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 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 or call 902-631-5050.