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Share your writing to Winter in the Bay art show and writing contest

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Winter in the Bay, an art show and writing contest,  is back for the fourth year. The event offers community members of all ages an opportunity to engage with art by using one piece of art in the art show as inspiration or illustration for a nonfiction essay, short work of fiction, poem, or—new this year—song.

The event kicks off with an art exhibit that runs from Friday, February 2 to Thursday, February 29 at three in-person locations: the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, the Tantallon Public Library, the Credit Union Atlantic, Tantallon Branch; and online.

Once writers have a chance to check out the art, they select one piece as inspiration or illustration for their writing submission. All entries must be submitted by Monday, March 18. The writing contest is open to writers aged 8 to adult.

Full contest details are on this website, here.

Winning nonfiction essays are published in The Masthead News, along with the piece of art that inspired them. The names of all contest winners are also published in this newspaper. Thanks to generous sponsorships, there are also cash prizes for winners.

A long-awaited book that will collect the stories and art from previous years—all submissions, not just the contest winners—will be published this year, and funding is being sought to publish entries to come in 2024.

Winter in the Bay is presented by the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, the Peggy’s Cove Area Art Society, and The Masthead News, and receives generous support from various contributors.

Follow details on the Winter in the Bay Facebook page.

Shown here, “Hibernation” by Anne Fraser, 10×10 collage on wood panel, of of 41 pieces of art in the Winter in the Bay art show and sale.

CEC named Bay Chamber 2021 Member of the Year

The CEC is proud to have been named the St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2021, in recognition of our work to support the community and enhance partnerships, particularly during COVID.

A member of the CEC’s reception team, Cindy Skerry, is shown with Chris Pelham, CEC president, after accepting the award.

Plant Red campaign to honour first responders brightens CEC entrance

Thanks to the St. Margaret’s Bay Gardening Club, the CEC’s front entrance is blooming with red zinnias, planted from seed as a gift to the CEC and the community by gardening club executive. The Plant Red campaign for the 2022 gardening season is a nation-wide encouragement to plant red flowers (and veggies!) in honour of first responders who worked with such dedication to us safe during the COVID pandemic.

Sipekne’katik First Nation presents the CEC with Band Council flag

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Sipekne’katik First Nation, one of the member organizations of the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre (CEC), presented the CEC with the Band Council flag (often called the Mi’kmaq flag). Undaunted by the rain, a number of CEC members joined new CEC board member Brian Dorey (right), director of operations for Sipekne’katik, and Chris Pelham (left), CEC president, who placed the flag at the front of the CEC’s building, where it joins the flags of Canada and Nova Scotia. To learn more about the history of Sipekne’katik First Nation, visit

Winter in the Bay Writing Contest Winners

A big thanks to everyone who submitted nonfiction essays and short fiction to this year’s Winter in the Bay art exhibit and writing contest, presented by the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts and The Masthead News. More than 50 stories were submitted. All the art in the exhibit and writing pieces submitted will be included in the Winter in the Bay 2022 book.

Nonfiction essays
First place, adult (tie): Jessi Fillmore, Twila Johnson
Third place, adult: Michelle Hollett
Special recognition, child: Katie Howard

Short fiction
First place, adult (tie): Margo Mosher-Swain, Baleigh McWade
Third place: Beth Sherwood
First place, teen: Laurel Davies
First place, child: Bannon Doucette
Second place, child: Sydney Power
Third place, child: Will Black
Honourable mention, child:
Willa Arenburg
Esmond Davis
Sophie Lizotte

Winter in the Bay Art Exhibit and Writing Contest Returns

The Community Enterprise Centre (CEC), the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts (PCAFA), and The Masthead News are teaming up again this year to bring Winter in the Bay, an art exhibit and writing contest, to our area.

From February 4 to March 4, art by members of PCAFA will be on display at the CEC. The art is there to enjoy, but also to serve as inspiration for community members’ writing pieces. Most of the art on display is for sale. In addition to being available to view in person, art will also be displayed on Facebook. Visit for details.

All stories submitted to Winter in the Bay must select one of the pieces of art on display as their inspiration or illustration for their story. Writers may choose to submit a nonfiction essay or a fictional short story on the very broad topic of “Winter in the Bay.” Writers may submit only one story per category, but are welcome to submit in both story categories.

