Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Johnstown Milling Frolic is the longest running milling frolic on Cape Breton Island, probably in Canada. The Milling Frolic has been running for over 80 years. 2017 will be the 85th year

Annual milling frolic
August 18th
All Ages 7pm - 12am
Country StoreFresh Garden Vegetables
Bake SaleAll Home Cooking
MillingLearn how to mill cloth
Gaelic SingingListen to the best in Gaelic Singing songs to mill cloth by
Bingo Come and play merchandise Bingo
Lunch Relax and enjoy a lunch and tea
Straw GameLet the children take a chance to win a prize
Adult Dance 9pm - 1am
Square DanceKinnon and Betty Lou Beaton

Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival to take place at Janvrin's Isle

The Isle Madame Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival will take place from Friday August 18 to Sun. August 20 at the Gaston LeBlanc Memorial Ballfield and Recreation Center at  830 Janvrin Harbour Rd. Janvrin's Island.

The Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival Committee is very pleased to announce the following bands will be entertaining the audience at our 3rd Annual concerts:

Bluegrass Diamonds

Free Wheelin

Next Generation

Ryan Dillman & Shadow River K
Kenny Pettipas and More!

NEW this year: WORKSHOPS!!! The workshops will be led by Ryan Dillman & Shadow River... A not-to-be missed experience! 

Fri, Aug 18: 7-11pm - Opening;

Sat, Aug 19: 1-5pm and 7-11pm;

Sun, Aug 20: 10am-3pm Closing

Tickets are $50/weekend pass; $20/daily pass

Dry camping available-limited number of sites. Reservations on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets on sale from the DIMA office (Arichat) or by phone at 902-226-1918 or by mail. 

For more information see our NEW website:

It is going to be a great line up of entertainers and definitely an event you will not want to miss if you are a Bluegrass and Country Music fan. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Favorite Acadian Dish Served in Acadian Communities on Cape Breton Island

                                                        One of the Best French Meat Pie

lb ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
1⁄2cup onion, finely chopped
1⁄2cup water
2 large potatoes, peeled, cut into quarters
1⁄2teaspoon salt
1⁄4teaspoon allspice
1⁄4teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1 double crust pie crust

Combine beef, pork, onion and water in a medium saucepan and mix well.
Cook, covered, over low heat until the ground beef and pork are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Boil the potatoes in water to cover in a small saucepan until tender; drain
Add to the meat mixture.
Add the salt, allspice, cloves and pepper and mix well; remove from heat.
Mash the mixture with a potato masher.
Roll the pastry into two 11-inch circles on a lightly floured surface.
Fit 1 pastry into a 9-inch pie plate.
Fill with the meat mixture.
Cover with the remaining pastry, fluting the edge and cutting several vents.
Bake at 450′ for 20 minutes or the crust is golden brown.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The face of the Historic Village of St. Peter's Continues to Change, St. Peter's Canal Bridge Schedule to Open This Week.

The face of St. Peter's continues to change and although the old St. Peter's bridge has been in our history for a long time, it is time to move on. I read this item this afternoon, and so I am passing it along.
St. Peters Canal Bridge - swinging into summer!
As of June 15, the new St. Peters Canal Swing Bridge will be operational to all sail boats and cars. The grand opening will be later this year once the landscaping and Mi'kmaq interpretative and commemorative panels are installed.

I for one will not miss the long waits for traffic line ups, just do to the heavy traffic passing through our busy little Village, over our one lane bridge. Now with the two lanes, we will only have waits when ships are coming through the canal,

and then it is nice to sit and watch the boats sail through. Progress is good at times. just thinking out loud!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dundee Resort & Golf Club Celebrates New Ownership!!!

On June 1, the Dundee Resort and Golf Club’s long-time owner Scott MacAulay passed the keys to new owner, Sonny Grewal.
"We have been looking for an opportunity such as this for some time and thought Dundee would be the perfect fit," says Grewal, who has recently relocated from Texas and has dual citizenship. He and his business partner, brother Sumer are excited with their new investment.
As the demand for Cape Breton accommodations continues to grow, Dundee Resort and Golf Club has a renewed focus on becoming a true destination resort. Grewal has great plans for the property and construction work has already begun.
"We are positioning ourselves to provide a comprehensive vacation experience for guests. This means upgrades to the resort and golf course overall, as well as providing complimentary recreation activities for guest of all ages, delicious food and weekend entertainment," says Grewal.
An investment in the Dundee Resort and Golf Club is an investment in the future of the Strait Area as a tourism destination. Grewal plans to make Dundee a seasonal home and is excited to meet members of the community.

