Darkness lifts and so do fishermen’s hopes on setting day in French River

Story and photos by Jim Brown
Jim Brown can be reached at peijim@hotmail.com

Forty boats left from French River port for ancestral lobster grounds just as dawn broke at 6 am Monday, April 30. Hundreds of people watched the boats from shore, many snapping photos of the vessels as they passed.

Fishermen from ports throughout the Island headed out on setting day of the spring lobster fishery, hearing reports before they left of favorable conditions for a strong lobster catch. Days earlier fishermen were busy getting traps loaded onto vessels after they were baited.

Getting ready to launch. French River fishermen load up for setting day

Launching into a new season

Friends and family of lobster fishermen fill the shoreline, arriving on a fog shrouded morning just as the darkness lifted

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River Days Festival coming Aug 25

Three days of fun and excitement are about to start along the shores of the Stanley River in Stanley Bridge. The 15th Annual River Days Festival kicks off on Friday, Aug 25 and runs till Sunday, Aug 27.

Look for many beloved events and activities to return, including the boat parade and bridge lighting Saturday night, accompanied by fireworks and entertainment. Come down to the Stanley Bridge wharf as darkness descends and watch boats lit up like floating Christmas trees drift past the bridge.

River Days features a full lineup of outstanding events that includes live bands, the Stanley Bridge Centre’s Saturday farmer’s market, Mussels on the Wharf (Friday), bridge jumping (Sunday) and a barbecue hosted by the Trout River Environmental Committee (Sunday) . TREC is also hosting a “Find the Fishes” event on Saturday to help participants learn more about lives in the area’s rivers and bays.

Several dignitaries will officially open the festival on Friday at 5:30 pm at the Stanley Bridge Marina and Shops. Lots of cake, mussels and music will be on tap for the celebrations.

Carr’s Oyster Bar will be rocking during the festival and Sutherlands is hosting a special Sunday breakfast. The New London Community Complex will host a pancake breakfast (Sunday) and the Inn at the Pier has kayak rental specials and para sailing during the festival.

Other events include the Tommy Gallant Memorial Big Catch competition (and awards) on Saturday, a presentation led by Dr. Irene Novaczek discussing the environmental history of PEI called “Time and a Place” (Sunday at the WI) and a potato stamp art free workshop for kids and kids at heart, held at the newly opened Lupin stores at the wharf (Sunday). For more details visit www.carrspei.ca or call 902-886-3355.

Photos from the 2016 River Days Festival

Story and photos by Jim Brown.
Jim Brown can be reached at peijim@hotmail.com

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Kensington goes to the dogs

More than a 150 canines participated in the Lady Slipper Kennel Club’s weekend dog show (July 22-23) at the Kensington Community Gardens arena. There were large breeds and small breeds, hairy breeds and hairless ones – dogs of all shapes, colors and sizes. And they were all competing for brightly colored ribbons and bragging rights in their groups. Among the many breeds represented at the show were whippets, basset hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Great Danes, Samoyeds, Schnauzers, beagles, Finnish Spitz’s, Great Pyrenees, Irish wolfhounds, rottweillers, Alaskan Malamutes, Skye Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Pekingeses, Italian Greyhounds, Pugs, Toy Fox terriers, Papillons, Chinese Crested, Welsh terriers and Tibetan spaniels

Story and photos by Jim Brown.
Jim Brown can be reached at peijim@hotmail.com

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North Rustico’s Canada Day parade.

North Rustico’s Canada Day parade route was jammed with spectators of all ages by the parade’s 10:30 am start time – a fitting tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. Parking was also at a premium throughout much of the picturesque seaside community. The parade and other festivities were held under brooding skies, but the sun came out later in the day.

Jim Brown Photos..

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Preparing for the Saturday, Oct 15 blueberry pancake breakfast

Volunteers with the Stanley Bridge Centre were busy Wednesday evening preparing the Stanley Bridge Women’s Institute Hall for the Saturday, Oct 15 blueberry breakfast fundraiser, featuring delicious blueberry pancakes, coffee and tea, juices, sausages and homemade muffins and cinnamon rolls. Tickets are only $10 at the door (five dollars for children). Doors open at 8 am and the breakfast runs to 11 am. dsc_0005 dsc_0009-1 dsc_0001-2

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Pancake breakfast Saturday, Oct 15 at the Stanley Bridge WI

It’s happening! Our second fundraising blueberry pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct 15 at the Stanley Bridge WI, right across from the infamous roundabout. Strap on your bib for delicious home made pancakes, sausages, baked beans, muffins, juices of all kinds and fruit. Funds from the breakfast will help support improvements and renovations to the Stanley Bridge Centre and to various events offered there – includng two farmer’s markets a week during the spring/summer season. Only 10 dollars for adults, five dollars for kids under 12. See you all there!

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