The month of December marks a number of community events from Christmas concerts, annual award nights, church functions, tree lighting, breakfast/brunch, socials, appreciation dinners, Santa visits, dances, hockey tournaments and of course the Christmas parade. On the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula there is so much activity. It shows signs of an active volunteer base, supporting strong, vibrant communities as each place offers something unique to bring together residents to enjoy a sense of community, a sense of involvement and just exudes the spirit of Christmas.
I plan to focus, primarily on parades given they were hosted in St. Anthony, St. Lunaire-Griquet, Flower’s Cove, Conche, Englee, Main Brook, Roddickton, Bide Arm, L’Anse aux Meadows, Hay Cove, Noddy Bay, Straitsview, Savage Cove and Anchor Point.
St. Anthony (December 13th)
St. Lunaire-Griquet (December 13th) – Held on December 20th, 2014
Weather postponed the St. Lunaire-Griquet Christmas parade and the event was held the following Saturday and I was unable to attend. If there are people who have photos this parade and are willing to share, please email email@example.com.
Flower’s Cove (December 13th) – Held on December 14th, 2014 which enabled me to attend.
Conche (December 19th, 2014)
Englee (December 19th, 2014) – Held on December 22nd, 2014
This event was originally scheduled for December 19th, but weather greatly impacted the viability of a successful parade. The event was held on Monday, December 22nd and I was unable to attend. If anyone has a few photos they would like to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Brook (December 20, 2014)
Roddickton-Bide Arm (December 20, 2014)
L’Anse aux Meadows, Hay Cove, Noddy Bay, Straitsview (December 20th, 2014)
If anyone has photos of this event and would like to share, please send to email@example.com. I had committed to attending the Roddickton-Bide Arm parade several weeks in advance.
Savage Cove Christmas Parade (December 21st, 2014)
Town of Anchor Point Christmas Parade (December 23rd, 2014)
There was much time, organization and volunteer efforts put forward by many community leaders, business and residents to ensure these Christmas parades and a host of other activities were successfully held on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, some for 50 years. The people of the Peninsula continue to make big things happen in small communities!
Let’s keep building in 2015!
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA (The Straits-White Bay North)