Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Winners Are Announced for the 1st Annual Paddeling/Kayak Races which took place on June 21st at Chapel Island (Potlotek)

The 1st Annual Paddeling/Kayak Race took place in Chapel Island (Potlotek) yesterday. The event grew paddlers from around the area and here is a list of the winners.

Men's Kayaking 1st place went to Gordon Kerr and Women's kayaking 1st place went to Eva Jung. Men's 1st place doubles went to Eberhard Witt and Ingo Vollmer, Women's double 1st place went to Jocelyn Marshall and Blayne Murray, Women's double 2nd place went to Annie Doucette and Olivia Isaac, Men's double 2nd place went to Joe Nicholas and Norman Isaac, Men's double 3rd place went to Elijah Bernard and Kyler Johnson, Women's double 3rd place went to Lynn Boyce and Monse Galiado –Point of interest- Monse Galiado is an exchange student from Mexico living in Sydney. Congratulations to all the participants who took part and to the Anita Basque for all the hard work she put into organizing   this new tourism event. Paddlers are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

SPAR Road Bike Lane Opened- Great News For Cyclists.

This great news was sent to my desk by Velo Cape Breton, and I want to pass it along to all cyclists.
SPAR Road Bike Lane Opened
Members and supporters of Velo Cape Breton were very pleased to join Cape Breton Regional Police and CBRM officials, including Mayor Cecil Clarke, for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new SPAR Road bike lane last week:

Monday, 16 June 2014

Samson Makes A Long Awaited Announcement Concerning Battery Provincial Park in St. Peter's. The Park Season will be extented to October 21st.

Today we were very happy to have Michel Samson,  Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism take time out of his busy schedule to come to Battery Provincial Park in St. Peter's to make an announcement of an extension to the park's season. This has been something that the people in St. Peter's has been requesting for some time. The Visitor Information Centre and the tourism committees as well as many other organizations have sent in letters and petitions for a number of years and now we are overjoyed to have our requests finally granted. Special thanks to Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources for his ruling and to Michel Samson for making the announcement.
Here is what Mr. Samson had to say. 
Today I had the pleasure to make an important announcement for our County. On behalf of Minister of Natural Resources, Zach Churchill, our government has extended the season for Battery Park in St. Peter's.The traditional closing for the park was September 8th. Today I announced the park will remain open until October 21st. This will keep the park open throughout the Celtic Colours festival. It is out hope this will allow more visitors to remain in Richmond County. As well, this will provide longer employment for our hard working and committed park staff.
I want to thank Councillor Steve MacNeil, Warden Steve Sampson and all of Richmond County council for their support for this extension to the park season.
Now it is up to all of us to share with family, friends and visitors that the park is open until October 21st.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Planning to Spend Some Time in St. Peter's This Summer, Come For The Scenery and Stay For The Music.

This years tourism season has just begun and the line up for summer entertainment looks great. So come stay a while, enjoy the experiences and attractions during the day, then sit and be prepared to be entertained by some of the best local entertainers Richmond has to offer. 

THE BRAS D'OR LAKES INN at 10095 Grenville Street, St. Peter's  Presents It's Tourism Lineup- Check It Out!!!

Weekly Music June thru September

Sunday  6:00 to 8:00 pm  Guitarist/Songwriters   Singer Claudine Burke and Derek LeBlanc
Monday  6:00 to 8:00 pm  Guitarist/Songwriters   Krista MacKinnon & Jay Luddington
Tuesday NA
Wednesday  6:00 to 8:00 pm  Various Bands/Guitarists/Songwriters   Wendy Owens: June 18; July 16; Aug 13; Sept 17   Echo: July 9, 30; Aug 6, 20; Sept 10   Carol Martell: July 23; Sept 3   Lauren Marchand: June 25; July 2;   TBD:  Aug 27
7:00 to 9:00 pm  Sessions Lounge Ceilidh - July 10 until August 28  An exciting mix of musical entertainment every week.   Cost: $5/person or $20/family, Free for Children Under 9. Cash bar.
9:00 to 11:00 pm Sessions Lounge Jam Session - July 10 until August 28  All musicians are welcome to join in with the regulars
Friday  6:00 to 8:00 pm  Fiddle Music  Allie Mombourquette

KitchenFest! - June 29th to July 4th

Sunday, June 29  9:00 to midnight Donna Marie DeWolfe, Gabrielle MacLellan, Tom Daniels, Mary Elizabeth MacInnis, & Cyril MacPhee
Monday, June 30  9:00 to midnight Wendy MacIsaac and Mary Jane Lamond & Band
Tuesday, July 1 9:00 to midnight Kinnon and Betty Beaton, Andrea Beaton, & Jackie Dunn-MacIsaac
Wednesday, July 2 9:00 to midnight Marc Boudreau, Gillian Boucher, Ryan J. MacNeil, Hilda Chaisson, & Seph Peters
Thursday, July 3 9:00 to midnight Dawn and Margie Beaton, Kenneth MacKenzie, & Jason Roach
Friday, July 4 9:00 to midnight Andrea Beaton, Paul K. and Tracey MacNeil, & Chris Babineau

Week of Celtic Colours October 10th to 19th

Friday to Friday 10:00 to1:00 am Kitchen Racket Jam Sessions - $5 cover charge; $2 with concert ticket stub. Free for participating musicians. All invited to join in.


Every Tuesday Evening The MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge Comes alive with it's popular Jam Session from 7-9pm. Come early to get a seat.

