This Dessert Is Excellent Served With A Glass Of Milk Or Cup Of Tea



****Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake****

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Crumble topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen, but do not thaw!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing together with a fork until crumbly; set aside. In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream together the remaining butter and sugar. Blend in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the flour mixture and cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour). Fold in the blueberries. (The dough is quite stiff, so be patient as you’re folding in the berries! Don’t mush them up!)

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crumble topping. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool, and cut into 9 large squares.

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Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

Crumble topping:...
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen, but do not thaw!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing together with a fork until crumbly; set aside. In another medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream together the remaining butter and sugar. Blend in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the flour mixture and cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour). Fold in the blueberries. (The dough is quite stiff, so be patient as you’re folding in the berries! Don’t mush them up!)

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crumble topping. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool, and cut into 9 large squares.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Count Down Is On-The Celtic Colours International Music Festival Starts in 16 Days!




The Celtic Colours International Festival is just 16 days away. The Festival will begin in Port Hawkesbury a the evening of October 11th, with the concert "North Atlantic Neighbours". The Barra MacNeils will welcome local entertainers as well as neighbouring entertainers from Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Shetland to the stage. It should be an excellent concert. It is also the launch the first of the St. Peter's Kitchen Rackets which will offer a nightly venue throughout the festival where visitors and locals alike can come after the concert and continue to enjoy the Celtic experience with music and song. 

Below is a list of concerts and the ticket availability as off September 25th.


Event Availability Date Time

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
North Atlantic Neighbours in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre- Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 - Time: 11:00 AM   
Acadian Celtic Crossroads in the Étoile De L'Acadie – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Time: 2:00 PM
Highlands and Islands in the St. Matthew's United Church – Tickets - Very Limited  

Saturday Oct 12, 2013 - Time: 5:00 PM
A Dinner of Wishes in the Sydney Armouries Victoria Park – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Kelly's Dream in the Boularderie School – Tickets - Sold Out

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 Time: 7:30 PM
Taste of the Festival in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion – Tickets - Limited

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
Tee and Tunes in the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Center – Tickets - Very Limited
 
Sunday Oct 13 2013 2:00 PM 

The Boys and Their Ballads in the Gaelic College – Tickets -  Sold Out
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM   

Step Into the Past in the Fortress Louisbourg Chapel – Tickets - Sold Out  
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Celtic Cabaret in the Membertou Trade & Convention Center – Tickets - Good
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Gaelic in the Fiddle in the Boisdale Fire Hall – Tickets - Very Limited
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM

Tunes for the Mira in the Marion Bridge Recreation Centre – Tickets - Good
Sunday Oct 13 2013 7:30 PM   

Whycocomagh Gathering in the Whycocomagh Education Centre – Tickets - Good
Monday Oct 14 2013 2:00 PM   
Comhla Cruinn in the Christmas Island Fire Hall – Tickets - Sold Out  

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM
Celtic Cabaret Too in the Membertou Trade & Convention Center – Tickets - Very Limited

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM    
Dry Bones in D'Escousse in the D'Escousse Civic Improvement Hall – Tickets - Good

Monday Oct 14 2013 7:30 PM
Far Flung Fiddles in the Judique Community Centre - Limited

Monday, Oct 14, 2013,Time: 7:30 PM  
North and South in the North River Community Hall – Tickets - Good

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM   
Playing for Keeps in the St. Matthew-Wesley United Church – Tickets - Very Limited

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
A Touch of the Irish in the Riverdale Community Centre – Tickets - Very Limited

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM    
Cow Bay Ceilidh in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 055 – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, Oct 15,  2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Dance Dance Wherever You May Be in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Limited

Tuesday, Oct 15 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
Dynamic Duos in the Our Lady of Fatima Church – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM
Orangedale Whistle in the Orangedale United Church - Tickets – Limited  

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
The Acadian Connection in the Place Des Arts – Cheticamp – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM
Ceilidh on the Canal in the St. Peter's Lions Club – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
For Alex Francis in the St. Mary's Parish Hall- Tickets - Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Heart and Soul in the Sydney River Protestant Church – Tickets -  

