Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Richmond County Newest Shoulder Season Festival "Pirate Days in St. Peter's" was an Overwhelming Success-Arrr!

Pirates of Halifax Invade St. Peter's


Pirates at Large


Wee Pirates in Training

Arrr! Best Dressed Pirate House for Pirate Days

Pirate Day Night Light Boat Parade


It was hard to describe the excitement created by this years newest festival, but it was contagious. The village of St. Peter's completely embraced the festival, store fronts and business were decorated to the hilt, inside and out. And the owners and staff rose to the occasion by dressing for the occasion, oh! yes Black Beard, himself would have been proud. Businesses were not the only sector of the village to get into the spirit of the festival, home owners, put their imaginations to the test and came up with some very unique looking results.
During the 3 day weekend, the Pirates of Halifax, could be found wondering the streets of St. Peter's, much to the delight of young and young at heart, who stopped and chatted with the pirates and seized the opportunity to have their pictures taken with these masters of the high seas.
During the children's events the wee pirates, were captivated by the pirates as they told them stories of pirate's gold and spend time interacting with them during the morning, even taking the time to have lunch with the kids.
The whole weekend was surreal, from sailing tours hosted by our local pirate captains, to music, food, and a night light pirate boat parade, it could  not have gone any better. And the thanks for this event has to go first to a very energetic young lady by the name of Danielle Sampson, who first brought Pirates Day to St. Peter's 3 years ago and has built on this event each year, to what we have celebrated this year. Of course Danielle could not have done this along, she had the partnership of the Richmond Municipality, Destination Cape Breton Association, the St. Peter's and surrounding businesses, Community Associations, the Lions Hall and Marina, the St. Peter's Volunteer Fire Department, the Community Club, Joe Pop Photography, the Tourism and Restaurant operators, the Nicolas Denys Museum and the people of the community, who volunteered their help and to the locals and visitors, who came out to take in the events, which made the festival such a success.
Already Danielle and community associations are meeting to plan for next years festival, I can hardly wait, Arrr!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Arrr! Me Matey's, Pirate Days Be Coming Your Way, So Drop Anchor in St. Peter's and Join In The Merriment From September 16th. to 18th.



The Pirates of Halifax

If you enjoy having a great time, getting dressed up as a pirate and hearing great music then you are in for a treat, comes to the  St. Peter's Pirate Days from September 16th to 18th. It is going to be a full weekend of fun and merriment as the entire Village joins in the festivities.  Events begin from 7 to 8pm on Friday, September 16th with the Opening ceremony "Pirate Ashore" at the Nicolas Denys Museum. Come and hear about the new festival and meet the Pirates of Halifax who are the special guests during the weekend events. The Pirates will the contest judges for best dressed store window and best dressed lawns and homes contests, and will be travelling through the Village during this procedure. So don't be surprised to see pirates roaming the streets of St. Peter's.

The awards ceremony for the Best Dressed Store fronts along with music with Darrell Keigan and Stewart MacDonald will take place at the MacBouch Restaurant from 9pm to midnight.
Starting on Saturday, September 17th, enjoy the Thieves' Market, with specials offered at businesses throughout the village, you will feel like a pirate getting such bargains. Also on Saturday the kids can join in the fun of Pirate Days with young scallywags activities at the St. Peter's Marina, including face painting, bouncy castle, games, scary stories and more with the Pirates of Halifax, taking place from 10am til 12pm - free event. Then the wee scallywags can travel up to Louie's Cosy Corner Restaurant and enjoy lunch with the Pirates, cost for the lunch is $6.00 and reservations are suggested for this event by calling 902-535-3195.

A Pirate Patio Party with grub and grog for sale, and live music with Derek & Wayne Webb will take place at Jiggs from 6pm to 9pm. This is also a great viewing area to watch the Pirate Ships Parade from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. The pirate ships will depart the Lion's Marina and sail around Corbett's Cove, the ships will be competing for booty, so they should be quite the sight. Then party on Mateys  at the Party like a Pirate at the St. Peter's Lions Hall, with Ross Rankin and the Strawmen from 9:30pm to 1:30pm. During the party presentations for best dressed houses, pirates and pirate ships will take place. Must be 19 years and over to attend. There will be a silver & Gold collection at the door.
On the last day of the festival, Pirates who might of partied a little to hardy and the rest of us land lovers can enjoy the Hangover Breakfast with great specials, at Louie's Cosy Corner from 8am to noon. Great way to shake off the barnacles. And from 2pm to 5pm it is Call to Muster Station where you can find your land legs again and support the Nicolas Denys Museum. There will be sweets, beverages and super entertainment with Evelyn MacRae & the Mainlanders as well as special guests at the St. Peter's Fire Hall. This is a fundraiser for the Nicolas Denys Museum, tickets are adults $10.00 and children $5.00. Come on out me pirate friends and support our local Museum.

