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Celtic Colours starts Friday October 9, 2020. Although not the kind of festival we normally see, there are ways to enjoy. Here is a note from Festival Executive Director Mike MacSween:
Dear Friends of the Festival:
Celtic Colours At Home starts this Friday night, and we’re excited about what we have planned for our fans around the world!
Here are some helpful details concerning this year’s program:
• The nightly livestream concerts start at 7:30pm.
• New this year, we have developed a concert pre-show, starting at 7pm nightly, hosted by Dawn and Margie Beaton, through which we will provide viewers with some additional information on the concerts and artists, as well as our "Celtic Colours Road Trip" series with Yvette Rogers, Outreach Coordinator for the Festival. This series will explore various regions of Cape Breton Island, our diversity of history and cultures.
• Our beloved Festival Club won't be happening as it normally does, but we've developed a special livestream series, taking place on the two Saturday nights of the Festival (Saturday, October 10th and 17th), starting at 10pm. These concerts will be hosted by Buddy MacDonald, and will feature a variety of performers in shorter sets - similar in format to our traditional Festival Club.
• We have developed the Ultimate Celtic Colours Experience contest, for a chance to win a trip for two to the next Celtic Colours (hopefully next year), including a pair of tickets for a concert each day of the Festival (9 in total), hotel accommodations at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck and the Hampton Inn in Membertou, a car rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, along with gift certificates from a number of our Festival partners and $2,000 cash for travel costs and incidentals. Entry is free through our website, but additional ballots can be earned for each donation of $20 (see below for donation details).
• Access to the Festival concerts is free of charge, in keeping with our tradition of offering free livestream concerts to the world. We will however be accepting donations to the Festival this year to support our costs, and from those, a portion will be given to the Festival Drivers Association, to support their work with up-and-coming traditional artists and cultural enthusiasts on the Island.
You can help to spread the word through your social media networks that the Festival is happening online through the week. The concerts will be accessible through our website (www.celtic-colours.com), as well as on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/celticcolours). It will also be livestreamed to the Cape Breton Island tourism website - cbisland.com. For those with a smart tv with the YouTube app, viewers will be able to tune in to our concerts through our YouTube channel.
We have been working hard for months to pull this together, and we're proud of what we've been able to accomplish.
We hope you will join us in celebrating Celtic Colours At Home this year, and please help spread the word by using the hashtag #celticcolours!
Celtic Colours International Festival
The following financial statements were presented to and approved by council on September 28, 2020.
The Community Learning Association North of Smokey are expanding their coverage area to include the south of Smokey portion of Victoria County (North Shore, Englishtown, Baddeck, Middle River, etc.).
Their goal is to help adults with their basic learning needs by providing online adult basic education programming to all residents of Victoria County.
If you are 18 years or older and are not currently in school you are eligible to join our free programs. We can help you:
> improve your reading, writing, math & basic computer skills
> work towards your GED (grade 12 equivalency)
> improve your essential skills to help you get entry level employment
No computer - No problem. They have Chromebooks they can lend and can help set you up on Google Classroom.
For more information, call them at 902-285-2354, message them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Community-Learning-Association-North-of-Smokey-344709166294187).
The Pink Bins for clothing & textiles are closed until further notice.
These items are accepted at our facilties & on our collection routes as garbage if placed in clear bags. (But let's find ways to recycle....donate to a church group or a charity. Put out a call on social media that you have a bag of clothes to give away, etc.)
The next meeting of Victoria County Municipal Council will be held at the Court House, Baddeck, at a date to be determined, following the October 17, 2020, Municipal Election.
Council Re-Cap Sept 28, 2020
• Council opened with applause & thanks for the hard work of Councillors Wayne Budge (34 years) & Merrill MacInnis (12 years), both of whom are retiring from council.
• Council accepted the annual audit of the Municipality’s finances, as presented by auditors from Grant Thornton.
• The Cape Breton Partnership presented their Cape Breton First campaign – a shop, buy, eat local campaign to encourage Cape Bretoners to think first of their local businesses. Carla Arsenault, CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, highlighted that local Cape Breton businesses donate 2.5 times the amount big box stores donate to local non-profit fundraising campaigns. She encouraged all to spread the word with #cbfirst hashtag on social media shares.
• More than 400 participants have voted on photos encouraging residents to snap a picture of a trail walk or a walk in nature. The project is one of Victoria County’s Active Living program.
• Council will send a letter to TIR with the following concerns: multiple shoulder washouts in Ingonish due to the amount of rain that fell prior to hurricane Teddy, signage required near the post office in Iona and thanks extended to TIR for repairs on roads in Bay Road Valley and Washabuck.
• During the recent visit of the HMCS Shawinigan, a plaque was presented to Council, which will be displayed beside the HMCS Baddeck bell in the courtroom. A photo of the plaque as well as a photo of the new Victoria County Volunteer Firefighter 25 Year Service award pin is below.
Council minutes are posted on the Victoria County website, the day following the meeting (during the COVID-19 pandemic). Find more council minutes here: https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html
This was the final council session of the 2016-2020 Victoria County Council. The next council session will be in November for swearing in of the 2020-2024 municipal council. Date will be determined & announced when decided.
Don’t forget to vote!