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM  
Louisbourg Crossroads in the Louisbourg Playhouse – Tickets - Very Limited

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
String Crossings in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Good

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  - Time: 7:30 PM   
Tunes for Scotty in the North Highlands Elementary School – Tickets - Limited

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  5:30 PM
Music of the Night in the Fortress of Louisbourg – Tickets - Sold Out  

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  7:30 PM
Friends and Fiddles in the Greenwood United Church – Tickets - Sold Out     

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time 7:30 PM
Guitar Summit in the Judique Community Centre – Tickets - Sold Out

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time:  7:30 PM
Living Traditions in the Cape Breton Highlands Academy – Tickets - Good

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM 
Mother Tongue in the Highland Village Church – Tickets - Good

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 – Time - 7:30 PM
The Hills Are Alive in the St. Peter's Parish, Ingonish – Tickets - Good  

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM    
Beyond Borders & Time in the Savoy Theatre – Tickets - Very Limited

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Deep in the Heart in the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church – Tickets - Limited

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 - Time: 7:30 PM  
In Good Company in the Inverness Academy - Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time:  7:30 PM    
Nordic Links in the Big Pond Community Firehall - Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time: 7:30 PM
Strings and Things in the L'Ardoise Community Centre – Tickets - Good

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – Time:  9:00 PM 
Celtic Pub in the Baddeck Community Centre – Tickets - Sold Out

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time: 2:00 PM   
Dancing Up a Suete in the Place Des Arts – Cheticamp – Tickets - Good

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  2:00 PM   
Generations  in the Strathspey Place – Tickets - Good Saturday Oct 19 2013 2:00 PM

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  2:00 PM
Pipers' Ceilidh in the Gaelic College - Tickets - Very Limited  

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – Time:  7:30 PM    
Forty Years Strong in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion – Tickets - Good

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Kitchen Rackets Celegrates 6 years of Celtic Colours Connection as They Provide Great Entertainment and Learning Opportunities During International Music Festival




Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013

 

All the info about our Celtic Colours Kitchen Rackets is on this page!




This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.
 
Nightly Jam Sessions
From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Kitchen Rackets Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. The sessions begin after the Celtic Colours concerts, and usually get underway by 10:15 pm. This is a great opportunity for visiting musicians to join in with our local players and singers.

Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players and singers joining the jam is free. Open to 19 yrs and older only, please.

Each jam session is hosted by different players from St. Peter's and around the island. Our line-up this year includes musical hosts of all ages, featuring traditional and original Cape Breton music. Hosts will kick off their jam with a brief introductory performance and chat.

Kitchen Rackets Jam Hosts for Celtic Colours 2013
Fri. Oct. 11: Robert (SqueezyBob) Woodley and Tim LaBorie
Sat. Oct. 12: Leona Burkey with Allie Mombourquette, Rosie Bona & Jaidon Seymour
Sun. Oct. 13: Myles Davidson with Ross Ferguson, Ed Madden & Janine Mombourquette
Mon. Oct. 14: Bernie Landry et amis
Tues. Oct. 15: Hank Middleton & family
Wed. Oct. 16: Diasporado Band with Fork & Spoon
Thurs. Oct. 17: Bill Quimby
Fri. Oct. 18: Laurenn Marchand
 
Weekday Workshops
From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, and a square dance workshop at the St. Peter's United Church Hall.


Workshop descriptions are listed below.

Please contact the individual workshop leaders for advance registration or more detailed information on each workshop. All contact info appears in the descriptions below.
Roddie's Square Dance Society
Square dance lesson and session
Monday: 1:30 - 4pm
Join a gang of our regular dancers for some traditional sets and steps. Energetic dance tunes by live local players with an experienced caller. Come at 1:30 to learn the steps or get a refresher - then stay on for the dance. Novices welcome. Observers welcome. $10 at the door For more info please email Reg Landry at rslandry@hotmail.com  or call (902) 535-2903.
Dwayne Côté
Fiddle from Scratch
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm
Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played one before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.

Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Further your Celtic fiddle skills. This class is tailored for beginner to intermediate players and will focus on Cape Breton fiddle techniques and tunes.

