Halloween 2014 …a Love and Hate opinion by me….

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I kind of have a love / hate opinion of this spooky time of year. The good, is my memories of trick or treating as a child, of kids parties, dressing up for school and of course knocking door to door. We always traveled as a group (during adolescence) and finished up by St. Joseph’s School in Riverhead Hr. Grace. There used to be a large set of steps leading up to the second floor of the school, we would all sit there and trade treats. As far as I know we did not create any mischief, certainly not physically to anyone’s property. (Here comes the hate) I despise people taking the season in a different context and decide to damage other people’s property and blatantly show disrespect. Through the smiles and giving out treats to excited children, we have to be mindful of those who take to the streets speeding or traveling in groups, smashing pumpkins as well as other personal property. For the most part, this is this is not wide spread by no means, but it only takes a rotten apple or two to spoil a barrel.

Our wonderful volunteer team before the vandalism . (gazebo looked great)

Our wonderful volunteer team before the vandalism . (gazebo looked great)


Last evening, after a very successful Halloween Lantern Tour in our community, someone decided to vandalize the gazebo portion of our Halloween Park (as well as the pumpkin scarecrows). I really do not know what gets into the minds of those who feel the need to destroy something that is a family tradition in Bay Roberts. Hundreds visit the park each year to celebrate the season, take pictures or come for the tours. To say the least I, along with many others are disappointed, but take note, the park is open and still ready to greet residents and visitors over the coming days.B1NhPU1CEAEpV9Q
Now that I have that out of my system, it is still only of my favorite times of year, (especially the horror movies! Please be safe and enjoy this spooky time of year.
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Bay Roberts Fall Foodie Weekend Wrap Up

Our Fall in Love with Bay Roberts Festival is moving along nicely with many events for all!! The past weekend was especially busy with the Wesley Gosse Hockey Tournament and of course our foodie weekend. Our weekend was filled with many activities that attracted people from near and far to our little community. We are fortunate to have local chefs who volunteer their time to showcase local food from the Legendary Coast (Destination Management Organization). Our shoulder season is growing, we are supporting local business and telling a story that we are indeed a four season destination. Have a look at some of the photos and plan to visit Bay Roberts and the Legendary Coast in the shoulder season.

Bay Roberts Wine and Cheese Tasting

Cindy Dawson and her mother Mrs. Mercer with chefs Adam Blanchard of 5 Brothers Cheese and Chef Darren Hayward from NL Seasonings at the wine and cheese tasting

Cindy Dawson and her mother Mrs. Mercer with chefs Adam Blanchard of 5 Brothers Cheese and Chef Darren Hayward from NL Seasonings at the wine and cheese tasting


Saturday Food Demo
Chef Hayward Saturday afternoon at our food demo, the duck spring rolls were wicked!! so were the chocolate truffles

Chef Hayward Saturday afternoon at our food demo, the duck spring rolls were wicked!! so were the chocolate truffles


Toutons and Tunes!!
Chef Chris Sheppard of the Bonavista Institute for Culinary Tourism CNA and his talented daughter Ella cooking toutons for us....delicious

Chef Chris Sheppard of the Bonavista Institute for Culinary Tourism CNA and his talented daughter Ella cooking toutons for us….delicious


Chef Chris prepping for toutons and tunes at my place yummy!!

Chef Chris prepping for toutons and tunes at my place yummy!!

Salt fish toutons, moose toutons, smores toutons yummy!

Salt fish toutons, moose toutons, smores toutons yummy!


Special thanks to Eastlink for profiling Toutons and Tunes!! have a look!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTPOgivr6FA

Thanks so much for all of you who came out this weekend, looking forward to our next event (tomorrow night is pumpkin Fest!!!, followed by our lantern tours!!!)

Foodie weekend in Bay Roberts NL……#booya

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)

What do chef’s Adam Blanchard, Darren Hayward and Chris Sheppard have in common (other than being amazing chefs from Newfoundland and Labrador?) They will be in Bay Roberts this weekend for a series of culinary events to celebrate the “Fall in Love with Bay Roberts Festival”

These talented chefs are no strangers to our community, they have all been involved in our annual provincial seafood festival “Songs Stages and Seafood”. This time they are bringing their culinary talents to celebrate autumn in Bay Roberts.

If you are in the Eastern Newfoundland Region of the province you still have time to take in the many activities surrounding (my favorite hobby) FOOD!!

THIS WEEKEND!!

Chef Adam from 5 Brothers Cheese

             Chef Adam from 5 Brothers Cheese

Join Chef’s Adam Blanchard of 5 Brothers Cheese and Darren Hayward of NL Seasonings October 24 for a wine and cheese tasting experience. This evening will be filled with the wonderful scent of wine and local cheese made right here in Newfoundland and Labrador!

