Twenty Atlantic Canada Motor Maids from NS and NB enjoyed a three day two night getaway at Vista Ridge Cottages in Alma, New Brunswick. The cottages, perched on a mountain overlookng the quaint town of Alma and Fundy National Park, provided majestic views and winter sports. Despite these, many pondered the question, "OH GOD IS IT SPRING YET?!?
By the end of the weekend, minds are sharper from a variety of games, musical talent has moved to the next level after jam sessions with guitar, ukulele, bagpipes and kazoo, bodies are heavier from spectacular culinary spreads, and sister bonds are stronger.
Again this year, Atlantic Canada Motor Maids had booths at the motorcycle shows in Moncton and Halifax. In February, members from New Brunswick forged through knee to waist high snow, to share their passion for riding with others. Thanks to Janet for organizing the ACMM booth schedule for this show.
In March, members from Nova Scotia found the clearest paths to Exhibition Park and shared their passion as they greeted new visitors and old friends at the show. Half way through the last day, we were escorted from our booth, while the roof of the building was inspected for snow accumulation. As a result, the show was closed down about an hour later, due to the heavy weight above us. Another new event at the show. Thanks to Chris for organizing the ACMM booth schedule for this show.
Atlantic Canada Motor Maids met February 1, 2015 at the Spitfire Arms Pub in Windsor, Nova Scotia. The Spitfire is a cozy British style pub with a private second floor, just right for a group of women bikers trying to move on despite PMS. With feet of snow still on the ground, warm dishes and warm wishes hit the spot.
Pot Luck and Gift Exchanges
Always popular at a Motor Maid get together are food and games. That's how ACMMs celebrated in NB at Suzanne's January 18, 2015 and in NS at Chris' on January 24, 2015. As usual, the dishes prepared by members were all Top Chef quality with more than enough to go around. It seems we never tire of laughter and legal thievery during the gift exchange, aka Chinese Gift Exchange, White Elephant Exchange, Yankee Swap, etc.
Pictures from the events
The Halifax show went on during snow and cold weather, as did the Moncton one, but that didn't stop Atlantic Canada Motor Maids from participating in the event at Exhibition Park. As usual, many visitors stopped by our booth with questions and curiosity and left in amazement and excitement about what women on motorcycles are involved in this day and age.
Pictures from the show are in the photos: shows section.
A few new members have joined since the motorcycle shows and our chapter has now grown to 70+ members!
As usual, the Atlantic Canada Motor Maids booth generated lots
of interest among female and male show goers and offered members a chance to break out of winter blues and dip into summer by looking at new motorcycles and accessories. As usual, the show occurred during a snow storm, but this is the first time in our 4 years of participation that it was closed a day due to the storm. In response to Catherine's question to members who worked at our booth, here are a few responses to "What did you learn from the m/c show?"
The Moncton Santa Claus Parade had a new float this year, Atlantic Canada Motor Maids. Moncton area ACMM decorated the float according to the theme of the parade, Rock & Roll, and it appears they did just that during decorating and parading. Although the weather was COLD, these ladies represented ACMM in our first ever Christmas parade and did so in admirable fashion...even a few bunny ears! BIG THANKS to Cheryl for organizing this and to all who took part...Betty, Shirley, Pearl, Sharon, Joyce. Pictures are in the photo events section.
Year End Meeting October, 2013
Thirty five of our members attended the Year End Weekend in Moncton, NB at the Chateau Moncton Hotel. Mileage awards were presented to Peggy D for highest and Nancy R for second highest. I Spy contest winners received awards, with Jo Eh in first place. Elizabeth was the recipient of the annual Gail Neilson ACMM of the Year award. Various other awards and recognitions were presented. Fun continued at the Old Triangle, the Chateau Lounge and the next morning at breakfast. Recuperation time for aching laugh muscles was generally 3-5 days. You can share some of the fun in the photo section by clicking here.
AC/ECN Motor Maids Rally August, 2013
Atlantic Canada and Eastern Canada Motor Maids once again rallied for a weekend of riding, shopping, eating, playing and catching up, this year at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH. This Victorian County Inn, built in 1916, is surrounded by the White Mountains National Forest and offers all the scenery and twisties we bikers seek, starting just outside the huge wraparound Inn porch. As tradition dictates, Miss Mingle Maid AC (Holly) and Miss Mingle Maid ECN (Wendy) were crowned during the last breakfast, and will reign for a year as examples of the true congenial spirits within each Motor Maid. Holly and Wendy invite you to enjoy pictures from the rally by visiting the events section in the photo tab or going straight there, here.