Atlantic Schooners Group

Atlantic Schooners Group

November 13, 2013 09:00 ET

East Coast CFL Dreams Are Alive and Well at Regina Grey Cup!

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2013) - The organizers of Grey Cup's now famous Down East Kitchen Party are about to drop anchor in Regina Saskatchewan. The group, who call themselves the Atlantic Schooners, is from a small fishing village called Wedgeport in southwestern Nova Scotia and is more determined than ever to keep the dream of the CFL in Atlantic Canada alive. This will be the groups tenth year at the Grey Cup festival and they were excited to receive the invitation from the Saskatchewan Grey cup committee to be a part of the Grey Cup Festival in the CFL heartland.

The driving force behind the Atlantic Schooner movement is businessman, John Ryerson, who recently moved back to his native Nova Scotia from Toronto. The Atlantic Schooners are funded solely by Ryerson and are not supported by any corporate sponsors, government organizations, or the CFL. Ryerson feels that it is his job is to keep the CFL dream alive. He wants everyone to know that the CFL in Atlantic Canada will be a reality someday and as Commissioner Mark Cohon has said, we must be patient and expansion will come when the time is right. Ryerson says patient we are. It has been 30 years since the first attempt to bring the CFL to Atlantic Canada and he believes that the next attempt must be done correctly to assure long term success. (See Wikipedia for Atlantic Schooners history)

Ryerson, having previously lived in Regina for many years, understands the Saskatchewan Roughriders model which has become the heart of the Canadian Football League. He believes strongly that the Saskatchewan model would work well in Atlantic Canada if implemented properly.

The Down East Kitchen Party, as a Grey Cup event, has grown in popularity over the years in cities throughout Canada. This year in Regina will be the Atlantic's Schooners biggest party ever. After selling out at the 100th Grey Cup festival in Toronto last year, the Schooners expect they will have the same success this year in Regina with a venue capacity of 2,500, second only in size to that of the hometown favorites, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Atlantic Schooners will have three live bands in their entertainment lineup that will take centre stage and provide some down east maritime fun and excitement that only the Schooners can bring to Grey Cup.

Now, if that wasn't enough, the Schooners are flying in hundreds of pounds of Atlantic lobster for the event to provide fans a taste of the Maritimes, with their trademark Grey Cup Lobster rolls. They will also be attempting a world record by building the longest continuous lobster roll ever assembled on the planet, coming in at around seventy feet. The unveiling of the Roll will take place at Evraz Place on Thursday November 21 at 3:pm. All the proceeds from this attempt will be going to the CFL Purolator Tackle Hunger Program supporting local food banks across Canada.

The Atlantic Schooners will also be saying thank you to the host city of Regina in a way they hope will include as many people in the festival as possible. They will be serving hundreds of lobster Rolls to the people at Souls Harbor Mission on Tuesday November 19th at 5 PM.

Once again the Atlantic Schooners Group, though small in size, will be great ambassadors for Atlantic Canada and their dream of having a CFL franchise in the Maritimes.

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