This Is Where It’s At! Avalon Gateway Tourism Association Summer Issue (AGTA) President’s Message In This Issue The tourist industry looks like it may be ready to go to a new level in our region. Tourism is now seen as more important than ever in rural areas and the planning we are doing now may help us rise to that challenge. There President’s Message is need for new ideas, new ways of working together, new development of our tourism product and greater promotion of our region. Some things Tourism Conference reported on in this newsletter will indicate that may be coming. Board Staff Probably the most important element to help us grow is teamwork. Tourism AGM Operators must work together and offer packages to the tourists; communities and regions must work together to support the tourist Festival of the Sea industry; and regions must work together to offer new possibilities for Sponsors and Support tourists and to develop a greater tourism package. Remember we are not competing with each other but with the world and we need to work together Come Home Year, Regatta, Concert to do that. Summer Theatre Thomas V. O’Keefe, President Marketing the Region Tourism Conference Backland Trail A highlight for AGTA in this period was the holding of a Tourism Conference in the Star Hall, Placentia, on June 7. It was an outstanding Salmonier Nature Park success. Facilitated by Calvin Manning and with speakers including Town Ads Heritage Staff Mayor William Hogan (Town of Placentia), Mike Buist (Destination St. John’s), Pat Curran (Irish Loop Development Board), Tom O’Keefe Shipping News (AGTA), Lorna English (Branch Come Home Year), Margie Hatfield (Town of Placentia). The luncheon speaker was the Hon. Tom Hedderson “Argentia at War” (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation) who was introduced by Living Heritage MHA Felix Collins. The conference was opened with a slide show of regional tourist attractions. The show was designed by staff members Upcoming Events Sheena Linehan and Nicole Kelly and shown by Jason Whelan with commentary by Calvin Manning. An hour long discussion in the afternoon gave everyone a chance to share ideas and information. Avalon Gateway Tourism Association Thanks to all who assisted in any way: funders, display booth owners, Represents Zone 18 presenters, attendees and Star of the Sea Ladies who provided a great meal. Board Staff Sheena Linehan and Nicole Kelly have worked for the board for 7 months under a JCP Project were due to leave on June 16 because of completion of the program. They played a valuable role in helping the work of AGTA and we express sincere thanks and good wishes to them. This project has been funded by Government of Canada, under the EI account in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador through the LMDA Agreement. Tourism AGM Avalon Gateway Tourism Association held its Annual General Meeting at Lavrock in March and elected the following: President Tom O’Keefe (RED Board), Vice-president Richard Careen (Atlantica Inn & Restaurant), Secretary Linda Grimm (Rosedale Manor), Treasurer Margie Hatfield (Town of Placentia) and board members: Margie Greene (PADA), Calvin Manning (Bird Island Resort), Marjorie Gibbons (St. Mary’s Bay North Development Association), Lizeta Billard (Castle Landing B&B), Martin Foley (Gannet’s Nest & RV Park) and Barb Keating (Behind the Maples B&B). Since that time Jane Hynes (Greystone Business Services & Suites) has been added to the board. Mike Buist of Destination St. John’s and MHA Felix Collins were guests at the meeting and spoke to the group. Contact Us: Festival of the Sea Avalon Gateway Tourism Association Plans are well underway for the Ireland/Newfoundland Festival of the Sea P.O. Box 389 on September 15 to 23. Events will be held in our region in St. Mary’s Bay Dunville, NL A0B 1S0 North, Placentia and the Cape Shore. The committee will be seeking billets to put visitors up and volunteers to assist the various events. Any one Tel: (709) 227-5456 willing to assist with a street dance please contact Margie Hatfield or Fax: (709) 227-5469 Debbie Gear at the Placentia town office. For other information contact the Website: www.avalongateway.ca RED Board office, 227-5456. Sponsors and Support In September, Salmonier will be a partner in the first major Groups like the Town of Placentia, and Avalon Gateway mushroom foray to be held in eastern Newfoundland. RED Board give the Tourism Association ongoing support Modeled on the Foray held every fall in western but we would also like to highlight and thank sponsors who Newfoundland which attracts over 200 participants; small gave financial assistance for this year’s program: Voisey’s teams of experts and amateur naturalists collect and record Bay Nickel Company, Argentia Management Authority and the species they find over a three day period. The park is Marine Atlantic. We also thank the Department of also involved in planning a leading international lichen Innovation, Trade and Rural Development for help with the symposium for the fall of 2007. Tourism Conference. Town Adds Heritage Staff Come Home Year, Regatta, Concert