The 7th Annual Iceberg Festival kicked off its 7th season this year to a room filled with energy and excitement as the icebergs surrounded the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. Lavinia Crisby was the emcee and set the stage for laughter, fun and engagement with her ability to connect with people over the course of the event. I had the opportunity to speak with those travelling from Germany, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Florida and other parts of world as they gathered to celebrate the pristine beauty of the iceberg – which has been 10,000 years in the making.
The local Tim Horton’s in St. Anthony produces exclusively the World’s only “Iceberg” donut. The region is known for its iceberg water, iceberg ice and the Richard’s family of St. Carol’s who has been famously coined the Iceberg Hunters with their own series played on the USA Weather Network.
Local crab from St. Anthony seafoods was cooked and given away to sample – this was absolutely the freshest means to get such a product already cooked for those visiting, from local fisher to local processor to consumer. Many local restaurants sell local fish products, including our locally grown mussels.
One could watch sculptor Shawn Rumbolt carve an image from an iceberg with a chainsaw. Learn to paint an iceberg with artist George Bussey on a rock and have a souvenir to takeaway and of course enjoy the traditional music of Calvin Blake, Adam Randell and Brandon White this year known as “The Growlers”. Many were on hand to try to name some noise using the Newfoundland ugly stick, share in a scuff or two across the floor and join in singing a known song.
We were treated to Calvin Blake’s Iceberg song once more and like his words a rumble and a roar – the opening was just that, clearly a must attend event. There are still several days before the Iceberg Festival this year ends, but its never too early to begin planning for June 2016! Visit: www.theicebergfestival.ca for more information. A special thank you to all involved, especially the organizing committee for making it all possible.
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA (The Straits-White Bay North)
The Iceberg Festival takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula. A full schedule can be found at theicebergfestival.ca.
I would like to highlight the creativity of Leonard Tucker, franchisee of Tim Hortons, St. Anthony with the creation of the iceberg donut in conjunction of celebrating the local regional iceberg festival. The donut was launched last year and has been introduced again this season and is becoming a big hit! It is exclusively available to St. Anthony Tim Hortons.
The Iceberg Festival is growing in numbers, not only because the increased presence of icebergs in 2014, but the participation of more and more local businesses in the region participating, which bolsters our strong community spirit.
If you are in St. Anthony, drop by and get yourself a delicious “iceberg donut”.
We have a strong innovative business community and lots of opportunity. Let’s recognize innovators, initiatives and encourage more of these activities.
Enjoy the view of the lovely icebergs while you visit…
Live Rural NL –Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North