An­nual High­land Vil­lage Day set for Satur­day

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

High­land Vil­lage Day will show­case tra­di­tional mu­sic, song and dance of Gaelic Nova Sco­tia on Satur­day from 2-6 p.m.

“It’s hard to know what keeps an event like High­land Vil­lage Day con­cert so vi­brant for 54 years,” said High­land Vil­lage mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Max Mac­Don­ald. “A deep re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Gaelic cul­ture has a lot to do with it. The avail­abil­ity of world-class Cape Bre­ton tal­ent is another rea­son.”

He said large crowds get to­gether to en­joy this spe­cial day at the High­land Vil­lage in Iona over­look­ing the Barra Strait.

“It is one of the few re­main­ing ‘Scot­tish con­certs’ and is en­joyed by peo­ple of all ages,” Mac­Don­ald said.

This year’s per­form­ers in­clude Mary Jane La­mond, Kyle and Stewart MacNeil, Buddy Mac­Don­ald, Court­ney MacPher­son, Iona Gaelic Singers, Don­nie Camp­bell, Al­lie Ben­nett, Drea Shep­herd, Paul K MacNeil and Tracy Dares, and the Le­gion Le­gends.

Ad­mis­sion is $15 per per­son. Chil­dren 12 and un­der are free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. There will be full can­teen ser­vices on site.

The High­land Vil­lage tells the story of Gaelic set­tle­ment in Nova Sco­tia us­ing cos­tumed an­i­ma­tors who oc­cupy 11 pe­riod build­ings on a 43-acre site over­look­ing the Bras d’Or Lake.

High­land Vil­lage is a part of the Nova Sco­tia Mu­seum op­er­ated in part­ner­ship with the Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage So­ci­ety.

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Con­structed as a Pres­by­te­rian church in 1874, the Mala­gawatch United Church at Nova Sco­tia’s High­land Vil­lage in Iona over­looks the Bras d’Or Lake.

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