Ms. Agnes Walsh, well known advocate of the arts and Bond’s Path-Southeast will be a busy spot with its Come native of the town has joined the staff of the Town of Home Year celebrations on July 16 to 23, the Annual Regatta Placentia. She will be tasked with preserving the rich history on July 22 and a big concert by that is linked to the area’s multi-cultural ties as well as Kevin Collins in the Placentia capturing and documenting the community’s unique Arena on July 23. There is also Placentia Bay character. a pre-regatta event with free soft The Town of Placentia has retained Mr. Steve Mills to drinks, hot dogs, live music and spearhead its Archaeology Project for the 2006 season. Mr. fireworks from 8-10 pm Friday, Mills’ national and provincial recognition as an July 21. Archaeologist will bode well in the Town’s efforts to uncover The group has produced a book artifacts that reiterate Placentia’s rich history and open doors of memories priced at $15.00. for increased tourism to the area. Summer Theatre Shipping News It looks like this will be an active theatre season! Placentia In June two cruise ships visited St. Bride’s. Because of the Area Theatre d’Heritage Committee has a full schedule of bad weather one had to leave and go to Argentia from which summer activities planned throughout the Town. In addition the visitors were bused to the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological to Castle Hill’s Faces of Fort Royal, they will have plays Reserve. In September another cruise ship is due at Argentia. around the community including the popular Ghost Walk. They are also thanking Hon. Tom Hedderson, Minister of Earlier in the year, eleven local people attended a Port Tourism, Culture and Recreation and MHA Felix Collins for Readiness Workshop arranged by the AMA. This was a grant to help with the summer program. another step in setting up a host committee to welcome cruise ships. Tramore Productions in Cuslett will have a Syngefest in July with plays by J.M. Synge and Cape Shore heritage plays in “Argentia at War” August. As a forerunner to the development of an International Peace Museum at Argentia there is an “Argentia At War” Exhibit Marketing the Region at the Visitor Information Depending on funds, the association plans to do some Centre in Argentia. It offers marketing of the region. Space is being rented on the many memories of the Argentia Ferry for a poster promoting the area and this may approximate fifty years of a be shared with the Irish Loop region. The placemat with a U.S. Military Base at Argentia. map of the region will also be available for passengers to It is well worth a visit. pick-up. There are also plans for some radio ads and maybe print ads. The placemat is also being reprinted and has Living Heritage received good support from our members. The Cape Shore played host to participants of the Intangible Heritage Conference from St. Backland Trail John’s on June 10. This included a stop for tea in Branch, a The Argentia Management Authority Inc. (AMA) has visit to Point Lance, a refreshment stop at the Gannets Nest developed the “Backlands” as a first class tourism product in and RV Park, supper of traditional Newfoundland foods at Argentia. It contains 10 miles of walking trails and 30 miles the Atlantica Inn and Restaurant in St. Bride’s and a night of of road systems. The AMA is encouraging users to get entertainment in Cuslett. involved with its development. At Cuslett, the Tramore Theatre Troupe entertained the A “Friends of the Backlands Advisory Committee” has been visitors with a slide show by Christopher Newhook, established with the following executive: Chairperson Gerald followed by ballads, music, story telling and step dancing. O’Reilly, Vice-chairperson Philip Meade, After that there was a community dance and kitchen party Publicity/Promotions Christopher Newhook, with music by Pat Morrissey and Jimmy Lake. The group Secretary/Treasurer Linda Grimm and AMA Liaison John boarded the bus at l1:15 pm for a late return to the city. Seay. Others are welcome. Contact Mrs. Carm Hickey at The evening had been organized by Agnes Walsh and AMA offices, 709-227-5502 or email: Arlene Morrissey with performances by: Kay Coffey, firstname.lastname@example.org. AMA web site: www.argentia.ca. Simone Savard-Walsh, Wanda Coffey and her 12 year old son Freddy, Mildred Dohey, Chris Young, Alice Lannon Salmonier Nature Park and Brendan Daley. Special guests included MP Fabian In 2005, Salmonier Nature Park had over 30,000 visitors. Manning and MHA Felix Collins. The Salmonier Nature Park will open a new public display of Upcoming Events the Newfoundland Marten this summer. Funded by the Park, the Friends of Salmonier Nature Park and the Fairmont g Targa races start in Zone 18 Sept. 11, 2006 Newfoundland Green g Check for summer events at www.avalongateway.ca Committee, the new enclosure -------------------------------------------------------------------------- will give people a chance to see one of the rarest animals in the world. Genetically distinct from the American or Pine Marten, only about 300 Newfoundland Marten remain on the island.