FOOD AND FUN

‘Peo­ple come to­gether from all over’

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN ni­cole.sul­li­van@cb­post.com

‘Peo­ple come to­gether from all over’ for Whit­ney Pier’s Caribbean Fes­ti­val.

It was an­other suc­cess­ful Caribbean Fes­ti­val at St. Philip’s African Ortho­dox Church on Mon­day, bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether for good food and fam­ily fun.

The fes­ti­val is the only fundraiser for the church and or­ga­niz­ers hope to raise enough to cover op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance costs for the year.

Rev. Mother Phyl­lis Marsh was happy with the turnout and said it looked to be on par with at­ten­dance in past years.

“We had peo­ple come from away for this. They came from East Pre­ston, Hal­i­fax and Toronto. That made it even more ex­cit­ing for me,” she said.

Annabel Provo, Marsh’s sis­ter-in-law, trav­elled from East Pre­ston and vol­un­teered at the event.

“It’s awe­some. Peo­ple come to­gether from all over. The food is re­ally good. It takes a lot of team­work to do this event,” Provo said.

Shawn Dil­ney, who lives in Whit­ney Pier, called the event a good meeting place for peo­ple when they come home in the sum­mer to visit.

“It’s a good place for ev­ery­one to meet when they come home. It’s a meeting place and a fes­ti­val,” she said.

Play­ing the mu­sic dur­ing the day­time por­tion of the event was Whit­ney MacEach­ern. She said she keeps com­ing back be­cause of the peo­ple.

“The com­mu­nity is just won­der­ful; beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful

“The com­mu­nity is just won­der­ful; beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful peo­ple. That is what I’ve come to learn about the peo­ple of St. Philip’s church.” Shawn Dil­ney, Whit­ney Pier

peo­ple. That is what I’ve come to learn about the peo­ple of St. Philip’s church. They are beau­ti­ful, won­der­ful, open-armed peo­ple,” she said.

An­other big at­trac­tion was the food, which in­cluded home­made Ja­maican pat­ties and chicken, rice and bean din­ners.

Judy Best, who moved to Whit­ney Pier in 1994, was there with her four-year-old grand­daugh­ter Kyrah Had­dad.

“A lot of kids have a lot of fun be­cause there’s lots for them to do. The food is very good, too, and there’s lots of va­ri­ety,” she said.

Gary Lawrence was there with his fam­ily and friends. He said the event brings good food and fam­ily fun to­gether.

“The kids can come and play the games. We can lis­ten to good mu­sic and have fun.”

NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN PHO­TOS/ CAPE BRE­TON POST

Peo­ple en­joy games of chance at the 32nd an­nual Caribbean Fes­ti­val put on by St. Philip’s African Ortho­dox Church on Mon­day.

Judy Best sits with her four-year-old grand­daugh­ter Kyrah Had­dad.

Mae­lynn Lawrence, 3, from left, stands with her cousin Mila, 5, and her aunt Shawn Dil­ney.

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