Gala event planned

Or­ga­niz­ers hope this year’s Mira Gala the best yet

Cape Breton Post - - GRACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD & AREA - Alice Ross Mira Mo­ments Alice Ross is a res­i­dent of Mar­ion Bridge, an em­ployee of the Cape Bre­ton Dis­trict Health Au­thor­ity and a for­mer reporter. She can be con­tacted by email at al­iceross51@hot­

I know I have al­luded to this in pre­vi­ous col­umns but I feel I must ad­dress the is­sue again and that is, “I think I am los­ing my mind.”

This is no joke. I have hit menopause and the prover­bial brick wall. All you ladies en­ter­ing the sec­ond half of life know where I am com­ing from, right?

I am strug­gling to sit and write this col­umn be­cause I now have the at­ten­tion span of a three year old. Not only does my mind race, but I have be­come so for­get­ful. I walk into every room with a pur­pose only to for­get why I went in there.

As my es­tro­gen de­pletes, my brain fog thick­ens.

I’ve had to say good­bye to a rest­ful night’s sleep. Just as hubby’s lit­tle snor­ing is­sue is un­der con­trol, bam, I’m hit with night sweats keep­ing us both awake, again.

And those hot flashes, don’t even get me started.

To ex­tin­guish the fire, I have been known to turn the heat way down or open win­dows and doors while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some frigid win­ter tem­per­a­tures. Fam­ily mem­bers have tried to scold me for this. Not a good idea given my frag­ile psy­che when one of two things could hap­pen: I could erupt in a fit of de­monic rage, or, burst into tears and cry like a baby.

For their safety, I have rec­om­mended they just dress in lay­ers.

I would love to say I am em­brac­ing and cel­e­brat­ing all these new changes but I’m not there yet. In fact, I have been try­ing to self-med­i­cate with cho­co­late, burg­ers, fries and maybe the occasional adult bev­er­age, but all that has got­ten me is 25 ex­tra pounds.

So, hold the ap­plause be­cause I am go­ing to end this pity party right now and get to the real rea­son I am here, to show­case “Mira.” But be­fore I do, let me share a Pin­ter­est quote to show that I haven’t com­pletely lost my sense of hu­mor.

“Menopause ... it’s no­body’s fault, but some­one will have to pay.”

Amen to that!

“Make the Mira Gala great again.”

This line has a fa­mil­iar ring to it. But the Mira Gala or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee have re­grouped and are now armed with more than two dozen vol­un­teers, and gear­ing up to make the 2017 gala the best ever.

Mira res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have been en­joy­ing the gala for over four decades. It gen­er­ally takes place the first two weeks of July, kick­ing off with July 1 cel­e­bra­tions which have in­cluded a pa­rade and many fam­ily events at MacPher­son’s Field in Mar­ion Bridge, then topped off with fire­works.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to one of the event chairs, Rob MacPher­son, the event was “put on hold last year due to a lack of vol­un­teers.” The fire­works did go ahead.

Rob ex­plained that the same five or six vol­un­teers had or­ga­nized the gala for the past num­ber of years. With 2017 mark­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day, the gala or­ga­niz­ing mem­bers de­cided to ap­peal to the com­mu­nity for more vol­un­teers to re­vive the event. They were over­joyed when more than 25 peo­ple at­tended the first meet­ing in early Fe­bru­ary. Even more im­pres­sive was the age range, which ran “from teens to se­niors.”

A full seven-day event is planned. Angie Collins-MacLeod will act as chair of the pa­rade com­mit­tee. Or­ga­niz­ers are also hop­ing to add some new wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties to Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions in­clud­ing kayak and ca­noe races as well as the usual fa­vorites, the slip and slide and dunk tank.

Fundrais­ing ef­forts got un­der way with a mixed dart tour­na­ment this past week­end. Other fundrais­ers will in­clude a teen dance, car wash and bus crawl, just to name a few.

The next gala or­ga­niz­ing meet­ing will take place at the Mira Cen­tre on March 5, 7 p.m. Any in­ter­ested vol­un­teers are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

There will be a pot luck at the Mil­dred Grey Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Gabarus, Sun­day March 5, 4-6 p.m. and a Paddy’s Fish Cake and Beans Sup­per at Union Church Hall, March 11, from 4-6 p.m.

For a com­plete list of events hap­pen­ing in the Mira area, in­clud­ing Chase the Ace, tara­bish and dart leagues, please visit mar­ and www. miraboat­

In a pre­vi­ous col­umn con­cern­ing lit­ter­ing and il­le­gal dump­ing on Trout Brook Rd. I mis­tak­enly named Lauri Ra­vanello-Gall­away, in­stead of her sis­ter Janet, as spear­head­ing ef­forts with Linda Shaw to re­place the ag­ing an­tilit­ter­ing signs found on both ends of Trout Brook. My apolo­gies.

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