Beat the win­ter blues with Ice Jam

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA - BY JULIE COLLINS

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.

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