Hundreds of people attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at the North Rustico cenotaph on Monday, Nov 11, joining thousands of others in services across the Island marking the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in wars and peacekeeping operations. Attendees were greeted with snow, rain and fierce gusts of wind that forced many to seek shelter under umbrellas. The bleak weather matched the solemn, somber mood during the ceremonies.
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The parking lot was jammed with cars, forcing many motorists to park on the highway’s shoulders at the New London Community Complex’s annual Christmas craft fair on Oct 20.
More than 50 booths were set up and hundreds of people at a time made their way through the building seeking the perfect gift for the holidays. Halloween-themed merchandise was also on sale. Unlike last year’s event, there was no power outage to disrupt shopping.
Travellers Rest artist Jo-Anne Broderick-McInnis (Paintings by Jo) was one of more than 50 exhibitors at the Christmas craft fair. Her daughter Angie stands next to several of her mother's beautiful landscapes.
Several Girl Guides were among the more than 50 exhibitors at the New London Community Complex's annual Christmas craft fair.
North Granville artisan Kent Strongman, whose products include Adirondack chairs, crouches next to several his intriguing wooden creations. His exhibit took up so much space, much of it had to be installed outside the community complex.
Dozens of exhibitors set up their booths at the New London Community Complex for its annual Christmas craft fair, held Oct 20.
There was plenty of enticing food to tempt early Christmas shoppers at the New London Community Complex.
Parks Canada’s Hurricane Dorian cleanup work on the Cavendish Campground and the main beach is being impeded by unwanted sightseers.
“When they spot people on the site everyone has to drop their chainsaws and shut down for 15 minutes,” Mayor Matthew Jelley told councillors at the Resort Municipality’s monthly council meeting on Sept 16.
“Under their labor laws and codes it’s (hurting) cleanup right now.”
These people are being treated as “trespassers” when they show up, said Mr Jelley in his update.
Mayor Jelley went on to say Parks Canada is bringing in commissionaires to the main beach site to steer people away from areas where restoration work is underway.
A great deal of the cleanup work will be done by the end of the week he said. But Hurricane Dorian has caused tremendous damage to certain areas that will take a long time to bring back to some semblance of normalcy and may even prompt changes that could impact the Resort Municipality’s strategic plan.
For instance 80 per cent of trees have been uprooted and knocked down, falling atop power lines, water lines and sewer lines, he said.
On Sept 16 access was still not possible for workers to 20 per cent of the campground, which will be closed for a prolonged period.
Parks Canada will have to tap cleanup funds through various government agencies.
Mr Jelley met with Parks Canada officials four times since Hurricane Dorian struck the Island, including just before the Sept 16 Council meeting
The word “car” was replaced with “boat” as youngsters assembled at the bridge at the Stanley Bridge wharf on Sunday, Aug. 25, when prizes were handed out to fearless jumpers as part of the 17th annual River Days Festival. Jumpers had to be wary of pleasure craft travelling near and underneath the bridge.
Some older adults also took the plunge during the River Days weekend.
The Stanley Bridge Centre’s parking lot was jammed for much of the morning and afternoon, during the SBC’s first, and only, farmer’s market of the season.
More than 15 vendors were on hand for the farmer’s market, which offered crafts, baked goods, artworks and fresh produce from the fields surrounding Stanley Bridge. The Stanley Bridge Centre was unable to offer farmers markets during much of the summer because of extensive renovations to the building, which included new washrooms, a new accessible entrance and a new, fully equipped kitchen.
The SBC farmer’s market was a featured event in the 17th annual River Days Festival.
Hundreds of people converged on the Stanley Bridge Centre Aug 24 for the season's only farmer's market.
A group of talented young entrepreneurs called Face Painting Friends set up a table at the Stanley Bridge Centre's farmer's market. Here's a sample of their unique artwork.
Artist Donna Nicholson (Nana Rocks) displays some of her beautiful artwork that she etches on stones.
