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

Skate the Lake 2017







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 amazing on both days. Participants could take part in the 5K & 10K races on Saturday and 25K & 50K regular marathon skating events on Sunday. Kids had the chance to try out their skating skills in a Kids 5K event on Saturday.

There were plenty activities to keep visitors of all ages active and warm on both days.

After the speed skating races, the viewers could enjoy a warm meal, served in the Portland Community Hall. The Portland Hall Board took care of that by organizing a Ham & Bean Brunch.

For the first time since the race started in 2004, people were able to watch the race from above, as helicopter rides were available on Saturday. There were curling and sleigh rides organized for kids and everyone could take a spin on the ice to music after the final race was finished on Saturday. At dusk, there were even fireworks with an after fireworks sit down dinner at the Portland Hall.

If you were part of the event and captured any amazing photos, send them to and your photo just might get featured on the Portland Outdoors website.

For anyone interested in next year’s event, it will be held January 27th & 28th 2018 and you can already let the organizers know if you have any great ideas or would like to volunteer.

Rideau Lakes Horticultural Society


RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY presents speaker Joanna Kowalczyk – The Art and Science of Pruning starting at 7:15pm at the Portland Community Hall. All Welcome! ($5.00 admission for non-members)

The Society provides free refreshments and door prizes, as well as information and advice on all your gardening needs.

Opening in 2000, with only one section of the debris-filled foundation of a collapsed dairy barn cleared and a few newly planted gardens, the Walls have gone on to create a destination that provides a unique gardening experience.

Finding the weather in our area to include fairly significant droughts and hot spells, the Walls decided to focus on long-blooming, drought tolerant, lower maintenance succulents and alpines. They seek rare and unusual seeds from around the world and not normally found in the retail trade, which they germinate, grow in their gardens and observe for a year before offering to their customers. They also offer workshops in hypertufa containers and decorative leaf art, which you can use as water features, birdbaths, planting containers and stepping stones.

Judy Wall trained in Horticulture at University of Guelph and is a Lanark County Master Gardener. She is the Past President of the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden and Horticultural Society, and a member of the North American and Ontario Rock Garden Societies.

Date :
May 4, 2016 at 7.15 p.m

Location event :
24 Water St, Portland, On. (Portland Community Hall)

Contact :
John Carley 613-359-6031


Bringing you the best in Blues LIVE and On-air
After a remarkable performance by the ANGEL FORREST BAND at BLUES ON THE RIDEAU last Friday – some of the regulars say it was one of the best BOTR shows they’ve seen! – a couple of other great Montreal artists are coming to
THE COVE INN soon. Don’t miss them!

April 1 – ROB LUTES
Acoustic Blues – 7 to 10 pm $10

April 22 – RIA REECE BAND 
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU – Soul, Blues, Jazz, R&B – 7-11 pm Dinner & Show $65

Some photos from the ANGEL FORREST BAND show at BOTR March 25th. What a night!

Ricky Paquette – guitar, Sylvain Coulombe – drums, Angel Forrest – vocals,
Denis Coulombe guitar & vocals, Al McElcheran – bass


April 1
7-10 pm $10
Originally from New Brunswick, now living in Montreal, Rob Lutes is one of the best acoustic Blues/Folk/Roots singer/songwriter/guitarists in Canada. He’s won an International Songwriting Award and is a Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music and Lys Blues Award nominee. One of his songs recently went to #1 on the EuroAmericana Charts. In addition to his superb solo performances Rob is also part of a new Montreal group featuring some of the best musicians in that city called “Sussex” whose music pays tribute to the Jazz & Blues of the 1920’s & ’30’s. This is his first visit to The Cove. If you love good acoustic Blues – you’ll want to be there!

YOU TUBE “Things We Didn’t Choose”


April 22
Dinner & Show Fundraiser $65
7-11 pm

A young, beautiful up-and-coming artist with a powerful, soulful voice who sings Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B like Etta James & Koko Taylor. 4 Lys Blues Award nominations for her first album and a finalist in the 2014 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search. Ria doesn’t play that often outside of Quebec but that’s about to change – come and see her before she gets famous!

