New traditions mark holiday
Baddeck celebrates Heritage Day with family events
When Belinda Garland looked ahead to Heritage Day, she saw more than just a day off.
So, the Baddeck woman came up with the idea of planning some holiday-related events in the scenic central Cape Breton community.
“When Heritage Day was started here in Nova Scotia I saw that people were just taking it as a holiday and weren’t doing anything, so I wanted to pick a day where people could spend time with their kids doing things together,” said Garland, who attributed the idea to the celebrations that were held in the Alberta town of Whitecourt, where she once resided.
“So, I reached out to a few people in the community to host events all over the village and it all came together — we started on Sunday evening with a snow sculpting competition because we felt that would characterize the village and help people get excited about the event.”
The winning sculpture turned out to be a large, long green dragon that was created by Bruce Phillips, Mary Phillips, Gerald Dunlop, Andrew Dunlop and James Dunlop.
The sculptors reportedly started at 11 p.m. on Sunday and finished their creation at around 2 a.m.
On Monday, Heritage Day, area residents were offered an early morning breakfast at the local legion before taking part in a host of events including yoga, skating, curling, swimming, face painting and a paint workshop as well as snowshoeing.
Throughout the day, St. Michael’s Parish Hall served as ‘Fun Central,’ according to Garland. The activities ran throughout the day before culminating in a family dance at the Inverary Resort.
“People were coming and going all day, they’d stop by and get warmed up, socialize and then move on to the next event,” she said. “All week long, people have been talking about what a good time it was — the response has been great and the enthusiasm was something else.”
For her part, Garland said organizing the event, that received partial funding from Victoria County’s Active Life program, was extremely gratifying and she hopes next year’s event will be even better.
This large snow dragon appeared to be enjoying the snow during Heritage Day celebrations Monday in Baddeck. The colourful and lengthy creature was sculpted in three hours by a fiveperson team.
This depiction of Snoopy atop his doghouse with a little Woodstock and Charlie Brown sitting nearby was awarded second placed at a snow sculpting competition held on Heritage Day, Monday in Baddeck.