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Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival happening May 2014 – Mark your calendars

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The 8th annual Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival takes place from May 16-25, 2014 in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador. I’ve been attending the festival, since the 5th Annual and it always has me coming back for more. I recommend you visit their website and use the schedule to plan a week, weekend or enjoy the entire festival in the heart of Gros Morne National Park www.trailstalestunes.ca.

In 2012, I pitched my tent and enjoyed the amenities of Norris Point’s own KOA campground. While last year, I made it a personal weekend away and spent it at the magnificent Neddie’s Harbour Inn (www.theinn.ca), which is the perfect get-a-way as it is a waterfront property nestled between the Long Range mountains and the tablelands. There are many options from tenting, RV parks, hostels, cabins, cottages, bed and breakfasts, lodges, inns and motels in and around beautiful Norris Point to fit any budget.

The festival hosts an ideal opportunity to visit Gros Morne early, hear the many wonderful storytellers and musicians at various venues, as well as enjoy the vast walking trails. There is also a long list of food options and various activities and entertainment throughout the week. It is likely one of the best weekend’s you’ll experience in the park.

I encourage you to participate and then work your way up the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.

Live Rural NL -
 
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

A Billion+ Reasons to Visit the Town of Flower’s Cove

The Town of Flower’s Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula, is formerly known as French Island Harbour, as it too is steeped in French history and part of the French Shore. Flower’s Cove as it is known today, is the administrative hub of the Straits region with a regional hospital, regional K-12 school, regional community youth centre, community-based daycare centre, non-profit 33 bed personal care facility, retail co-operative, pharmacy, restaurant, B&B, gas station, retail outlets,  construction companies, RCMP detachment, banking & financial services, tax services, recreation opportunities, churches, Lion’s club, seniors, youth groups and other organizational clubs.

The Town of Flower’s Cove, working in consultation with the now defunct Nordic Regional Economic Development Board (due to Federal & Provincial budget cuts) had worked on helping Flower’s Cove grow its tourism assets by adding two informational pull-offs that promote the Town’s business community and tourism attractions, as well as a mural and good signage throughout the community. Many of which are depicted below in key chains that are available for sale at the L&E Restaurant:

Division No. 9, Subd. C-20130613-02044

Flower’s Cove was the home base of Rev’d Canon John Thomas Richards, who was an Anglican minister in the early 1900’s. He operated without a church, but by encourage the women of the community to establish a building fund by making and selling sealskin boots. St. Barnabas Church was built circa 1920 and is known locally as “Sealskin Boot” Church.

Flower’s Island Lighthouse, first lighthouse keeper was Peter Flower, shortly thereafter it was operated by the Lavallee family for decades until automation. The Straits Development Association has developed an interpretation and viewing area, as well as continues to pursue opportunities to develop the area into a working site to add to the Town’s tourism assets. Icebergs are often spotted in the harbour, so have your cameras ready!

Marjorie Burke’s Bridge has been restored and leads to 600 million to 1.2 billion year old thrombolites. These micro-organisms form a clotted bun-like structure that area  special find, only in a few places around the world. The calcium carbonate from the limestone rocks create an environment for these unique formations.

Thrombolites

The White Rocks Walking Trail is an easy stroll that gives nice views of limestone plains, forested and water areas at a pace for the walker of any age. There are certainly great photo opportunities and resting areas as well. A perfect place for a picnic.

Flower’s Cove may be a tiny town, but there is plenty to see, do and experience! A billion+ reasons to visit on a trek up the Great Northern Peninsula.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

 

A Great Place to Discover – Town of Englee

The Town of Englee is a Great Place to Discover, nestled near the eastern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. The scenic town has much to offer those who take the time to visit…

A Snapshot of Englee from the Gazebo. Photo provided by Doris Randell, Town Clerk

I enjoy driving through this quaint little fishing Town located on ocean’s edge. The fishing boats line the harbour and the craggy coastline is quite visible, with Barr’d Island just on the horizon. There are many older dwellings and buildings, some more than 100 years old. John Reeves General Store dates back to the early 1900’s, grew to many outposts, saw many close up shop, yet has maintained their operation in Englee. The Town has some unique vernacular architecture from the churches, salt-box homes and heritage houses; some are painted in splashy bright colours.