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Free Outdoor Granville Green Concert Series will Start Up in Port Hawkesbury on July 2nd.

Granville Green Free Outdoor Concert

For those who love great music, one of the highlights of the Summer Season in Cape Breton is the Free Granville Green Outdoor Concerts which take place at Granville Green in Port Hawkesbury during July and August. Well the schedule is now out and here is a peek at who will be performing this summer.

Schedule for the Free Outdoor Granville Green Concert Series in Port Hawkesbury From Sunday July 2 to Sunday August 6th. at 7pm.

July 2nd – The Barra MacNeils with Special guests- Nuallan, Sarah MacInnes and Change of Step.

July 9th. – Joshua Hyslop and special guest Mike Bochoff Band

July 16th.- The Good Lovelies and special guest Ashley MacIsaac  and Fiddlers Four.

July 23rd.- Hillsburn and special guest Jordon Musycsyn.

July 30th. – Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers and special guest Villages.

August 6th.- The Once and special guest Devarrow

Come Celebrate Father's Day in St. Peter's at Louie's Cosy Corner Restaurant on June 18th.

Father's Day at Louie's Cosy Corner Sun. 18 Jun, 2017 11:00 am
Louie's Cosy Corner Restaurant in St. Peter's

Canada Day 150 Celebrations to Include Outdoor Music Festival at the Groundswell in D'Escousse

The Groundswell in D'Escousse
If you are looking for something fun to do this Canada Day with friends and family, come to the Outdoor Music Festival at the Groundswell in D'Escousse, on July 1st. and make the 150th Canada Day one to remember!
Events include:
12pm – 1am
Beer Garden
All Day Music From The Deck
7 + Local Bands/Musicians
Strait Area Transit Shuttles
$5.00 All Day Entry
Prizes For Best Dressed Canadian Spirit
Kids Face Painting
Outdoor BBQ
Craft Beer

Small Kitchen Chaos (Eclectic 2-Piece)
Rene Fougere
Jon Hines
Brett Pierce
Trevor Bonin
Echo (3 Piece String Band!)
False Flag Time Machine (Rocky’s Funk Reggae Fusion Band)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Don't miss Richmond County's Signature Event The SeaSide Lobsterfest July 9 to 16th.

The Seaside Lobsterfest, July 9 to 16th. 2017


Sunday, July 9th

Opening Ceremonies @ St. Peters Marina 2pm

Come join us while we kick of Lobsterfest 2017.

We’ll have Irish Dancing, bag piping, and aboriginal dancers so come on down and get trapped in St. Peters.

Evening Gig

with Roger Stone, Cyril MacPhee, & Doug Sampson 7pm

@ St. Peter’s Lions Hall

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and memories with half of Brakin’ Tradition. Tickets will go quickly for this even so don’t miss out.

$20 – Cash bar available

Monday July 10th

Lobster Dinner @ Lobster's R Us
with entertainment TBA
Dinner Starts at 5pm and includes Fresh Lobster caught right in Little Harbour, Salads, Dessert, & Tea or Coffee $37 per person

Cash bar will be available.
Ham Dinners available upon request. Advanced Ticket Required.

Tuesday, July 11th

Lobsterfest Foodie Tour
Try something new or reconnect with an old favorite while you tour local restaurants. 4 Stops, 4 Amazing Course, Unlimited Fun.
$40 per person Pre-booking required Call 902 631 1843

Wednesday, July 12th
Afternoon Tea 2pm
at Louie's Cosy Corner
Biscutes, Jam, & Tea or Coffee

Entertainment by Jadion Seymour

2 to 4pm

Thursday, July 13th

Lobsterfest Cookoff Challenge
@ St. Peter's Lion's Hall - 3pm
Watch St. Peters’ Finest complete in a Lobster Cooking Competition for bragging rights and the Famous Bronze Cracker award

Chowder Dinner
@ St. Peter's Lion's Hall – 4pm
Entertainment by: Kenny Pettipas
$15 per person includes biscuit, dessert, tea, & coffee.

Trivia @ Macbouch
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Prizes
To Register call 902 631 1843 $40 per team

Friday, July 14th

Lobsterfest Beach Party

@ Battery Park 5pm-9pm

Bring your guitar, your appetite, and your dancing shoes for a jam session at the beach. Lobster and corn will be available to be boiled and a beer tent for the grown-ups.

