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Spree by the Sea


This year’s Spree by the Sea, Baie Verte’s annual civic event, may not have proceeded had it not been for the efforts of a group of women who responded to a call from Coun. Lori-Ann Sacrey.

Jennifer Wimbleton, Deanne Small, Stefanie Howell, Cynthia Sacrey, Michelle Small and Jennifer May were able to pull it off in a short time. As an added bonus, for the first time in eight years the weather cooperated enough to hold the event outdoors instead of the stadium.
Wimbleton said they had an“awesome turnout.”
Being one of those who usually gets involved wherever help is needed, from the Dolphins’ Swim team to planning events at the hospital where she is employed, Wimbleton said Sacrey reached out about a month prior to the Spree festivities.
Realizing there wasn’t much in the works, Wimbleton said what usually takes months of planning had to be accomplished in one. Fortunately the town hired an assistant, student Robin Wells, through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
The Town of Baie Verte’s motto,  “The heart of the town lies in it’s people,”  is what instills her volunteer spirit said Wimbleton, adding how there has to be a sense of ownership amongst residents.
 “It’s the people who make a community what it is.”

Kickoff
Kids aged 6 to 11 and teens aged 12-18, got to kick off the schedule of events at the Baie Verte Kin/Community Center on Aug. 5, followed by the Baie Verte Dolphin Swim Team making door-to-door sandwich deliveries for their sale on Aug. 6.
On Thursday, residents were encouraged to pack the back of a rescue vehicle with donations in aid of the local food bank. The Tommy Ricketts Arena was the venue for their popular giant bingo with a $750 jackpot and a 50/50 ticket draw. There’s another bingo planned for Sept. 16, and a few more throughout the year to help with fundraising.
Upstairs in the stadium, kids were treated to snacks and a movie night.
On Friday, Aug. 7, the Royal Canadian Legion hosted cards, while the Nugget Sports Bar hosted darts with live entertainment for the stadium dance including a bus service.
They also had a cod-fishing contest to signify the closure of the summer food fishery, with contestants entering their catches at the marina.
Bistro on the Bay served up traditional Newfoundland breakfasts to get things going on Saturday. A motorcade began at the bowling alley 10:30 a.m., with prizes for best decorated vehicles.
Opening ceremonies for Baie Verte Day followed with prizes for best-decorated bike, best crazy hat and best-dressed pet .
There were games of chance, horseback rides, bouncy castle, face painting, food vendors, dunk tank, mock jail, cake walk, root beer chug-a-lug, silent auction and a digital scavenger hunter at the youth centre during the evening.
At dusk, a barbecue and fireworks took place at Clover Farms area.
The ladies who managed to coordinate it all have decided to stay together as a committee, with their next meeting already scheduled.
Wimbleton acknowledged the contributions from the local mining community and businesses for helping make their plans a reality.
Spree by the Sea 2016 dates are Aug. 11-14.

Jennifer Wimbleton, Deanne Small, Stefanie Howell, Cynthia Sacrey, Michelle Small and Jennifer May were able to pull it off in a short time. As an added bonus, for the first time in eight years the weather cooperated enough to hold the event outdoors instead of the stadium.
Wimbleton said they had an“awesome turnout.”
Being one of those who usually gets involved wherever help is needed, from the Dolphins’ Swim team to planning events at the hospital where she is employed, Wimbleton said Sacrey reached out about a month prior to the Spree festivities.
Realizing there wasn’t much in the works, Wimbleton said what usually takes months of planning had to be accomplished in one. Fortunately the town hired an assistant, student Robin Wells, through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
The Town of Baie Verte’s motto,  “The heart of the town lies in it’s people,”  is what instills her volunteer spirit said Wimbleton, adding how there has to be a sense of ownership amongst residents.
 “It’s the people who make a community what it is.”

Kickoff
Kids aged 6 to 11 and teens aged 12-18, got to kick off the schedule of events at the Baie Verte Kin/Community Center on Aug. 5, followed by the Baie Verte Dolphin Swim Team making door-to-door sandwich deliveries for their sale on Aug. 6.
On Thursday, residents were encouraged to pack the back of a rescue vehicle with donations in aid of the local food bank. The Tommy Ricketts Arena was the venue for their popular giant bingo with a $750 jackpot and a 50/50 ticket draw. There’s another bingo planned for Sept. 16, and a few more throughout the year to help with fundraising.
Upstairs in the stadium, kids were treated to snacks and a movie night.
On Friday, Aug. 7, the Royal Canadian Legion hosted cards, while the Nugget Sports Bar hosted darts with live entertainment for the stadium dance including a bus service.
They also had a cod-fishing contest to signify the closure of the summer food fishery, with contestants entering their catches at the marina.
Bistro on the Bay served up traditional Newfoundland breakfasts to get things going on Saturday. A motorcade began at the bowling alley 10:30 a.m., with prizes for best decorated vehicles.
Opening ceremonies for Baie Verte Day followed with prizes for best-decorated bike, best crazy hat and best-dressed pet .
There were games of chance, horseback rides, bouncy castle, face painting, food vendors, dunk tank, mock jail, cake walk, root beer chug-a-lug, silent auction and a digital scavenger hunter at the youth centre during the evening.
At dusk, a barbecue and fireworks took place at Clover Farms area.
The ladies who managed to coordinate it all have decided to stay together as a committee, with their next meeting already scheduled.
Wimbleton acknowledged the contributions from the local mining community and businesses for helping make their plans a reality.
Spree by the Sea 2016 dates are Aug. 11-14.

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