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Bonfire Night in Conception Bay North


As everyone who lives in the Northern Avalon Peninsula knows,  Bonfire Night on November 5th is a huge celebration. Many communities, including Brigus, Bay Roberts and Carbonear sponsor town bonfires.

What is the origin and purpose of Bonfire night? According to Wikipedia, It actually has two origins from our Celtic and our British Ancestors.  Samhain, which means November in Irish, was an ancient celebration for end of summer and the Harvest season in the Celtic calendar. It was the last great feast held outdoors before the cold months came.

Later Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night began. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London.

Most people today do not know or care about the origins … they just enjoy a fun community gathering for families – to celebrate the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.  They drink hot chocolate, roast wieners, and marshmallows… and sometimes even a few dried caplin.

Bonfire, Paddy's Garden, Carbonear

Bonfire, Paddy’s Garden, Carbonear

Fire Thrower at Carbonear Bonfire

Fire Thrower at Carbonear Bonfire

Bonfire - Coish, Bay Roberts

Bonfire – Coish, Bay Roberts

Bay Roberts Bonfire - Community Gardens

Bay Roberts Bonfire – Community Gardens

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100 Sunrises for the Kyle



100 Sunrises for the Kyle, originally uploaded by eracose.

On April 7th, 2012, the SS Kyle celebrates one hundred years.  The SS Kyle was completed on April 7th, 1913 and officially launched 17 April 1913 by Mrs R. G. Reid, wife of president of the Reid Company of Newfoundland, long before Newfoundland became a province of Canada.

It is moored today in Harbour Grace, where people often photograph the boat because of its long attachment to the Labrador Fishery.   The SS Kyle had several phases of existence. It was a ferry on the Cabot Strait run between Port aux Basques in the country of Newfoundland and North Sydney, NS in Canada; it was a coastal boat bringing fishers to take part in the Labrador fishery; and in 1960, it was purchased by the Earl Brothers Fisheries of Carbonear and used in the seal trade until 1967 when an iceberg accident caused it to be moored in the Harbour Grace. During a storm, the SS Kyle broke its moorings and drifted to Riverhead where it has been standing ever since.

The SS Kyle and the Labrador Fishery

Fishermen and workers bought tickets at the Railway Stations in Conception Bay North to go the Labrador Fishery on the SS Kyle.  Ted Russell’s Famous Story Poem, Smokeroom on the Kyle, recounts the experience of storytelling while traveling to and from Labrador.

Tall are the tales that fishermen tell when summer’s work is done,

Of fish they’ve caught, of birds they’ve shot, of crazy risks they’ve run.

But never did a fisherman tell a tale, so tall by a half a mile,

As Grampa Walcott told one night in the Smokeroom on the Kyle.[1]


[1] Smokeroom on the Kyle  Ted Russell, The Chronicles of Uncle Mose (Flanker Press, 2006)

Kelly Russell performing “Smokeroom on the Kyle” from the deck of the Kyle, 2011
"Tall are the tales that fishermen tell..."

The SS Kyle was an important part of the lives of many people of this region.  For example, when the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation, the Bay Roberts 50+ Club and Ascension Collegiate conducted interviews with seniors for the “Holdin’ Ground Project” (which was supported by New Horizons Canada), we found that the Kyle had played a pivotal role in many of their lives.
Interview with Mr. Cecil Greenland (who was 104 years old at the time.)

(These interviews are online  http://holdingroundproject.com/interviews.htm)

The role was so important that when a film festival was held during Culture Days in 2010 at the Amalgamated Academy to show the interviews, students from each class recited one verse from “Smokeroom on the Kyle” and there was a Kyle Cake to celebrate the occasion.  The whole event was broadcast to the full school with their internal video system.

Mr. Gus Menchions, who has traveled on the Kyle many times and who has made a model of Kyle, participated in the Labrador Film Festival and displayed his model of the Kyle.  As well, Mr. Menchions was special guest during the opening of the Model Boat exhibition during last year’s Holdin’ Ground Festival.

