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Ladysmith Maritime Festivals 2014 are here!

Ladysmith Maritime Festivals 2014 are here!

Mark your calendars for the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June. Ladysmith Maritime Society’s Maritime Festival 2014 is going to be great.

Kids’ Pirate Day on May 31 is always a rocking good time. Jack Sparrow usually shows up with his pirate band to keep the clowns under control. If face painting, the craft table, the petting zoo, pirate slide and the bouncy octopus aren’t enough to keep you entertained, then prepare yourself for the star attraction…the Kinsmen Bullhead derby. Bring your own gear or use the fishing rods that are supplied. There will be volunteers to bait hooks and untangle lines. The catch…bullheads, shiners, flounders, old boots, will be kept alive, weighed and released. There are some very cool prizes. Please bring your own children’s life jackets if you have them as the Derby is a huge attraction and the LMS supply soon runs low.

Amble the docks and pick out your dream boat. Visit our beautiful Welcome Centre, floating museum, the restored heritage vessels Saravan and Kirkegaard and ashore the Harbour Heritage Center.

Still not enough? Take a free harbour tour on Maritimer and see eagles, herons, oyster catchers, otters and our wonderful working harbour.

Ladysmith Maritime Heritage Day is the next Saturday, June 7. Our newly extended visitors dock now gives us over 1000 feet of dock space for visiting heritage vessels. Classic wooden pleasure craft and work boats will be crammed in and open for your inspection. Ashore there will be a display of heritage trucks, cars and equipment in the upper area hosted by the Mid Island Tractor and Equipment Club and the Vintage Car Club. The new RCMSAR vessel will be commissioned in a ceremony with four other SAR craft in attendance. Some lucky folks will get free rides on the fabulous new craft. If the line up is too long for that, take a free harbour tour on the LMS vessel, Maritimer. The Yellow Point Cutter owned by Richard Hill of the Yellow Point Lodge and restored by Ladysmith’s own Robert Lawson is eye candy for the wooden boat enthusiast. At the far end of the dock, the 80 foot opulent M.V. Deerleap will leave you amazed by the attention to detail.

Talk to one of the local marine artists that will be showing on the docks. Come for breakfast or lunch at our Oyster Bay Cafe in the Welcome Centre. Stroll the docks, chat with boat owners and neighbours, relax, sit and enjoy the beautiful setting. The purple martins will be swooping very close, hard at work choosing nest boxes.

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Oyster Bay Cafe opens

Welcome to Oyster Bay Café , the newest addition to the Ladysmith Maritime Society docks. The cafe is located inside the Welcome Centre and offers  breakfast and lunch. Watch for freshly made items by chef Trudy O’Hearn featuring sea worthy tastes such as The Life Raft, the Lite House and special such as Compass Rose, NY Yacht Club, The Shrimp Boat, Starboard Salad and Oyster Bay Chowder. Portside Scones are baked each morning. Another good reason to come to the dock, For more info 250-245-0109. www.ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca

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Rob Pinkerton