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On Saturday afternoon, Chef Darren Hayward will be hosting a food demo featuring his NL Seasonings. You will have the opportunity to sample some of his creations with his unique blend of herbs and spices that compliment and accent moose, cod and duck! (Event is held at the Visitors Information Centre)

NL Seasons, wonderful on crab too!!

NL Seasons, wonderful on crab too!!

Sunday will be our final Toutons and Tunes walking tour for the season, it is always a special time with added special guests like Chef Chris Sheppard from College of the North Atlantic, Bonavista Campus and competitor of Doughnut Wars on Food Network Canada. Join us for unique toutons, traditional music, and taste some crab and mussels after your cultural walk along the Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail (Cranes Hill , Water Street)

Chef Chris Sheppard will be at Toutons and Tunes this Sunday starting at 2pm at the bottom of Cranes Hil, Water Street Bay Roberts.

Chef Chris Sheppard will be at Toutons and Tunes this Sunday starting at 2pm at the bottom of Cranes Hill, Water Street Bay Roberts.

I look forward to greeting visitors, residents and of course FOODIES!!! To Bay Roberts this weekend!!! #booya

For further info call 709 786 2126

 

Are you prepared for Hurricane Gonzalo!!??

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Are you prepared for Hurricane Gonzalo!!??

I have to ask this question because for the most part Newfoundland and Labrador is use to major wind and rain. Having said that we have been hit with our fair share of storms that has left a major impact on our communities. We should all take the opportunity to ensure we are ready for any type of weather emergency. The easiest way to get ready is to make an emergency plan for your home. This plan can be a reference and checklist when we know bad weather is approaching.

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Households should be prepared for up to 72 hours in the case of an emergency. For an emergency preparedness guide visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-eng.aspx

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Please note:

The town of Bay Roberts Public Works Department has installed a generator at the chlorination plant to ensure residents has safe drinking water during power outages.

During extended power outages the Avalon North Search and Rescue operates a comfort station, located on Station Rd.

Please ensure all patio furniture and other unsecure items are safely stowed away.

Here is a short list of items everyone show consider when preparing for an emergency or power outage.

  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  • Manual can-opener
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year.
  • Crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or Weatheradio
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

Recommended additional items

  • Candles and matches or lighter (place candles in deep, sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)

On a final note, in the case of a power outage please do not use a BBQ or propane stove inside the home.

The above information is only intended to act as a guide for preparing for any emergency situation, most information sourced can be found at www.getprepared.gc.ca

Happy Thanksgiving 2014….I am a lucky man

Photo credit Margaret Ayad

Photo credit Margaret Ayad

In a world that moves at such a fast pace, most of us rarely take the time and pause and reflect on the things we should be thankful for. We go about our day to day activities really not giving too much thought about it. The observance of Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to stop and consider our situation in life, who we share it with, who helps complete us, who supports us. It is an opportunity to count our blessing,s memorize those people who mean the world to us.

I am thankful for so much. I live in a wonderful country that is diverse but distinctive, I live in an amazing province with wonderful culture and passion for who we are. I live in a wonderful community where we are ever evolving but grounded in the principles of our forefathers (and mothers).
As much as I am proud of where I live, I give thanks and blessings for my family. I feel as if I am the luckiest person on earth, I have a wonderful wife who supports me, even with all my ideas, dreams and faults (yes I have some, lol) and two amazing children who make my life better every day. We are a family unit, we share this part of our lives together, I am thankful for that. I do know that our children will grow up and leave the house, but I hope we instilled in them that they will never leave our home, they will always be a part of it.

I would be remise if I did not mention that I am very thankful for my parents and my brothers and sister. Growing up in Riverhead, Hr. Grace was always a gift, I have so many memories of the town and my family. I also give thanks to my in-laws, they shaped a wonderful woman who became my bride (and deserves a medal LOL!!)

I always like to mention a personal observation, I like to do it when family and friends are gathered…..look to the right, look to the left, look across the table….close your eyes and smile, and remember how it is, that very second….memorise it….so you can recollect it in years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and God bless

I love this , we will be cooking baby back ribs for Thanksgiving!!

I love this , we will be cooking baby back ribs for Thanksgiving!!

“Fall” In Love with Bay Roberts This Autumn 2014!!

The town of Bay Roberts has developed a tourism/marketing program in support of the business community during the shoulder season. The concept is driven by the many tourism assets the community has to offer, tangible and intangible. It is a celebration of the autumn season, of our culture, food and music.

In the years to come I would like this concept adapted by other communities and regions, it will benefit our economy but will also offer a unique platform to showcase who we are and what we have to offer during the shoulder season.

For those interested, I am adding the rationale to the “Fall in Love with Bay Roberts” program as well is some information about the many events that will be taking place over the coming weeks. I welcome anyone who would like to discuss how you , your association, business or community can get involved.

