HOGTOWN ALLSTARS blew the doors off The Cove – again!

THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS returned to play BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN in Westport ON last Friday and blew the doors off the place – again! This was their 4th visit since the Series began and each time they have sold the place out. Friday was no exception. The dance floor was packed all night – in fact dancers spilled out into other parts of the room just to have space. It’s no wonder “The Hoggies” have become such a crowd favourite at BOTR. With 5 members from the legendary DOWNCHILD Blues Band – Chuck Jackson on vocals and harp, Michael Fonfara on keyboards, Pat Carey on sax, Gary Kendall on bass and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums PLUS Teddy Leonard on guitar (formerly Fathead, The Maple Blues Band) these guys represent almost 300 years of Blues playing experience – and it shows. Big band, big time Blues as good as it gets. They will definitely be invited back!

The sumptuous Cove buffet featured BBQ beef brisket, pan seared Pickerel, Louisiana Gumbo (chicken, shrimp, sausage) plus rice, roast potatoes, veggies, and salads. Lemon squares w. blueberry sauce for dessert.

$620 was raised for The Friends Of Foley Mountain http://rvca.ca/careas/friends_of_foley/index.html

Some of the comments from the COMMENT CARDS that night:

“Oh wow! Best band ever. Could hardly find a spot on the dance floor! Our first time hearing The Hogtown Allstars and it sure won’t be the last. And the brisket was delicious”
Lita Edwards & Ron Whitehorne (regulars for the past 10 years) Almonte, ON

“The food was superior! I did not expect this quality for a buffet. And the band was FABULOUS!”
Janice Gautreau, Perth (2nd time attending BOTR)

“Great environment, great food, great music. A place where people from around the world meet. Amazing people!”
Velonah Weke, Kingston (2nd visit)

“Great to have super music shows like this here in God’s country!”
Ross Henniger, Chaffeys Lock (2nd visit)

“10 out of 10 for everything. We are moving to Westport because of the wonderful music venue that is The Cove!”
Elaine Bill, Ottawa (6+ times to BOTR)

March 24
All the way from Austin, Texas – DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
Fabulous Texassippi Soul Blues delivered with power and grace. Danny is a Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. This is their 4th visit to BOTR over the years and they always deliver a dynamite show.

7-11 pm
Proceeds to the Kick In For Kids Program at Rideau District High School
Advance Reservations required
Don’t wait to the last minute to book – this night will sell out.
CALL THE COVE 613-272-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN and book now!
More info at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca and www.coveinn.com


Skate the Lake 2017 is finished and it was a big success!

            Skate the Lake 2017 Portland, Ontario – The 13th annual speed skating event was held on the Big Rideau Lake January 28th & 29th and it was a weekend filled with fun! Waking up early was well worth it for the ice conditions on the lake were

Annnnnnd it’s February @ The Cove!

  Welcome back to winter in Westport. Things are heating up here, let me tell you! It’s always a great time settling in with specatacular live entertainment with some friends over a meal and drinks! Real amazing room deals on now too… Give us a call 1.888.COVE.INN for a mid-winter break or

Explore Westport Ontario

Westport Ontario is one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario. This heart warming village has kept its charm and quaint feel for the past 50 years! There is so much to do as well as natural beauty. The fishing is great. Westport is surrounded by lakes and is linked to the Rideau Canal so your options for fishing, boating and water sports are limitless.

If you enjoy shopping, Westport has always been known as a shopping destination. The downtown area of Westport is filled with unique shops and fun boutiques. There are several great restaurants in Westport that have delicious menus. Westport constantly has festivals and events taking place so any time you visit you are sure to be entertained.

Westport is a landmark between Kingston and Ottawa, so it's the perfect escape. With several accommodations and bed and breakfasts, you can make Westport a weekend vacation or enjoy an expended stay. There are several Cottage rentals as well.

Of course while you are in Westport you must go up to Foley Mountain and catch the famous view from Spy Rock. There are also several trails and sights to see at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area.

Some common attractions are the Rideau Valley Art Festival, Westport Music Festival, Antique Show, Fall Studio Tours, Blues on the Rideau, July 1st Celebration and the Westport Heritage Festival.

There are so many local artisans and you can view a lot of their work at the local Art Gallery - Artemisia. We could go on and on about how wonderful Westport Ontario is, but you will have to come visit it yourself!

If you have never been to Westport or you are a returning visitor and would like to find out about places to stay, stores to shop at and things to do, visit our Business Directory.

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