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BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE ends the season with a bang May 12 with the TERRY GILLESPIE BAND

The BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series @ THE COVE INN, Westport Ontario ended the 2016/17 Season in style Friday May 12th with Vankleek Hill’s own TERRY GILLESPIE and his band delivering a great show – Terry on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Andrew Cowan on guitar, Chris Breitner on bass and Wayne Stoute on drums. Blues, Soul, Funk, Reggae – we got it all including lots of songs from his brand new CD “Home Boy”. Cove Manager Seamus Cowan joined them on stage to play some bass for a few songs in the last set as did surprise BOTR regular Jeffrey McKay on harmonica. This was one of the first stops on Terry’s NEW “Home Boy” CD LAUNCH TOUR – they head off to the GTA for more shows this week so Toronto Blues fans take note – get out and see these guys when they’re in your neck of the woods – truly one of the most unique Blues artists on the scene today – they will put you “in the groove” – guaranteed! (Upcoming dates and venues are on Terry’s website).

The Cove served up another fabulous buffet dinner featuring roast beef brisket, cajun catfish and butter chicken with all the usual excellent veggies, salads and dessert.

$330 was raised for 4-H Ontario, Leeds Chapter bringing this year’s donation total to just under $4K – almost $64K has now been raised for local Westport charities since the BOTR @ The Cove Series started 12 years ago.

Lots of great Door Prizes were given out as always – several CD’s (including two copies of “Home Boy”), Kingston Blues Society and Ottawa Blues Society memberships, Jacob’s Creek Wine, The Cove Inn and Choose The Blues t-shirts and more.

Since it was the last show of the season we also had the big end-of-season PRIZE DRAW – two Comment Cards were pulled from all of the cards submitted over the year – and the WINNERS are:

1st PRIZE – 2 Night Getaway (bed & breakfast) at The Cove – Gordon Flagler, Orangeville/Gananoque. He was there that night to receive the prize!
2nd PRIZE – Dinner & Show for 2 at one of next season’s BOTR shows – MaryAnn Schryer from Ottawa (she attended GODBOOGIE’S show in April)

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about Friday’s show on their COMMENT CARDS:

“Great service. Fabulous music. Marvellous sound”
Ed Stephen, Brockville (Has attended many BOTR nights in the past)

“A fabulous place for a nice dinner on the Rideau. Great people and exceptional music. The perfect spot for a Getaway Weekend”
Suzanne Charest, Ottawa (First time attending a BOTR night)

“We always look forward to our nights at BOTR @ The Cove. They never disappoint! Thank you. 10 out of 10 for everything – venue, food, service, sound and band. Ellie Lambert, Kingston (Has attended 5 previous BOTR nights)

“I’ve been to The Cove many times and it’s always filled with great people, great music and lots of good times. The family atmosphere here is fun and enjoyable” Cathy Hay, Perth (Has attened 2 previous BOTR nights)

A big end of season THANK YOU goes out to our Sponsors for their help and support with this year’s Series – we couldn’t do it without them – JACOB’S CREEK WINES, PERTH BREWERY, DAWG FM Ottawa, LAKE 88 Perth, OTTAWA BLUES SOCIETY and KINGSTON BLUES SOCIETY.

Also the local and regional media especially The Westport Review-Mirror, EMC Metroland Smiths Falls & Perth, The Humm, Explore Westport, Village of Westport Chamber of Commerce, DAWG FM Ottawa, LAKE 88 Perth and CBC Ottawa All In A Day.

And kudos to ROB BAILEY & GEOFF CHOWN from Kingston for their excellent job on the Sound this season.

BOTR @ THE COVE takes a break over the summer but returns September 22nd with the first show of the 2017/18 Season – our 13th year! It’s another fabulous Line-Up – BANDS & DATES will be announced shortly. Watch your email Inbox or check and in a couple of weeks.

And remember that even though BOTR is taking a break great regular LIVE music continues throughout the summer at The Cove Inn. Check out the Entertainment listings on their website at

BLUES ON THE RIDEAU is produced by Choose The Blues Productions in cooperation with The Cove Inn Sponsored by Perth Brewery, Jacobs Creek Wines DAWG FM Ottawa LAKE 88 FM Perth/Rideau Lakes and the Ottawa Blues Society Proceeds from all shows go to support local charities.

P.S. And while BOTR @ The Cove has ended another great season the *new* BLUES AT THE FARM Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series at THE WINCHELSEA near Winchester still has two more fabulous shows this Spring – 2X Juno Award winner JACK DE KEYZER & his band from Toronto on May 26 and MIKE GOUDREAU & THE BOPPIN’ BLUES BAND coming in from Quebec’s Eastern Townships on June 23. Dinner & Show is only $65 (plus HST). Proceeds go to support different local charities. More info at Advance Reservations required. CALL OR EMAIL The Winchelsea 613-808-9258

Cheers and thanks everybody for another great BOTR season! See you in the Fall.

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Graven and Ben Mullin at the Cove Inn!