Advanced Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm

An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the artform.

Celtic Guitar Chording
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm
Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.

Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:
anna-lisawhite@hotmail.com
 
Roger Stone
Scruggs and Clawhammer Banjo
Tues: 1 - 2 pm

This course will look at Scruggs or “Bluegrass”’ Banjo, as well as the mountain or Clawhammer style. Participants will learn methods of playing as well as proper set up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.

Singing 101
Tues: 3-4 pm

This workshop will provide insights and instruction into proper breathing and vocal techniques, an intro to reading music, including intervals, scales and harmony. Learn how to hear yourself sing! This workshop will benefit new singers, as well as veterans looking for a refresher, or some new practice techniques.

Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info from Roger directly by email at: bretunes@hotmail.com
 
Paul Davis
Beginner Tin Whistle
Mon and/or Wed: 2 - 3 pm
Paul Davis instructs this workshop that includes an introduction and brief history, basic scales, and music suitable for whistles. Paul will provide a list of relevant resources, websites, etc. and will give participants a CD of demo tunes at regular speed and slowed down to an easy pace. Maximum 15 participants, so be sure to book your spot.

Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info: pdwhistle@gmail.com

 
Johannes Sturm
Luthier's workshop
Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm
Local professional luthier Johannes Sturm will tailor this workshop based on participants’ interests, discussing violin making and repair; and maintenance including evaluation and minor adjustments to most stringed instruments. The workshop will be of interest to all stringed instrument owners and players. Bring your instrument!

This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat: aims@ns.sympatico.ca

 
J.P. Cormier
Guitar Workshop
Friday: 2 - 3:30 pm
A 90 minute journey through the musical mind and repertoire of J.P. Cormier. The maestro will discuss, demonstrate and perform from all styles of guitar, including flat
picking and fingerstyle, and through the various genres of each style. History of the music and instrument will also be discussed.

This class is $35 per person. Contact Greg Silver to reserve your seat: info@kitchenrackets.org

 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Don't Miss An Excellent Variety of Celtic Music as The Cape Breton Gaelic Society Presents an Evening of Celtic Music on September 24th, at 7:30pm




 
 
The Cape Breton Gaelic Society
 
 
  
Tuesday September 24th at 7:30pm

Presents

an Evening of Celtic Music

Cape Breton Style Fiddling

Gaelic Singing-Highland Piping & More.

Dawn & Margie Beaton Fiddlers Winners at the East Coast Music Awards

Yvon Le Fort - Fiddle * Courtney MacPherson - Piper Susan MacLean - Piano

Chris MacDonald - Guitar & Vocals

Morag Burke - Gaelic Singer and MC

Jo Anne Rolls - Vocals Winner CBC Songwriting Contest

At St. Georges Church, Built in 1785

119 Charlotte Street, Sydney

Tickets $10 Available at the Door

Doors Open at 7pm. Under 16 years of age –Free

All proceeds to go to Gaelic Language courses and Scholarships.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

My cousin shared this recipe with me for Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake, I can hardly wait to try it. Sure sounds yummy!

 
 
 
Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Ingredients:
Graham Cracker Crust
1/2 cup butter, melted...
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs

Cheesecake
2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

Orange Creamsicle Layer
1 - 3 oz box orange flavored gelatin
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 - 8 oz container of whipped topping such as Cool Whip


Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 325°.
In a mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Stir until combined. Pat into a 9" springform pan. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time then beat in sour cream. Pour the filling into the crust.
Bake for 40 minutes. Turn of the oven and crack the oven door for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Once cooled mix the creamsicle layer by stirring the gelatin with the boiling water until it dissolves. Then gently whisk in the whipped topping until it's completely combined. Pour over the cheesecake. Set on a plate or dish in case of dripping and place in the freezer for an hour. Remove from the freezer and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I suggest chilling it over night.
When ready to serve use a sharp knife and run it around the pan to separate the gelatin layer from the side. Unhinge the pan and gently lift from the cheesecake.

Notes

This cheesecake is best made the day before but can be made the day of as long as you plan accordingly and chill it for at least 2 hours.