Ta­ble Head Days kick off in Glace Bay

New play­ground start­ing to take shape in Ta­ble Head com­mu­nity

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com GLACE BAY

Ta­ble Head has a play­ground.

The Ta­ble Head Days fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off Thurs­day and one of the high­lights was the com­mu­nity see­ing the begin­nings of a new play­ground.

“That was one of the goals ini­tially of the de­vel­op­ment so­ci­ety, to have a play­ground in our own area for the kids to play in so they wouldn’t have to go to dif­fer­ent ar­eas in town out­side their com­mu­nity,” said Dale Deer­ing-Bert, one of the fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tors, along with Cindy Mac­Don­ald.

The play­ground was started last fall and some in­fra­struc­ture has since been in­stalled.

As well she said it ac­com­plished another goal last year — pushed along through lob­by­ing by some com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Gar­diner — bet­ter ac­cess to the beach.The for­mer En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Cor­po­ra­tion com­pleted a Hill Street Em­bank­ment Im­prove­ment Pro­ject due to safety con­cerns at the site of an over­hang­ing cliff erod­ing at the shore­line.

The pro­ject in­cluded pro­vid­ing a sta­ble slope, in­stalling ar­mor stone at the top of the for­mer cliff, con­struct­ing new con­crete stairs with ad­e­quate land­ings and steel handrails, benches, among other im­prove­ments.

Now that those goals have been ac­com­plished Deer­ingBert said fundrais­ing will con­tinue again to con­tinue im­prov­ing the play­ground and im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We’ll start some ma­jor fundrais­ing again and to en­gage com­mu­nity mem­bers for their sup­port so that they’ll con­tinue to watch it grow and the de­vel­op­ment so­ci­ety main­tained.”

On Thurs­day, Ta­ble Head Days kicked off with an event-filled day in­clud­ing an open house at the Mar­coni Mu­seum and kite fly­ing with kites pro­vided free by the Ta­ble Head De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety.

There was also the Jok­ers Wild Magic show and the “Pre­sen­ta­tions of the Car­na­tions” at the ocean shore at the end of Hill Street where peo­ple pur­chase a car­na­tion in mem­ory of a loved one.

“The car­na­tions are placed in a bas­ket and set sail in the ocean,” said Der­ring-Bert. “We gather at the shore and watch

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTOS the flow­ers go out.”

Ta­ble Head Days con­tin­ues to­day with ev­ery­thing from a pan­cake break­fast to the re­nam­ing of the Glace Bay Ar­moury af­ter Dr Guglielmo Mar­coni.

For a full list of Ta­ble Head Days ac­tiv­i­ties visit their web page http://www.table­head­days.com

“That was one of the goals ini­tially of the de­vel­op­ment so­ci­ety, to have a play­ground in our own area for the kids to play in so they wouldn’t have to go to dif­fer­ent ar­eas in town out­side their com­mu­nity.” Dale Deer­ing-Bert, a fes­ti­val co- or­di­na­tor

Any­one could “go fly a kite” dur­ing Ta­ble Head Days on Thurs­day, as the Ta­ble Head De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety was giv­ing out kites free. Alexan­dra Vokey, 10, of Glace Bay, de­cided to do just that, in a field be­side the Mar­coni Mu­seum. Vokey said her favourite Ta­ble Head Days event ev­ery year is the street dance, which is be­ing held in the com­mu­nity tonight.

Res­i­dents of the Ta­ble Head area of Glace Bay celebrate the erec­tion of new play­ground equip­ment with mem­bers of the Ta­ble Head De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety which in­cluded so­ci­ety mem­bers Cindy Mac­Don­ald, fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor, in front, with neigh­bour three-month old El­lie Wil­cox, and, con­tin­u­ing from the left, Dale Deer­ing-Bert, co-fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor, Mary Slade, Ni­cole Wil­cox, Mary Camp­bell, Ginny Burke and Lisa Van Beek with son Kyle Van Beek, 3. Ta­ble head Days kicked off Thurs­day and con­tin­ues to­day and Satur­day.

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