Five-stars

Five-star rat­ing for Carbonear

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.”

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