Monday, 4 September 2017

There will be a Celebration of Song on September 10th with the Cora Cantabile Choir at the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Loch Lomond, Cape Breton.

The Cora Cantabile Women's Choir with director Jim MacNeil

On Sunday, Sept. 10th, enjoy an afternoon concert with Coro Cantabile and Friends, at the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Loch Lomond starting at 3pm. The Coro Cantabile Choir which consists of all women is amazing, and are under the direction of Jim MacNeil. The Choir will be joined by special guests for this amazing afternoon of music. Admission is by donation at the door. Following the concert there will also be a Turkey Supper (optional) at a cost of $15.00 per person.
So mark this date on your calendar for a performance you will not want to miss.


Up date to the Schedule for the St. Peter's Day Festival in St. Peter's -September 14 to 17 Don't Miss it!!!


St. Peter's Pirate's Plunder The Village

St. Peter’s Pirate Days Festival - Sept 14 – 17, 2017

Thursday September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2017

Best Dressed Pirate Storefronts and Homes viewings

The town businesses and many residences are dressed up like never before and competing for some valuable booty! Scout around town and check them out for yourself.

Location: St. Peter’s

Cost: Free/Prizes

Thursday September 14, 2017

Pirate Days’ Trivia Night: 8 pm

A night to bring your mates out for interrogation on various landlubber and pirate related stuff.

Location: MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge

Cost: Team admission cost – $40, max team of 4.

Must register ahead by calling 902-535-3578

Friday September 15, 2017

Step Back into History: 5 pm to 7 pm

Louisbourg reenactment Militia members will be on hand to give weapons demonstrations and training to young recruits.

Location: St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay

Cost: Free admission.

Opening Ceremonies and Pirates Walk: 7 pm – 8 pm

Dignitaries and invited pirates will start of the weekend – however proclamations will be short under threat of walking the plank! When its over, join the pirates parade up through town to seek out more merriment – destination MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge.

Location: St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay

Cost: Free admission.

Outdoor Movie: 8 pm to 9:30 pm

Bring some chairs to the canal and enjoy the pirate movie Hook under the stars. Free Popcorn.

Location: St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay

Cost: Free admission.

Pirates’ Wing Nite: 9 pm – midnight

Join your fellow pirates in or out of costume and sit back and enjoy your favourite grog, tasty wings or step lively. Listen to music provided by privateers and musicians Darrell Keigan & Stewart MacDonald. You’ll be transported back to days of ol’ as the room is full of fellow pirates. And the judges have scouted the swaggy about town and are ready to name the top three business winners. Bullion to the top three! 

Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge

Cost: Free will donations welcome.

Music by Granville Street Project : 9 pm – midnight

Step on out and enjoy some more live entertainment provided by Granville Street Project. Granville Street Project is a 10 piece classic rock/blues band that will have you dancing the night away.  The band is comprised of members from the Strait area and features a full horn section.  You’ll hear a variety of music from with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that is sure to keep you on your feet!

Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn

Cost: $10.00

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Run Maties, Run: 8 am

First Mate Marvin  from the beached Kin-Excel will lead the hearty on a merry 5 km chase through the village.

Location: Meet at St. Peter’s Canal, St. Peter’s Bay side.

Cost: Free/Prizes.

Must register ahead by calling 902-535-2488

Thieves’ Market: 9 am – 5 pm

Check out the Pirate Day Specials at the various merchants and shop keepers around the village. You won’t need to pilfer this weekend.

Location: All over the village

Cost: Up to you matey. Fill your boots.

Young Scallywag Activities: 10 am – 12 noon

Children, costumes optional, can be brought ashore to enjoy some free range activities port side under the watchful eye of  their parents. 

Location: Lion’s Club Marina

Cost: Free will donations welcome.

4-H Pillaging for the Food bank: 10 am – noon.

There will be no mischief going on but Foodland is packaging up a few more food supplies for those with a few shillings to use to make donations to the the local food bank.

Location: Foodland Co-op St. Peter’s.

Cost: A desire to share.

Artisan Market: 11 am – 3 pm

Artisans and crafters from all around. Maybe even a distillery or two!

Location: Coastal Arts & Culture Guild Market.

Cost: Free admission

Pirate Burger Grill: 11 am – 1 pm

Specializing in BBQ’d Pirate Burgers and Sea Dogs this charity event may just fill your leg.

Location: East Coast Credit Union

Cost: Varies.

Villa Pirate Pet Parade and Party: 1 pm sharp

Brighten up your and the senior pirates’ day with your pirate-costumed pet. Everyone will be in costume! 

