Every­one should have some civic pride

The Compass - - OPINION - Melissa Jenk­ins is a reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass News­pa­per in Car­bon­ear

This summer has been filled with fes­ti­vals, ac­tiv­i­ties and con­certs through­out the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have been host­ing their an­nual fam­ily days and bar­be­cues, with snacks, prizes and many fun games for chil­dren.

These events give res­i­dents that op­por­tu­nity to show their civic pride by par­tic­i­pat­ing in pa­rades and pageants, com­pe­ti­tions such as Tid­dly in Car­bon­ear, at­tend live entertainment like in Bay de Verde and put a few bucks into games of chance, which have been a part of events all over the re­gion.

Towns like Bay Roberts have been on the up-and-up when it comes to civic pride. Dancers, floats and cos­tumes are some of the high­lights from lo­cal pa­rades. And the par­tic­i­pa­tion is plen­ti­ful for the an­nual Klondyke Days event.

Spa­niard’s Bay had a suc­cess­ful Lassy Days fes­ti­val, with live entertainment and an ex­cel­lent fire­works dis­play.

Car­bon­ear held a movie night, with the rain hold­ing off long enough for it to be a great time for all.

And don’t for­get the vin­tage tea party in New Har­bour, which saw young and old par­tic­i­pate to­gether for a good old-fash­ioned cup of tea and bis­cuits. But there is still plenty of summer left. Events like the Cu­pers Cove Soiree, Hant’s Har­bour crab fes­ti­val and Perry’s Cove Days are still left to come.

In fact, why not take a trip up the bay or down the shore on the week­ends dur­ing some big fes­ti­vals? Maybe take a pic­nic lunch, drop into the beach for a dip and min­gle with some of the lo­cals. Do you take part in your lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal cel­e­bra­tions? There’s plenty for chil­dren to do, and it gets the whole fam­ily out­doors. The kids can even dec­o­rate their bikes and scoot­ers for pa­rades. And there’s plenty to do for the adults as well. So if there are events around your area, get out, cel­e­brate your com­mu­nity and par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties.

Not only could it help keep the kids oc­cu­pied, but it is likely to boost com­mu­nity morale.

Whether it’s Whit­bourne, Cavendish, Old Per­li­can, Har­bour Grace, or any­where in be­tween, show some pride in your com­mu­nity.

Vol­un­teers have taken the time to set up fun and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for all to en­joy, so show them your ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

So why not take part in mu­nic­i­pal spon­sored events, and give your fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours some­thing to be proud of.

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