The Rorke Store Museum in Carbonear houses an Exhibit called Balancing the Scales, which chronicles the connection to the Labrador fishery which was very much an integral part of the Rorke legacy.  Florence Button from Carbonear has written a play about the role of women in the Labrador Fishery entitled Connecting Rooms: A Tribute.” One story is about a young women, at nineteen, going to the Labrador on her Honeymoon on the Kyle – but the men were in one section of the ship and the women in another!

Florence Button reading from her play:

At the Cupids Legacy Centre in Cupids, there is a large display about the Labrador Fishery.

The Fishery

Pat Collins of Harbour Grace last year published “The Spirit of the Kyle.”  From the description of his book:

The S.S. Kyle, a 220-foot steam ship that is a cherished icon to generations of people in Newfoundland and Labrador, was launched in 1913. In February of 1967, it ran ashore in a gale and it now lies aground in the harbour of the town of Harbour Grace. The ship proudly known as the ‘Bulldog of the North’ was used mainly for transportation of people and goods from St. John’s to Labrador. It also transported soldiers from Newfoundland to mainland Canada during World War Two. The Kyle was part of the Reid Newfoundland Company’s Alphabet Fleet: ships that all bore the names of a Scottish town. The Spirit of the S.S. Kyle, author Pat Collins recounts the history of the incredible ship by intertwining real life with a love story that encompasses murder, romance, forgiveness, and the mystic Seaman’s Ghost that continues to guide and watch over the Kyle.

Pat Collins with his new book, and Dennis Flynn

Pat Collins (l) with his book and Dennis Flynn, author and photographer with close ties to the SS Kyle

For the past three years, Libby Earle, daughter of Guy Earle, the last owner of the Kyle has carried out a “Swim the Kyle Event” to bring attention to the SS Kyle in Harbour Grace and to highlight its importance to the history of the area and to raise money to preserve the SS Kyle.  This year’s 4th Annual Swim will take place on Saturday, September 14th, 2013.

Touching the Kyle

Libby Earle, daughter of the last owner, Fred Earle, Reaching the SS Kyle in 2012.

More photos from last year’s “Swim the Kyle” > >

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Events in Northern Avalon – July 26 to August 1


July 26 – August 6 Shearstown Estuary (between Bay Roberts and Spaniards Bay) Wetlands Nature Camp
Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm Children get active in the outdoors, while learning about the environment. Registration for camp is on a day to day basis, so visitors, as well as people of the region are welcome. Featuring special guests Dennis Minty,  and Ticker Tom. Cost: 5$ per day per child. FMI: Keshia Parsons Email: shearstowngreenteam@gmail.com website: shearstownestuary.ca Phone: (709) 788-3021

July 27 Heart’s Content: Cable Station Anniversary Celebration. FMI: 583-2160

July 27 Bay Roberts Hauntings in Coley’s Point. 5 ghost stories…near graveyards. 8:30pm FMI: 683-1195, Hauntings > > holdinground.com

July 28 Bay Roberts Unveiling the new Klondyke Causeway Wayside Sign with performances by the Pigeon Inlet Players. 2:30pm-4:30pm FMI: 683-1195 holdinground.com

July 28 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 [HST included] Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 28- August 1 Bay de Verde Heritage Days. Poker game, dances, kids fun day; fireworks, fish & brewis breakfast, adult dance. Schedule [PDF] > > FMI: 587-2766 www.baydeverde.com

July 29-Aug.1 Holyrood 22nd Annual Squid Festival
FMI:  229-7252 townofholyrood.com

July 29 Holyrood Community Walk and Bonfire FMI: 229-7252 townofholyrood.com

July 29–August 2 Carbonear Weekend Including  “3rd Annual World Cup of Tiddly”  FMI: 596.3831 Schedule for Carbonear Weekend  > >

July 29 Bay Roberts Family Campfire Community Gardens 7:30pm  FMI 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 29 Whiteway Live Music with Craig Whelan & Brady Whelan Brown’s Restaurant. Tel: (709) 588-2347  Fax: (709) 588-2627

