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Benni’s Piano Bar

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Date : November 8, 2022 from 5 to 8pm

Event location: 2 Bedford St., Westport, ON, Canada, Ontario

Contact : +1 613-273-3636 or


HOGTOWN ALLSTARS blew the doors off The Cove – again!

THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS returned to play BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN in Westport ON last Friday and blew the doors off the place – again! This was their 4th visit since the Series began and each time they have sold the place out. Friday was no exception. The dance floor was packed all night – in fact dancers spilled out into other parts of the room just to have space. It’s no wonder “The Hoggies” have become such a crowd favourite at BOTR. With 5 members from the legendary DOWNCHILD Blues Band – Chuck Jackson on vocals and harp, Michael Fonfara on keyboards, Pat Carey on sax, Gary Kendall on bass and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums PLUS Teddy Leonard on guitar (formerly Fathead, The Maple Blues Band) these guys represent almost 300 years of Blues playing experience – and it shows. Big band, big time Blues as good as it gets. They will definitely be invited back!

The sumptuouos Cove buffet featured BBQ beef brisket, pan seared Pickerel, Louisiana Gumbo (chicken, shrimp, sausage) plus rice, roast potatoes, veggies, and salads. Lemon squares w. blueberry sauce for dessert.

$620 was raised for The Friends Of Foley Mountain

Some of the comments from the COMMENT CARDS that night:

“Oh wow! Best band ever. Could hardly find a spot on the dance floor! Our first time hearing The Hogtown Allstars and it sure won’t be the last. And the brisket was delicious”
Lita Edwards & Ron Whitehorne (regulars for the past 10 years) Almonte, ON

“The food was superior! I did not expect this quality for a buffet. And the band was FABULOUS!”
Janice Gautreau, Perth (2nd time attending BOTR)

“Great environment, great food, great music. A place where people from around the world meet. Amazing people!”
Velonah Weke, Kingston (2nd visit)

“Great to have super music shows like this here in God’s country!”
Ross Henniger, Chaffeys Lock (2nd visit)

“10 out of 10 for everything. We are moving to Westport because of the wonderful music venue that is The Cove!”
Elaine Bill, Ottawa (6+ times to BOTR)

March 24
All the way from Austin, Texas – DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
Fabulous Texassippi Soul Blues delivered with power and grace. Danny is a Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. This is their 4th visit to BOTR over the years and they always deliver a dynamite show.

7-11 pm
Proceeds to the Kick In For Kids Program at Rideau District High School
Advance Reservations required
Don’t wait to the last minute to book – this night will sell out.
CALL THE COVE 613-272-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN and book now!
More info at and


Skate the Lake 2017 is finished and it was a big success!

Skate the Lake 2017

Skate the Lake 2017

Portland, Ontario – The 13th annual speed skating event was held on the Big Rideau Lake January 28th & 29th and it was a weekend filled with fun! Waking up early was well worth it for the ice conditions on the lake were amazing on both days. Participants could take part in the 5K & 10K races on Saturday and 25K & 50K regular marathon skating events on Sunday. Kids had the chance to try out their skating skills in a Kids 5K event on Saturday.

There were plenty activities to keep visitors of all ages active and warm on both days.

After the speed skating races, the viewers could enjoy a warm meal, served in the Portland Community Hall. The Portland Hall Board took care of that by organizing a Ham & Bean Brunch.

For the first time since the race started in 2004, people were able to watch the race from above, as helicopter rides were available on Saturday. There were curling and sleigh rides organized for kids and everyone could take a spin on the ice to music after the final race was finished on Saturday. At dusk, there were even fireworks with an after fireworks sit down dinner at the Portland Hall.

If you were part of the event and captured any amazing photos, send them to and your photo just might get featured on the Portland Outdoors website.

For anyone interested in next year’s event, it will be held January 27th & 28th 2018 and you can already let the organizers know if you have any great ideas or would like to volunteer.

Lyndhurst Santa Clause Parade

Lyndhurst Santa Claus Parade 2014smLyndhurst Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Village of Lyndhurst
2pm sharp
Free candy for all children attending, handed out by Santa at the Library.
Leeds 1000 Islands Fire Services will be collecting non-perishable food for the food bank.

All Floats Welcome!
Line up at the old school grounds on Oakel St.
Entry Fee is a donation to the food bank. No pre-registration required.
Free hot chocolate and hot dogs for participants after the parade.

Cash prizes in each category:
Best Local Business
Best Out of Town Business
Best Private
Best Local Organization
Best out of Town Organization
Best Horses

For more information please call Velma Kelsey 613.928.2786.