Saturday, July 15th
Ball Tournament _ Sat & Sun
@ L’ardoise Field
$250 per team – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Prizes
 Call Charlie Martell to register

Afternoon Fun
 @ St. Peter's Lion's Hall - 10am-2pm
Farmer's Market, Kids Activities, & Music

Jesus Murphy $15
@ L'ardoise Community Centre – 9pm-1am
with Fireworks at Dusk




9AM – 2PM






Monday, 29 May 2017

Come to Richmond County, N.S. For a Tourism Season Filled With Amazing Events & Festivals, You Will Not Be Disappointed!!!!

Seaside Lobsterfest in St. Peter's
Hi everyone, you will want to mark these important festivals and events on your calendar. You will not want to miss any of these spectacular festivals and events which are scheduled to take place this summer. And remember that the Music Camp on the Canal starts this weekend with an amazing All Star Concert scheduled for Saturday evening, so get your tickets for that before they are all gone.
Signature Events:
Lobters R’ Us Seaside Lobsterfest, July 9-16, serving up everything seafood.
Annual Pow Wow, July 21-23, authentic Mi’kmaq culture.
July 27-30, L’Ardoise Acadian Festival celebrates our Acadian culture.
August 4-6, Experience the pageantry of the Tall Ships Regatta.
August 6, Swim the Canal provides that once in a lifetime experience. Swim the historic St. Peter’s Canal (800 mtr) right into the open Atlantic Ocean.
September 15-17, Pirate Days explores the lighter side of our darker past. Pirate themed like no other. Hunt for treasure. A haven for the pirate in us all.
October, Celtic Colours International Festival, in celebrates
North America’s only living Celtic culture. KitchenRackets jam sessions after the evening concerts.
June 2-4, Music Camp on the Canal St. Peter’s
June 17-18 Potlotek Fishing Derby Chapel Island
The Concerts by the Sea rotate weekly between LeNoir Landing in Arichat and the St. Peter’s Lions Marina in St. Peter’s during July and August, these are the free outdoor concerts.
There are also the Sunday Concerts in Port Hawkesbury at the Granville Green, these are also free outdoor concerts, and held during July and August.
July 1st Canada 150 Birthday Celebrations, celebrated in most of the communities around Richmond.
The Strawberry Festival on July 9th at the St. Georges Community Hall in St. Georges Channel.
July 09 – The Strawberry Festival in Johnstown.
July 9-16 Lobster R’ Us Seaside Lobsterfest in St. Peter’s, with lots of events taking place for the whole family.
July 13th to 16th Festival on the Lake in Sampsonville
July 14-16 Rocky Bay Irish Festival in Rocky Bay.
July 15th Célébrations de la fête nationale de l’Acadie will take place at La Picasse, in Petit de Grat.
July 21-23 Traditional Pow Wow Chapel Island
July 22 Codstock LeNoir Landing, Arichat
July 27-30 L’Ardoise Acadian Days Festival L’Ardoise
July 27-31 St. Anne’s Mission in Chapel Island
July 31– August 6 Nicolas Deny Days in St. Peter’s
August 02 Annual Auction in aid of MacAskill House Museum
August 4-6, Tall Ships Regatta St. Peter’s
August 4-6 Lennox Passage Harbourfest D’Escouse
August 05 Fourchu Funday
August 6 Swim The Canal St. Peter’s
August 9-13 Festival Acadian de Petit de Grat
August 11 Shark Derby in Petit de Grat
August 12 Grand River Daze in Grand River
August 18 Johnstown Milling Frolic
August 18-20 Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival
Isla Madame.
The Point Michaud Surf Classis has always brought a lot of interest to our surfing community and usually takes place the second to last weekend in August.
August 26 –Sept 3 River Bourgeois Festival
September 8-10 Cape Breton Paddlefest in Arichat.
September 15-17 St. Peter’s Pirate Days in St. Peter’s.
October 6-14 Celtic Colours Traditional Music Festival St. Peter’s
November 25-26 Festival of Trees

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Trina Samson Dance School's Island Steppers take Top Marks at the 5678 Showtime Dance Competition and Progress to the World Championship Dance Competition in British Columbia

The Island Steppers of the Trina Samson Dance School

Just in! Trina Samson Dance School Dancers of Richmond County, Nova Scotia have taken top marks at the 5678 Showtime Dance National Competition in Wolfville on May 7th. The Dance troop will now proceed to the World Championship Dance Competition in British Columbia the end June. Congratulations to their amazing dance instructor Trina Samson and to the dancers on their incredible performance!!!! If you get a chance to take in one of their performance, do so, you will not be disappointed.

