Thursday, October 13
Pre-Fleet Launch Concert at the Wharf! While the hustle and bustle of the lobster fishermen prepare for the launch, there will be a FREE concert by Fundy Ceilidh from 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM. **Most importantly is to avoid walking on the wharf as to not get in the way of the fishermen and their crews. Head to the Parkland Village Inn on Main Street, where there will be volunteers to keep the crowd out of the fishermen’s way – We appreciate everyone’s cooperation!
Free lobster rolls, famous sticky buns, hot coffee, and hot chocolate will await you! Be sure to arrive in plenty of time, dressed for the weather, to enjoy the music, snacks and FIREWORKS! Please heed this warning for those who are sensitive to fireworks, including your pets. Fireworks are set to be displayed around 1:30 AM, following the concert and piping.
Friday, October 14
1 AM: The Fleets and crews will continue getting their boats and traps ready while the community and supporters enjoy the tune of a lone piper from ~1 AM-1:30 AM.
1:30 AM: Finally, the moment we’ve been anticipating – The Fleet will leave the wharf and enter the Bay with a celebratory display of fireworks overhead. You will NOT want to miss this significant event. Gathered with family and friends, we will unite in wishing safe passage and calm waters to the Alma Lobster Fleet.
This is your opportunity to safely head home and get some rest because we have more lined up for you Friday evening!!
6 PM: Kitchen Party in Alma Activity Centre, 8584 Main Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Your ticket includes seafood chowder, rolls, and dessert. There will be a cash bar with all proceeds to the Alma Recreation Council.
The dinner will be followed by a kitchen party hosted by Alma’s own Dan Sinclair with music provided by Frederickton’s Bearded Bards and you! Bring along your own instrument — in true kitchen-party style — for this special jam session.
The evening will be capped off with a Claw-In to enshrine a few lucky attendees as honorary members of the Alma Lobster Fleet. Aren’t sure what a Claw-In entails? You will have to experience this First Annual Claw-In that is promising to be nothing less than entertaining.
Visit www.eventbrite.ca to get your ticket. Tickets do not include items from the cash bar.
Saturday, October 16
Saturday is loaded with events, so try to keep up!
9 AM – 2 PM: Alma Market. This market features the area’s top artisans, crafters, and food producers and their wide range of projects, from jams to photography to handicrafts. FREE face painting for kids by Jordan Babineau. All indoors at the Alma Activity Centre, 8584 Main Street. Parking in the rear of the building.
10 AM – 11 AM: Free Celtic dancing workshops (children/adults) led by Celtic dancer Julia Tompkins-Bannister. The Children’s half-hour workshop (10 AM-10:30 AM) is designed especially for children. Beginning at 11 AM is designed for adults and will be held in Alma’s Multi-Cultural Building at 13 School Street. Reserve your space for the sessions at www.eventbrite.ca
11 AM – 2 PM: Race-the-Tide Sand-Lobster building on the beach. Come and build your most imaginative creations on Alma’s ever-fluctuating beach. Ten sets of pails and shovels will be provided or you can bring your own tools. Judging of the designs will take place at 2 PM, then will be washed away by the tide. Prizes to be awarded.
Noon – 2 PM: Treasure Hunt hosted by the Village with the help of the Port City “Pyrates.” The Pyrates will wander the streets and beach of Alma handing out treasure maps that will lead children to a special treasure. You won’t miss them! Don’t be afraid to approach these friendly Pyrates while they’re docked in Alma between noon – 6 PM. They will teach you to speak like a Pyrate and maybe teach you how to sword fight like a Pyrate! Rrrrr
Noon – 1 PM: Musical guest, Melanie Ross, an New Brunswick singer who comes to the Fleet Launch by way of Nova Scotia, will hold a one-hour concert in Alma’s Activity Centre, during the Alma Market.
2 PM–2:30 PM: Join Melanie Ross for a Free Children’s Concert at the festival tents located outside of the Molly Kool Centre (Next to the Alma entrance to Fundy National Park).
6:30 PM: Friends of Fundy has an evening of Fresh Food and Music at the festival tents in front of the Molly Kool Centre. Fundy Farms will be serving up some unique #fundyfresh food, accompanied by cold beer from the Holy Whale Brewery. Live music starts at 7 PM as Fundy Ceilidh and Friends carry on the Fleet Launch festivities. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ca
Sunday, October 16
9 AM – 11 AM: Lumberjack Breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice at the Activity Centre. Donations accepted. Breakfast hosted by the Graduating Class of 2023.
10:30 AM – Noon: Join Cranial Waves for a Chocolate Sound Bath – there will be a ceremonial Cacao served, some free-flowing movement, and singing together. Participants are then invited to lay or sit for a guided meditation and a sound bath journey that includes crystal bowls, flutes, vocals, drums and more! For further details or to reserve your ticket, please visit www.eventbrite.ca
Noon – 2 PM: FREE concert by the Sons of Gael, a traditional Irish and Scottish band, at the Activity Centre, 8584 Main Street. The Lobster Boil is taking place simultaneously, so if you also plan to come for lobster, we encourage you to purchase your ticket in advance. www.eventbrite.ca
Noon – 3 PM: Lobster Boil at the Alma Activity Centre, 8584 Main Street. Have a lunch of the “fruit” of the Bay of Fundy. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Reserve your ticket at www.eventbrite.ca
Noon – 4 PM: Artist and musician, Tim Isaac, will hold a four-hour mosaic workshop in the tents in front of the Molly Kool Center. 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. No registration is required. Just drop-in.
2 PM: Yoga on the Beach! Charlotte Love will lead this free beginner flow class; bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothing. Please arrive at the beach by the Alma Lobster Shop by 1:45 PM to set up. If inclement weather, please check this website for an alternative location.
3:30 PM: Annual Lobster Plunge on Alma Beach (near Alma Lobster Shop). Take a dip in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy to support a local playground project. Grab some sponsors, plan your costume (costumes are greatly encouraged!) and register with Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org