One could spend the day hiking a number of trails. If you are up for the challenge, you may even get to visit the gazebo at the top of the hill. The Town has thoughtfully provided a central parking area, free of charge, for any visitor to park and take in the beauty of the Town. Ensure to bring a camera, as the opportunity to get some great images is high! Make your own art. If you are lucky you will see some wildlife, whales and maybe an iceberg. As well, they have a wheelchair accessible day park with plenty of picnic tables and fire pits for cooking. This can provide you with some time to have a scoff (a great meal), rest and take in the beauty of nature.

This year adds extra excitement as the Town and Come Home Year Committee have been tirelessly planning and organizing a Come Home Year Celebration! The dates, Sunday, August 14th until closing day on August 20th, 2011. Mark your calendars!

Below is a tentative schedule as posted by Madeline Newman on the Englee Come Home Year Facebook Group: Englee Come Home Year 2011

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_336199157541

Englee Come Home Year Tentative schedule

Subject to change

Day 1: Sunday August 14, 2011

1:30-3:00pm Opening Ceremony

Location: Playground (weather permitting)

• Prayer

• Ribbon & Cake Cutting

• Church Service

• Mayoral Address (Rudy Porter)

• Meet ‘N’ Greet

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Day 2: Monday August 15, 2011

8:00-9:30am Registration

Location: Municipal Building

8:00-10:00am Breakfast at the Apostolic Faith Group House

10:00am Kids Day

Bike Parade

• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded for decorated bikes

Location: Apostolic Faith Parking Lot (ride to the playground)

11:00am -4:00pm Games and Activities

Bounce House

Three Legged Race

• 50 Meter Race

• Sack Race

• Spoon Race

• Long Jump

• Bunny Hop

• Obstacle Race

• Other Games & Activities

All participants will receive a prize

Healthy Snacks will be provided

12:00pm-2:00pm Dinner at the Faith Pentecostal Church

• Potluck with tea or coffee ($7)

• Serving up to 100 people

6:00pm Little Mr & Little Miss Pageant

• 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes will be awarded for each category

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

• 3-5 years of age

• 6-8 “ “

• 9-12 “ “

• 13-18 (?) “

8:30pm Community Bonfire

Location: Lockers Point

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Day 3: Tuesday August 16, 2011

8:00am-9:30am Registration

10:00am Motorcade

Location: Municipal Building

• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded for best decorated vehicles

1:00pm Grand Opening and Naming of the Town’s Heritage sites

• Barnes House

• Dr. B. T Gillard Memorial Park

• Harvey’s Stage

• The Replica of the Schooner the Nellie Reeves

4:00pm-6:00pm Supper at the Faith Pentecostal Church

• Cold Plates with tea or coffee ($7)

• Serving up to 100 people

7:00pm Variety Show

• Skits

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Day 4: Wednesday August 17, 2011

Family Day

3:00pm-5:00pm

Finger foods at the Apostolic Faith Church Group House

6:00pm Light the Tree of Memories

• Make a donation in memory of a loved one & a bulb will be lit in their honour

7:00pm Gospel Fest

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

10:00pm Entertainment

Location: Fire hall

• Dave McHugh

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Day 5: Thursday August 18, 2011

10:00am-12:00pm Englee Day Festival

Games, booths ($20.00) and various activities

• Row-boat Racing

• Tug of War

• Log Throwing

• Log Sawing

• Dunk Tank

• Balloon/Dart game

• Money Ring Game

• Other Games & Activities

*Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each event*

12:00pm-3:00pm Dinner at the Salvation Army Church

• Meal Vouchers sold in advance (Soup & sandwiches, tea or coffee) $5.00

• Games will continue throughout the day

5:00pm-6:30pm & 6:30-8:00pm Supper at the Salvation Army Church

6:30 Open air service

Location: Apostolic Faith Parking Lot

• Fisherman’s Brew’s tea or coffee ($7.00 a serving)

9:00pm Open Mic at Fire hall (must be 19 or older)

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Day 6: Friday August 19, 2011

8:30am-11:00 Breakfast at the United Church Hall

• Beans, bologna & fresh bread (tea or coffee)

• Or bacon, eggs, toast (tea or coffee)

2:00pm-4:00pm Seniors Social, visiting & tea

Location: United Church Hall

5:00pm Community Supper (meal vouchers will be sold in advance)

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

9:00pm Entertainment (teenage dance)

Location: Fire Hall

• Jodi Rice & Band

10:00pm Fireworks

Location:

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Day 7: August 20, 2011

8:00am-11:00 Breakfast at the Salvation Army

Beans, bologna & fresh bread (tea or coffee) or bacon, eggs, toast (tea or coffee).