The entrepreneurial Young Millionaires were well represented at the Stanley Bridge farmers market with Steven Pluigerus, from Breadalbane, left, and Kiefer Sullivan, from Summerside, displaying their wares.
It was a family friendly day in Stanley Bridge Aug 24, with the first and only farmer's market of the season drawing a strong turnout.
On Friday, Aug 23 dozens of people visited the newly renovated Stanley Bridge Centre to participate in opening ceremonies for the 17th Annual River Days Festival (Aug 23-25).
There were plenty of delicious finger foods on hand, ice cream and a large cake featuring this year’s pirate theme. Among the attending dignitaries were Malpeque Liberal MP Wayne Easter, Rustico-Emerald PC MLA and Education Minister Brad Trivers, Alfred Fyfe and Trout River Road author, educator and former MLA Marion Murphy.
Talented musical performer Stewart MacFarlane provided the evening’s entertainment.
Stanley Bridge Centre volunteers were busy early the next morning preparing the building for the season’s first, and only, farmer’s market, featuring more than a dozen vendors.
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Slices of this pirate-themed cake brought to the River Days opening by Phyllis Carr, owner of Carr's Oyster Bar, were quickly gobbled up by dozens of attendees.
People of all ages, from the very young to the young at heart, attended the Aug 23 opening of the 17th Annual River Days Festival at the Stanley Bridge Centre.
Anna Keenan, Green Party candidate in the upcoming federal election for Malpeque, dropped by with her son Oscar.
Helen MacEwen, past president of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, delivers a well-received address on the Stanley Bridge area's early history.
A public meeting soliciting feedback on the July 5-7 Cavendish Beach Music Festival drew a sparse crowd, with just 12 people dropping by the North Rustico Lions Club, including Island Senator and Cavendish resident Mike Duffy.
Perhaps that was because there was little to talk about. Complaints about the three day country music extravaganza were even scarcer than the number of attendees.
The July 29 meeting, chaired by Linda Lowther, Deputy Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Cavendish, ran just shy of 26 minutes.
Facing the 12 attendees were six officials, including an RCMP officer, Resort Municipality CAO Brenda MacDonald, a representative of the PEI Liquor Control Board and a Cavendish Beach Music Festival spokesperson.
Though there were was little damage caused to the community by rampaging country music fans feeling their oats, that doesn’t mean some in the resort municipality didn’t face the prospect of economic loss.
For instance, the owner of a cottage business who reported several guests who booked accommodations for last year’s festival decided not to go this year after learning the lineup, featuring top acts Carrie Underwood and Eric Church, was less than stellar.
“My guests said the shows were okay but the lineup wasn’t as good as they expected,” wrote the owner in a letter to the resort municipality, one of three submitted.
“They said they’d rather pay more money – up to $50 more for a three day ticket – and really enjoy the lineup.”
They didn’t want to spend all that money “to come to Cavendish and pay for accommodations and travel to get a mediocre lineup.”
The cottage business owner went on to say the paying guests of seven of the 11 cottages in 2018 had signed up for 2019, but once they learned this year’s lineup in November, they cancelled, asking instead to be put on the list for 2020.
“They said the lineup wasn’t worth coming for. They also said Canadian artists are not that good in most cases and that the festival people need to bring in better Canadian artists.”
But the business operator was impressed with this year’s crop of CBMF guests, saying they were very well behaved, “I had the best bunch ever.”
Jeff Squires, CEO of Whitecap Entertainment, the company that produces the CBMF, had a different take.
“I would suggest music is subjective. The festival will continue to showcase Canadian talent and all that it brings to the table,” he said.
Mr Squires said Atlantic Canadian and PEI musicians “will continue to be provided with more opportunities to learn and grow and develop their craft at the highest level…that is our mandate and something we are very proud of.”
Other attendees raised concerns about power outages around the time of the festival that led to inconveniences for guests, such as toilets not flushing at a campground.
One four hour outage ran for the festival’s first day, though it was not directly tied to the festival.
