The Central Nova Tourist Association honoured three Cumberland County residents with awards on Friday.
JOGGINS – Amherst and Cumberland County were well represented when the Central Nova Tourist Association presented its 2013 awards at the Joggins Fossil Centre on Friday.
The Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio in Amherst was presented the Gift Shop Award, while the Maritime Rockabily Shakedown Festival received the Festival and Event Award and Gordon H. Boss was presented the Ambassador Award.
“It was fantastic to received the award. In fact when I heard about it, it was ‘like wow, really?,” event organizer Davey Lee Goode said after the ceremony. “It helps us know that people are enjoy it and it helps us know that we’re doing something good.”
Goode said he knew a rockabilly music festival in Amherst could be successful when the first one was held in Amherst in 2012. Last year’s was even bigger and he’s already well into planning the 2014 edition.
“We want to continue contributing to our community and growing the event,” Goode said. “I’m amazed how much this concept has grown. At first it was should we have a rockabilly festival and people would ask what’s rockabilly? Now almost everyone knows what we’re doing and what rockabilly is.”
For Fitzpatrick, the Gift Shop Award is about community and how it has helped not only her business expand but assisted in the continued growth of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.
“It’s nice to be noticed by the community,” she said. “We have such a vibrant fibre arts community and people are seeing it more than a woman knitting in the community. We have so much to offer.”
Fitzpatrick said festival chairwoman Phyllis Cameron deserves a lot of credit for growing the festival and believes the 2014 edition will be the biggest yet.
From online, to her store on Church Street, Fitzpatrick’s studio has become the Mecca for the fibre arts with its one-of-a-kind hooked rugs, rug hooking kits, yarns, supplies, books, videos and workshops.
Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books around North America and in permanent collections like the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Boss of Maccan almost single-handedly keeps people up to date with the tidal bore times of the Maccan River and because of the proximity of his home he’s been known to join visitors at the Maccan Tidal View Wetland Park to share his knowledge and explain the phenomenon.
Creston Rudolph of Destination Colchester was presented the President’s Award, the Chowder House in Tatamaoughe received the Food & Beverage Award, the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum won the Attraction Award, the Tulips and Thistle Bed and Breakfast in Truro won the Accommodation Award and Denise Crowe, manager of the South Maitland Visitor Information Centre and Tidal Interpretive Centre, won the WorldHost Atlantic Award.
The Kilted Chef Alain Bosse spoke to those in attendance about the importance of thinking locally when it comes to grocery shopping. He also suggested people consider local when making their culinary and dining choices when visiting communities across the region.
“I’m not saying that 100 per cent of what you buy has to be local, but the more you buy from that local farmer the greater an impact you’re having on your community,” Bosse said. “Buy and support local as much as you can because when you do everyone in your community will reap the benefits.”
He also urged business owners and operators to become educated about what their community has to offer so when tourists stop for assistance they will be armed with the correct information.