10:00am Community Bobber Race

Pay $1 for a bobber. There will be 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes for the winners

Location: Batteau Cove Brook

2:00pm-4pm Family Picnic (everyone responsible for their own food)

Location: Ball Field (no pets allowed)

10:00pm Entertainment (adult community dance)

Location: shelter?

• Jodi Rice & band

Day 8: Sunday August 21, 2011

1:30 Closing Ceremonies

• Boat Tours will be available through Scenic Pursuit Ltd Bide Arm (ph# 709 457-2706 or 7678)

• Moose Burgers will be sold at Fire hall throughout the week

• United Church Hall will be open daily from 8:00am-8:00pm for tea, coffee , and to do some socializing

• Barnes House & Harvey’s Stage opened daily

Anyone with any suggestions or ideas can contact one of the committee members or send Madeline a message at engleechy2011@yahoo.ca. It will be brought to a meeting where a decision will be made if it will be added it to our schedule or not. Anyone wanting to take part in the Variety Show or Gospel Fest can do the same, only it will not be brought to a meeting.

There is always lots of activity in Rural NL on the Great Northern Peninsula. This summer ensure to add the Town of Englee to your list of places to visit and make your own discoveries.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

The Tip of the Great Northern Pen

The Great Northern Peninsula has many worldy treasures, fabulous businesses, natural wonders and characters in every community. As I reflect back on my vacation, it would take me weeks to describe all the places I’ve been, people I met and experiences I’ve had…the good thing is that I have the time to tell you a little bit….the rest you may have to experience for yourself….

June 28, 2010 – St. Anthony, NL

At the very tip is the peninsula’s economic hub with various industry, government services, tourist attractions and yes….for all you quintessentially Canadians out there…it has a Tim Horton’s! It is also coined ICEBERG ALLEY….rightfully so as it boasts the province’s longest season for iceberg sightings. You don’t have to take my word for it, just visit www.icebergfinder.com.

One can often view the lovely ‘bergs from scenic Fishing Point. It was my first stop!

Fishing Point Lighthouse

Fishing Point has pristine views of the Town of St. Anthony, Harbour and peaks off into the ocean. It is comparable to Signal Hill, St. Johns with respect to its offering and viewscapes. We had the ability to see an iceberg off in the distance, as well as fishing boats and Northland Discovery Boat Tours setting sail for its first expedition of the day (http://www.discovernorthland.com).

Fishing Point has numerous walking trails and rest stops. It is a social commons for the locals as much as it is for tourists and other visitors. I am glad this space is shared because it is breathtaking, tranquil and beautiful.

"Leifsburdir"

The Lightkeeper’s Cafe, which has remarkable sea food  and sits on the hill with the best views in Town. Just underneath is the Great Viking Feast and Dinner Theatre, “”Leifsburdir”. It is the only sod-covered restaurant in North America.  It seems the Great Northern Peninsula has a lot of firsts, unique findings and other oddities that appeal to me and many others as those who live or chose to visit enjoy the fabric of everything rural!

As well, the Fishing Point Emporium has a wide selection of souvenirs and a textile exhibit which includes a polar bear display and many interpretative panels noting the wildlife that lives in the region. After spending some time it was certainly time to take in more this fair Town has to offer. However, when leaving my friend wanted to take a photo of the cemetary I was passing. He noted that our graveyards are so much different than in other parts of Europe. I’ve travelled to more than 25 countries and never thought the way we bury our dead as being different, but after recalling all the cemetaries visited in Europe, I understood. I guess you often don’t question your own culture and heritage as you do with others. I don’t have an explaination for this difference, but I do know it exists. I guess growing up rural we accept our way of life and continue with some traditions, despite being exposed to the world around us. We are unique in many ways and have many things to offer…..Fishing Point is just one of those great places you must go again and again….

Take another look…

CCM

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