Beat the winter blues with Ice Jam
SYDNEY MINES — The annual Ice Jam musical marathon in Sydney Mines, which has helped ease those winter blues since 2004, is fast approaching.
Breton Branch 8 Royal Canadian Legion and Eagle 103.5 FM will join the Johnny Miles Festival Society in hosting the event Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to midnight.
“Local businesses and individuals have come forward to donate items for door prizes and the auction which will be held at 8 p.m.,” said festival co-ordinator Kim Rideout. “ We have excellent cooperation from everyone, including the entertainers, featuring everything from Celtic to country and rock, something for everyone.”
Breton Branch 8 ladies auxiliary will be providing a full menu from their newly renovated kitchen.
Showcasing their talent will be Owen Sullivan & Friends, TEC, Troy Young, Lynn MacKinnon, Carl MacKenzie, Pat Chafe, Gone Country, Keep N Easy, Generations, Back In Time, Rob Barrie, Bandit and, closing the show, Wicked Game.
Rideout said fundraising, which is fundamental to operating a festival, presents a formidable challenge for the society.
Ice Jam is the major fundraiser for the annual festival, which honours hometown hero Johnny Miles, winner of the Boston Marathon in 1926 and 1929. Miles won his first marathon wearing a pair of 95-cent sneakers purchased from a store in his hometown Sydney Mines and a homemade jersey featuring a red maple leaf. He also represented Canada twice at the Olympics before retiring from running to take a job with International Harvester.
MCs for Ice Jam 2010 are Scott Boyd, Jay Bedford and Dave Harley.
Tickets are $5 and are available in advance or at the door.