All weekend long, there will be specials offered at the following venues:
*Chubbys Lunch: Pirate Platter Special.
*Jiggs: Deadman's Platter, Privateer Bounty, Rum & Raisin Ice Cream.
*Louie's Cosy Corner: 10% off for pirates dining in costume.
*St. Peter's Marina: Berths for visiting pirate ships only $25.00 per night, call 902-535-2729.
*Joyce's Motel & Cottages: $85.00 per night call 902-535-2404.
* Cruise the Canal on Cuna Mara for $25.00 per person and children under 12 years free, for the 1.5 hr. cruise with Captain Gordon Kerr. Bookings at www.itsarap.com or by calling 902-631-3754.
*Sail the Inland Sea on Misty Cat with guide and instructor Greg Silver. 25% off regular rates for groups of 4-6 in pirates costumes. Booking at www.capebretonsailing.com or call 902-631-5050.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Come and Visit "Canada's First Heritage Lighthouse" - St. Paul's Light is located in Dingwall, Cape Breton.





 
 
Many visitors coming to Cape Breton really enjoy taking pictures of lighthouses around the island. And I would like to mention that Canada’s First Heritage Lighthouse is located in Dingwall, Cape Breton. Just minutes off the world famous Cabot Trail, you will find Canada’s first and only federally designated “heritage” lighthouse on any of Canada’s three oceans. Built in 1915 and relocated to Dingwall in 2010, the St. Paul South West Lighthouse is also the first cast iron lighthouse constructed in Canada.

The lighthouse is a standing tribute to the Light-keepers and their families. Climb the stairs and view the rotating clockwork and rare Fresnel lens. Step back in time to when seamen and vessels relied on lighthouses for navigation. Experience what life was like on an isolated island. The storms and hardships that the families faced by hearing their stories and viewing the artifacts in our museum located beside the light house.  

The St.Paul Island Museum & Light house located at 575 Dingwall Road, Dingwall, N.S. B0C1G0 is just 3 minutes off of the Cabot Trail.

The Gift shop, Museum and lighthouse are open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm through June until after the Celtic Colours Festival in October.

Guided Tours: Free Admission & Gift Shop

For more information on the St. Paul light house go to www.stpaullighthouse.wordpress.com or Email: fraserruby345@gmail.com - Telephone: 902-285-0304

Friday, 19 August 2016

Velo Cape Breton Association's "Ride Into the Past" Historical Tour to Kennington Cove, Takes Place on October 10th.

 
 
Attention all cyclists! Velo Cape Breton Association’s Ride Into the Past - Historical tour to Kennington Cove will take place on Monday, October 10, 2016 starting at 10:00am. The starting meeting will take place at the Royal Battery Parking Lot in Louisbourg. ‘RIDE INTO THE PAST’ will have 6 stops to Kennington Cove. An 16 km historical ride at the FORTRESS of LOUISBOURG National Historic Site. This ride is an historical bicycle ride for all rider capabilities.
## 10 AM registration - $10.00 (cash only) is under the VELO Canopy at the Royal Battery Parking lot (about 300 metres on the main road to Gate/Porte 2 just past the CLOSED main gates to the Park).
## 10:30 is the expected start of the tour.
DIRECTIONS:
## Drive to Louisbourg Canada Parks Royal Battery (about 300 m past the Visitor Centre Gate.
## A Velo Cape Breton canopy is here and registration is at 10 AM.
## The cost is $10 and proper change is needed please.
## This is a 16 kilometre ride with 5 stops having historical information on primarily, a great dirt road.
- hence ‘Racing slicks’ are not recommended.
## If it is wet, appropriate footwear may be required to access Wolfe’s Monument/Cairn at Kennington Cove. Eliot Frosst will be your guide in a JEEP and follow the group. Jimmy Campbell (on bike) will be your Velo Cape Breton Ambassador and be on bicycle leading the way. You can leave articles such as cameras, water, sweaters, etc.in the Jeep and these will to each STOP.
Royal Battery 10:30
START - Talk and start - Why was the Royal Battery important in both sieges (1745 & 1758)?
Bike with stops at: Stella Maria site – Old Town Road, fishing, fascine batteries and redoubts
Richard Cemetery site – possible Titcomb’s Battery
Fresh Water Brook – British encampment for BOTH sieges
Kennington Cove – Wolfe’s landing in 1756
Gate 2 – block houses, other batteries
Royal Battery or into the Fortress with stops at BLACK ROCK and the QUEEN’S Gate.
After visiting the town site one can leave by bicycle through the Dauphin Gate.
For more information, please contact Eliot Frosst via efrosst@hotmail.com or at 902-674-0936.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

St. Peter's Offers Visitors Two Sailing Opportunities On the Largest Salt Water Lake in Canada "The Bras d'Or Lake".


Captain Greg Silvers of Cape Breton Sailing Charters
 
 
 
 



Captain Gordon Kerr of Richmond County Boat & Sailing Tours

Set Sail on The Bras d'Or Lake and Let Your Adventure Begin.
If you are looking for a sailing adventure on your next visit to Cape Breton, make sure to stop in to the Scenic and historic Village of St. Peter’s. There are two excellent Sailing charters available right in the Village for your convenience. They are Richmond County Boat & Sailing Tours with Captain Gordon Kerr and Cape Breton Sailing Charters with Captain Greg Silvers. Both of these experienced Captains are a wealth of information when it comes to sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake. They will be able to broaden your knowledge of the Bras d’Or Lake, which is the largest salt water lake in Canada and which is also known as an inland sea; and which has been designated as the 16th UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Canada. Your voyage around the Bras d’Or will take in some of the most beautiful scenic views in Cape Breton.  Besides the scenic tours of the Bras d’Or you can always customize your tour to take in a trip through the St. Peter’s Canal, which is the Oldest Working Tidal Lock System in North America or maybe include a little fishing into your tour. The tour operators goal is to make your sailing adventure, one that you and your guests will always remember.

