Glace Bay re­vi­tal­iza­tion group hold­ing com­mu­nity mixer and win­ter mar­ket

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - IN­VI­TA­TION BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomeruy@cb­

Glace Bay group hold­ing com­mu­nity mixer, win­ter mar­ket.

Mem­bers of a newly formed com­mu­nity group fo­cus­ing on re­vi­tal­iz­ing Glace Bay has al­ready rolled up their sleeves.

Michael Kel­loway, chair of #bay­it­for­ward, said res­i­dents are in­vited to a com­mu­nity mixer on Feb. 24 at the Talo Cafébar on Com­mer­cial Street from 5-6 p.m. fol­lowed by a win­ter mar­ket at the Savoy Theatre at 6 p.m.

“The mixer will be a lit­tle over­view of where we were, where we are and where we hope to be,” he said, adding it will be a struc­tured hour with some treats.

Kel­loway said they want to hear from the pub­lic, adding that #bay­it­for­ward has 794 Face­book mem­bers.

“We are look­ing for the pub­lic to come down and pro­vide their thoughts in terms of projects, ini­tia­tives and any ques­tions they might have.”

Peo­ple will be asked to fill out a short sur­vey about what they want to see for Glace Bay in­clud­ing ideas they may have and time they can com­mit.

He said whether a per­son has 15 min­utes to do­nate or 15 hours, the per­son ‘is in.”

“If you have an idea … let’s talk about it. It’s build­ing on as­sets, un­der­stand­ing we have chal­lenges and that we’ve got to be all row­ing in the same boat.”

The mixer will be live streamed on YouTube.

“It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun with a lot of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.” The group’s first ini­tia­tive, a win­ter mar­ket, will fol­low at the Savoy.

Twenty ven­dors, busi­nesses and crafters will have booths at the mar­ket. There is no charge for ven­dors to take part.

“We want to show­case some of the life we have in the com­mu­nity in terms of busi­ness,” he said.

Kel­loway said the evening is a good chance for peo­ple of the area to sup­port Glace Bay busi­nesses and for Glace Bay busi­nesses to sup­port peo­ple of the area.

Mary Pat Mom­bour­quette, the event co-or­di­na­tor for #bay­it­for­ward, said the win­ter mar­ket is a great rea­son to get out on a Fri­day night and en­joy down­town Glace Bay.

“It will be a fun evening, she said. “We are hop­ing ev­ery­one will come down as there will be lots hap­pen­ing, we’ll even have door prizes.”

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