July 29 Cupids Colony of the Heart:The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 30 Bay Roberts Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren   With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 30 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 30 Cupids Colony of the Heart: The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Carbonear Fibre Arts Exhibit. Display and Demonstration of crafts such as Quilts, Rug Hooking and Swedish Weaving. Music. Free Admission.2:00pm – 4:00 pm Multi-purpose room, back of swimming pool building. More information > >

July 31 Dildo. Dildo Days Boat Flotilla 11am; Cold Plate Sale $7 per plate 1-5pm; SUF Grounds: Dunk Tank & Local Entertainment Fun for the whole family, Men’s Fellowship fundraising BBQ, Adult Dance • SUF Lodge ($10 double) Third Strike • Door Prizes! For more information – > >

July 31 Harbour Grace 148th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta Lady Lake. Enjoy a day at the races. Fixed seal shells, games of chance, food concessions, ladies’ and men’s races. The second oldest continuous sporting event in North America. Phone: 709-596-6753 or 709-596-7265 Fax: 709-596-1991 E-mail: thg@nf.sympatico.ca

July 31 Bay Roberts Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren   With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 31 Bay Roberts “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” featuring Kelly Russell (Newfoundland and Labrador’s First Tradition Bearer), Russells in the Corner, Pigeon Inlet Players, and a special guest performer for each “Time”. For updates see: www.pigeoninlet.ca

July 31 Cupids / St. John’s St. John’s Story Telling Festival National Conference of Story Telling – St. John’s will visit Cupids

July 31 Brigus Cupids 400 Storytelling Concert Guest storytellers from around the world and at home will gather at St. George’s Heritage Church in neighbouring Brigus. International storytellers, Graham Langley and Jan Andrews will be joined by Newfoundland storyteller Margaret Hitchens for an evening of traditional English folk and fairy tales. St. George’s Church in Brigus (A Cupids 400 Event) See www.cupids400.com > >

July 31 Brigus
“A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 31 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 [HST included] Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 31 Grates Cove Allan Ricketts 8:00pm Doors Open 7:00pm $15+HST advanced $17:50+HST at the Door. Cash Beer & Wine Beyond Baccalieu FMI or tickets: 587-3986 beyondbaccalieu.com

July 31 to August 31 Winterton Island Rock Studio Art Exbitition Drop in and view latest pieces by locally renowned NL artist, Florence Maud Pinhorn. FMI See the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador > >

July 31- August 1 Paradise SunSplash Festival, TBA FMI see www.townofparadise.ca > >

August 1 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

August 1 Carbonear 3rd Annual World Cup of Tiddly. Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ (12 and under) teams. 5 players per team (plus spare if needed). Pre-registration, rules and information on World Cup of Tiddly Page > > Registration also @ 1 pm Carbonear Recreation Complex. May bring own gloves and safety equipment.  “Hooked on Tiddly” T-shirts will be available for $10.

August 1 Bay Roberts Folk Festival Community Gardens 2pm FMI:  683-1195 holdinground.com

August 1 Bay Roberts Mussel/Crab Boil at the Three Sister with Music by the Pigeon Inlet Players Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30-4:00pm FMI: 786-2126 holdinground.com

August 1 Whitbourne Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Hoedown Lions Club. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Starts at 2:00 pm. FMI: Bill Whelan 709 759 2196 or hildawhelan@hotmail.com

August 1 Conception Harbour 100th Anniversary of St. Anne’s Garden Party St. Anne’s Church grounds, Conception Harbour  A day of fun and games for children; games of chance along with musical entertainment. A dinner and dance to follow at St. Annes’s Parish Hall. FMI

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Northern Avalon Events–July 19-25


July 1 -31 Winterton Winterton Boat Builder Museum Experiential Learning Package From June 15th to September 10th , 2010 Winterton Master Boat Builder Jerome Canning using the techniques and skills of the 17th century settlers rebuilds the Indeavour. NOTE: The Wooden Boat Museum will offer this presentation from June 14th through to Labour Day, 2010. (A Cupids 400 Event) FMI See the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador > >’

July & August Brigus Live! on the Lawn. Wed, Thurs, Fri Afternoons Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site FMI: 528-4004, List of Events in Brigus – Details about Live! on the Lawn at bottom of page.

