Saturday, Aug 19th, 2017

Leisure and Living

Amazing Race Antigonish brings fun along Main Street

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Canada 150th birthday provided the theme as Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association hosted a fun event for youth Aug. 9. Modeled after the popular reality TV show, The Amazing Race, Amazing Race Antigonish was for children 9 to 12 years-old and took place from 10 a.m. to noon with Columbus Field as the base of operations. “It’s our second year hosting the event,” association summer student Shauna Campbell, [...]

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Celebrating completion of ‘The Great Trail’

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The completion of The Great Trail [formerly Trans Canada Trail] will be celebrated on the west coast of Cape Breton Island.     The Ceilidh Coastal Trail, a five-kilometre stretch in Inverness County, will be the location for a five-kilometre walk-run Saturday, Aug. 26.     Registration will take place, starting at 8 a.m., at the Creignish Recreation Centre, with race time set for 9 a.m.     “It is a beautiful, beautiful [...]

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Heatherton Fun Days ready to roll

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Heatherton is the place to be this weekend.     As part of the 14th Annual Heatherton Fun Days Weekend, the tight-knit Antigonish County community will also celebrate one of its pillars – the 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church.     “It seemed like the natural time to celebrate the anniversary,” Joan Bowie, one of the volunteer organizers, said in a previous interview with the Casket.     The fun-filled family weekend [...]

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Picnic in Pastel

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A delicious Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) fundraiser is on the menu for later this month.     The second Picnic in Pastel will take place Sunday, Aug. 20.     “It is somewhat inspired by the Dîner en Blanc,” FAST managing director Reema Fuller said.     The world-wide event she referenced takes place on six continents, with people flash-gathering in a public space and setting up a chic dinner setting.     [...]

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Stage Kiss to make Canadian debut at FAST

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The final play of the Main Stage season at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) will mark the Canadian debut of an acclaimed contemporary romantic comedy.     Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl, will raise the curtain Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Bauer Theatre on the St. F.X. campus.     FAST artistic director Andrea Boyd, in a company press release, described the production as “the perfect celebratory note to cap off a [...]

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Causeway Quilt Show returns to Port Hastings

Posted on August 9, 2017

The popular Causeway Quilt Show and Sale will take centre stage this month.     The 12th annual celebration, from Aug. 10 to 15, is set for St. David’s United Church in Port Hastings.     One of the largest quilt shows and sales in Cape Breton, it is expected to feature more than 100 quilts made by members of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, a 170-member group made up, primarily, of [...]

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Art fair helps summer sizzle

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

She may no longer be drawing on the walls, but Lauren MacPherson continues to display her artistic talents.     “Where she wasn’t supposed to,” her father, Cory, piped in with a laugh, when she was asked where she got her start.     “On the walls,” Lauren said, with a smile, of some of her first artistic work.     That youngster – now heading into Grade 12 at Dr. John Hugh [...]

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Black River Music Festival to take centre stage this weekend

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

An inaugural celebration of music will take centre stage this weekend in Antigonish County.     The Black River Music Festival is set for Aug. 4 to 6 in the Black Avon area of Heatherton.     “The preparations are complete with regards to the music and the technical aspect of it, and all the media and public relations stuff,” Ray Mattie, festival director and one of the performers, said in a [...]

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Lovelocks make next stop on ‘wild ride’ in Black Avon

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It all started in church for The Lovelocks.     That’s where Ali Raney and Zoe Sparrow met – and sang together – 10 years ago.     Five years later, the now female roots country duo started work on a future in music.     “We just started writing in each other’s living rooms and things just quickly developed from there,” Sparrow said in a July 25 interview.     “We quickly got [...]

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Heartland Tour continues to grow, inspire

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

It was business as usual as the Heartland Tour made its annual visit to Antigonish, July 14, with tour cycling participants tackling the Cape George loop. The only change for the visit, this time around, was its base of operations which switched from St. Andrew Junior School to Columbus Field. “I think there was something else going on at the school but this is a better place anyway,” tour founder [...]