Richmond County Boat & Sailing Tours can take up to 4 passengers and the they offer 1 ½ hour, 3 hour and a 5 hour tours. And Cape Breton Sailing Charters can take up to 8 passengers and they offer  ½ day or whole day sailing tours. For more information on both of these super sailing experiences you can go to www.itsarap.ca or email fun@itsarap.ca or call 1-902-631-3754 for Captain Kerr of Richmond County Boat & Sailing Tours or for Captain Silvers of Cape Breton sailing tours go to www.capebretonsailing.com or call 1-902-631-5050.

The Bluenose II Captain & Crew Given a Warm Welcome By Isle Madame





Maria Jennings with Trina Samson Step Dancers Christina Boudreau and Grace DeWolfe





Grace DeWolfe, Christina Boudreau and Leah Boudreau with Richmond MLA Michel Samson




















Captain Phip Watson with Michel Samson and Samson's daughter.

August 14th, members of the Arichat Boat Club hosted a Meet & Greet for the Captain and crew of the Nova Scotia icon the Bluenose II. It was a lovely evening as Boat Club members, along with members of DIMA, the Municipality of Richmond and Richmond County MLA Michel Samson, made members of the Bluenose crew feel truly welcomed to the historic Acadian Island. Crew members of the Bluenose II were wined and dined in a true Cape Breton Tradition, and besides the delicious food they were treated to an excellent evening of entertainment. Some planned and some spontaneous. The evening was  started with appetizers, served by Trina Samson Dance School dancers, Leah Boudreau, Christine Boudreau and Grace DeWolfe, who then performed a series of step dance numbers for the gathering. Kenny Petitpas and friends, who are very talented local performers from the Isle Madame performed a number of traditional tunes for the group leading up to and following the delicious seafood chowder dinner. While guests enjoyed their dessert they were entertained with more entertainment by Petitpas and special singing performances by  the multi-talented singer and dancer, Leah Boudreau as well as an performance by three members of the Bluenose crew, which was met by the applause of the audience. During the evening there was a presentation ceremony, where gifts were presented to Captain Phil Watson and crew members. During the evening, I chatted with crew members, learning of how they came to join the Bluenose II crew and what they had learned during their sailing experience. Maria Jennings and her sister both from Alberta had gained a love for sailing after taking a sailing course in Alberta and during a trip to the east had expressed a desire to continue sailing, especially after seeing the Bluenose II in dock. Maria told me that because of her passion for the sea and sailing, she had been encouraged to apply to the Bluenose organization to become a crew member. And not only did she apply but so did her sister, and to their amazement, they had been both accepted. Their dream had become a reality and the experience they were having was above all their expectations. Maria confided it will be hard for her to picture a life now away from the sea and sailing, but would recommend the experience to any young person. She admits it is not all fun and games, there is a lot of hard work, but there is also time to enjoy the peacefulness of the sea and all the enjoyment that it brings. During time off between watches, when crew aren’t working on a maintenance project or getting some sleep, there is always time to hang out together. In tight quarters on Bluenose II, you quickly become a close-knit group. In the evenings, someone always seems to have a guitar around for a sing-along on deck, this was displayed during the evening’s entertainment as 2 young ladies, one from Alberta and one from Lunenburg were joined by a young gentlemen from Newfoundland as they joined in the musical lineup.  Before leaving Arichat Port, Captain Phil Watson in recognition of Fete Nationale Acadiens, was presented with an Acadien Flag by MLA Michel Samson and his lovely daughter, which was flown by the Bluenose on August 15. The Bluenose is truly an Ambassador for Nova Scotia and it is great to see her back out on tour.
 
 
 
 




Monday, 15 August 2016

The Village Kids Have Talent Is a Great Way to Build Confidence in Young Performers.

Today is my first entry for the Cape Breton Tourism Spotlight Blog. I took part in The Village Kids Have Talent Event on August 4th as part of the Nicolas Denys Day Festival. It was so much fun and all the kids are so talented. We all cheered each other on. There were loads of amazing young performers from ages 2 to 13 years of age, performing at the United Church Hall in St. Peter's. It was
an magnificent event put on by organizer Shanna Burke.
Myles Davidson did a great job doing the sound for all the performers. Myles also performed for us with some excellent songs from his new CD "Leaving It Behind" which was just released.
The event was made up of some spectacular dancing, singing and music. This event helps kids gain confidence to be able to get up on a stage in from of a group of spectators and show some of their talents. If you would like to try this amazing experience just contact Shanna for next year's event.

Also I want to congratulate Keira Landry from the St. Peter's area, who won first place with her singing and music performance, Jelynne Samson who hails from Greenwood, N.S. who won second place for singing  and music performance and Raya Landry from the St. Peter's area who won 3rd. place for her sword dance. It was a great evening and all participants came away with certificates for their performances as well as a certificate for an ice cream from "What's The Scoop" our ice cream shop, here in the village. I would like to thank Shanna for giving us this opportunity to perform for the festival, it was lots of fun!
Blog entry by Grace DeWolfe.

