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Two Sons of Anarchy to visit Digby

Written by Laura Simmons  /  Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015

For Immediate Release

 

Wharf Rat Rally to host Sons of Anarchy actors

(Digby, June 23, 2015) – The Wharf Rat Rally will host two Sons of Anarchy actors in Digby on September 4th and 5th. Kim Coates, who played Tig Trager in the popular series, and Theo Rossi, who played Juice Ortiz, will be available for autograph signings and will attend a Saturday evening dinner.

“The timing was in our favour this year,” explains co-chair Guy Le Blanc. “In the past, the actors were filming while the Wharf Rat Rally was on, and are available now for the first time. We’re very happy to be able to host Kim and Theo while the series is still fresh in people’s minds.”

The actors will be available to sign autographs on Friday and Saturday and will be hosted at a casual dinner and silent auction on Saturday evening. Visit information can be found on wharfratrally.com under Enjoy the Rally.

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Kim Coates poster Look him in the Eye          Theo Rossi poster they call him Juice

Darren Williams Remembered

Written by Laura Simmons  /  Published: Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Wharf Rat Rally Hero Remembered

It was with heavy hearts that the board of directors of the Wharf Rat Rally learned of the passing of Darren "Willie" Williams on Saturday, June 20th near Hillier, Ontario.

Williams had been stationed at CFB Greenwood and was president of the 2nd Canadian Army Veterans Fortress Europe chapter when he became involved with the Wharf Rat Rally.

Board member Wayne MacDonald remembers how the relationship evolved. "I met Darren and the CAV members when I was President of the Legion in Annapolis Royal. He had arranged a ride for the CAV that spring, and they wanted to have the Legion as one of the stops. We saw it as an opportunity and decorated the bar and put on a spread for them. They kept coming back."

MacDonald helped connect the CAV chapter with a local motorcycle riding club, the 74th Crusaders and the CAV members camped on the 74th Crusaders' property during the Wharf Rat Rally that year, with some of the meals catered by the Legion. Darren Williams 3

With MacDonald also on the Rally's board, the natural progression took place with the CAV joining forces with the Wharf Rat Rally to provide guided tours to Brier Island. From there, the Rally offered vendor space on Admiral's Walk where Darren gathered names for the tours and tirelessly solicited support for the Rally and its chosen charity. One year, a sewing machine and operator were onsite, providing service to people who purchased patches for their vests - service while you waited!

In 2013, Williams approached the CAV national executive to use the Wharf Rat Rally as the starting point for its Annual National Ride. CAV members from coast to coast joined together - and invited all riders to join them - to ride from Conway to the Afghanistan Memorial in Hebron. This memorial lists the names of all the Canadians who lost their lives in Afghanistan during the involvement of Canada, and held a special place in Williams' heart as he had also served in Afghanistan. The monument was the realization of a dream of the local Boys and Girls Club and, together the local Legion, an outstanding commemorative service was held. Williams was a founding member of the Ride to the Afghanistan Memorial committee and was the liaison with the Wharf Rat Rally in the planning and implementation of the ride. Through the work and support that Williams had done with the Rally, he was asked to sit on the board of directors and became an active director in October of 2013, just a couple months before his career led him to Ontario.

Joe Pacquette, another of the founding members of the Ride to the Afghanistan Memorial, remembers Williams: "I know he would still be on the Wharf Rat Rally board of directors if he wasn't following his dream to be the best Loadmaster in the Canadian Air Force. He was also the proudest Dad and Grandfather I have ever seen and that says a lot."

A member of the 1st CAV Paardeburg Unit also lost his life and a third CAV member is in hospital. Three of the eight motorcycles on a ride as part of 1st CAV Gathering/Rally hosted by Afghanistan Unit @ CFB Trenton were struck by a car that crossed into the oncoming traffic. Williams was a member of the host chapter.

Darren Williams was a great supporter of the Wharf Rat Rally. He was instrumental in the growth and the excellence of the event. His boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm consumed everyone around him and provided the inspiration to excel. He will be missed.

The Wharf Rat Rally board of directors and staff send our condolences to his CAV family, his relatives and all who knew, respected and admired him. We were truly lucky to have been able to spend time with him.