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Cassie and Maggie ‘coming home’

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It will be a homecoming, of sorts, for one of the acts that will take the stage at the first Black River Music Festival.     Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, the musical duo with deep Antigonish roots, will perform during the three-day summer festival, which will take place Aug. 4 to 6 in Black Avon, Antigonish County.     “It has been a while since we have been able to take time [...]

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Kane returning to her tattooing days with new studio

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Local artist Emily Kane, known for, amongst other works, the large mural on the east side of the Webb Building on Main Street in Antigonish, is set to add to another Main Street location; this time as an entrepreneur. A tattoo artist along with her illustration skills, Kane is preparing to open her own tattoo studio, Folklore Tattoo, in the commercial space above Myers Tea Room. Kane said her tattooing [...]

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Broad Cove gears up for annual concert

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The last Sunday of July is approaching quickly, which means one thing – people are tuning up for the Broad Cove Scottish Concert.     The 61st annual celebration of Celtic pride and tradition, set for July 30, will take place on the Inverness County community’s new stage, which is located on the St. Margaret’s Parish grounds.     “We are really excited about putting our concert together on it,” concert chairperson [...]

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Home at last

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Olga Gladkikh

Sweetie Pie is scratching at the door waiting to be let in. The calico cat is Faye Power’s ‘baby’ and has been her constant companion for the past 10 years. When Power applied to become a tenant in one of the barrier-free units at Riverside Estates her main concern was whether Sweetie Pie would be welcome in the new housing development on Hope Lane. She was relieved to hear her [...]

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Hitting the high note

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Virginia Georgallas continues to hit the high notes.     The Antigonish native has been spending some time at home before heading west in a few weeks, where she will start her doctorate studies at the highly-regarded University of California Berkeley.     “It’s a pretty good school,” she agreed, with a laugh, when asked about the prestigious institution.     Georgallas, who will pursue her PhD in music history and literature, is [...]

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Teepa Snow and the ‘Positive Approach’

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Teepa Snow, one of the world’s leading educators on dementia, was at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, July 7, conducting a session for healthcare providers on assisting those with dementia. Chatting with the Casket during a short break in the lively training session, Snow talked about breaking down stigmas around dementia and improving awareness. “We have to stop acting like this is something weird and unusual; dementia is a part [...]

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Guysborough Come Home Week starts Friday

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

With events from July 21 to 30, the 45th Annual Guysborough Come Home Week is ready to entertain and delight all age groups, current and past residents, first-time visitors and those who regularly spend some time in the area … quite literally, everybody. Organizing committee president Angie Tavares said preparations are coming along “great.” “We have a lot of different events planned this year,” she said. “With some of our [...]

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Mabou Ceilidh Days Festival to celebrate golden anniversary

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It will be a golden anniversary to remember.     Mabou Ceilidh Days Festival will celebrate 50 years of tradition from July 20 to 23.     Sara Rankin talked about the event, which includes some changes made possible with federal funding through Canada 150 support.     “The objective of the grant, basically, is to showcase your community’s accomplishments,” she said.     Rankin noted organizers started to make a list, one of [...]

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Tynan shows us colours in her mind

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Elizabeth Tynan will have her art displayed on the walls of the Tall and Small Café in downtown Antigonish in July. The first impression that her work gives is one of colour – pure, undiluted and vibrant colour.  Greens that shine brighter than any of the hills in the county, blues deeper than the sea, blends of pink and orange that the sunset could not match.  If the colours of [...]

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Ceilidh in the Round to support Foundation

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

There will be plenty of toes tapping and hands clapping later this month in Antigonish.     Ceilidh in the Round, hosted by Sydney Mines native Bruce Guthro, will take centre stage Friday, July 28, at the Victorian Inn Grounds on Main Street.     Along with Guthro, the line-up of entertainment includes Sons of Maxwell, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis, Heather Rankin, Rankin MacInnis, Wendy MacIsaac, Evans & Doherty and more.     [...]

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