Winter in the Bay

An art and quilt exhibit and writing contest

As we look toward several months of winter weather and continued Covid-mandated contact restrictions, activities to promote social engagement are more important than ever. With the extent and nature of contact restrictions subject to change, and with the large rural and senior populations in St. Margaret’s Bay, isolation in this area is a significant concern. However, with the area consisting of a series of small, interconnected communities that take pride in being part of “the Bay,” community groups here also have an opportunity to make a real difference through relatively small grassroots activities to mitigate social isolation for our residents. A strong spirit of resourcefulness, volunteerism and care for neighbours is deeply embedded in our local culture, as is an appreciation of the creative arts.

Art and Quilt Exhibit

The Winter in the Bay art and quilt exhibit, courtesy of artist members of the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts and local quilters, is available to enjoy online here from February 1 to March 31.

Link to the catalogue of art:

Works of art will also be displayed on the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre’s regular gallery walls from February 1 to 28. Under current Covid protocols, members of the public may stop by the Community Enterprise Centre at 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., where the art is available to view. Covid precautions, including masks, hand sanitizing, symptom screening and maximum number of visitors, apply.

Works are available to buy in person or online by emailing However, we would be grateful if buyers would agree to leave the purchased works in the exhibit until February 28. We will clearly mark purchased items as SOLD.

Writing Contest & Story Sharing

We’re delighted to let you know about a new community program called Winter in the Bay! It’s a writing  contest inspired by an exhibit by local artists and quilters

The writing contest seeks two types of writing pieces, with entries in three age groups. The general  theme is “Winter in the Bay.” Writers are encouraged to use one of over 30 works of art being exhibited  online at in the Winter in the Bay Art and Quilt Exhibit as  inspiration and illustration for their story. If writers prefer, program organizers will match stories with  one of the pieces of art. Please do not submit illustrations that are not part of the exhibit. One of the  program’s goals is to explore how the same piece of art may inspire different responses.

  • Please submit a short, nonfiction essay (maximum 350 words), DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15. Tell a brief, previously unpublished story about something true that relates to life in the St. Margaret’s  Bay area during the winter. It can be a first-person experience, a personal reflection, a glimpse of life in  an earlier time, or a profile of a person. 

Entries should be submitted to in one of three age categories: • Children (aged 10 to 12) • Teens (aged 13 to 17) • Adults (18 and older) 

Winning stories will be published in The Masthead News (permission of parent/guardian required for  minors). Additional prizes will be awarded.  

  • Please submit a fictional short story (maximum 2,500 words), Deadline MARCH 15. Write an original short story describing a fictional episode or adventure set in St. Margaret’s Bay. This  story can be set in the past, present or future. 

Entries should be submitted to in one of three age categories: • Children (aged 10 to 12) • Teens (aged 13 to 17) • Adults (18 and older) 

Winning stories may be published on the Discover St. Margaret’s Bay website and elsewhere (permission  of parent/guardian required for minors). Additional prizes will be awarded. 

For more information about Winter in the Bay, to view the art, read a sample story, get writing tips, and  see updates on prize packages, go to 

You may enter one story in both categories to Have a story to share, but  don’t want to enter it in the contest? Send it along, and include “Sharing only, not for contest” at the top.