Noel Facey and Guy LeBlanc, Co-chairs

The Wharf Rat Rally Motorcycle Association

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Wharf Rat Rally 2015 will be Rockin!

Written by Laura Simmons  /  Published: Sunday, 24 May 2015

Great music planned for this year

Drop by the bandstand area by the marina and the Builders' Square and enjoy a brewski and some great music. Watch the website stage schedule as more bands are added and the draft schedule for over-all events.

Free to enjoy!

2015 Bands Poster lo res

Wharf Rat Rally is going to Americade!

Written by Laura Simmons  /  Published: Thursday, 07 May 2015

Americade logo with background

For five days in June, the Wharf Rat Rally will be somewhere it's never been before - Americade in Lake George New York.

"We've attended motorcycle shows in Toronto and Montreal for the past several years, and this is a natural extension," explains Wharf Rat Rally Chairman Noel Facey. "We're seeing more and more motorcycles from the United States and we'd like that trend to continue."

Vice-chair Guy LeBlanc agrees. "I've been attending rallies in the United States for years and having the ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland available now makes the trip even more appealing."

The Wharf Rat Rally volunteers will be encouraging bikers to attend the 11th Annual rally being held September 2nd to 6th this year.

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Touring the Acadian Shore to Meteghan

Written by Laura Simmons  /  Published: Saturday, 04 July 2015

I headed out yesterday morning – a sunny, warm Nova Scotian day - and wandered off exit 28 of Highway 101 toward Meteghan.

The pride of the Acadian people was impressed upon me immediately from the finely manicured lawns and gardens to the multitude of Acadian flags flying at residences and businesses alike.

Just before Church Point I made a stop to see David at the Roadside Grill and Cabins – a long-time Wharf Rat Rally supporter. It’s great to see he’s helping us out again, and breakfast smelled delicious!

Being on Wharf Rat Rally business, I didn’t make as many stops as I’d like, but I’ve already been to Rendezvous de la Baie and the historic churches so I drove on by.

My first stop was Elevina’s in Little Brook and even though breakfast had been only an hour before, the smell of roasting chicken turned into a container of fricot in my car for my lunch. It’s a great establishment with a well-known restaurant, a fully-equipped bar and an open deck looking out over the ocean. Fam

ous for rappie pie, the owners have rounded out the menu with a wide range of Acadian and traditional food.

Behind Elevina’s is a large grassy area with a huge canopied BBQ pit and loads of picnic tables. If you eat a meal or two in the restaurant, you’ll get a discount on ruff camping out back – free! But be forewarned: you won’t be able to avoid the temptation of that chicken for long as you walk through the restaurant!

My next stop for the morning was at A.F. Theriault and Son Boatyard. Here I was thrilled to be given a guided tour by the General Manager, Gilles Theriault. The business was started by his grandparents and the Propeller Shop is now located in what was his grandfather’s schoolhouse. I saw a lobster boat being built and had a lesson in the evolution of boat-building materials. In another building I saw the newest Halifax Transit ferry, the Craig Blake, in its final stages, as well as steel girders which are the very beginning of a third ferry being built by A.F. Theriault and Son Boatyard for Halifax Harbour.

My final destination was the Tim Horton’s in Meteghan which sells dream puff Timbits. These little morsels are like one-bite Boston Cream donuts and my very favourites! And it helps that Tim Horton’s is a huge supporter of the Wharf Rat Rally.

The scenery is breathtaking at times. The wharf in Saulnierville is worth stopping to photograph. The assortment of restaurants and their offerings is extensive from small cafés to award-winning properties. The history and culture are wonderful, even if I couldn’t read a lot of the signs to know what the. shops were selling! But the roads, in places, are such that I’d be smacking my husband in the back if I were on the back of his bike, with potholes and divots everywhere. Ride with care and caution and you’ll have a wonderful trip.

Laura Simmons, Wharf Rat Rally

What Our Visitors Said

  • Helmets off to all those involved in organizing this event and to all the volunteers for their hard and dedicated work. It's people like you who make events like this such a huge success. Stewart P. Deveau
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