Change can be good

Lo­cal group work­ing to­wards turn­ing ne­glected space into park

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/Cape Breton - Dona Benac On the North­side Dona Benac is a North­side res­i­dent and can be reached at dl­beb75@hot­

Of­ten­times changes have to be made by in­di­vid­u­als or groups, and it’s not al­ways an easy thing to do.

We love to hang on to the fa­mil­iar, com­fort­able, some­times easy rou­tines we have. But change is good, and “go­ing with the flow” makes those changes more man­age­able.

When Archibald Wharf was sold re­cently, leav­ing the town up­set and un­com­fort­able, many peo­ple were dis­cour­aged when their at­tempts at stop­ping the sale were not suc­cess­ful. Rather than dwell on what couldn’t be changed, a group of ded­i­cated North­siders joined to­gether to find some­thing pos­i­tive that could be done. That group, the Vic­tory Park So­ci­ety chaired by Ryan Duff, pro­poses to change a ne­glected space into a water­front park.

To that end, the so­ci­ety is cur­rently hold­ing fun­drais­ing events to reach the goal of pur­chas­ing land in the down­town area. A re­cent Mother’s Day ticket draw was held, and an up­com­ing va­ri­ety con­cert is planned for May 21 at St Joseph Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and en­ter­tain­ment starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Ad­mis­sion is by mon­e­tary do­na­tions at the door, with many tal­ented per­form­ers on the sched­ule. Singers in­clude Lynda Maxwell, Emily Ding­wall, Alan Gale, Dane Ped­er­son and Sarah Mus­grave. Fid­dlers per­form­ing are Shawn MacDon­ald, Matt Earhart and Sarah Mus­grave ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anists Dougie MacPhee and Mar­guerite Mus­grave.

Any time you can gather to hear great mu­sic and raise money for a good cause, you should do so. There will also be fudge sales and 50/50 draw. Give what you can and have a great time. No doubt we’ll hear more about this cause in the fu­ture.

What do you think of a “Bee Friendly Pol­li­na­tor Gar­den” in town? It would be a com­mu­nity gar­den with flow­ers, veg­eta­bles, herbs and berries, lo­cated at Smelt Brook Park. This is an ini­tia­tive of the BIDA of North Syd­ney, who ap­plied for a grant and was awarded $2,000 to­wards this project by Patag­o­nia, an en­vi­ron­men­tally aware out­door cloth­ing de­signer group. Other do­na­tions of $500 have come in and a list of vol­un­teers has be­gun. Com­post will be do­nated by the CBRM and the money will go to­wards ma­te­ri­als for build­ing the beds, amend­ing the soil and buy­ing seeds.

This will be a gar­den for all to en­joy in some way, whether by work­ing in it, walk­ing by it, do­nat­ing to it, or en­joy­ing the pro­duce from it. All pro­duce will go to the food bank. This will be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to our com­mu­nity.

On Wed­nes­day, May 17, there will be a read­ing at the Wil­fred Oram Cen­ten­nial Li­brary by Gra­ham Reynolds, whose book “Vi­ola Des­mond’s Canada,” is short­listed for the 2017 Rob­bie Robert­son Dart­mouth Book Award. He holds the Vi­ola Des­mond Chair for So­cial Jus­tice at Cape Breton Univer­sity. Wanda Rob­son will share sto­ries of her sis­ter’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

On May 27, St. John Angli­can Church will hold a flea mar­ket and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free ad­mis­sion with lots of trea­sures and de­li­cious baked goods.

Be­lated Happy Mother’s Day to women ev­ery­where who have im­pacted a child’s life in some way. Take care.

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