Celtic Colours in Rich­mond

Vis­i­tors take part in con­certs, jam ses­sions, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties

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

It’s been an­other amaz­ing year for Celtic Colours in Rich­mond County and across Cape Bre­ton Is­land.

We had lots of vis­i­tors com­ing through our doors at the vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, look­ing for as­sis­tance. We had tons of in­quiries about sched­uled con­certs and ac­tiv­i­ties to fill their days lead­ing up to the con­cert times.

It was won­der­ful to see just how many vis­i­tors were com­ing into the area from around the world, some for the first time, but many mak­ing re­turn vis­its, be­cause they had en­joyed the fes­ti­val in pre­vi­ous years.

It is so re­ward­ing when you are able to match a per­son who hadn’t heard of the fes­ti­val with a con­cert on the dates they would be in that area. The ap­pre­ci­a­tion on their faces makes your day.

We also stayed in touch with the fes­ti­val box of­fice to have peo­ple added to the wait­ing list for tick­ets to sold­out con­certs in hopes of hav­ing some tick­ets re­turned for re­sale and those that we had added would be con­tacted.

One of the yearly things we face each fes­ti­val sea­son is deal­ing with peo­ple com­ing into the area who have not heard about the is­land-wide fes­ti­val and have not booked rooms be­fore com­ing. That makes it a lit­tle dif­fi­cult as most ac­com­mo­da­tions are booked up months in ad­vance of Celtic Colours. We have had luck in find­ing these folks ac­com­mo­da­tions. For vis­i­tors with RVs, it was eas­ier, as we had busi­nesses will­ing to let them park in their lots.

At the time of writ­ing this col­umn, three of the four con­certs in Rich­mond County were sold-out, with only lim­ited tick­ets avail­able for the L’Ar­doise con­cert A Full Slate.

For those vis­i­tors, that were un­able to ob­tain con­cert tick­ets, we di­rected them to cul­tural events that of­fered mu­sic as well. We were also able to di­rect them to the pop­u­lar Kitchen Rack­ets jam ses­sions at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter’s. These ses­sions which had taken place for a num­ber of years, of­fered mu­sic lovers an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery night fol­low­ing the Celtic Colours con­certs.

This evening vis­i­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy an Aca­dien cul­tural event fea­tur­ing an Aca­dien lunch of chicken fricot, meat pie and dessert, a craft and ar­ti­sans mar­ket and en­ter­tain­ment by the Trina Sam­son Dance School at Cen­tre LaPi­casse in Pe­tit de Grat.

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