Plenty to do at Big Pond Summer Festival
Storytelling event takes place tonight
Before email, before smartphones and even before social media, there was the crank telephone.
Several people in a community would share the same phone line and according to Big Pond Summer Festival organizer Fred White, you would know if the call was for you if the call had your own specific ring. But that didn’t prevent other people from picking up and listening in, too.
“In those small communities, you would have had someone who listened in to conversations on the party line,” said White, who will be hosting the storytelling event at this year’s festival.
This year’s event, which takes place tonight from 7-10 p.m. at the Big Pond Community Fire Hall, will feature skits that examine some of the joys, stories and rumours that resulted from the old-style phone system. There will also be stories about former Big Pond businesses. The storytelling event is just one of the events in this year’s festival.
The fun began Sunday with breakfast at the Big Pond Com- munity Fire Hall, where all events will take place over the week. People who attended were treated to sausages, eggs, pancakes, toast, juice, tea and coffee. Later in the day, a pub night was held with Kinda Country and the Big Pond House Band.
Today, a seniors social runs from 1-3 p.m. At 7 p.m., the storytelling night will begin.
On Tuesday, there will be a bonfire on the beach at 6 p.m., with a singalong and a hotdog roast and marshmallow roast. People are asked to bring their own hotdog and marshmallow sticks.
A tarabish game will take place at 8 p.m. at the fire hall.
Wednesday is children’s day when the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s fun van visits the community from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with plenty of day camp activities for kids ages five to 12. Trivia night will take place at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, the Frank Sampson Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at The Lakes. Call 902-828-3138 for details.
It starts at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a steak dinner and prizes associated with the tournament. Steak darts will take place at 8 p.m.
On Friday, there will be an adult dance with Rock It at the fire hall.
On Saturday,there will be a family square dance from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.
The week will end with another breakfast on July 19 from 9:30-11 a.m.
“In those small communities, you would have had someone who listened in to conversations on the party line.” Fred White