Keira Landry - 1st. Place Winner














Jelynne Samson 2nd Place Winner

 









Raya Landry - 3rd Place Winner

Thursday, 11 August 2016

6th. Annual Cape Breton Paddlefest Welcomes Paddlers to St. Peter's and Area from September 9th to 11th.


6th. Annual Cape Breton Paddlefest Comes to St. Peter's and Area

Paddlers from around the Province will be coming to the area to attend the 3 day fun filled signature paddling event in Richmond County. The Cape Breton Paddlefest offers a series of instruction, fun and social activities for the experienced paddler and those that maybe interested in becoming a paddler. The event showcases the paddling opportunities along the coast of the Acadian region on Isle Madame and the relative shelter of the Bras d’Or Lake. Numerous paddling routes are available within thirty kilometres of  St Peter’s, Arichat, Potlotek,  and proximate to Highway 4. Our event offers fun and accessible paddling opportunities for participants ranging from 14 to 72 years of age.

Friday September 9, 2016

5 pm to 7 pm- registration and check in at Bras d'Or Lakes

7pm to 8:30- welcome meet and greet

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Breakfast – 7 am to 8:30am  (on your own)

Welcome and safety meeting at 8:30am

Depart for Battery Provincial Park Beach 8:45am

9:30am Paddle through the St Peter's Canal

10:30am to 12:30pm  (all sessions held behind the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn)

SUP Yoga

Clinic- SUP Basics

Clinic- Kayak Basics

Clinic- Rolling

Guided Paddle- Bras d'Or Lakes

12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch (provided)

2pm to 5pm (all clinics will launch from the St Peter's Yacht Club)

Clinic- Rolling & Rescues

Clinic- Being Prepared

Surfing- Point Michaud (SUP and Kayak)

Guided Paddle-SUP and Kayak Bras d'Or Lakes (launch from St Peter's Yacht Club)

Guided Paddle- Kayak (session will focus on wind management, rough water paddling)

Dinner- Bras d'Or Lakes Inn  6:30pm to 8:30pm  (Guest Speaker Jan Sebastian LaPierre from A for Adventure www.aforadventure.ca)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Breakfast 7am to 8:30am (on your own)

Safety briefing 9am lounge at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn

10:30am to 12:30pm

Clinic- Paddlefest Wrap (launch from the St. Peter's Yacht Club)

Surfing (Kayak and SUP) Point Michaud

Guided Paddle- Arichat (Kayak and SUP)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Cabot Cliffs Golf Course in Inverness Draws Luxury Golf Themed Cruise Ship to the Island.







Cape Breton's newest golf course has helped to attract a luxury golf-themed cruise ship to the island. A high-end golf touring company is launching its first tour of the Maritimes in September. North Carolina-based Kalos Golf operates luxury cruises and jet tours to golf destinations around the world.
Marketing vice president Casey Oliver said there's been growing interest in Cape Breton in recent years. Cabot Cliffs attracting attention "We knew about Cabot Links of course, because it had gotten such great reviews," he said. "As soon as it opened, it was in the top 25 courses in the world, so it's obviously a beautiful site.  And folks who travel with us have wanted to go there." Cruise passengers will spend two days playing the two Cabot courses in Inverness, and a day at Highlands Links in Ingonish. Cape Breton's Cabot Cliffs named best new golf course in North America.
The expedition ship carrying 120 passengers will also make stops in Halifax, St. John's, Charlottetown and St. Andrews, N.B. Golfers' dream cruise, starting at $10,788 per person. Oliver says most of the passengers booked on the tour are from the United States. Andrew Alkenbrack is general manager at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs. "In terms of destination golf, I think that it's certainly an honour for us to have them here," he said. "To have Kalos cite us as one of the great golf destinations, and a high-end golf destination at that, is certainly a feather in our caps." Cabot Cliffs opened for preview play last July.

Alkenbrack says the media attention and word of mouth that followed has golfers flocking to Cabot in record numbers, so much so that, by January, the resort's 108 beds were at 96 per cent occupancy for the season. That's compared to about 30 per cent occupancy the previous January. "I think having two world top 100 golf courses, that really is the catalyst for the tremendous amount of growth we've seen," he said. Cabot Links is currently rated number 93 on Golf Digest's list of top 100 courses. Cabot Cliffs, which has its official grand opening on June 8, debuted at number 19. Meanwhile, Oliver said Kalos Golf has already sold out its second Canadian Maritimes tour in 2017.


Cabot Cliffs is praised by golf writers as much for its scenery as for the course itself. (Cabot Cliffs).

Sunday, 7 August 2016

183 people joined in the Swim for the Nicolas Denys Day Signature Event "Swim the Canal".

Another successful year for "Swim The Canal".  Each year since the beginning of the Nicolas Denys Day Signature event "Swim The Canal" the number of swimmers have continued to grow. This year the event saw 183 people take part,  made up of locals as well as visitors to the area who come out to join in the swim. Organizers Gordon and Ann Marie Kerr were over joyed by this years turnout.  Proceeds from this event will go towards a lighthouse maintenance fund again this year for the Jerome Point Lighthouse located in Battery Provincial Park and Campground. The organizers are preparing for when the local Lighthouse is declared a Heritage Lighthouse by Parks Canada, at which time the Light would be maintained by the Coast Guard and building maintenance undertaken by a community group and/or Battery Park.
183 swimmers take part in this years Swim the Canal

Members of the MacNeil and Owens Clan take part in this Years signature swim.