July & August Starting July 17th – Carbonear Walking Tours from Railway Museum
Starting July 17th FMI:   596-3831 Carbonear Walking Tours

July 21 – August 2 Bay Roberts Klondyke Days Events each year include: Super Sports Weekend, Children’s Party, Family Carnival, Concerts, Community Meals (Breakfasts, Dinners, and Suppers,) Dinner Theatres, Theatre, Garden Party, Buying Days on the Klondyke, Barbeque, Fireworks, etc…  See holdinground.com

July 21 Bay Roberts
Klondyke Parade, Opening Ceremonies and BBQ Starting at 7pm. FMI 786-2126 holdinground.com
Chomper at the Klondyke Parade 09
Klondyke Parade 2009

July 22 Whiteway
Live Music with Lauren George
Brown’s Restaurant. Tel: (709) 588-2347  Fax: (709) 588-2627

July 22 Bay Roberts Family Campfire Community Gardens 7:30pm  FMI 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 22 Cupids Colony of the Heart: The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 23-25 Bay Roberts Super Sports Weekend. FMI: 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 23 Bay Roberts Opening Night – Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren,    With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 23 Brigus
“A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 23 Cupids Colony of the Heart: The Indeavour Stage 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 24-25 – Bay Roberts – Super Sports Weekend holdinground.com

July 24 Harbour Grace
148th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta

July 24 Bay Roberts 100th Anniversary Shearstown Trinity United Church Shearstown United Church 2pm: Garden Party (A Cupids 400 Event) See www.cupids400.com > >

July 24 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 [HST included] Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 24 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

July 24 Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse Admission by donation. Carriage Rides available or by appointment $8 – $20 depending on route. 2:00 – 5:00 PM http://www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Call 709-786-9546 or 786-1536 Email: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 24 Bay Roberts Saltwater Moon.  Directed  by Marc Warren,    With Brad Mercer as Jacob Mercer and Robyn Brockerville playing Mary. 8pm Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 24 Bay Roberts “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” featuring Kelly Russell (Newfoundland and Labrador’s First Tradition Bearer), Russells in the Corner, Pigeon Inlet Players, and a special guest performer for each “Time”. For updates see: www.pigeoninlet.ca

July 24 Brigus
“A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 24 Harbour Grace 148th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta FMI: hrgrace.ca

July 24 Conception Harbour Down Memory Lane – Kitchen Party with Local Musicians Marian Hall. Bar Service.

July 24 –31 Conception Harbour: Newfoundland Week – Newfoundland Night (Dinner, Dance, NL Food). Kids Day, Seniors Day, Mass in the Cemetery;  FMI: 229-4627

July 25 Bay Roberts – Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music Jam Session LIONS CLUB 2:00 TO 5:00 P. M. Doors open at 1:00 Admission $5.00 Come along and bring an acoustic instrument and join in an afternoon of bluegrass and old time country music. Electric bass, lapp and pedal steel welcome

July 25 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610

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The SS Kyle – Part of Our History


The Kyle

Originally uploaded by eracose

Driving along Veterans’ Memorial Highway near Harbour Grace, I am always torn between looking down at the Kyle in the harbour and looking across the road at the Harbour Grace Air Strip [which is perhaps disconcerting to oncoming traffic.]

The Holdin’ Ground Project

However, it was not until we began working on “The Holdin’ Ground Project” that I realized the full impact of the Kyle on the lives of people in Conception Bay North. Dale Jarvis, Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador,was part of the audience at the Holdin’ Ground Project Launch.  He pointed out that the towns of Conception Bay North – Carbonear, Harbour Grace, Spaniard’s Bay, Bay Roberts, Brigus, and Cupids (just to name the larger towns) are very well known for their ties to the Kyle and the Labrador fishery.

Many of the older citizens interviewed participated in the Labrador fishery at some point in their lives, and many of them traveled to coastal Labrador on the Kyle.

