Walk Off the Earth with guests MonoWhales – Monday September 19, 2022
Kim Mitchell and 54:40 with special guests – Tuesday September 20, 2022
Paul Brandt with guest Owen Barney – Wednesday September 21, 2022
Marianas Trench and The Trews with special guests – Thursday September 22, 2022
Burton Cummings – Friday September 23, 2022
Mocha Shriners of Shriners International are pleased to announce the Concert Series. Presented by F7 Entertainment Group Inc., the Concert Series is a five-day extravaganza of music that is sure to cater to all tastes. The City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Shrine Club are proud to host Mocha for its Fall Ceremonial, which will include the Concert Series, a parade, and a week of fun and fellowship. The GFL Memorial Gardens will be the venue for the five concerts.
This weeklong event has been 3 years in the making. Mocha, F7, the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Shrine Club are excited to finally make this event happen.
Many delegates from Shrine Centres across Canada and North America are expected to be in attendance. Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth, with two hundred chapters in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world.
All concerts are on sale beginning Wednesday June 22, 10:00am. Purchase online at gflgardens.ca/concerts or in person at the GFL memorial Gardens Box Office (Mon – Fri 10:00am to 4:00pm or by phone 705-759-5251).
Throughout Wednesday, CBS2 watched as the majestic parade of ships kicked off Fleet Week in New York City.
One ship not participating in the organized festivities is the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, but that doesn’t mean its service should not be celebrated. CBS2’s Maurice Dubois got firsthand look at a day in the life on board that vessel.
He was welcomed aboard the 140-foot vessel in port in Bayonne.
“We’re going down the Verrazano Bridge, just to fly the U.S. flag and the Coast Guard flag to show we have a presence on the Hudson River,” Lt. Cmdr. Pat Bennett said.
Bennett said that presence is a cornerstone of the security, law enforcement, and rescue operations the ship is responsible for on the waterways.
“So this is your basic patrol mission, right?” Dubois asked.
“The Coast Guard is here to respond to any threat that there may be,” Bennett said.
In fact, the Penobscot Bay was called to a special mission just last month.
“The most recent threat that we’ve seen was the Brooklyn subway shooting. We were called at a moment’s notice,” Bennett said.
“What was your thought? Personally, you and the crew?” Dubois asked.
“So, for me, I thought, was this going to be the modern day 9/11? My mind went to that because we had no idea,” Bennett said.
It’s all part of the day-to-day Coast Guard operation, the nation’s first armed force on the sea, established in 1790.
There’s a crew of 18 men who currently live on board the Penobscot Bay.
“We have two berthing areas, on the port and starboard side,” Senior Enlisted Man Brandon Tahincioglu said.
Tahincioglu gave Dubois a tour of the ship, showing the captain’s quarters, and he explained a tradition on the bridge.
“Only the captain is allowed to sit in that chair,” Tahincioglu said.
Dubois also saw the mess hall, galley, engine room, and engineering control center.
The Penobscot Bay was built in 1985, one of nine ice-breaking tugs in the Coast Guard.
“Come January, it’s go-season for us,” Tahincioglu said.
Ice breaking is an essential area of responsibility to keep commercial boat traffic, including the transport of gas and home heating oil, moving from Albany to the lower Hudson Bay.
“What are your thoughts on working in a place like this?” Dubois asked.
“Every day you see something different, and you’re always learning, every time we go out,” one seaman said.
“You come to New York Harbor, see the skyline to know it’s there. There’s some significance there,” a seaman said.
“What does Fleet Week mean to you?” Dubois inquired.
“It’s one of the few times of the year that we’re at the forefront,” a seaman said.
“The Coast Guard usually doesn’t get that high recognition, but we are this week, and it’s awesome,” Bennett added.