Opening the Tidal Lock Gate at the St. Peter's Canal for the Swimmers at this Years Swim.


Darren Hudson 4th. Time World Champion Log Roller entertained at the Swim The Canal Event in St. Peter's as part of Nicolas Denys Day Festival August 6th.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Come and Celebrate Nicolas Denys Days in St. Peter's from August 1st. to August 7th.


Nicolas Denys Days August 1 to August 7th.
Events that will run all week long:
Pay It Forward:
Paying it forward is about doing something nice for someone, and then they pass that kindness on to someone else. Post your stories on the Events St. Peter’s Facebook Page and let’s get sharing some of the goodness in our community!
Turning the Tides:
At the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, visitors can take a scenic walk along the 800-meter long canal and watch as boats transit its unique double-gated tidal lock. The welcoming staff will enlighten you as they present the history of the canal and explain the workings of the tidal lock and swing bridge. Enjoy a day of fishing off the canal walls or walk across the lock gates for an afternoon hike in the adjacent Battery Park or the nearby coastal trail. Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park Cost: Free

 Arts & Crafts at the St. Peter’s Library:
Calling all creative kids! Eastern Counties Regional Library is hosting a free arts and crafts session at the St. Peter’s location. All week long (except Sunday). Guardians must accompany children. Location: St. Peter’s Library. Cost: Free. Time: 1-3pm

 Monday, August 1st
Poker Walk:
Hosted by Village on the Canal Association. Join us to win prizes for best hand and door prizes. Six cards drawn, use the best of 5 to make your hand! (Weather Permitting). Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall. Cost: $5.00 / Poker Hand - Time: Registration 6pm-6:30pm

Family Square Dance:
Live players and traditional steps, with Roddie’s Square Dance Society, United Church Hall. Location: United Church Hall. Cost: $5/person (under 12 free) / Family of 4 or more $15 Time: 7pm-9pm.

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Rock and roll music by Doug Davis! Food and beverages available for purchase until 8ppm. Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar. Cost: $5 per person. Time: 7pm-9pm. (Open to All Ages)

Tuesday, August 2nd
Teddy Bear Picnic:
Hosted by the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre, this year’s picnic will include storytime, crafts, and physical activities. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget your favorite teddy bear or super hero – we’ll be giving them a medical and dental check-up! Location: George Robertson Recreation Complex fields. (Rain location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall). Cost: Free. Time: 10am-12noon.

Village Scavenger Hunt:
The St. Peter’s Village Commission is hosting a Village-wide scavenger hunt. Test your directional and problem solving skills to solve all the clues while discovering St. Peter’s. Prizes will be awarded.(Weather Permitting). Location: Village Kiosk in front of the Post Office. Cost: Free. Time: Registration 2pm-3pm (check back in before 6pm).

Open Jam Session at the MacBouch:
Join one of our local hosts for an evening jam session with a country, rock and traditional music mix. Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge. Cost: $3/person and Jammers are Free! Time: 7pm-9pm

St. Peter’s Lion’s Club BIG Bingo:
Try your luck at a special Tuesday night bingo! Up to $20,000 could go. Full card jackpot of $10,000 in 48 numbers or less with $2,000 to go! Location: St. Peter’s Lion’s Club. Cost: Prices vary depending on cards purchased. Time: Early Bird Game at 7:45pm / Regular Games at 8pm

Wednesday, August 3rd

Nicolas Denys Museum Open House:
Hosted by the St. Peter’s Community Club, explore three centuries of history of St. Pierre, Fort Toulouse, St. Peter’s Canal, and Nicolas Denys. Location: Nicolas Denys Museum Cost: Free. Time: 1pm-4pm

MacAskill Museum Auction:
Hosted by the Wallace MacAskill Museum Society, the auction will feature new merchandise, antiques, home baking, gift certificates, door prizes and bidders’ prizes. Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall. Cost: Free Admittance. Time: Viewing begins at 6:30pm / Auction opens at 7:30pm

Wednesday Night Sailboat Race
Hosted by the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club, this is a fun summer race series on the lake side of the canal in Jackson Bay. Visitors to our community are welcome to jump on a boat and join in the fun. Show up at the Marina by 5:00 pm and check with boats that are preparing to race. You can also call Gordon at 631-3754 and he will find you a spot on a boat, as available. After the race there is a gathering at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn to review the results. Location: St. Peter’s Lions Marina. Cost: Free (Donations Welcome). Time: Skipper’s Meeting 5:15pm / Registration 5:30pm, Race starts at 6pm

Concert By the Sea:
Free outdoor concert series showcasing the best of our local talent. (Weather Permitting).Location: St Peter’s Lions Marina. Cost: Free. Time: 6pm-7pm.

