Five-star rating for Carbonear
This historic CBN town has picked up a five-star rating from the national WinterLights competition for its efforts in “historical preservation.”
Carbonear earned a five-star rating in the 2009-2010 WinterLights Celebations program.
The Conception Bay North town was recognized under the Historical Preservation category for its work on the Rorke Store Museum.
“ That’s up from the four-star rating we received last year,” Rob Button, the town’s director of recreation and tourism told last week’s (March 16) regular council meeting.
Carbonear was one of 33 Canadian towns honoured during the annual WinterLights Symposium and Awards Ceremony held March 6 in Charlottetown, PEI.
Currently into its ninth edition, WinterLights Celebrations is the winter version of the popular Communities in Bloom program.
During November and December, 2009 trained volunteer judges visited participating communities to evaluate them on five criteria: visual presentation, festive season celebrations, winter pleasures, goodwill programs and tourism and promotion.
Carbonear competed in the towns with under 7,500 population category.
Describing Carbonear as, “rich in history and scenic beauty,” the judges found, “Carbonear’s preservation of its history and revitalization for the community’s future is clearly focused.
“ The community embraces the Rorke Store Museum as a catalyst of its downtown revitalization efforts. The museum has beautifully created exhibits that celebrate the town’s fishery and merchant history and one of Carbonear’s historic families.
“ The museum includes a historical entertainment hall (second floor) that houses various productions such as historical plays, music and community culture that preserves old world traditions and captures the moment and heritage to share with future generations.”
Encouraging Canadians to join in their local community events and activities, WinterLights encourages citizens to experience the beauty and thrill of winter.
RORKE STORE MUSEUM - Judges for the WinterLights competition described the Rorke Store Museum as “the catalyst of Carbonear’s downtown revitalization efforts.”