Location: Assemble at the Richmond Villa

Cost: Free/Prizes

Please register ahead at Lynn’s Flowers & Gifts or by calling 902-535-2377

Ship of Fools Cardboard Boat Race: 2 pm – 4 pm

The expert boat builders from River Bourgeois will provide you and your team with supplies and instruction to make the most seaworthy vessel you can to race the treacherous waters of St. Peter’s Bay and Canal. Only the brave or foolish would take on such a challenge to cheat Davy Jones’ Locker!

Location: Canal, at Battery Provincial Park Beach.

Cost: Free admission (and likely wet clothes!)/Prizes

Landlubbers Happy Hour: 3 pm – 5 pm

If you feel becalmed then head over to the tavern, check out entertainment by Brett Pierce.

Location: MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge

Cost: Free admission.

Pirate Buffet: 5 pm – 7 pm

Now’s the the time to fill your boots with some fine food from the galley of a fellow sailor. And then step outside to watch the Lights on the Lake Ships Parade.

Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn

Cost: $29.95

Pirate Patio Party: 6 pm – 9 pm

Head over for some grub, a wee dram of your favourite thirst quencher and lay back to be entertained by Full Circle. Keep a keen eye open though – the pirate fleet is heard to ply these waters and there will be a ‘Lights on the Lake’ Ships Parade. There may even be some pirates ashore!

Location: Jiggs

Cost: You have the purse.

Lights on the Lake Ships Parade: 7:30 pm -8:30 pm

The pirate fleet and their motley crews will weigh anchor from the Lion’s Hall Marina and sail out towards Corbetts Cove seeking fame and fortune – a share of the bullion going to the top three best dressed boats among the lot. Keep your wits about you – be sure your not press ganged before they set off! You may find yourself on the wrong deck. Pirate ships can enjoy a special overnight rate at the St. Peter’s Marina.

Location: Best view anywhere from the lake end of canal, Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, Jiggs,  the Visitor Info Centre through to Corbett’s Cove Rd.

Cost: Free/Prizes awarded

To register your boat contact Glenda Sampson (902) 227-5520 or email piratedays@visitstpeters.com

Party Like a Pirate Bashs: 9:00 pm -1:00 am

There’s a whole lot of fun set out for a whole lot of landlubbers and pirates to enjoy this evening!  To make sure everyone can participate there are three venues with live entertainment and regular shuttle bus service running among them all evening. All are encouraged to dig deep into their clothes chest and put on their finest pirate era garb to fete this night away. A fine eye will be used, replaced with a patch of course, to scan the lot of you for the three best dressed pirates. Prize winners for best dressed houses, pirate ships and pirates will be announced during the evening. 



 Ports of Call One

Lion’s Club Community Hall

Music by The Relatives



 Ports of Call Two

MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge

Music by Back Around



 Ports of Call Three

Bras d’Or Lakes Inn

Music by Andre Pettipas

Cost: $15 for the Trio/costume Prizes

Shuttle Buses among the three venues;

Night Watch: 1:00 am -3:00 am

Music by Full Circle and the galley will be open.

Location: Louie’s Cosy Corner

Cost: Free Admission

 Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Hangover Breakfast: 8 am – 12 noon

Yo-ho-ho, shake off those barnacles. If you can make it to the mess hall you are sure to enjoy your breakfast. Enjoy some crackle fruit the way you like them or order up the HE-MAN’S Breakfast Pirate Days special.

Location: Louie’s Cosy Corner

Cost: Up to you matey.

Artisan Market: 11 am – 3 pm

Artisans and crafters from all around

Location: Coastal Arts & Culture Guild Market.

Cost: Free admission

Pirate Parade: 12:30 pm 

Pirates will be gathering from Land and Sea. Please join in costume and walk the parade route!

Route: De Raymond St. to Toulouse St. Fire hall

Cost: Free

Pirates’ Cup of Tea: 1 pm – 3 pm

Steeped in history – this Nicolas Denys Museum fundraiser continues the tradition of a wee cup of tea me boys and gals while reminiscing the days gone by. Sandwiches and sweets provided.

Music by Nova Scotia Hall of Famer – Robert Bouchard.

Location: St. Peter’s Firehall 

Cost: $15 in advance/$20.00 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at C&M Video or at the museum.

All Weekend Long!

Scavenger Hunt: Saturday 10 am – Sunday 11 am

Seek out the answers to a lost soul’s queries scavenging throughout the village in pursuit of facts, fame and fortune. Sign up as an individual or group and share the spoils. 