Parks Are For People Guided Walk:
Enjoy the sights and sounds of St. Peter’s Bay on a guided walk through the Park. (Weather Permitting). Location: Jerome Point Lighthouse in Battery Park.Cost: Free.Time: Begins at 7pm

Local Live Music:
Hosted by John Stockley – all musicians are welcome to join in! Food and beverages available for purchase. Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar. Cost: $5 per person. Time: 7pm-9pm. (Open to All Ages)

Thursday, August 4th.
The Village Kids have Talent:
For children 13 & under – all talents welcome! Hosted by Myles Davidson – his new CD will be available for purchase at the event. This show will feature singing, dancing, playing instruments, poetry, comedy acts, etc. Prizes awarded to all participants! Pre-sign up is appreciated but last minute performers are welcome! Contact Shanna at 535-2987 or shanna_kendra@hotmail.com. Audience votes – snacks & drinks provided during voting break! Location: United Church Hall. Cost: Silver Collection which is given back to the top three winners. Time: 5:30pm

Friends of Leona Chowder:
Hosted by the Friends of Leona, enjoy a delicious chowder dinner (seafood and corn chowder available) and show your support for our local breast cancer chapter. Enjoy your chowder in the company of friends, or if you are on the fly, get your chowder to go (order on site or call 535-2482). Supper should always be that easy…and that delicious! Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall. Cost: $10.00/person. Time: 4:30pm.

Graveyard Tour – United Church Cemetery:
Have you ever thought of a graveyard as a place of adventure, learning and discovery? Have you ever read names and dates and wondered what kind of life the people led? Join guide Clair Rankin for a tour of the United Church Cemetery to learn about the history of our community. Location: United Church Cemetery. Cost: Free. Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Enjoy easy listening music provided by the three piece band Echo. Food and beverages available for purchase. Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar. Cost: $5 per person. Time: 7pm-9pm. (Open to All Ages)

Songwriters’ Circle:
Join local songwriters Robert Bouchard, David Stone, and Owenstone Sound (Wendy Abbott and Rosie Sampson) for an evening of great entertainment and unique collaborations. Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge. Cost: $10 per person. Time: 8pm.

Friday, August 5th
IWK Hawaiian Run/Walk:
Come dressed in your Hawaiian best and enjoy music, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn and get some exercise walking/running around the track. All money goes to the IWK so please come out and show your support!!! Sponsored by the Municipality of Richmond. Contact Shanna for more info or a pledge sheet (535-2987). Location: George Robertson Recreation Complex (St. Peter’s ballfield). Cost: $5/person or you can get pledges – medals & prizes. Time: Registration @ 5:30-6:15 / Warm up @ 6:15 / Run or walk (6 or 12 laps) @ 6:30pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Join local musician Myles Davidson at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn for an evening of music and song. Food and beverages available for purchase. Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar. Cost: $5 per person. Time: 7pm-9pm. (Open to All Ages)

Wing Night at the MacBouch:
Join us for delicious chicken wings at the MacBouch! Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge. Cost: Food Prices Vary. Time: 9pm-12 midnight (Must be age of majority for this event).

Saturday, August 6th
Festival Slow-Pitch Tournament:
Co-ed slow-pitch tournament hosted by Richmond Minor Baseball. Register teams by calling Marvin at 535-2137. 1st Prize $600, 2nd Prize $300! (Prize levels based on 8 teams registered). Location: St. Peter’s Ball Field. Cost: $250 / team + 2 balls. Time: Games begin at 8am

Under 10 Fishing Derby:Children under 10 can cast their line at Rankin’s Pond. Bring your lucky rod and keep your catch! Rain Date Sunday, Aug 7. Location: Rankin’s Pond (9735 Granville Street). Cost: Free. Time: 10am – 12noon

East Coast Credit Union BBQ:
Satisfy your summer snack! Join the Credit Union staff for a BBQ in support of Richmond Minor Baseball. Location: East Coast Credit Union on Grenville Street. Cost: Hot Dogs $2each / Sausages $3each / Pop, Kool Aid and Water $1 each. Time: 11am – 2pm.

Swim the Canal – Jerome Point Light Fundraiser:
Hosted by The Village on the Canal Association, our third annual “Swim the Canal” event revives a community tradition in a fun and safe way! There are 2 swim options through the locks and all swimmers will be awarded a t-shirt to acknowledge their accomplishment. This event will bring people together through a fun and nostalgic community activity, reviving what was once a rite of passage! Be one of the first in the world to swim the length of a canal. To register either call Ann Marie Kerr – (902) 535-3759 or sign up at Marsha’s Custom Cuts. You can register online here. For more information visit our Swim the Canal FB page. The L’Ardoise Jolly Club will have snacks available. Swimmer info available here. Location: Lockhouse at St. Peter’s Canal. Cost: $15 per person or $20 if paying on the day of the Swim. Register and pay before July 16th to reserve your t-shirt size. Time: 1pm-6pm.

Live Band @ The MacBouch:
Dry off from the Swim and get out dancing with rock band “Touch of Grey” at the MacBouch on Saturday night! Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge. Cost: $7 per person. Time: 7pm-11pm. (Must be age of majority for this event).

