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

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