What a weekend we have planned for you!
The festivities begin on Friday, October 14, with the launch of the Lobster Fleet from the Village’s docks at approximately 1:30 a.m.. The launch will be preceded by a Celtic concert on the wharf. Free lobster rolls and sticky buns will be available, provided by the Village. Finally, to the tune of a lone bagpiper, the Fleet will cast off its mooring and enter the bay as fireworks explode above. Make sure you get to Alma plenty of time before the launch!
In addition to Fleet Launch itself, the weekend is chocked full of events that organizers have been busily putting together to commemorate the Fleet and the significance of the ocean and Bay of Fundy to Alma. Here’s what we know so far:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
On Friday, October 14, a “Kitchen Party” is planned for the evening of Fleet Launch Day. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Activity Centre, 8584 Main St., and include food, music, and fun — as do all true Kitchen Parties. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The entry ticket includes a dinner of delicious seafood chowder, rolls, and dessert prepared by local eateries and entertainment. Alcohol also will be offered for sale. A Fredericton band, the Bearded Bards, will lead the music, and you’re invited to bring your own instruments and join in. The event will conclude with the First Annual “Claw-In,” in which attendees can test their skills as fisherfolk for the honour of being inducted as Honorary Fleet Launch Crew members. We’ll announce very shortly how to purchase tickets.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, begin with Sunrise Yoga on Alma Beach. The exact time of this free event is yet to be determined.
That same day (Saturday, October 15), organizers are mounting a special Alma Market that will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Activity Centre, 8584 Main St. Artisans, crafters, and vendors with produce and food will offer their products and goodies for purchase.
A slate of children’s events will kick off at 10 a.m. with a half-hour Celtic dance “lesson” for children at the Village’s Multi-Purpose Building presented by dancer Julia Tompkins-Bannister. She will present an hour-long dance workshop for adults at 11 a.m. in the same place.
Two children’s events start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, on the Alma Beach. The first of those is a Race-to-High-Tide Sandcastle-Building Contest. Children (and adults) are invited onto the beach to build the sandcastles of their imaginations. Although the castles will eventually be washed away by the high tide at 4 p.m., the creations will be judged at 2 p.m., and winners will receive prizes.
The second event is an authentic Treasure Hunt hosted by the Port City “Pyrates.” The “pyrates” will be handing out treasure maps at the beach, and everyone who finds the treasure chest gets a reward. The “pyrates” will also be available throughout the day for sword-fighting demonstrations and to teach people “how to talk like a pyrate.”
At noon on Saturday, October 15, accomplished Nova Scotia musician Melanie Ross-Breen will perform a concert at the Activity Centre during the Alma Market. Later that afternoon, at 2 p.m., she will play a special Children’s Concert in the festival tent sent up in Alma in front of the Molly Kool Centre.
Friends of Fundy are hosting events at the Molly Kool Centre that includes a special evening of live music, #freshfundy food, and fun! Information on how to get your tickets will be available in the coming days.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
On the morning of Sunday, October 16, Yoga on the Beach is again planned (time to be announced).
The Molly Kool Centre will be the site at 10:30 a.m. for a unique event that pairs scents with music. The Chocolate Sound Immersion is a magical, full-sensory experience that’s sure to delight attendees. More soon!
Fleet Launch weekend continues at noon on Sunday, October 16, with a Lobster Boil and a free concert. Music will be provided by the Moncton-based Sons of Gael, a traditional Irish and Scottish band. It will be a fitting end to a fabulous weekend! Tickets for the lobster boil will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Artist and musician Tim Isaac will hold a four-hour mosaic workshop in the tents in front of the Molly Kool Center from noon until 4 p.m. For this Friends of Fundy event, the multi-talented Isaac will teach attendees his techniques using ceramics and found items such as rocks, seashells, and fossils. Information on how to sign up will be posted soon.
Finally, the annual Lobster Plunge will take place at 3 p.m when hardy visitors and locals brave the cold, cold water of the Bay of Fundy for charity. Come in costume to add extra sparkle to the afternoon spectacle! To register to take the plunge, please contact Karen Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.