Sunday, August 7th
5KM Park Run:
Hosted by Kin-Excel. Join us for a 5KM run to start your day on the right foot! Set your own speed to see scenic St. Peter’s and Battery Park. (Rain or Shine!). Location: Kin-Excel Cost: Free. Time: 8am

Parish Potluck Dinner:
Hosted by the St. Peter’s Parish, enjoy a down-home potluck supper – a great opportunity to experience some great Cape Breton cooking! Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall. Cost: Free Will Offering. Time: 11:30am

Nicolas Denys Days Festival Parade:
The 2016 parade is hosted by the 824 Silver Dart Air Cadets and will include participation by local organizations and businesses, and a host of characters! Show your community spirit by participating in the parade! Parade Route: Begins on DeRaymond St., left onto Grenville St., left onto Argyle St. (at the Caper Gas Service Station) towards Richmond Villa, back to Pepperell Street and ending at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall. (Weather Permitting) Parade Categories (Best): Commercial, Decorated Bicycle, Children’s, Organization, Overall Cost: Free. Time: Begins at 1:30pm Sharp!

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Join local musician Chelsea Dakai the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn for an evening of music and song. Food and beverages available for purchase. Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar. Cost: $5 per person. Time: 6pm-8pm. (Open to All Ages)

 

Planning on Coming To Cape Breton - Here Is A List Of The Events Taking Place In Richmond, Come Join In The Fun!!!


 
 
 
Events held around Richmond County

 
 
 
Saturday, July 23

9pm – 11:30pm - Trevor Howlett – RETURNS TO THE ISLAND FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!! at the Groundswell B&B Pub in D'Escousse.

9pm – 11:30pm - Jason Williams will be performing at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

7pm - CD Release Party at MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge in St Peters.

Sunday, July 24

7:00 to 9:00pm, Chelsey Dakai will entertain at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

11am – 2pm - Every Sunday in July the Dundee Resort and Golf Club will be having BRUNCH.

Monday, July 25

7pm  - 9pm -  Mel Farrimond famous Halifax musician entertains on July 25th. Her career began in Scotland, but she has since moved to Nova Scotia and makes frequent tours throughout North America.

7pm – 9pm - Family Square Dance with Live Music sponsored by Roddie's Square Dance Society will be held at the United Church Hall on Grenville Street, St. Peter's on Mondays, fee $5.00 (free for children under 12) for more information please contact Reg Landry at 902-535-2093.

2pm - 4pm - Forge demonstrations, will take place at  LeNoir Landing in Arichat on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 4 to August 26th.

Tuesday, July 26

10:30am - 12pm - Public Library in St. Peter's, as part of Summer Learning Challenge 2016.

7:00pm — 9:00pm : Jam Session - every Tuesday - MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge .$3.00 admission.

2pm – 4pm - Tea in the Museum at LeNoir Landing. Enjoy tea and treats for $5.00.

Wednesday, July 27

9pm - 11pm - Wing Night with Local Entertainment - Every Wednesday Night. - Seal Cove Restaurant & Lounge.

7:00 – 9:00 Johnny Stockley will performs at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

7:00 – 9:00 Johnny Stockley will performs at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

Wednesday Night Racing: Club members welcome visiting sailors (and would be sailors) to join us on our boats, or on your own vessels, for our classic Wednesday night run around the buoys. If you would like to be part of the race team during the race, come to the St. Peter’s Marina before 5:30pm on Wednesday and ask Gordon Kerr to set you up with a Captain who will take you out.

9pm - 11pm - Wing Night with Local Entertainment - Every Wednesday Night. - Seal Cove Restaurant & Lounge.

Wing Night - Louie's Cosy Corner starting at  5:00 pm to 9pm.

Join us for coffee, tea, treats and conversation each Wednesday, 10AM until noon, at the St. Georges Channel Hall. A good opportunity to meet and swap stories with neighbours, summer residents and visitors.

Thursday, July 28

7:00pm – 9:00pm -  Echo will perform at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

7:30pm – 9:30pm -4th THURSDAY of the month is BAND JAM. Pub Band Jam Get your band together, or grab a few mates and start jamming. You can bring your own instruments or make full use of the in-house drum kit, PA system, electric guitars and acoustics. We want to hear some rock and roll. And folk, bluegrass, funk, punk, soul, reggae and everything in-between.Get down here, put your name on the list, kick back with a brew whilst you watch the other bands them get up and rock the house. 3 songs per band. Starts 7.30pm. FREE. - At the Groundswell B&B and Pub in D'Escousse. 

7pm – 11pm - Jason Williams will perform at the Dundee Resort and Golf Club.

6pm - 7:30pm - Concerts By The Sea at Lenoir Landing in Arichat. (Free Concert) These concerts showcase the incredible talents that our region has to offer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come join us.

5pm – 10pm - Wing Night - The Island Nest Restaurant and Lounge.

St. Anne’s Mission Potlotek July 27 - Aug. 1 www.potlotek.ca.

Friday, July 29

9pm – 12am - Wing Night at the MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge.

There will be a Friday Night Jam session from 8pm to 10pm held at the St. Peter's Lion's Marina in St. Peter's on a Friday night this summer, please come out to our acoustic jam session. All players are invited to join in, and listeners are welcome.

7:00pm – 9:00pm - Myles Davidson will entertain at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

7pm – 11pm - Yvette & Gilles Boudreau will perform at the Dundee Resort and Golf Club.

6pm -8pm - Crab Fest – at the L’Ardoise Acadian Festival at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Come and enjoy a delicious crab dinner with musical entertainment. Admission: $12.00.

2pm - 4pm - Forge demonstrations, will take place at LeNoir Landing in Arichat on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 4 to August 26th.

Lennox Passage Harbourfest in D’Escousse from July 29 to Aug. 1. For more information contact Teddy Poirier 902-226-2187.

