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Rock Houses in Englee

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One Englee resident has surely shown their true creativity with a row of rock houses.

IMG_20140918_160045I love seeing yard art and this one truly does depict our wonderful colourful row houses that are quintessentially Newfoundland and Labrador. What a great use of a giant backyard rock.

Let your creativity soar!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
@MitchelmoreMHA

Our Eliza Heads Home For The Iceberg Festival June 2013

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Our Eliza Heads Home For The Iceberg Festival June 2013
May 16th , 2013
St. John’s—Poverty Cove Theatre Company (PCTC) in Association with Arts and Culture Centre (ACC) is thrilled to announce the forthcoming spring tour of Megan Coles’ Our Eliza. Originally directed by renowned theatre veteran Lois Brown, the Our Eliza tour production has been remounted under the watchful eye of emerging director Shannon Hawes. The powerful original work tells the story of a rural Newfoundland community through a father daughter relationship and features the immensely talented Greg Malone, Renee Hackett and Steve Lush.
Our Eliza premiered its sold out run at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in St. John’s during February 2013. It then went on to sell out a second weekend of performances in the A.C. Hunter Library. Audience response to the play has been resoundingly enthusiastic with Gordon Jones of the Telegram calling Our Eliza “… deft and humourous in scripting and performance”.
Coles, originally from Savage Cove, says she is thrilled to be taking Our Eliza on tour and that it was the first play she wrote while at theatre school in Montreal
“I was very hesitant to declare myself a playwright at the time, especially in conversations with my family in rural Newfoundland. I was also feeling homesick. Writing the play was like going home for a couple hours
everyday and I was very grateful to visit even in this small way.”
The Our Eliza spring tour commences at the Stages Theatre Festival in Halifax May 29th-June 1st before embarking on a month long tour of the island commencing at the Iceberg Festival on the Northern Peninsula.
PCTC, co-founded by Megan Coles and Shannon Hawes, is an emerging theatre company interested in altering perceptions of what theatre is and where it happens. Hawes says she is delighted to be taking this story to the
place it was born out of.
“To be a part of presenting Megan’s work to the people and place that inspired Our Eliza is truly an honour. We
could not have done so without the encouragement and support of the ACC .”
Our Eliza is PCTC’s second production and first tour. Showtime 8pm. June 7th & 8th Sandy Cove Lions Club, June 9th Bird Cove Community Building, June 10th St. Anthony Elementary. Tickets $20. For information regarding
tickets and additional dates to be added visit Poverty Cove Theatre Company on Facebook, email us at povertycove@hotmail.com or call 709 456 2529.
Media Contact:
Shannon Hawes      Megan Coles
709 746 7574        709 743 0585
“[Our Eliza is]A true depiction of what life was like growing up in rural Newfoundland & Labrador not so long ago. It is masterfully crafted – capturing the audience from the first soundbite as it works its way through a powerful coming of age story.” Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore

It’s All About Regional Marketing…

In 2010, my mom and I traveled to Ireland. We rented a car and went from Cork-Kinsale-Killarney-Galway-Sligo-Belfast-Giant’s Causeway-Dublin-Kilkenny-Waterford-Wexford-London. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city (about the size of St. John’s, NL), however, just a short distance away is Kinsale, a small town that is known for its food culture. With 2,257 people it is about the size of St. Anthony on the Great Northern Peninsula. The regional marketing had us take the drive to the neighbouring community. It was an experience!

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The Provincial Government has cut its marketing budget by 25%. Despite winning 183 awards and being internationally recognized, the market for the International, out-of-province and local market is highly competitive and stakeholders will have to do more to market their business to maintain their bottom lines. I believe it’s all about regional marketing, let’s pool our resources and develop vacation guides, business directory, updates, mini-sites and more in a modern Viking Trail Tourism website.

Check out how Kinsale market’s itself: http://kinsale.ie/.

