Saint Andrews gearing up for big Paddlefest weekend May 17 – 20

Barb Rayner/Courier Kaying and canoeing enthusiasts will be heading to Saint Andrews May 17 to 20 for the town's annual Paddlefest - a four day festival combining, canoeing, kayaking, music, art and outdoor activities.

Saint Andrews – Things will be hopping in Saint Andrews the weekend of May 17 to 20 as the town celebrates Paddlefest – a four day festival combining music, art, outdoor activities, canoeing and kayaking.

During the day there will be outdoor activities, canoeing and kayaking around the town and surrounding areas and in the evening there will be musical shows at many of the restaurants, cafes and galleries as well as the Picaroons main stage in the town square.

The schedule includes hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, environmental talks, a beach clean-up, children’s events, a local craft market, food vendors and more.
Paddlefest, which has been a kick off to the season in Saint Andrews for more than 20 years, attracts hundreds of people to the town from all over the province and beyond.

Music Events

Events kick off Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Kingsbrae Garden, where The Divorcees, Thomas Stacjer, Jerry Leger, and Graham Nicholas will perform. Then at 11 p.m. at The Red Herring the line-up will feature Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound, as well as the Kendra Gale Band.

There will be music at various locations around the town Friday, May 18 starting at 4 p.m., with Colourful Language and Sparrow at Honeybeans.
The Maggie Savoie Trio will perform at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre at 6 p.m., then at 8 p.m. the main stage will feature The Sadies and Julie Aube and late night with the Tom Fun Orchestra and the Brood.

Performing at The Red Herring at 11 p.m. will be Tampa, Janowskii and Brookside Mall while, across the street at The Kennedy Inn, there will be performances by Joyful Noise, The Falling Leaves and Jerry-Faye Flatt.
Jenn Grant will perform on the main stage Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. along with Ladd and Lasses. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a children’s show in the courtyard with Scotty and the Stars. Corey Isenor will entertain at Honeybeans at 3:30 p.m., and Del Barber and guests at Sunbury Shores at 6:30 p.m.

The main stage will feature Land of Talk, Mo Kenney, Brasstronaut and Jon McKiel starting at 8 p.m. then starting at 11 p.m. Weak Size Fish, F.M.Berlin, Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth will be performing at The Red Herring while The Vaudevillian and guests will entertain at The Kennedy Inn.

The Paddlefest Brunch will get under way at noon Sunday, May 20 with music by The Montgomery Street Band, Annie Sumi and The Lifers. The Algonquin Resort will feature Earle and Coffin as well as Brent Mason starting at 6 p.m. then at 10 p.m. at the Red Herring there will be performances by The Hypochondriacs, Quinn Bonnell, Deep Fryer and guests.

Other activities

Seascape Kayak Tours will lead a guided kayak trip from Deer Island to Saint Andrews wharf leaving the island at 8 a.m. Friday, May 18. Contact Bruce Smith at Seascape for more information. He will also lead a marine conservation discussion at noon.
There will be an 11 a.m. paddle to Minister’s Island with River Bay Adventures. Those taking part will meet at Bar Road at 11 a.m., with launch at 11:45 a.m. Contact Jim at River Bay Adventures for more information

At 1:30 p.m. there will be stand up paddle boarding with the East Coast Kayak School (weather permitting). Contact East Coast Kayak School for more information.
“Walk a Mile in My Wet Shoes” will be presented at Sunbury Shores at 3 p.m. by Tim Humes of Canoe Kayak NB, who will talk about the ancient portage trails project.

The Paddlefest craft market will get under way Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the town square, and there will also be an Art in Nature workshop at Sunbury Shores followed by a hike at the Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve. The alternative is a kayak trip with Maritime Day Tripping and Seascape Kay Tours.

Stand up paddle boarding will again be offered by the East Coast Kayak School at Katy’s Cove (weather permitting) starting at 10 a.m., while COJO Diving will be leading a fun dive at 10 a.m. at McCann Head followed by a hot dog roast and pot luck lunch at 1:30 p.m. Contact COJO Diving for more information.

Ka yoga will be offered by Seascape Kayak Tours at 12:30 p.m., which is a guided paddle with a certified yoga instructor leading a lesson on board.
At 1:30 p.m. the East Coast Kayak School and Outdoors NB will be leading a paddle around Navy Island with Digdeguash Estuary as the alternative location. Contact East Coast Kayak School for more information.

There will be a fun dive with COJO Diving at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve and a beach clean-up at Navy Island at 11 a.m. with Fundy Baykeeper Matt Abbott.
Participants can hop on the boats provided or follow in their own water craft. This is a child friendly event and will be followed by a hot dog roast on the beach. Contact Abbott at Fundy Baykeeper for more information.

There will be a paddle to Minister’s Island at 11 a.m. with River Bay Adventures.
Those taking part will meet at Bar Road at 11 a.m. and launch at 11:45 a.m.
Day Tripping and Canoe Kayak NB will be offering a Big Canoe Trip around Navy Island at 12:30 p.m. Contact Erica Harvey at Paddlefest for more information.

At 2 p.m. artist and educator Mike McEwing will give a talk at Sunbury Shores about his “Conservation on Canvas” project featuring paintings of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s preserves.