Location: You can pick up your scavenger’s Lion’s Hall Saturday morning after 10 am and then start on your merry way with a sharp eye and keen wit about you. Hand in your completed manifest at the designated location(s) before 11 am Sunday.

Cost: Free/Prizes

St. Peter’s Marina: Berths only $25/night at Lions Marina (902) 535-2729   www.st-peters-marina.com
Cruise the Canal or sail in St. Peter’s Bay on Cuna Mara: 25% off regular rates. Pirates and the general public are all welcome to cruise with Captain Kerr. Booking info at  www.itsarap.ca

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Calling All Pirates - St. Peter's Pirate Days Are Coming September 14 to 17, 2017




Pirates Invade St. Peter's

St. Peter's Pirate Days Schedule – Sept 14 – 17, 2017
Thursday September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2017

Best Dressed Pirate Storefronts and Homes viewings - Cost: Free/Prizes

Thursday September 14, 2017
Pirate Days’ Trivia Night: 8 pm at MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge
Cost: Team admission cost – $40, max team of 4. - Must register ahead by calling 902-535-3578

Friday September 15, 2017
Step Back into History: 5 pm to 7 pm --Louisbourg reenactment Militia members will be on hand to give weapons demonstrations and training in parade to young recruits. At the St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay. Cost: Free admission.

Opening Ceremonies and Pirates Walk: 7 pm – 8 pm - Dignitaries and invited pirates will start of the weekend – however proclamations will be short under threat of walking the plank! When its over, join the pirates parade up through town to seek out more merriment – destination MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge. -  St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay. Cost: Free admission.
Outdoor Movie: 8 pm to 9:30 pm - Bring some chairs to the canal and enjoy the pirate movie Hook under the stars. Free Popcorn, at St. Peter’s Canal Landing, St. Peter’s Bay. Cost: Free admission.
Pirates’ Wing Nite: 9 pm – midnight - Join your fellow pirates in or out of costume and sit back and enjoy your favourite grog, tasty wings or step lively. Listen to music provided by privateers and musicians Darrell Keigan & Stewart MacDonald. You’ll be transported back to days of ol’ as the room is full of fellow pirates. And the judges have scouted the swaggy about town and are ready to name the top three business winners. Bullion to the top three at MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge. Cost: Free will donations welcome.
Music by Granville Street Project : 9 pm – midnight - Step on out and enjoy some more live entertainment provided by Granville Street Project. Granville Street Project is a 10 piece classic rock/blues band that will have you dancing the night away.  The band is comprised of members from the Strait area and features a full horn section.  You’ll hear a variety of music from with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that is sure to keep you on your feet! At the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn. Cost: $10.00
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Run Maties, Run: 8 am - First Mate Marvin  from the beached Kin-Excel will lead the hearty on a merry 5 km chase through the village. Meet at St. Peter’s Canal, St. Peter’s Bay side. Cost: Free/Prizes. Must register ahead by calling 902-535-2488
Thieves’ Market: 9 am – 5 pm - Check out the Pirate Day Specials at the various merchants and shop keepers around the village. You won’t need to pilfer this weekend.  All over the village. Cost: Up to you matey. Fill your boots.
Young Scallywag Activities: 10 am – 12 noon - Children, costumes optional, can be brought ashore to enjoy some free range activities port side under the watchful eye of  their parents. At the Lion’s Club Marina. Cost: Free will donations welcome.
4-H Pillaging for the Food bank: 10 am – noon. - There will be no mischief going on but Foodland is packaging up a few more food supplies for those with a few shillings to use to make donations to the the local food bank, at theFoodland Co-op St. Peter’s. Cost: A desire to share.
Artisan Market: 11 am – 3 pm - Artisans and crafters from all around.  Coastal Arts & Culture Guild Market. Cost: Free admission
Pirate Burger Grill: 11 am – 1 pm - Specializing in BBQ’d Pirate Burgers and Sea Dogs this charity event may just fill your leg, at the  East Coast Credit Union. Cost: Varies.
Villa Pirate Pet Parade and Party: 1 pm sharp - Brighten up yours and the senior pirates’ day with your pirate-costumed pet. Everyone will be in costume! The Island Steppers will entertain.  Assemble at the Richmond Villa. Cost: Free/Prizes. Please register ahead at Lynn’s Flowers & Gifts or by calling 902-535-2377
Ship of Fools Cardboard Boat Race: 2 pm – 4 pm - The expert boat builders from River Bourgeois will provide you and your team with supplies and instruction to make the most seaworthy vessel you can to race the treacherous waters of St. Peter’s Bay and Canal. Only the brave or foolish would take on such a challenge to cheat Davy Jones’ Locker! At the Canal, at Battery Provincial Park Beach. Cost: Free (and likely wet clothes!)/Prizes.
Landlubbers Happy Hour: 3 pm – 5 pm - If you feel becalmed then head over to the tavern, check out entertainment by Brett Pierce, at the  MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge. Cost: Free admission.