Mrs. Emmie Roach (88) tells of going to the Labrador on the Kyle as young woman.

Cecil Greenland (104), Gus Menchions (94),  and Ralph Greenland (80) also describe going to the Labrador.  See other interviews that were part of the Holdin’ Ground Project  > >

Ted Russell’s “Smokeroom on the Kyle”

As part of  “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,”  Ted Russell (through the magic of recording), Kelly Russell, Russells the Corner,  the Pigeon Inlet Players, and the audience read Ted Russell’s “Smokeroom on the Kyle.”  Ted Russell, who grew up on Coley’s Point, must have heard many stories about the Kyle .

“A Time in Pigeon Inlet” is held Saturday nights until September 4 in Bay Roberts > >

Victoria Loyal Orange Lodge #3 Museum and Playhouse

In addition, Victoria Loyal Orange Lodge #3,  which  has been resorted and opened to the public as a play house and museum by Brenda and Jerry Mercer, has a 10 Foot Hand Made Model of the Kyle.

Information about the Victoria LOL #3 Museum and  Playhouse > >

The Pigeon Inlet Quilt

The Pigeon Inlet Quilt which was recently donated to the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation by the Pigeon Inlet Quilters Guild has two blocks based on “Smokeroom on the Kyle.”  The top left block  is “The Kyle” by Norma King and the block with the pot bellied stove almost in the middle of the left side is “Inside the Smokeroom on the Kyle” by Heather French and Enid Penney. [They even have “coal” – made of labradorite – in the bucket.]  In order to make the block, they consulted older members of their family who could remember what it looked like.  [The quilt is on permanent display at the Bay Roberts  Visitor Information Centre on Veterans’ Memorial Highway.]

Quilt based on "Chronicles of Uncle Mose."
Pigeon Inlet Quilt

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Events on the Northern Avalon – July 5 – July 12


Once upon a time, people used to make a once or twice yearly “excursion around the bay” for an afternoon. The “bay” has changed. Summer 2010 is filled with events for all ages and all tastes, and there are numerous quality places to stay from five star B&Bs to camping grounds. Instead of an afternoon, make plans to spend a mini-vacation or a long weekend. For information on accommodations, places to eat, and craft stores and gift shops, see northernavalon.com > >

Events – July 5 – July 12

July 5 Cupids / St. John’s
Coasters 2010 National Antique and Classic Car Club will arrive in Cupids on July 5th with over 100 antique and classic cars for viewing. Following this will be a cross country tour from St. John’s to British Columbia. (A Cupids 400 Event – cupids400.com

July 5 Cupids
Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Cupids Orange Lodge 8:00 pm $15.00 cupidscovechatter.com

July 6 – August 2 Bay Roberts The Second Annual Holdin’ Ground Festival, includes the “Time in Pigeon Inlet” event, the annual Klondyke Festival, as well as the launch of the Historic signage project. See holdinground.com

July 6 Bay Roberts Opening of the Second Annual Holdin Ground Festival and Launch of the Holdin’ Ground Project. Videotaped interviews with seniors, meeting with interviews seniors, display of Pigeon Inlet Quilt, original design and construction by the Pigeon Inlet Quilters, music by Pigeon Inlet Players. Refreshments will be served. St. John: the Evangelist Hall, Coleys’ Point 2:30pm FMI: 683-1195 holdingroundproject.com

July 6 Carbonear Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Rorke Stores Mercantile Premises 8:00 pm $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 6
Conception Harbour Down Memory Lane – Concert A concert featuring the heritage and culture of the communities of Conception Bay Central. Traditional music and dance, stories and recitations. Marian Hall 2:00 pm Admission: $5.00 Adults, $2.00 Children

July 7 Bay Roberts Performance by Pigeon Inlet Players Near Madrock Cafe and Three Sisters – Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30pm-4:30pm FMI: 683-1195 See holdinground.com

