THE BAY ROBERTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION -
WORK WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS
The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation works with community groups both within the town and outside to develop projects and also to financially supprt projects that preserve intangible cultural heritage. Thank you to these groups for all that they contribute.
"Town of Bay Roberts" The town has worked with us from the beginning, providing monetary. logistical, and moral support for our aims and purposes. Because the Foundation works very closely with the town, people sometimes think that Foundation is just another town committee. However, the Foundation is an independent organization, with its own aims and objectives, Board of Directors and financial structure. For informaiton about the Town of Bay Roberts, see the town Website >>
"Canadian Heritage" has supported the Foundation's summer programme. the "Holdin' Ground Festival", from the beginning through their Building Communities through Arts and Heritage. The "Holdin' Ground Festival" runs for about 5 weeks each summer and includes a number of activities and events at various locations around the town. For information about Canadian Heritage see their website >>
Schools - Because the local region in Conception Bay North shares much in common, the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation has worked with regional schools. Information about work with schools >>
Local Municipalities - "SS Klye Project" was developed 2013 in cooperation with the towns of Carbonear, Harbour Grace, Brigus and Bay Roberts With assistance from MHA Glenn Littlejohn, the provincial Department of Tourism provinded a grant. Powell's Supermarkets, Avalon Coal Salt and Oil, Baccalieu Consulting also helped to fund this project.
The S.S. Kyle was launched on April 17th, 1913 by Mrs. R.G. Reid, wife of the President of the Reid Newfoundland Company. The ship was part of the Reid Newfoundland Coastal Fleet. In 1915, after two years as a coastal boat on Newfoundland's northeast coast, the S.S. Kyle was became the North Sydney/Port aux Basque ferry. Later, it provided the Labrador region with its first regularly scheduled service. Many people from Conception Bay North travelled on the Kyle to participate in the Labrador fishery each fishing season. In addition to passengers and cargo, the Kyle also carried a doctor from whom the people received medical attention.
In 1961, Captian Guy Earle of the "Earle Brothers Freighting Company" of Carbonear purchased the vessel and used it in the seal hunt until 1965 when it was badly damaged by ice. At that time it was taken out of service and anchored in Harbour Grace. During a storm on February 4th, 1967, the boat was torn from its moorings and blown to Riverhead where it is today.
Photos from the four events that celebrated the 100th Anniversary.
“Sail the SS Kyle in 1916” - Bay Roberts Hotel 7:30pm 3 Course Dinner - Scrunchions Restaurant
MC Dennis Flynn - The Gosse Family - “Crossing the Gulf in 1916”
The Gosse Family - Lewis, Michelle, and Sonya - Music from 1916 when the SS Kyle sailed the Gulf.
Bay Roberts Businesses and Organizations- A number of businesses have supported Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation Activies either by providing cash donations or by donating various items.
Mr. Edmund Dawson through Investors Group Financial Services Inc. has donated each year;
Pam Norman, Team Norman, Exit Realty Oceans Edge; Bartlett's Irving; Avalon Coal Salt & Oil; Churchill's Home Hardware; Ruth Brown Exit Realty Ocean's Edge; Carolyn Drover, Legrow's Travel have made generous donations to support specific events. Bay Roberts Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #32 and the Bay Roberts Lions Club have provided a venue for events, free of charge
Tim Horton's, Powell's Supermarket and Shoppers Drug Mart have provided food and drinks for many events.
The Bay Roberts Fifty Plus Club worked with the Foundation on the Holdin' Ground Project.
Many individuals volunteer to work with the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation. Dennis Flynn has been an MC, story teller and photographer at numerous events. Eileen Dawson assists with running many events. Randy Smith frequently helps with the sound system. As well, numerious volunteers help in many ways over each season's events. Volunteers act, sing, play musical istruments, tell stories, provide food, and help to set up and to clean up after events.
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