Friday, 14 April 2017

The 6th Annual Music Camp on the Canal Returns to St. Peter's June 2 to June 4th, Register Now For A Great Music Experience!

The 6th Annual Music Camp will take place in St. Peter’s from June 2nd to June 4th. Come and join in the Music Camp weekend experience.

Beginning with a Welcome reception & jam session on Friday evening, your weekend includes:

- a Saturday full of workshops (4 x 1.25 hrs each); lunch and supper included.

- a Saturday night All Star Concert featuring our faculty (primo seating for campers).....

- followed by a KitchenRackets jam session with campers and players from the community

- Sunday morning, one more workshop or Band Lab practice.

- Sunday luncheon, followed by the finale Band Lab Showcase (which could include you!). 

There is more throughout the weekend: jam sessions, on-site instrument repairs, close-up encounters with your instructors and fellow players from far and near; local artisans market, an instrument swap & sale, great food - remember 2 lunches and a supper are included.

Amazing selection of workshops - almost 50 to choose from.

Full weekend registration including everything is a bargain at $250. Participants with non-musical partners can bring them along for all the food and fun (and the square dance workshop) for just $120. 

A la carte workshops also available

If you would like to take just one or a few workshops you can sign up 'a la carte' and pay by the workshop at $40 each. You can pick your workshops and pay for them in advance on line. 

 All Star Concert

This annual concert has become recognized as one of the finest showcases of authentic traditional and innovative Celtic style music anywhere on Cape Breton Island, featuring our stellar Music Camp Faculty, and hospitality of the St. Peter's Lions Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance on line. 

Who should come?

Any amateur musician, at any level of accomplishment, who wants to learn some new stuff, close-up and 1 on 1 with some incredible teachers. We have a Celtic orientation with a world view. Also, you should come if you want to meet and play with like-minded musicians. We have an 'accompanist' program for partners who don't play an instrument. Campers are all ages from grade school students to senior citizens. (You don't have to camp, most people stay at the Inn or local hotel, although there is camping available - and we offer a 'home billet' program - more info TBA in the coming weeks).

 Some other features of the Music Camp Weekend:

Artisans market on site including a used instrument swap and sale (you can bring your own surplus instruments if you want to sell);

On site luthier offering minor repairs, adjustments and instrument assessments;

Close-up encounters with your instructors and fellow players from far and near;

Great food - lunches on Sat and Sun and Saturday evening supper are included. Catered by Bras d'Or Lakes Inn's talented chefs.

To register or to get more information on the Music Camp go to

Thursday, 13 April 2017

April 28th, the Island Steppers hosts A Night To Remember with Psychic Medium Tracey Fuller at the Island Nest Restaurant in Arichat.

Tracey Fuller, Psychic Medium appearing at "A Night To Remember with Tracey Fuller".

If you enjoy an evening of entertainment, the Trina Samson Dance School will be offering a Night To Remember with Tracey Fuller, Psychic Medium, as part of their fundraising campaign for dancers going off to dance competitions.

For something a little different in the line of entertainment, you will want to mark April 28th on your Calendar as The Island Steppers invite you to join them for an experience with a psychic Medium. This event will take place at the Island Nest Restaurant in Arichat at 7pm. Fuller, originally from Kent, England, now resides in Sydney since 2014, where she uses her gift to bring peace of mind to her clients, by connecting them with loved ones who have passed on. Although she has always had this gift, it is only since 2000 that she has been sharing her gift professionally. If you have ever wanted to connect with someone from the spirit world, this maybe your chance. Come out and witness first hand this amazing ability, Fuller comes highly recommended!  Tickets are $30.00 advance sale and $35.00 at the door. Call for tickets now, by calling 902 631 2563 (Trina), 902-227-8196 (Gail), 902-631- 3828 (Karen) or 902-623-1435 (Kelly).  Get your tickets early as seating is limited.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Amazing Entertainment Comes to LaPicasse with The Crossing Borders Concert -April 24th, Don't Miss This Incredible Combination of Young Talent!!!

Crossing Borders Concert

If you enjoy an evening of great entertainment, with lively music and step dancing, you will definitely want to take in the Crossing Borders Concert at LaPicasse in Petit de Grat on April 24th at 7pm. Admission will be $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family for advance ticket sale or at the door on the night of the concert $7.00 per person or $12.00 per family. For tickets call 902-226-0149.

