Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016

Leisure and Living

Making gelato their own

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Downtown Antigonish business Pachamama is putting a unique twist on a favourite treat. “We’re making gelato in our own way,” owner/operator Leanna Braid said in conversation with the Casket July 8. “Instead of using milk and eggs, like in traditional gelato, we’re making it dairy free and vegan. That means it doesn’t contain any dairy and it doesn’t contain any eggs either, so there are no animal products used. We’re [...]

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Costume creators at FAST

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Former Dalhousie University costume studies program classmates have been reunited at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). Laura Delchario and Chelsea Conn have taken separate paths since their days at the Halifax school but the FAST road had led them both to Antigonish for the summer of 2016. Delchario, a costume designer and seamstress based in Toronto, is doing costumes for the Main Stage while Conn, back at FAST for her [...]

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VIC hosts open house

Posted on July 27, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

It was a fun filled afternoon of entertainment, snacks and, of course, the sharing of information, as the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Antigonish held an open house July 14. Len ‘P.D.’ MacDonald, along with his daughter Betsy, provided the musical, as well as storytelling, entertainment for the event which was staged both inside and outside the VIC, located off of Church Street in the same area as Antigonish Market [...]

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Red Cross’ promotes PFD loan program

Posted on July 27, 2016

Summer is here and the Canadian Red Cross is urging everyone to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket, in-and-around the water. “Every year, an average of 525 Canadians drown, with two-thirds occurring during the summer,” a release from the Red Cross states. “Don’t let your loved one become another statistic. If you don’t have enough PFDs for your family, group, or business outing, the Canadian Red Cross can [...]

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Four years-plus for Youth Outreach Program

Posted on July 27, 2016

Last month (June) marked four years for the Youth Outreach Program (YOP), housed at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Pictou County. The program offers services to at-risk youth, between 16 to 19 years of age, in Antigonish, Guysborough, and Pictou counties. Needless to say, there has been much happening throughout the past four years. YOP is a provincial program that is funded through the Department of Community Services and [...]

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Coig, Gillian Boucher to headline 60th Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It is fitting that the Broad Cove Scottish Concert is celebrating its diamond anniversary, because it has created plenty of sparkling memories.     The annual event – a celebration of Celtic pride and tradition – will take place Sunday, July 31, in the picturesque Inverness County community.     “This is a special concert for us – it is our 60th – so we are little bit more celebratory than most [...]

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Gathering of the Arts underway

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The 19th annual Gathering of the Arts is underway.     Presented by Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA), the showcase features artwork, not only from organization members, but also community partners.     This year, the event includes more than 50 pieces, from more than 20 artists, including a Youth Arts Show and L’Arche Hearts and Hands participants.     Works for the juried show will be on display until Sunday, Aug. 28, at [...]

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Guysborough Come Home Week ready to roll

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The memories are countless for those who have enjoyed Guysborough Come Home Week for more than four decades – just ask Adam Rodgers.     “It is a showcase of all that makes Guysborough a special place to be, and has been an annual highlight for me, since I was a little kid catching candy tossed from parade floats,” the Guysborough Intervale native said in an email interview with the Casket. [...]

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Push for Change wheels through NS

Posted on July 20, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Push for Change campaign made its way by Port Hawkesbury and Antigonish during the final full weekend in June. The campaign involves Joe Roberts, a former homeless youth now successful businessman, pushing a shopping cart from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Vancouver. He started on May 1 and is schedule to finish his journey, in Vancouver, on Sept. 30. The goal is to raise awareness and dollars to “prevent and [...]

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Activist talks about struggles in Guatemala

Posted on July 20, 2016 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Guatemalan youth activist Franklin Valenzuela gave an articulate and impassioned talk at the People’s Place Library’s community room June 23. The well-attended talk, a part of a series of presentations given by Valenzuela while he was in Eastern Canada, was presented by the Guatemala Breaking the Silence (BTS) Solidarity Network (breakingthesilenceblog.com or on Facebook). Valenzuela, only 18 years of age, talked about his own organization, JODVID (Youth Organized in the [...]