7am - 10am - L'Ardoise Acadian Festival Breakfast held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Admission is adults $8.00 and children under 11 years of age $4.00. Lob Ball tournament continues at 8am. 10am - Children's Parade - doll carriages, bikes etc. takes place at the L'Ardoise Clinic Parking Lot. 11am - Acadian Baking at the Jolly Club in L'Ardoise. Free admission, children of all ages are invited to participate in baking an Acadian Cup Cake. 12:30pm - Blessing of the fleet, at the Chapel Cove Wharf. 2pm - A Merchandise and Lobster Bingo held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. At 4pm take in a Acadian Meat Pie and Seafood Chowder Supper held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre, admission is $10.00.

Sunday, July 31

7pm - 9pm - Chelsey Dakai will perform at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter's.

11:30am – 4:30pm - Sand Castle Art Contest at Pondville Beach in Pondville. Registration opens at 11:30am with judging at 4:30pm. Prizes for Castle 1st: $100.00 2nd: $75.00 and 3rd: $50.00 and for Sand Sculpture- 1st: $100.00 2nd: $75.00 and 3rd: $50.00. Bring your own tools and equipment (such as a good shovel, buckets to carry water, spray guns for misting, carving tools, food and drink and sun screen).

11am – 2pm - Every Sunday in July the Dundee Resort and Golf Club will be having BRUNCH.

8am - 12pm - Last Sunday of the month there will be a Brunch at the Lion's Den in  Louisdale.

8am – Lob Ball Tournament Continues. 8am – 5klm Fun Run, walk or crawl takes place at the L’Ardoise Community Centre grounds. Donation is an item for the food bank. 11am – 1pm -  A delicious Turkey Dinner at the L’Ardoise Community Centre. 10am – 4pm – Artisans Sale at the L’Ardoise Community Centre.1pm – 4pm – 6pm - Bounce A Rama and Klusky the Clown at the Parish grounds. 2pm to 4pm – Outside Entertainment at the Festival Grounds. 2pm – 6pm – live entertainment on the deck of the Community Centre. Cash Bar available. Must be 19 years to attend. 2pm – Festival of Floats.

Explore Our Culture -The L'Ardoise acadian Festival July 28 to July 31 on Cape Breton Island








The L’Ardoise Acadian Festival July 28 to July 31

July 28th

2pm - Evangeline and Gabriel.  For all ages: Storytelling, arts & crafts, Acadian history. Traditional dress encouraged. Costumes available on site. Free admission.

6pm - Acadian Idol -  Calling all young entertainers, 18 years of age and under. Individual or Groups. Come share your talent (singing, dancing, comedy, lip sync, etc.)

July 29th.

9:30am - 12pm – Track and Field – at the L’Ardoise Parish Grounds -  Activities include: races, high jump, long jump and softball throw. Awards, hotdogs and drinks to follow on church grounds. Free admission.

2 PM - The L'Ardoise Acadian Festival Outdoor Cemetery Mass held at the Holy Guardian Angel Parish Cemetery.

6pm - Crab Fest – at the L’Ardoise Acadian Festival at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Come and enjoy a delicious crab dinner with musical entertainment. Admission: $12.00. Sponsored by Lobsters 'R' Us.

The Festival’s Lob Ball Tournament starts at 6 PM at the L'Ardoise Ball field in L’Ardoise.

 

8:30pm – 11:30pm -  Musical Entertainment for The L'Ardoise Acadian Festival will take place at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Admission: $10. Music by Kenny Petitpas. 19 years of age and older.

Sunday July 30th.

7am - 10am - L'Ardoise Acadian Festival Breakfast held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Admission is adults $8.00 and children under 11 years of age $4.00. Lob Ball tournament continues at 8am.

10am -  there will be a Children's Parade - doll carriages, bikes etc. takes place at the L'Ardoise Clinic Parking Lot.

 11am - Acadian Baking at the Jolly Club in L'Ardoise. Free admission, children of all ages are invited to participate in baking an Acadian Cup Cake.

12:30pm - Blessing of the fleet, at the Chapel Cove Wharf.

2pm - A Merchandise and Lobster Bingo held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre.

4pm take in a Acadian Meat Pie and Seafood Chowder Supper held at the L'Ardoise Community Centre, admission is $10.00.

6:30pm – Enjoy a Music Recital at the Holy guardian Angels Church.

7pm – Acadian Festival Mass at the Holy guardian Angels Church.

9pm – Take in the Acadian Festival Dance at the L’Ardoise Community Centre with music by Back Around. Admission is $10.00 per person.

July 31:

8am – Lob Ball Tournament Continues.

8am – 5klm Fun Run, walk or crawl takes place at the L’Ardoise Community Centre grounds. Donation is an item for the food bank. 11am – 1pm -  A delicious Turkey Dinner at the L’Ardoise Community Centre.

10am – 4pm – Artisans Sale at the L’Ardoise Community Centre.1pm –

4pm – Bounce A Rama and Klusky the Clown at the Parish grounds.

2pm to 4pm – Outside Entertainment at the Festival Grounds.

2pm – 6pm – live entertainment on the deck of the Community Centre. Cash Bar available. Must be 19 years to attend. 2pm – Festival of Floats.