TOURISM

Plenty of events com­ing up over the next few months

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - Ann Marie Yorke View from Rich­mond Ann Marie Yorke has worked closely with the Rich­mond County tourism in­dus­try and have been a tourism in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer in St. Peter’s for 15 years. She looks forward to your com­ments at an­n­mariey­orke@hot­mail.com.

Plenty of up­com­ing events in Rich­mond

Summer hasn’t ar­rived and al­ready our fes­ti­vals are be­gin­ning.

Last year the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter in St. Peter’s saw close to 18,000 vis­i­tors in­quir­ing what they could do in Rich­mond County. This year, I am so ex­cited at the amount of fes­ti­vals and events be­ing planned for our area. It is sure to be a ban­ner year, with so much for vis­i­tors to en­joy. There will be a com­bi­na­tion of com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals as well as spe­cial events be­ing planned. Now is the time to start pen­cil­ing in your va­ca­tion time so you don’t miss a sin­gle event, es­pe­cially if you have fam­ily and friends com­ing to visit.

Some of the spe­cial events start­ing off the sea­son will be the Dundee Re­sort and Golf Club’s Fam­ily Week­end from May 20 to May 22. They are of­fer­ing three days and two nights of fun, prices based on a fam­ily of four. Ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing planned by the Whitty Sports Camp, in­clud­ing fun out­door games and events, crafts and an in­door pool party. Adults can go to the pub, while kids can at­tend movie night and then go to an out­door bon­fire with s’mores. Call 1-844-638-6333 for more in­for­ma­tion and prices.

The 25th An­nual Baraco Days Fes­ti­val starts Mon­day, May 29, in Louis­dale, with bingo. Then May 30, card play­ers can get to­gether for a com­pet­i­tive game of 45s. On May 31, come to the parish hall for a spaghetti sup­per.

With summer just a few weeks away, ev­ery­one is think­ing of bar­be­cue sea­son. Come to Baraco Days on June 1 and take part in the fes­ti­val bar­be­cue. June 2, will be vol­un­teer ap­pre­ci­a­tion night in Louis­dale. June 3 will have a full day of events start­ing with break­fast, fol­lowed by an­other bar­be­cue. There will be chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., then mass fol­lowed by a camp­fire. On June 4, a turkey din­ner with all the trim­mings will be held, fol­lowed by a mer­chan­dise bingo. Whether you are a lo­cal or a vis­i­tor to Rich­mond County, it is al­ways nice to get a sou­venir of the event and or­ga­niz­ers of the fes­ti­val will be sell­ing 25th an­niver­sary hats through­out the week.

The next sig­na­ture event to take place in Rich­mond County is the sixth an­nual Mu­sic Camp on the Canal in St. Peter’s, June 2-4. The event is held over a week­end, be­gin­ning with a wel­come re­cep­tion and jam ses­sion on Fri­day evening. The rest of the week­end will in­clude a Satur­day full of work­shops with more than 50 to choose from. Lunch and sup­per will be in­cluded. A Satur­day night all-star con­cert fea­tur­ing the fac­ulty will be fol­lowed by a kitchen racket jam ses­sion with campers and play­ers from the com­mu­nity. Sun­day morn­ing will in­clude one more work­shop or band lab prac­tice, and a Sun­day lunch will be fol­lowed by the fi­nale band lab show­case. If you love mu­sic and learn­ing from

the masters, you will not want to miss this event. Reg­is­tra­tion is at www.kitchen­rack­ets.org.

For all the lob­ster lovers out there, Sea­side Lob­sterFest, will be back July 9 to July 16, with even more events than last year. This fes­ti­val is a week­long cel­e­bra­tion of our long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of lob­ster. Don’t miss out on the fun in Rich­mond, come and visit the only place on Nova Sco­tia, where the ocean meets the in­land sea.

“Ren­dez-Vous 2017 – Tall Ships Re­gatta, will be stopping

in St. Peter’s from Au­gust 4 to 6. Af­ter view­ing the ships stay for St. Peter’s sig­na­ture event, Swim the Canal, which will take place on Au­gust 6.

And St. Peter’s shops will be decked out in pi­rate re­galia to set the stage for Pi­rates Days from Septem­ber 15 to 17, as pi­rates roam the streets wel­com­ing guests to our area.

We are so for­tu­nate to have so much tal­ent in our area. This week­end past, the Trina

Sam­son Dance School took top marks at the 5,6,7,8 Show­time Dance Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Wolfville. The dance troop will now pro­ceed to com­pe­ti­tion in British Columbia later in June for the world com­pe­ti­tion. Con­grat­u­la­tions to an amaz­ing per­for­mance.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The 5,6,7,8 Show­time Dance Com­pe­ti­tion was held in Wolfville May 7, and the Trina Sam­son Dance School won top honors. They have pro­gressed to the World Cham­pi­onship Com­pe­ti­tion in British Columbia the end of June. The names of the girls are, from left to right, MacKayla Boudreau, Ivy Marc­hand, Emma Le­Blanc, Trina Sam­son (teacher), MacKen­zie Keat­ing, Ken­dra Mac­Don­ald and Grace DeWolfe.

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