July 7 Bay Roberts Fairest Isles, All Isles Excelling – Hot Earth Ensemble. Concerts will feature guest artists, Meredith Hall, soprano, Calvin Powell, baritone, and a group of Madrigal Singers, directed by Kellie Walsh. Presenting music that was played, sung, or danced to in the “Fairest Isle” of England 400 or so years ago. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church 8:00 pm Admission: $15.00 cupidscovechatter.com

July 7 Old Perlican Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. John Hoskins Community Centre 8:00 pm $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) cupidscovechatter.com

July 7 Carbonear Shore to Shore Concerts Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance. Rorke Stores Mercantile Premises 8:00 pm Admission: $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Colliers: Pre-teen dance

July 8 Cupids Colony of the Heart: Cupids Legacy Centre 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Bay Roberts Family Campfire
Community Gardens 7:30pm FMI 786-2126 See holdinground.com

July 8 Dildo Songs of the Sea Music Sessions with Jim Payne and British musicians Marilyn Pucker, Paul Wilson, Rebecca Driscoll, Nicholas Wyke and David Faulkner. Explore with experienced musicians, early folk instruments, music and dance. Join in Storytelling sessions that feature folk tales of an earlier time. Share your stories and bring your instruments or just sit back and enjoy. Goodwill Lodge #84 SUF 2:00 – 4:00 pm $5.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Dildo Shore to Shore Concerts Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance. Goodwill Lodge #84 SUF 8:00 pm $15.00 2:00 – 4:00 pm $5.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8 Spaniard’s Bay Servant of Two Masters – Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. Spaniards’ Bay Recreation Centre 8:00 $15.00 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 8-11 CBS Kelligrews Soiree
Schedule for Kelligrews Soiree – July 8 – 11 >>

July 8-July 30 Cupids Colony of the Heart by Ben Pittman Cupids Legacy Centre. 6:00 pm Admission: $25.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 9 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 9 Brigus Servant of Two Masters Beni Malone & Wonderbolt Productions A classic Commedia del’arte piece written by renowned Italian playwright Carlos Goldini and adapted for stage by Beni Malone of Wonderbolt Productions. Audiences will be treated to a tapestry of memorable characters, beautiful costumes, manic comic energy as they whirl at a break neck pace through the ever twisting and twirling plot that is the trademark of the commedia del’arte form. St. George’s Heritage Church 8:00 pm $15.00 Email: sueannpye@persona.ca Call 709-528-3575 www.stgeorgesbrigus.ca

July 9-10 Colliers Kitchen Party 7:30pm. Antique Car Show – Field 1-3pm FMI: 229-4333

July 9 Cupids Colony of the Heart: Cupids Legacy Centre 6PM $25.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 9 Cupids Shore to Shore Concert Join celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador musician, singer, songwriter Jim Payne and friends for an evening of music, song and dance Cupids United Church 8:00 pm $15.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Carbonear Fairest Isles, All Isles Excelling – Hot Earth Ensemble Concert feature guest artists, Meredith Hall, soprano, Calvin Powell, baritone, and a group of Madrigal Singers, directed by Kellie Walsh. Presenting music that was played, sung, or danced to in the “Fairest Isle” of England 400 or so years ago. Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre 8:00 pm $15.00 FMI: 528-1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Cupids Feast of the Sword Dinner Theatre: Cupids Community Hall 6PM Tickets $47.50 Children 12 & under $36.25 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 10 Winterton Open House with Miss Newfoundland & Labrador, Sara Green Come spend the afternoon with Wooden Boat Museum\’s own Princess and the Punt! Join Sara Green, reigning Miss Newfoundland & Labrador , a resident of Winterton and former summer employee at the Museum for guided tours. FMI See the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador > >

July 10 Bay Roberts “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” featuring Kelly Russell (Newfoundland and Labrador’s First Tradition Bearer), Russells in the Corner, Pigeon Inlet Players, and a special guest performer for each “Time”. For updates see: pigeoninlet.ca

July 10 Brigus “A Royal Shag Up” Comedy Dinner Theatre. The Queen visits and with the help of our womanizing Mayor and torrid French dancer Fifi LaFlamme, unveils a lot more than a monument! 7:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday evenings through July & August. Choice of menu. Reservations essential. Ph. (709) 528-4044.

