Category Archives: Oakdene Centre

Mardi Gras Heats up Bear River

“What a fabulous celebration last night! I could have danced all night, and schmoozed ’til dawn. The decorations blew me away. Amazing band. Great food, loved the Cajun rice and beans, corn bread, etc. This was my first BR Mardi Gras and I’m already looking forward to next year.  I love Bear River!”

Saturday night’s Mardi Gras in Bear River with Caleb Miles and his band was loud and raucous;  sweet and tasty. It was an evening filled with strange costumed guests from near and far. Thanks for stepping out with us!

And a very special thanks to the many volunteers who made this festive evening possible.
They include:

Marcella Edwards
Bonnie MacLeod
Shirley Robar
Shelley Rice
Rosamund McCue
Starsha McCue
Rob Buckland-Nicks
Fred Miller
Duff Wilson
Rick Jacques
Noreen Miller
Larry Knox
Jonathan Welch
Erin Schopfer
Jane Kingston
Pat Woods
Kelly Foxton
Catherine Sommers
Pamela Barron
Don Rice
Julie Palmer
Ryan Van Tassel
Andrew Comeau
Flora Doehler

See you next year!

Bear River Mardi Gras – April 6, 2013

2013 mardi gras poster-1

3rd Annual Bear River Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball * Costumes/Masks (optional)

Cash Bar, Cajun Buffet, Prizes

music by The Caleb Miles Band

8pm to 1am, Saturday, April 6th

Oakdene Centre, 1913 Clementsvale Rd., Bear River, NS
No one under 19 will be admitted.

Advance Tickets $20
For Advance Tickets call 467-4121 or 467-0553
Tickets at the Door $25

Last Year’s Mardi Gras

Here in Bear River we are really fortunate that musicians like to come and play here.

These videos and photos depict a previous Mardi Gras when Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band, helped along by Juno award winner Garrett Mason, came to play.

The place was rocking and the longer the band played, the better they got.

Dancing at the Oakdene Centre.

Mardi Gras guests.

Mardi Gras guests.

In past years people have come from far and wide and danced the night away.

Event organized by Bear Rhythm Committee
A fund-raising event for the Bear River Board of Trade

Bear River – Idle No More, Art, Music, Film this weekend

Please join us this weekend in Bear River where many firsts are happening such as a weekend long Idle no More gathering, a discussion and film on birthing rights, Naming the Twins first Bear River concert,  and the opening of the first solo show of Nova Scotia paintings by Flora Doehler.


IDLE NO MORE – Still Not Idle Gathering

January 26 and 27 @Multi-purpose Center in Bear River First Nation (L’sitkuk)

        Opening Ceremony 10:00am Saturday
Closing Ceremony ~3:00pm Sunday

A chance for our community, along with friends and neighbours, to gather, talk about ecological and cultural issues, participate in workshops, share food, sing/dance together, and share our voices about how to plan for the next seven generations. Bring your drums/rattles, regalia, medicines, food, and good cheer.   COME JOIN US!


9:30 am greet and meet
10:00 Opening ceremony (welcoming, drumming/singing/dancing, sharing circles)
12:00 Potluck Lunch
1:00 Listening to Our Elders (Open Mic for Elders)
2:00 Panel discussion about Bill C-38 and C-45 and their relationships to environment/community
3:00 World Café / Sharing Circles
5:00 Potluck Supper Feast
6:00 “Our Voices” (Stage open for music, storytelling, spoken word – hosted by shalan; with special guests Ashley Moffat, Terry Wilkins, Kadijah, and more)
8:00pm Sharing/Closing circle and giving thanks for the day

9:30 am greet and meet
10:00 Opening ceremony
11:00 All Nations Drum Circle (hosted by Kadijah)
12:00 Potluck Lunch / Feast (with speaker: Professor Patti Doyle-Bedwell)
~ then more drumming and dancing
1:30 Give-away *A closing give-away blanket will be planned. In keeping with ancestral traditions of redistributing resources, feel free to bring food, other resources, or a home-made item, etc, to place on the blanket for someone else to receive.
– then closing ceremonies
* volunteers needed for kitchen help, clean-ups, drumming, Open Mic, etc. Please contact shalan with a possible time you are available. Or simply jump in when someone is needed.

January 25th 6pm –@Oakdene Centre. Second planning meeting for the 6th Annual Bear River Winter Carnival. All Ages welcome. For more info contact: Sue Comeau 467-3258, or Bonnie Macleod 467-0390

January 25 and every Friday through the winter @Myrtle and Rosie’s (1880 Clementsvale Rd) Dinner@5:30 & Music@at 7:PM  The Musicians are all talented and it’s a great night to shed cabin fever and come out for some fun with your friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome. It is open mike, so if you sing or play an instrument, we’d love to have you join us.
Menu is available a week in advance. Reservations for dinner required. Music is free. 467-0176

Saturday, January 26 – February 3: A BRUSH WITH LIFE: paintings by Flora Doehler @ the Rebekah downstairs location (1890 Clementsvale Rd.) in Bear River. (closed mon, tues, wed) You are invited to the opening event on Sat Jan 26, 1 – 4pm
Flora will be at the gallery from 1 pm to 4 pm for the next 2 weekends. She will paint live at the gallery 1 – 4pm on Thur. Jan. 31, Fri. Feb. 1, Sat. Feb. 2, Sun. Feb. 3.  All welcome.

Saturday, January 26 at the Oakdene Centre downtown Bear River: Western Nova Scotia Families Supporting Midwifery & Bear River & Area Community Health Clinic invite you to see the documentary: “Freedom For Birth” – 7:00 P.M.

* Refreshments Served * Small Donation requested ($2)
* Come out & meet families & birth professionals interested in promoting Midwifery Care in Western Nova Scotia.
* Get your update on available Midwifery & Doula services.
* Share concerns about cutbacks in maternity services.
For More Info –  Ros 467-4121

About The Film ……
“Freedom For Birth” is a new 58 minute campaigning film that reframes Human Rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today. It calls for radical reform to the world’s maternity systems so that women are afforded real choice as to how & where they give birth.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 @ 7:30 pm – NAMING THE TWINS @ the Rebekah downstairs location (1890 Clementsvale Rd.) in Bear River. A harmonizing duo from Shelbourne Nova Scotia. $12 @ the door.

Friday, February 15 @ 7 pm – Opening of Love and Monsters art show @ the Rebekah downstairs location (1890 Clementsvale Rd.) in Bear River. Curated by Ken Flett and Jonathan Welch.

February 14, 15, 16, 17 – 6th Annual Bear River Winter Carnival. Stay tuned for details.