Two Rivers Music Festival

10603661_742082202515546_7304569914999554290_nCan’t get enough summer concerts in before September? Here’s one more to add to your list, the Two Rivers Music Fest – a day long musical showcase and community gathering in downtown Gananoque. Featuring the best local talent, Two Rivers works with the Town of Gananoque, the Gananoque BIA, and Gananoque Brewery to create a fun and exciting atmosphere in celebration of our unique community.

Come to beautiful downtown Gananoque on Saturday, August 23 and enjoy great food and music. The first annual Two Rivers Music Fest is an exciting and family friendly event created to celebrate our unique community and the talent that lives here.

All ages welcome and donations accepted for admission.

Line up to date:

12:00 – Aaron Ray
1:00 – TBA
2:00 – Cliff Edwards
3:00 – Patrick Kirkby
4:00 – Alex Leggett
5:00 – Foley Mountain Playboys
6:00 – Colin Brady
7:00 – Mark Hunt & Guests
8:00 – Special Electric Guest
9:00 – Special Guest

Admission Details: $5.00 Admission Wristband Website: Contact Name: Alex Leggett & Kristina Miller

Email: Contact Phone: 647-269-1536

Big Rideau Lake Tour

ID-10040438ISLANDS AND SHORES OF BIG RIDEAU LAKE TOUR, (rain alternative, Aug. 24) Come for a wonderful boat tour of the Rideau Lakes on August 17 and again on August 20. Departing from the Government Dock at Portland at 1:30pm and returning by 5:00pm. Cost $15.00 per person; hand-outs and light refreshments included. Limited seating. Contact Doug Bond (613) 272-2252, for further information and registration. Sponsored through the Bastard and South Burgess Historic Society.

Sustainable Food Systems

ID-100206508The RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY presents Mike Nickerson, Executive Director of the Sustainability Project, to speak about the quality of our food and security of its supply, at the Portland Community Hall. Info – visit

Canada Day Celebrations

ID-10098086This Canada Day come and join the Wesport and Rideau Lakes Canada Day committee celebrate Canada Day!
The day kicks off at 3pm. With the 17th annual Bike parade starting at the Westport Museum.
A wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s birthday!
Decorate yourself, bike, tricycle or stroller in red and white and proudly walk through town.
Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion branch 542.

Activities then move to the Lions Club beach, where there will be a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, chuggy choo choo, facepainters, pony rides ,petting zoo and  canteen. 
The evening will be highlighted by the band “The Truffle Pigs” featuring Mike Cochrane and Shawn McCullough.
Be prepared to be swept up in their enthusiasm and exceptional talent!
A spectacular fireworks display by licensed professionals  will cap off the day .
(special thank you to Canadian Heritage and local businesses and organizations for their financial contribution to the fireworks)
Gentle reminder that there is no parking at the Beach, however buses will be running.
Happy Canada Day!!!!  

Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour

FlowerOne of the longest running tours in Eastern Ontario, The Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour continues to attract new artists while maintaining a core of favorites with collectors.

Located in the heart of the Rideau Lakes district concentrated around the villages of Portland, Philipsville and Chaffey’s Locks, the 2014 tour will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4th, 5th and 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At some studios you will meet surprise guest artists who are unadvertised but are invited by their hosts. The goal is to have more than one artist at each stop to make your tour experience more enjoyable. You will find paintings, candles, quilts, pottery, cast stone sculptures, weaving and woodworking for your home and garden.

For more information contact Margaret Kelk 613-272-2604 or visit our website at

Lace Up 4 Marsha

ceThe Lace Up 4 Marsha Walk-a-thon is a fundraiser for Marsha Thake who requires a living donor liver transplant. Marsha grew up in Westport and her family and friends are asking for your help to raise money that will support Martha and her donor through the transplant process. Not all parts of the transplant process are covered by O.H.I.P. and Martha needs your help and support in this time of need.

Lace Up 4 Marsha is a walk/run/bike event for teams or individuals. It starts at the Westport Legion and heads into the Village via Hwy 42. The entire course is a 4 mile block around the Village of Westport. Afterward participants return to the Legion for a barbeque and entertainment. This is a family oriented event, so sign your family and friends up today.

The entrance fee is $15 per person. If teams and individuals choose to collect pledges they can. For those who raise $100 or more the entrance fee is waved. You can download all the forms from the Lace Up 4 Marsha website.

For more information visit Donor for Marsha at Facebook, while you’re there “like” us and “share” with your friends. For complete walkathon information visit laceup4 So please be generous and come and walk/run/bike with us this coming August 9.

As of today Martha is still searching for a liver donor. For more information about the liver transplant process see the Canadian Liver Foundation website.