TASTE OF WIN­TER

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity or­ga­niz­ing fes­ti­val for all-ages

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­post.com

CBRM Recre­ation an­nounces new win­ter fes­ti­val.

Try­ing to en­sure that ev­ery­one will find some­thing that ap­peals to them is one of the key tenets be­hind a new win­ter fes­ti­val an­nounced Fri­day by CBRM recre­ation.

Taste of Win­ter will fea­ture more than 30 ac­tiv­i­ties in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas across the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The full lineup of events is ex­pected to be re­leased next week, but it will in­clude in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties as well as things in­tended to ap­peal to peo­ple of all ages. It will be­gin this month and con­tinue into March, CBRM recre­ation pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Joe Costello said in an in­ter­view.

“We wanted to make sure that it was ac­ces­si­ble to the ma­jor­ity of our res­i­dents,” he said. “We know some res­i­dents are in­ter­ested in ac­tive liv­ing, they’re in­ter­ested in out­door fun and stuff that’s as­so­ci­ated with win­ter, but we don’t want to for­get about the peo­ple who just want to have fun in­doors or they want to see an event.”

Costello said the fes­ti­val will fo­cus on four pil­lars — out­door fun, in­door fun, ac­tive liv­ing and spe­cial events.

Events will be­gin on Feb. 19 with what is be­ing called an “in­door drive-in” at Ge­orge D. Lewis School in Louis­bourg fea­tur­ing a show­ing of Dis­ney’s “Moana.”

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple not feel that they’re iso­lated to their homes in the win­ter, we know that ice and snow and cold can be a bar­rier to some peo­ple so we wanted to have that se­lec­tion of both in­door and out­door things to do,” Costello said.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties that will take place over the course of Taste of Win­ter will be curl­ing, skat­ing, trail hikes, se­niors so­cials, as well as the an­nual Louis­bourg Slush Run and Walk, and a new snow­board com­pe­ti­tion launched in part­ner­ship with Ski Ben Eoin and Ol­lie Around.

“There’s stuff for se­niors, there’s a lot of stuff for chil­dren, but then there’s also a lot of cross-de­mo­graphic where we can bring dif­fer­ent age groups to­gether,” Costello said. “There’s stuff like hikes or snow­shoe­ing on the Green­link Trail, that could ap­peal to any­body that’s into that.”

The in­ten­tion was to try to keep any bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion to a min­i­mum, he added.

The fes­ti­val could po­ten­tially be­come an an­nual event, Costello said.

“We’ll see what the com­mu­nity re­sponse is, this time of year, of course, ev­ery­thing is very weather-re­lated so we would like to con­tinue hav­ing some­thing ev­ery win­ter and of course that’s some­thing we feel very strongly about, that the recre­ation de­part­ment does year-round ac­tiv­i­ties for our res­i­dents,” he said.

If any­one has sug­ges­tions for po­ten­tial fu­ture events, they can con­tact CBRM recre­ation.

“We’re kind of treat­ing it as a liv­ing doc­u­ment, as well … as ev­ery sin­gle thing is 100 per cent con­firmed and all the in­for­ma­tion is out, we’re just go­ing to keep adding stuff,” Costello said.

Taste of Win­ter will re­lease a full sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties next week via the web­site www.tas­te­ofwin­ter.ca.

“We know some res­i­dents are in­ter­ested in ac­tive liv­ing, they’re in­ter­ested in out­door fun and stuff that’s as­so­ci­ated with win­ter, but we don’t want to for­get about the peo­ple who just want to have fun in­doors or they want to see an event.” Joe Costello, CBRM recre­ation pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor

CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTO

The first five com­peti­tors in the open cat­e­gory for those 15 and older pre­pare for their first pre­lim­i­nary runs down the slope at the White Out Ur­ban snow­board­ing com­pe­ti­tion on the Syd­ney water­front last March. A snow­board com­pe­ti­tion will be a part of the new Taste of Win­ter fes­ti­val an­nounced Fri­day by CBRM recre­ation.

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