The Great Northern Peninsula has many reasons for which one must visit. Here is a short-list:

  • Gros Morne National Park, WORLD UNESCO Site – home to the Table Lands and 155,000 visitors annually.
  • L’Anse aux Meadows, WORLD UNESCO Site – more than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings were the first Europeans to re-discover North America. The only authenticated North American viking site. Nearby, Norstead Viking Village & Port of Trade is home to the replica viking ship, the Snorri. Wonderful cuisine en route: The Daily Catch, Northern Delight, Snow’s Take-out and The Norseman Restaurant.
  • Community of 50 Centuries, Bird Cove – for more than 5,000 the Maritime Archaic Indians, Paleo-Eskimo, Gros-Water Eskimo and recent Indians. As well, a Basque presence and Captain James Cook cairn. Port au Choix National Historic Site has unique interpretation of archaeology and history.
  • The French Shore (Petit Nord) – Conche’s Interpretation Centre is home to a 222 ft tapestry depicting the French history, the Granchain Exhibit is found in St. Lunaire-Griquet
  • Grenfell Historic Properties – highlights the legendary Sir Doctor Wilfred Grenfell, his International Association, residence and his economic development through the co-operative process. Grenfell Historical Foundation and Handicrafts remain an integral part of the continuing story. Grenfell Memorial Co-op is the Newfoundland & Labrador’s oldest consumer co-op. Nearby are the Jordi Bonet Murals, Northland Discovery Boat Tours, Polar Bear Exhibit & Fishing Point Park.
  • Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve – home to more than 300 plants, 30 of which are rare and one Burnt Cape cinquefoil, which the Great Northern Peninsula is the only place in the world where this species grows. Raleigh is also home to a fishing village and carving shop.
  • Leifsbudir – The Great Viking Feast is the only sod restaurant in North America, built into the rock of Fishing Point, St. Anthony
  • GNP Craft Producers – a unique gift shop that makes seal skin products and shares the history of seal skin boot making. In nearby Flower’s Cove one will find “Seal Skin” boot church. The community is also home to thrombolites (existing on just a few places on earth).
  • Deep Cove Winter Housing Site – a National Historic Site is an open air museum which highlights the way of life residents experienced in both summer and winter living. It is south of Anchor Point which is home to the peninsula’s oldest consecrated cemetery.
  • Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre – the Interpretation centre in Hawke’s Bay is a must for the salmon enthusiast. Beyond the mighty Torrent, many salmon rivers exist in Main Brook. Roddickton-Bide Arm is a great place to also participate in recreational hunting and fishing, it is home to the natural Underground Salmon Pool.

An array of walking trails, nature, wildlife, icebergs, whales, recreational hunting and fishing, picturesque outport communities, attractions, shops, restaurants,  crafts, festivals, events,  local culture and heritage and people who will make any visit a treasured experience on the Great Northern Peninsula. We make need to take a page out of Kinsale’s book, and work as a region to pool our marketing resources and create a more dynamic on-line presence that takes in our region’s unique offerings!

Experience the Great Northern Peninsula & start planning your vacation today!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Marketing Outport Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador has marketed ‘outport’ or rural parts of the province in its award-winning tourism ad campaigns.

Innovative rural companies like Auk Island Winery in Twillingate are continuing to add flavour to the tourism experience. Newfoundland & Labrador takes pride in its unique local berries, such as patridgeberry, bakeapples, squashberries, as well as our very own Screech Rum. This company typically makes berry wines and sells quintessentially on Newfoundlandia.

I have tried bottles that are called, “Moose Juice”, “Krooked Cod”, “Jellybean Row” and “Funky Puffin”. I believe part of my purchasing of this product is curiosity, but primarily to support a local business that prides itself in all things Newfoundland & Labrador.

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The imagery on Outport Wine, which includes an iceberg, outport boats and fishing rooms. The splash of Screech just adds to the authenticity and certainly begins the storytelling process.

This season I hope to tour Auk Island Winery and taste many other wines they have produced in various shapes and sizes. Let’s keep being creative and expand the rural economy and our visitor experiences as we celebrate traditional and modern-day outports.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Find Yourself on Bell Island, NL – Part 2

Even if you get lost on Bell Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, it is quite the experience. I know there were times that I circulated up and down the roads of Wabana trying to find myself. I do recommend you take a GPS or try to find a Map if you are not up for the more adventurous means to find the sights and attractions of the beautiful island. I did not see Maps available on the Ferry, it may be something I missed.

Fortunately for me I had a GPS to outline the numerous roadways – but really had no idea the incredible beauty I was about to capture:

One of the first stops was the Bell Island Lighthouse (above).

Sea caves and unique landscapes near the Bell Island Lighthouse

After leaving the lighthouse area we went to another part of the island where we found three chairs waiting just for us:

It was evident that others have come before us to marvel at the beauty of the landscape; to hear; to watch – the crashing waves.

This is truly one of the four corners of the world.

One will get lost in thought – in the beauty of what is Bell Island.  Get lost and find yourself again as you experience Rural Newfoundland & Labrador.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits – White Bay North
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