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Rationale: To develop and shoulder season tourism event that will meet the needs of those tourists who visit Bay Roberts this autumn; in support of our local business community, especially the boutique, speciality stores and restaurants.

Tourism assets: The Bay Roberts’  Tourism, Economic Development  and Special Events Committee’s , as well as the Cultural Foundation , Historical Society and Royal Canadian Legion have developed many events to celebrate the Fall season, using our municipal assets (including many volunteers)to create an autumn “micro destination” on the Baccalieu Trail:

  • Toutons and Tunes Guided Hike, Bay Roberts Shoreline Trail (Sundays @ 2pm)
  • Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion (programs throughout the season)
  • Cable Building and Christopher Pratt Art Gallery (Wednesday afternoons)
  • 5th Annual Bay Roberts Pumpkin Festival
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Bay Roberts Halloween Park ( lantern tours)
  • Food demonstrations
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Guest chef visitations
  • Bon Fire Community Campfire and BBQ
  • Community Craft and Farmers Market
  • Remembrance Day Parade
  • Church and Community events

Business promotion and participation:

There will be an advertising campaign to invite residents and tourists to explore the tourism assets and visit the participating businesses for special discounts for the autumn season.

Participating businesses will have a special poster displayed to identify them as involved in this campaign. The town will help promote this with various advertising streams, the businesses may opt to advertise as well to strengthen the marketing brand (“Fall” in love with Bay Roberts this Autumn) for years to come.

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I want to add this poster as well for the people of Green’s Harbour, this is a great cause and only a 20 minute drive!!

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Toutons and Tunes and other events this autumn !!

The setting for Toutons and Tunes Walking Tour

The setting for Toutons and Tunes Walking Tour


There is nothing better than a nice stroll on a crisp autumn day, the smell of the leaves, the breeze brushing your face and you listen to the birds on Fergus Island. A smile forms on your face as you anticipate the greeting of friendly faces, a warm fire and toutons. Ok I got your attention!! Our “Toutons and Tunes” walking tour is still on going in Bay Roberts , just a short drive down Water Street to Crane’s Hill turn off. Every Sunday (2 pm) for the month of October Lois Dawe will be waiting to take you on a interpretative walking tour. The walk takes you through the old road way leading to properties that have long since been deserted but the foundations and cellars remain. Lois will talk about the trail and its history before arriving to a restored fisherman’s shed that is our interpretative venue for the trail. Our fiddler Mackenzie will greet you with a tune and Julia will be happy to make a touton and tell you its importance in our culinary culture.
Laura and Julia preparing the toutons for the end of the tour.

Laura and Julia preparing the toutons for the end of the tour.

Tourism in the bays do not have to stop when summer is over, we have amazing coastlines and scenery in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. We are developing authentic product to celebrate and profile our culture. Please take the time to visit our communities, and experience NL during our shoulder season. On the Baccalieu Trail, our Visitors Information Centre in Bay Roberts will remain open for the year to direct tourists to the many destinations and events that are still in operation during the “off season”. Please drop by and experience this special facility, the interior changes with the seasons and hosts many programs for young and old alike. Halloween and Christmas are especially a fantastic time to visit the Centre.
Important dates to remember this month:

October 26 will be the last Toutons and Tunes for the year....special food will be sampled during the walk, see you there!!

October 26 will be the last Toutons and Tunes for the year….special food will be sampled during the walk, see you there!!

October 9th Fall in Love with Bay Roberts Festival Starts (visit the businesses with the Fall in Love Poster in the door)
October 13th Thanksgiving Sunrise Walk and Reflections on the Shoreline Heritage Walk
October 18th Some Good Market @ the Visitors Information Centre
October 20th Pumpkin Carving Submissions begin (please drop off at the VIC 2-4 pm , Veterans Highway)
October 22nd Opening of the Halloween Park 7pm , Bay Roberts Community Gardens, Old Ball Field Road)
October 24th Wine and Cheese Tasting with special guest chef Adam Blanchard of Five Brothers Cheese
October 25th Cooking Demonstration with Chef Darren Hayward of Newfoundland Seasonings (2 pm VIC)
October 26th Toutons and Tunes final event (special guests and food!!)
October 27th Bay Roberts Pumpkin Festival @ Visitors Information Centre 7 pm
October 28-29th Lantern Tours and the Halloween Park 7 pm
November 1st Some Good Market @ the Visitors Information Centre

Some of our spooky characters for the Halloween Park Lantern Tours!!

Some of our spooky characters for the Halloween Park Lantern Tours!!

This is just a “Cole’s Notes” version of the schedule please check with http://www.bayroberts.com for a full listing of events for the Fall in Love with Bay Roberts Festival. (Schedule subject to change)

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)

Visit the businesses with this sign in the door for discounts!! ( most businesses)