YOU TUBE “House Of The Rising Sun”

Call 1-888-COVEINN



Every Wednesday WINGS ‘N TUNES with Shawn McCullough (Westport,
Country/Rock Guitar) Enjoy a Pound of Wings and Fries for $10! Acoustic
Guitar Giveaway Contest when you perform on stage! Guitar Donated by
Renaissance Music of Kingston! Draw on Wed.Dec.16, the last Wings ‘n Tunes
of 2015. 6-9pm

Fri.Dec.4 JEFF CALLERY (Folk/Rock, Brockville) 6-9pm

Sat.Dec.5 A Country Christmas with BREA LAWRENSON BAND (Country, Carleton
Place featuring Shawn McCullough, Roch Lafleur, Mark Lemieux and Wade
Foster) 7-11pm Buffet + Show $45


Fri.Dec.11 HEAD OVER HEELS (Guitar/Vocal Duo, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Sat.Dec.12 A Rock & Roll Christmas with YOUNG PETTY STONES (Music of Neil
Young, Tom Petty & The Stones, Local/Montreal featuring Seamus Cowan, Jason
Kent, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford) 7-11pm Buffet + Show $40


Fri.Dec.18 HEAD OVER HEELS (Guitar/Vocal Duo, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Sat.Dec.19 A TURPIN’S TRAIL Christmas (East Coast Folk, Kingston featuring
Chris Murphy, Brian Flynn, Steve Kennedy, Jon McLurg and Noah St.Amand)
7-11pm Buffet + Show $40


Wed.Dec.23 Christmas Eve JAZZ NIGHT with Spencer Evans Trio (All
Styles, Kingston/Westport featuring Seamus Cowan and Rob Radford) Special
Guest: Emily Fennell (Soul/Jazz, Kingston) 9-11pm $5


Thu.Dec.31 NEW YEAR’S EVE 2016! Annual Party with Lavish Buffet Dinner,
Party Favours, Bubbly & Music by with Spencer Evans Trio (All Styles,
Kingston/Westport featuring Seamus Cowan and Rob Radford) 7pm-1am

***Events Subject to Change***

Reservations always suggested

Call 1.888.COVE.INN!

Pickleball in Shillington Park

pickleball-clip-art-519856Friday, September 25, 2015

Come play or learn this popular racquet sport. There is no fee, and equipment is available for those who don’t have their own paddle. Times vary weekly so please call Don Cooke 613 273 9178 or Pat Trefry 613 273 8366

French Canadian Wine Dinner

French Canadian Wine Dinner PosterSalut,
Just a friendly reminder after the busy Thanksgiving weekend…
We have a wonderful wine dinner coming this Tuesday.
Please call 1.888.COVE.INN if you wish to reserve.
Merci de tous le monde au Cove!

5 Course Dinner with Ontario and Quebec Wine Pairings
Evening will be led by Andrew Rastapkevicius and Vanessa Nisbet from
Lifford Wine Agency.
Bottle draws too!

1. Four Bites – Cretons, Tourtière, Pea Soup Shot and Smoked Trout Napoleon
Hinterland Borealis Sparkling Gamay
2. Gourmet Poutine
Norman Hardie Riesling
3. Duck Confit on Apple and Endive Salad
Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir
4. Rack of Lamb with Quebec Baked Beans
Tawse Meritage Cabernet Merlot
5. Maple Sugar Tart with Candied Bacon
Neige Premier Ice Cider

Overnight Packages Available. Dinner for two, room and breakfast, $200
Standard Suite or $220 Jacuzzi Suite.

Documemories — A Two Day Package of Fun

ID-10034762Are you a shutter bug? The weekend of August 13 come to the village of Westport and participate in a documemories workshop with a local photographer. At the workshop you’ll learn to take better photos and transfer them into documemories — a photo journal of your own making!

All participants will stay at a beautiful lakeside B&B, and learn from a local photographer/teacher. This workshop will also enhance your computer skills as well.

Information and details: 613-273-3839 or 613-273-8775

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