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Stanfest celebrates 20 years

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Although summer vacation began a couple days earlier, Clare MacDonald and Maggie Brown were still toting pens and paper over the weekend. The young Antigonishers weren’t pining for a return to the classroom, but collecting autographs from their favourite performers at the 20th annual anniversary Stan Rogers Folk Festival – known widely as Stanfest – in Canso. “I became a fan of him quite recently,” Maggie said, as Old Man [...]

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Love Makes the World Go ‘Round

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The King will be in the building. Seven-year-old Kyle DeLorey will bring his Elvis Presley impersonation to life when the Guysborough Players take centre stage with Love Makes the World Go ‘Round later this month. The show is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Chedabucto Place Performance Center in Gusyborough. “It is awesome,” Kate Tompkins, one of the group’s founders said of the youngster’s performance. [...]

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Heart to Heart talk held at library

Posted on July 7, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

The Heart and Stroke Foundation hosted an information session titled Heart to Heart, June 16, at the People’s Place Library’s community room. Guest speakers for the evening event included St. F. X. human kinetics professor Angie Kolen, who talked about her initiatives with children in the area to improve their physical activity levels, and Claire MacLean from the foundation who talked about walking programs for adults and older-adults. People in [...]

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‘Pipers Knockout’ added to Games’ line-up

Posted on July 7, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

A new Friday night event is coming to the Antigonish Highland Games. The Pipers Knockout and Ceilidh will take place at the Molson Canadian Ceilidh Stage, at Columbus Field, with gates opening at 8 p.m. and the ceilidh, featuring Cape Breton band Nuallan, taking the stage at 9:30 p.m. After a brief set, Nuallan will make way for the Pipers Knockout competition which is slated for a 10 p.m. start. [...]

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Production earns Awesome Antigonish award

Posted on July 7, 2016

Awesome Antigonish awarded their June funding to a new production, the Keppoch Kitchen Party, just in time for the Antigonish Highland Games. “Our winner for June is a thematic concert created by 38 local people which will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Schwartz School of Business auditorium,” a release from the Awesome group noted. “There will be 28 people on stage with another 10 working on [...]

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Glendale Ceilidh Days to celebrate 55 years

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Glendale Ceilidh Days will celebrate its 55th anniversary this weekend, highlighted by the traditional outdoor concert. The musical celebration will take centre stage Sunday, July 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., on St. Mary of the Angels Parish grounds, 4248 Highway 105, next to the church and the Father John A. Rankin Cultural Centre. “It is a big occasion and very important to the community,” Marina MacIntyre, one of the [...]

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Production brings to life 1930s kitchen party

Posted on June 29, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Duncan MacDonald and the Society for the Ships of 1801 felt they might take a year off, after producing a trio of productions in time for the Antigonish Highland Games. But, as the old saying goes, sometimes the best laid plans… “We did four shows last year,” MacDonald said, referencing 2015’s Year of the Burning production. It followed up on The Ships of 1801 and Strathglass Farewell from previous years. [...]

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Student playwrights take over Bauer

Posted on June 29, 2016

A language arts activity for teacher Derek Druhan’s Grade 3 Antigonish Education Centre (AEC) class kept adding layers to the benefit of the students and their parents. Druhan said the original idea came after he noticed a contest being offered by Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST). “The premise was; the kids were given the choice from the three [2016 main stage] play titles – Don’t Misunderstand Me, For the Taking [...]

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Stroll the Main Street Fair taking shape

Posted on June 29, 2016 Richard MacKenzie, [email protected]

Stroll the Main Sidewalk Fair is all set for downtown Antigonish, Thursday, July 7. The annual event has become a Highland Games’ week staple as local merchants and vendors, as well as a few from outside the area, welcome those in town for the Games along with residents enjoying the festive atmosphere. The fair is organized by the Antigonish Downtown Business Association (ADBA) and is sponsored by 101.5 The Hawk, [...]

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Highland Dancing a big part of Highland Games

Posted on June 29, 2016

The 2016 Antigonish Highland Games will feature two full days of Highland dancing competitions. Pre-premier dancers in the novice and intermediate categories will compete on Saturday morning starting at 8:30 a.m., dancing the Highland fling, Sword dance, Seann Truibhas and Flora, while the New Scotland Open Championship, for premier dancers, is scheduled to begin Saturday morning at 10:30 am. The special event Mary Dundas Sword, open for all premier dancers [...]

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