Senator Mike Duffy who has followed the 11 year history of the festival, told officials: “I’d say it’s the best year yet…the residents certainly appreciate it down our way.”
Others said instances of intoxication and other bad behavior associated with earlier years was way down.
Local business operator Sunny Gallant says she has absolutely no complaints about the July 5-7 Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
“I live on the road with White Sands and Tranquility and my next door neighbor rents his cottage out, so I get quite a bit of feedback from people on that road and because I’ve lived there I’ve seen what it’s been like from the beginning,” she said of the 11-year-old festival.
Sunny was attending the July 15 monthly meeting of the Resort Municipality of Cavendish.
“This is the best year ever. I did not have one trespasser on my property or the two empty lots beside me and the garbage that normally was on the road, there was hardly any litter on the road,” she told councilors, after they had solicited feedback from the public attending the meeting.
“Somebody else (mentioned earlier by a councilor) made a comment about the base music on Friday night. I could hear the base pounding but it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t fit earplugs in and go to sleep,” said Sunny.
“On Saturday night I could hear a female singer for pretty much her whole performance. I don’t know if it was Carrie (Underwood) or if it was one of the other ones. But then if the barometric pressure changes you don’t hear it again. That’s what, five kilometres? If somebody’s complaining that the base was too loud and it was closer than five km I can sure sympathize with them, because it was pretty loud on Friday night at my place.
“But it is every year. I can hear it some of the time every year but it’s not so bad you can’t sleep that far away..It’s not very late.”
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the three-day Cavendish Beach Music Festival and so were the acts, including headliners Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes and Eric Church.
The 11-year-old festival opened under brilliant sunshine and sweltering temperatures, breaking records for central PEI, and closed exactly the same way, with the exception of a rainstorm before Ms Underwood’s show.
It was a totally blissed out three days, which drew fans, young and old, from across PEI, the country and the world. It’s a safe bet many will be making the pilgrimage back to Cavendish next summer.
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They're on tour with Carrie Underwood, but on this day, July 7, they were the headliners. The American all-girl country band Runaway June - Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne - delivered a sizzling performance to thousands of cheering fans. The trio's recent Top-20 hit was the first recorded by a female band in 14 years.
Yellow shirted volunteers, the lifeblood of any successful outdoor concert, could be spotted everywhere on the grounds of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
Juno winning artists The Washboard Union played a number of fan favorites, including theit hit single "She gets Me", at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
Young fans claim their spot close to the stage for several shows on July 7, including sets by Eric Chesser, Jade Eagleson and Runaway June.
American country music singer and songwriter Eric Chesser's biggest fan, his mother, came along with him on his trip to PEI to perform at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 7. Eric and his mom, Barb, are from Plainfield Illinois. Barb said she has had a wonderful time on PEI and was thrilled to watch her son perform on the main stage.
The Redhill Valleys, an acclaimed alt-country and roots band from Hamilton, Ontario got a warm reception from fans at the Kitchen Stage.
Volunteer Judy Bryanton has worked for 10 of the festival's 11 years, helping connect anxious concert-goers with lost items, many of them valuable. Volunteers at the lost and found tent have dealt with a lot of interesting items, including a report of a missing wedding band, and something Judy has never seen before, a passport owned by a Nova Scotia man. There have been "a lot of sunglasses" turned in, as well as phones, wallets, debit cards, a couple of backpacks, a purse and car and hotel keys. Believe it or not the number of missing items has fallen by half since last summer, from around 200 to 100.
50/50 tickets were in hot demand during the festival's three days, with the winning ticket drawn at Carrie Underwood's concert on July 6 topping $17,000. Other 50/50 draws also had paydays well into the thousands.
Pregnancy tests (two), epipens, cannabis, condoms, corkscrews, knives and flip flops were just some of the items left on the grounds after performances and collected by hard-working volunteers, who get to keep proceeds from recyclables for their organizations - including a recreational dart association and church groups.