Pirate Buffet: 5 pm – 7 pm - Now’s the the time to fill your boots with some fine food from the galley of a fellow sailor. And then step outside to watch the Lights on the Lake Ships Parade, at the  Bras d’Or Lakes Inn. Cost: $29.95

Pirate Patio Party: 6 pm – 9 pm - Head over for some grub, a wee dram of your favourite thirst quencher and lay back to be entertained by Full Circle. Keep a keen eye open though – the pirate fleet is heard to ply these waters and there will be a ‘Lights on the Lake’ Ships Parade. There may even be some pirates ashore! at Jiggs. Cost: You have the purse.
Lights on the Lake Ships Parade: 7:30 pm -8:30 pm

The pirate fleet and their motley crews will weigh anchor from the Lion’s Hall Marina and sail out towards Corbetts Cove seeking fame and fortune – a share of the bullion going to the top three best dressed boats among the lot. Keep your wits about you – be sure your not press ganged before they set off! You may find yourself on the wrong deck. Pirate ships can enjoy a special overnight rate at the St. Peter’s Marina. Best view anywhere from the lake end of canal, Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, Jiggs,  the Visitor Info Centre through to Corbett’s Cove Rd. Cost: Free/Prizes awarded. To register your boat contact Glenda Sampson (902) 227-5520 or email piratedays@visitstpeters.com.
Party Like a Pirate Bashs: 9:00 pm -1:00 am -There’s a whole lot of fun set out for a whole lot of landlubbers and pirates to enjoy this evening!  To make sure everyone can participate there are three venues with live entertainment and regular shuttle bus service running among them all evening. All are encouraged to dig deep into their clothes chest and put on their finest pirate era garb to fete this night away. A fine eye will be used, replaced with a patch of course, to scan the lot of you for the three best dressed pirates. Prize winners for best dressed houses, pirate ships and pirates will be announced during the evening. 
Ports of Call One - Lion’s Club Community Hall -  Music by The Relatives.
Ports of Call Two - MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge - Music by Back Around.
Ports of Call Three - Bras d’Or Lakes Inn - Music by Andre Pettipas.
Cost: $15 for the Trio/costume Prizes. Shuttle Buses among the three venues;
Night Watch: 1:00 am -3:00 am - Music by Full Circle and the galley will be open.at Louie’s Cosy Corner. Cost: Free Admission.

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Hangover Breakfast: 8 am – 12 noon - Yo-ho-ho, shake off those barnacles. If you can make it to the mess hall you are sure to enjoy your breakfast. Enjoy some crackle fruit the way you like them or order up the HE-MAN’S Breakfast Pirate Days special, at Louie’s Cosy Corner. Cost: Up to you matey.
Artisan Market: 11 am – 3 pm - Artisans and crafters from all around - Coastal Arts & Culture Guild Market. Cost: Free admission.

Pirate Parade: 12:30 pm  - Pirates will be gathering from Land and Sea. Please join in costume and walk the parade route! Route: De Raymond St. to Toulouse St. Fire hall. Cost: Free

Pirates’ Cup of Tea: 1 pm – 3 pm - Steeped in history – this Nicolas Denys Museum fundraiser continues the tradition of a wee cup of tea me boys and gals while reminiscing the days gone by. Sandwiches and sweets provided. Music by Nova Scotia Hall of Famer – Robert Bouchard, at the St. Peter’s Firehall.  Cost: $20.00

All Weekend Long!
Scavenger Hunt: Saturday 10 am – Sunday 11 am - Seek out the answers to a lost soul’s queries scavenging throughout the village in pursuit of facts, fame and fortune. Sign up as an individual or group and share the spoils.  You can pick up your scavenger’s Lion’s Hall Saturday morning after 10 am and then start on your merry way with a sharp eye and keen wit about you. Hand in your completed manifest at the designated location(s) before 11 am Sunday. Cost: Free/Prizes

St. Peter’s Marina: Berths only $25/night at Lions Marina (902) 535-2729   www.st-peters-marina.com. Cruise the Canal or sail in St. Peter’s Bay on Cuna Mara: 25% off regular rates. Pirates and the general public are all welcome to cruise with Captain Kerr. Booking info at  www.itsarap.ca

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
2017
EVENTS
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: www.imbluegrass.ca

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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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.