CONCERTS BY THE SEA from 6 to 7:30pm, start again on Thursday July 3rd at Lenoir Landing in Arichat and on Wednesday July 17th. at the St. Peter's Marina in St. Peter's to host the free outdoor concerts which will alternate weekly between Arichat and St. Peter's. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be ready to be entertained with some great local talent.

 THE A MACDONALD COUNTRY INN located on Pepperell Street, St. Peter's will be offering Complimentary “in house” local entertainment, provided Thursdays thru Sundays from July to mid-October in their dinning room. Enjoy local entertainment while you  enjoy delicious dishes in the quant country dinning room.  Reserve your table for dinner at the time of booking so as not to miss out on this free dinner entertainment.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

St. Peter's listed among those chosen to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award for 2014

The nomination was submitted and a decision was made and here are the results for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR--Recognizing Community Spirit
The annual Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award will be given to
several communities that have demonstrated exemplary civic and community
spirit in the last year.

From January to March 2014, Nova Scotians sent in their submissions and the
communities chosen are:
--St. Peter's, Richmond Co.
--Sackville area
--Town of Amherst

"Nova Scotia is a special place to live and visit because of our vibrant and
resilient communities," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.  "It is my privilege to
recognize the extraordinary civic pride and genuine caring nature
demonstrated by the citizens of the towns and villages honoured with this

Recently acknowledged by The Chronicle Herald as the best place in Atlantic
Canada to raise a family, Bridgewater's submission highlighted several small
projects like the community garden on Aberdeen Green, and the Ripples2Waves
community blog. It also included larger initiatives, such as the annual
Bridgewater Community Christmas Dinner, the creation of the Lunenburg County
Lifestyle Centre and the move of the local library to its new home in the
Lifestyle Centre.

"We moved a lot of books in a short time with many hands resulting in a
collective act of generosity which speaks well of our friends and
neighbours," said Troy Myers, chief librarian of the South Shore Public
Libraries. "People who came together collectively displayed the marvelous
community spirit of all the residents of Lunenburg County."

The St. Peter's and area communities application was prepared with input
from many community volunteer organizations. It cited a diverse group of
organizations that includes Bonnie Brae Senior Citizens Club, Friends of
Leona-Pink Positive Team, Nicolas Denys Days, Festival of Trees, Celtic
Colours concert and the St. Peter's Fire Department.

"St. Peter's and area is honoured and thrilled to have been selected for the
Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award.
We look forward to sharing our little bit of paradise with the rest of Nova
Scotia and the world," said Gordon Kerr, who nominated the village.

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage co-ordinates the award.
Applicants who best fit the award's criteria are chosen by an independent
selection committee. 

"Nova Scotia is a province with many cultures contributing to its rich
heritage. We have a reputation for warm and welcoming communities that
provide our foundation and reflect who we are as citizens," said Tony Ince,
Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. "This award recognizes and
celebrates the promotion of community spirit and civic duty for all Nova
Scotians to emulate."

The submission for the Sackville area, which included Lower, Upper and
Middle Sackville, and Beaver Bank, contained the Lake District Recreation
Association, the Sack-A-Wa Canoe club, and the Beacon House Interfaith
Society, which is a food bank, as examples of organizations that exhibit
strong community spirit.

"We have fed and clothed about 650 families a month," said Beacon House site
manager Rod Rowlands. "We have been working for almost 30 years delivering
this very unique service. Working with other organizations, we build on
ideas and resources to build on common goals."

The Fibre Arts and Rockabilly festivals, along with the Artisan's Market,
Amherst Youth Town Council, the Train Station Artisans Gallery and Tantramar
Seniors' College were part of the Town of Amherst's application.

"Amherst is a community that has strength in our heritage, culture and
diversity; but most importantly our strong sense of community spirit," said
Jennifer Borne, business development officer, Town of Amherst. "It is an
honour to be formally recognized for our community achievements by the
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia."

Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award
will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. Grant will
attend the festivities to present an original piece of NovaScotian Crystal
etched with a representation of each community's story.  

For more information visit .

Right Some Good Comes to Halifax

Here is an update from the organizers of Right Some Good on The Right Some Good Experience coming to Halifax later this month. Check it out.

The Right Some Good experience
Gourmet Street Fair: The smell of hot fresh street food engulfs the normally high traffic street. Parents saunter through the crowds holding a decadent food item in one hand and their kid’s hand in the other. Along the way they check out artisan’s crafts and other local products. Finally, they stop and take a seat in front of the culinary stage to watch things heat up as master chefs compete for $5,000 and the Garland Canada Master Chef Face Off title. The sounds of local artists fill the streets.
If you’re interested in any of these things, then you won’t want to miss Right Some Good on Spring Garden on June 29. Admission is free and food and drink tickets will be sold onsite. 
Try North America's original pop-up dinning! What do you get when you take an empty warehouse and transform it’s interior into a five-star restaurant, add Michelin-star chef Cristina Bowerman from Italy and one of Nova Scotia’s best musicians, Carleton Stone? The Right Some Good Foodie Force on June 27!
All aboard! Ladies, you’ll want to opt for a pair of flats on June 28 as you climb aboard the HMCS Preserver’s and up two flights of stairs to the helicopter deck. New York’s finest, Chef Ed Cotton will serve up a once-in-a-lifetime meal as Steven MacDougall’s magical voice floats over the waves. 
Tickets for both pop-up dinners are on sale now at They’re moving quickly, so be sure to buy yours as seating is limited. We will do our best to accommodate food allergies just let us know. 
Menus for dinner will be released soon on our website, take a look and see which one you’d like to dig into.