(Jaybird)… promises to continue Graven’s lyrical flair with songs like “Big Lake, Sky Summer”, “In the Woods of Me” and “Lone”. Here, McKechnie walks the ridges of an alt-country landscape planting seeds of folk-rock along the way. What sprouts up are songs he calls his “thickest”, “crunchiest” and “folk-rocky-est” to date.”
Andre Gagne (Ottawa Life Magazine)

The alt-folk, spacey, backwoods rock rail rider Graven and his guitar guru/voice Venus Ben Mullin are set to stage an interstellar night of sonic delight in the beautiful, field-jewel town of Westport on Friday May 26.

Graven is the alt-country folk-rock mindscape of Matt McKechnie. His new album features percussion from JUNO winner Joel Plaskett’s drummer Dave Marsh.


Date :

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm


Event location :

The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St.,
Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0


Contact :

Phone contact: 1-888-268-3566
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Bingo in Westport



Every Monday, doors open at  6pm, bingo at 7pm.   Free coffee, canteen available.

Date :
Mondays, 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6 pm to 10 pm

Event location :
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542,
Leeds and Grenville 10,
Westport, ON, Canada

Contact :
Phone contact : +1 613-273-3615

Christmas Day



Many Christians in Canada mark the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, which is known as Christmas Day. It is a day of celebration when many Canadians exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals.

Many Canadians have a day off work on December 25 and many spend the day with close relatives or friends. It is customary to exchange gifts, enjoy a special festive meal and, perhaps, attend a special church service.

The traditions centered on Christmas gifts in Canada vary a lot between families. In some families, a mythical figure called Santa Claus brings gifts. He travels on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, enters homes via the chimney and leaves presents and candy in Christmas stockings or in a pile under the Christmas tree.

Symbols of Christmas Day

There are many symbols of Christmas. These include images of baby Jesus and the Holy family in the stable, stars and Christmas trees. Another important symbol of Christmas is Santa Claus. This is a mythical figure with origins in European, particularly British, Dutch and German, cultures. He is a jolly man who wears a red suit, has a long white beard, lives at the North Pole and travels in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Date :
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Westport – Remembrance Day Ceremony


Celebrate the Brave. Veterans Stay Overnight. Free. At 10:40 am, students and staffs at Westport stop to remember our fallen soldiers with a minutes silence.


About Remembrance Day


Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the official end of the World War I hostilities on November 11, 1918. World War I was a massive conflict was played out over the whole globe, but particularly in Europe, where troops from Canada supported the Allied forces.

Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

All government buildings fly the Canadian flag this day and people remember those who fought for Canada during a two minute silence at 10 :40 am. Many people wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are generally handed out free but often a voluntary donation is given in exchange.

In Canada, November 11 is officially called Remembrance Day, but it is also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day. Remembrance Day is commemorated in many countries, particularly members of the Commonwealth, including Australia and New Zealand (where it is also referred to as Armistice Day). In the United States, Veterans Day falls on the same date. In the United Kingdom, the Sunday closest to November 11 is known as Remembrance Sunday.In Canada, November 11 is officially called Remembrance Day, but it is also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day.

Remembrance Day is commemorated in many countries, particularly members of the Commonwealth, including Australia and New Zealand (where it is also referred to as Armistice Day). In the United States, Veterans Day falls on the same date. In the United Kingdom, the Sunday closest to November 11 is known as Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, making it the most controversial non-stat holiday in the province. Many people think that is should be a statutory holiday all across Canada.

Date :
November 11th, 2016 @ 10 :40 am.

Event location :
Westport, ON

Thanksgiving day in Canada



Thanksgiving day in Canada is on October 10, 2016.
Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
Many people have a day off work on the second Monday of October. They often use the three-day Thanksgiving weekend to visit family or friends who live far away, or to receive them in their own homes.
Many people also prepare a special meal to eat at some point during the long weekend. Traditionally, this included roast turkey and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Now, the meal may consist of other foods, particularly if the family is of non-European descent.
The native peoples of the Americas held ceremonies and festivals to celebrate the completion and bounty of the harvest long before European explorers and settlers arrived in what is now Canada. Early European thanksgivings were held to give thanks for some special fortune. An early example is the ceremony the explorer Martin Frobisher held in 1578 after he had survived the long journey in his quest to find a northern passage from Europe to Asia.
From the end of the First World War until 1930, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were celebrated on the Monday closest to November 11, the anniversary of the official end of hostilities in World War I. In 1931, Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day was moved to a Monday in October. Since 1957, Thanksgiving Day has always been held on the second Monday in October.
Thanksgiving Day in Canada is linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals. A common image seen at this time of year is a cornucopia, or horn, filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. The cornucopia, which means “Horn of Plenty” in Latin, was a symbol of bounty and plenty in ancient Greece. Turkeys, pumpkins, ears of corn and large displays of food are also used to symbolize Thanksgiving Day. Other popular activities include outdoor breaks to admire the spectacular colors of the Canadian autumn, hiking, and fishing.

What’s cooking in Westport



Cook together in the community kitchen on the first Tuesday of every month! Learn new skills, take home food. Childcare is available.  What’s Cooking is a Community Kitchen in Westport, ON. We get together once a month to cook nutritious, delicious meals.