Nonfiction essays (maximum length, 400 words) should be either set in or refer to the St. Margaret’s Bay or Mahone Bay areas, but the story need not take place here. For example, one of last year’s adult winners, Joan Redmond, described escaping the Nova Scotia winter to spend the time sailing, only to be shipwrecked in the Caribbean.

Fictional short stories (maximum length, 2,500 words) should also be set in or refer to St. Margaret’s Bay or Mahone Bay. Again, the location can be simply a jumping-off point for the story. Last year’s stories included fantasy and science fiction, making St. Margaret’s Bay a very different place!

DEADLINE EXTENSION! The deadline for all stories is Friday, March 11 at 11:59 pm. Stories should be sent by email to Local writers, editors and librarians will serve as judges. Writers should submit in one of three age categories: Ages 6-9, Ages 10-12, Ages 13 to adult. Consideration will be given by judges to age differences of writers within categories. All writers, regardless of their age, are welcome to have a friend, teacher or family member review and proofread the story before submission.

All stories must be submitted with the writer’s first and last name, email address and telephone number for contact purposes, and writers should grant permission for Winter in the Bay to publish their story. Writers under the age of 16 must submit their essays and short stories with first and last name, age, and contact information and permission to submit from a parent or guardian. Winter in the Bay organizers cannot accept stories from minors without that information.

Judging will take place later in March, and winners will be notified by email and/or telephone. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the three age categories. First-place nonfiction essays will be published in The Masthead News, and all the essays and stories submitted, not just winning entries, will be published in a book available to purchase, thanks to support from HRM Deputy Mayor Pam Lovelace and an HRM grant, and publishing support from The Masthead News.

Visit the Winter in the Bay project page for writing resources.

Christmas in the Bay ATV Hayrides

Huge thanks to our wonderful friends with the Safety Minded ATV Association, who spent Sunday, November 28 giving free hayrides to more than 70 families and groups!

Thanks also to The Rustic Crust for donating all those cups of hot chocolate, to volunteers from the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay for event coordination, and to the SMB Community Enterprise Centre for giving the event a home base.

Even Santa and Suzie Reindeer went on a hayride! See more on the second annual Suzie Reindeer’s Christmas in the Bay Show on Sunday, December 5 at 5:30 pm, here on Facebook!

Share the Harvest 2021

You came, you shared, and together we raised over $2,500 for the St. Margaret’s Bay Food Bank. Thank you!

Special thanks to:

Our event partners, St. Margaret’s Bay Gardening Club, Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay, Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, Transition Bay St Margarets, Western Halifax Community Learning Network.

Our sponsors, Bay Equipment Rentals & Sales, Redmond’s Home Hardware, The Rustic Crust,, We Create & Stamp.

Our supporters, Pam Lovelace HRM13, Ben Jessome, Danielle Barkhouse.

Our entertainers, Brian C. and the creators and performers of Troubling Joy: A Bicycle Puppet Circus.

The many donors of product and produce, our wonderful volunteers, and our neighbours, who came out to support the event. You are all amazing!

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Celebrates 10th Anniversary Festival

Making a welcome return to the summer line-up of wonderful activities in the Bay, The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts (PCAFA) is back with three events in July. Two events, Paint Peggy’s Cove and the Studio Tour, are cherished cornerstones of the Festival, which started in 2010. The third event is new, a Members’ Exhibit at the Community Enterprise Centre.

With 100 member artists, PCAFA has reached a milestone of its most members ever, representing all ages, media, styles and area locations.

Here is more information on the three Festival events this year:

Paint Peggy’s Cove, July 10–12 (10 am–5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm Monday)

A plein air event with over 40 artists creating new works at Peggy’s Cove. Works are on view and for sale the same day they are created. Visit 124 Peggy’s Cove Road in the village. A children’s art area offers free creative activities.

The Studio Tour, July 16 –18 (10 am–5 pm)

A showcase of the diverse works of over 70 local artists at more than 40 studios, community locations, and galleries. Chart your own free, self-guided tour and meet the artists. The tour is laid out online here:

Stop One this year is the Community Enterprise Centre at 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road.

Members’ Art Exhibit, July 8–29 (hours vary, see below)

This show, at the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, offers works by 50 participating artists. Weekdays, 9 am–4 pm from July 8 to 29, 10 am–5 pm on July 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Throughout the Studio Tour weekend, visitors may enter their names in a draw for an art gift certificate worth $500.

For more information, visit

Image:  Gretchen Amirault, “Rockway Beach,” oil on canvas.