Long Beach triples in population during third annual celebrations

Reprinted from The Packet, August 23, 2018
by Diane Vey Morawski (co-chair of Long Beach Days)

Audrey Drodge and Gwendolyn Peddle at the ladies afternoon tea.

The Southwest Arm community of Long Beach tripled in population for their Long Beach Days festivities.

The small community of about 80 residents celebrated their third annual Long Beach Day on Saturday, Aug. 11, filling the marina for all activities.

The day was a roaring success starting with an early morning, grueling five-kilometre uphill road race for all ages.

The winners were Dylan Morawski (male) of Gander and Jennele Grandy (female) of Grand Falls-Windsor.

This was followed by a fishing derby, beach barbecue, horseshoe contest, bonfire, children’s games, afternoon tea, spectacular fireworks and a dance on the beach, later ending with a beautiful beach service and potluck meal organized by the Southwest Arm Anglican churches. The service and potluck was on Sunday morning with about 140 people in attendance.

Avalon Drover and Chase at the festivities.

The weather and scenery were spectacular and there was so much community spirit, laughter, reminiscing and cooperation present during the weekend.

Residents and former residents traveled from all over the province and across Canada and as far away as Wisconsin to attend.

Numerous businesses and residents volunteered their time and resources to make the day such a great success.

The planning committee would like to thank all who attended and the community’s residents are already looking forward to the next Long Beach Day!

  • Audrey Drodge and Gwendolyn Peddle at the ladies afternoon tea.
  • Avalon Drover and Chase at the festivities.
  • Jacob Spurrell and Ron Vey enjoying the day.