July 10 CBS 20th Annual Manuels River Bobber Race. 2:30pm Tickets are now on sale and are available at local outlets and by calling the Chalet at 834-2099.or 834-4950. 2:30pm This years support is especially appreciated, since it will go towards the construction of a new building. In honour of 20th year, prizes will be: $1020.00 – Grand Prize, $520.00 – 2nd prize, $320.00 – 3rd prize, and 7 prizes of $120.00 – $2700.00 total in prizes. Other events will celebrate 20 years of maintaining and protecting the magnificent Manuels River. FMI: manuelsriver.com

July 10 New Perlican Heritage Day

July 11 Cupids The Tiring House: New World Theatre – The Indeavour Stage 1PM Tickets $10.00 Tickets are available at the Cupids 400 Box Office, 467 Seaforest Drive, Cupids NL 709.528.1610 See cupidscovechatter.com

July 11 Brigus Muses & Minstrels Closing Concert Join Jim Payne and Friends (Jim Payne’s Sing Song Inc.) 8:00pm $15 St. George’s Heritage Church Email: sueannpye@persona.ca Call 709-528-3575 (A Cupids 400 Event) See cupidscovechatter.com

July 11 CBS Kelligrews Soiree Folk Festival Launch of The History and Tradition of Conception Bay South Booklets during the Kelligrews Soiree. (A Cupids 400 Event) http://www.cupids400.com/

July 11 Bay Roberts Mussel/Crab Boil with Music Three Sisters on the Bay Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk. 2:30-4:00pm FMI: 786-2126 holdinground.com

July 11 Cupids Unveiling of the Cupids 400 Heritage Mat
Legacy Hall, Cupids Legacy Centre. The mat made from 10 – 10×10 original designs by member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador [RHGNL] from around the province will be hung in the Cupids Legacy Centre. The designs will be packaged and for sale at the Cupids Legacy Centre Museum Shop. 2:00 pm For more information, contact: 528-1610 cupids400.com

July 12 Bay Roberts Opening of the Victoria LOL #3 Museum and Playhouse for 2010 Season. 1pm to 5pm E Mail: info@victoriamuseumplayhouse.com Web: www.victoriamuseumplayhouse.com

July 12-13 Bay Roberts Voting for Bay Roberts in Kraft Celebration Tour
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Street View on Bay de Verde Peninsula, Conception Bay Centre, and CBS!


Yesterday, completely by chance, “street view” on Google maps for Route 60 and Route 70 popped up when I was searching for a map for one of the websites we look after.  You can travel both routes, seeing 360 degree views,  in both Conception Bay North and Trinity Bay South, as well as Conception Bay Centre and Conception Bay South.  For the most part the views keep to the two main routes, but all the camera work was done on a beautiful day in the summer of 2009, so that a person who is not familiar with the area can get a good idea of what can be seen, and actually locate addresses that are on the Conception Bay Highway and the Trinity South Highway.

Street View Does Bay de Verde

One town where the view deviates from Route 70 is Bay de Verde. Click the link and you will see clothes on a clothesline on the left and the Bay de Verde Post Office straight and the harbour straight ahead. You just double click to move ahead or back. Amazing!

Google Map Person

Google Map Person

To see a specific spot on the highway, just click on the little yellow person symbol with your mouse, and drag it to the spot on the highroad that you want to see. You will be able to see it at 360 degrees. It is a wonderful way to see exactly where you want to go and to locate a specific place.  So far I have looked at the Conception Bay Highway though Brigus, Bay Roberts, Spaniard’s  Bay, Harbour Grace,  and Carbonear.  It took at look at a great 360 degree view of the Shearstown Estuary.  (Unfortunately, the keep to the highway, so you cannot see the Shoreline Heritage Walk. ) I have also checked out Trinity Bay and you can clearly see Shag Rock from Route 60 and all the communities, such as Blaketown, Dildo, New Harbour, Whiteway, Heart’s Content, and Heart’s Delight. It is certainly the next best thing to being here!

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