Join us to try new foods and recipes, share a meal, bring extras home, have a good time, and meet new people in your community. We pick the recipes together, focusing on local, seasonal, budget-friendly ingredients. Some months we have a specific cultural theme, a guest speaker from the community, or a special event.

The group is facilitated by Registered Dietitian, Kate Earl, from Country Roads Community Health Centre. We discuss different nutrition and food safety topics each month and members share healthy eating tips with each other.

The program is FREE. There is no cost to participate. We also offer free childcare. Please ask us if you need help with travel costs. All we ask from you is that you participate in the cooking (and clean up!), come ready to have fun, and be open to trying new foods.

If you’re interested in donating to our Food Sharing Shelf, check out the list of ideas coming from this month’s recipes!

For more information check out Facebook!

Date :
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 10 am to 1 pm

Event location :
Free Methodist Church, 65 Bedford Street
Westport ON, Ontario Canada

Contact :
Organizer : Kate Earl
Phone contact : 613-272-2799 X237
Website :

All things bright and beautiful


A three day event has been designed for quilters and lovers of quilts.

Workshops, challenges, guest speakers, vendors market and sewing time with friends all lead to a fabulous exhibition of quilts set against the beautiful stained glass of our local Westport churches. You are welcome to submit your own quilts… both new and vintage… to be on display.


Thursday September 29, 9am-4pm

Choose from five separate workshops. There is something for all levels of quilters – from beginners to advanced.  Refine a traditional skill, or try your hand at a contemporary piece.  We are very pleased to have many talented women leading these workshops so come and have fun!

Friday September 30, 9am-4pm

Quilter’s Café Day!  Come and drink coffee while you sew and visit with friends.  We are offering a Block Challenge this day. You will receive a package of fabric to sew/design a 12” block. These blocks will be on display on October 1 and will then be made into a quilt for Canada’s Sesquicentennial year. Bring your creativity with you!

Fall Luncheon at The Cove. We are pleased to welcome Carol Darou from the Lanark Quilt Guild as our guest speaker over lunch.  All are welcome to hear Carol’s story and enjoy a time with friends. Contact Mary Anne Bishop at thepamperedladybug @ if you wish to attend only the lunch.

Saturday October 1, 10am-3pm

Quilt Celebration Tour: Saturday will be the ultimate celebration of quilts – both old and new.  As you travel to the village churches you will appreciate these works of art as they are mingled with church stained glass and architecture.  Throughout the day, oral quilting stories will take place.


To register for all or individual events, please process payment through PayPal. If you are registering for more than one item, you can select the “continue shopping” button in PayPal to add additional items to your transaction. For detailed information about each day’s events, click to see the brochure. To register your quilts for the Special Quilts Show, please complete the registration form and email it to us by 1 September, 2016.


Date :
September 29 to October 1, 2016


Event location :
Westport, ON


Contact :

Delta Fair



Come and celebrate 186 years of the Delta Fair over four continuous days of fun, dedicated in memory of Linda Barker. The event is sponsored by the Delta Agricultural Society.

Located in the heart of Delta on the Agricultural grounds at 110, Mill Creek Drive in Delta. Enjoy the thrill of the World’s Finest Shows midway. There will be something for everyone including Agricultural Displays and Home Crafts Exhibits. There will be Live Entertainment on the main grandstand throughout the Fair.

Every day will include Children Activities such as the Mini King and Mini Queen Pageant, children races and a petting zoo. Delta Fair also will host the announcement of the Citizen of the Year as well as the Youth Award of Excellence. The four days will also be filled with a Horse Draw, livestock shows, a tractor pull and lawn mower races. Watch for advance sales for admission and midway passes.

Please visit this link for the detailed brochure :

Date :
July 21 – 24, 2016

Event location :
110 Mill Creek Drive in Delta

Contact :
For more information please go to our website, call us at 613-928-2800 or email at

North Crosby Heritage Festival



Tell Your Friends: Westport celebrates heritage on Saturday, July 16th.

at the North Crosby Community Centre 10am to 4pm, music, BBQ, heritage displays, demonstrations, children’s “old fashioned” games, storytelling and more. Join us as we explore the history of North Crosby, Westport and Newboro.  Share your personal artifacts for others to enjoy.  Check the Heritage Day Facebook page for a “trivia contest” and details of this event.

The Westport Heritage Festival features a select group of quality vendors selling art, crafts, gifts and food.

“The event celebrates our success as a village and as a community. Westport is a vibrant, vigorous town,” said Thacker. The festival provides a chance to showcase the area to new people coming from Ottawa and Kingston.

“Each year we marvel at the number of people that return. It’s been said before; nobody’s a stranger very long in Westport.”

Event organizers say that the festival may join other groups and become part of a larger committee for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Date :
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Event location :
Westport, ON
Contact :
Westport Heritage Day Festival Committee
PO Box 284
Westport, ON
Contact Barb Lavoie for more information or to bring your items to this event by phone: 613-273-8177 or e-mail:

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