Centre La Picasse is proud to present the 25 dancers from the Trina Samson Dance School along with the 23 talent musicians from the Young Tradition Touring Group from Vermont and their mentors, coming together for one very special evening of traditional music and dance. Get your tickets early, as you will not want to miss this event.

Joining the Samson Dance School will be the Young Tradition Touring Group from Vermont, made up of a very talented young group of entertainers from the US. We are very lucky that during their tour in Canada, we have been given the opportunity to showcase our neighbouring countries talented young performers, performing along side some of Cape Breton's best Traditional Step dancers, from the Samson Dance School. This will be the US groups only stop in Richmond. Special thanks to LaPicasse and the Municipality of Richmond for their support with the concert.

Trina Samson Dance School Captures Spotlight at the Limelight Dance Competition - Dance and Culture at It's Best!!!!

The Island Steppers
Visitors coming to Cape Breton are interested in many features of Cape Breton and want to see, hear and enjoy them all.  Two things high on their list of things to take in are entertainment and culture. This weekend we were lucky enough to see two of these factors come together at the Limelight Dance Competition in Halifax, where dancers from the 4 Atlantic provinces vied for gold. Cape Breton was represented by the Trina Samson Dance School from Richmond County, and they definitely covered all the bases for both entertainment and culture. Yes, Cape Breton Step dancing is one of our most popular forms of entertainment while also showcasing our culture.
Those who watched the competition were not disappointed and the array of talent from this exceptional dance troop from the younger dancers to the Island Steppers, each performance was lively, unique and impressive. In total the dancers took home 1 Exclusive Gold, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, plus recognition awards and 2 entries into the Vault. Quite impressive. Congratulations to all the dancers and to their instructor Trina Hall Samson, who provided the girls with this amazing experience.
Trina Samson and the dancers from the Trina Samson Dance School
Samson is a dedicated dance teacher, who is admired and loved by all her students. She is a very talented choreographer, dancer and seamstress creating most of the costumes herself. Samson wants her dancers, to most of all enjoy the art of dance, it should never be a chore but an enjoyment that the dancers want to share with all those who watch their performances. And Samson encourages this by having her dancers perform at many community events and festivals throughout the year. Through her efforts, the cultural performance of traditional step dancing will be here for locals and visitors for future generations. The dancers next performance will be at the Easter Fun Day Breakfast which starts at 9:30am at the Lions Hall in St. Peter’s on April 14th.

St. Peter's Pirate Days Back Again for Another Great Event - September 15th to 17th.

The Annual St. Peter’s Pirate Day will be back again this year, with fun for everyone. It is scheduled to take place from September 15th to September 17th. Visitors to our fair village can expect to see a slightly different look than what they were expecting, as businesses deck their store fronts out in full Pirate flare. During the two days of celebrations, don’t be surprised to see some unsavory looking characters wondering the village streets, but be assured this is all in fun and a great photo opportunity as well. It might be a good idea to brush up on a little pirate lingo, just to add to the fun.
St. Peter’s has a rich historic past, but some may not realize that we did have some pirates visit our shores in years gone by and plundering of our businesses may not have been just an old mans tale, as recalled in a post by Al Calder who shared a little history about St Peter's.
During Pirate Days this past summer several people mentioned that there were never pirates who actually raided St Peter's. After reading an essay prepared by the late Harvey MacEwen, in 1976 on the Kavanagh family 1777 to 1923, in which MacEwen mentions, "In spite of several raids on his business (Lawrence Kavanagh Jr.) at St. Peter's by New England privateers, in which severe losses were suffered, the Kavanagh business prospered greatly".
After reading this post, I guess it is true to say that we are celebrating a little bit of our own colourful past. I am sure that this years Pirate Days will be a huge success, and I look forward to seeing what organizers of the event have in store for us.
One great idea, the committee has come up with this year to help with the cost of the event is The St. Peter's Pirate Days Treasure Chest, which is a new game of chance. Those who would like to play and to support the St. Peter’s Pirate Days can register a number, which will be yours for the next 52 weeks. Play your number for $2.00 each week, half of the bounty collected each week is the prize payout. For more details on the draw and to register stop in at B&E General Store in St. Peter’s.  Follow Pirate Days on Instagram @stpeterspiratedays and Twitter @Stpeterspirates.