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All ages square dance a big hit with vis­i­tors and lo­cals.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY DAVID JALA david.jala@cb­post.com

When Donna and Nor­man Short planned their re­tire­ment hol­i­day, there was no doubt as to the des­ti­na­tion.

On Thurs­day, the re­tirees from ru­ral Man­i­toba found them­selves at the All Ages Fam­ily Square Dance, a Celtic Colours event at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity.

And with renowned mu­si­cians Howie MacDon­ald and Mary Beth Carty keep­ing things lively, the Shorts danced and swirled along with the al­most 100 other par­tic­i­pants who at­tended the af­ter­noon event.

“We came for Celtic Colours and the beau­ti­ful scenery,” de­clared Donna, who worked in the field of nu­clear medicine, while her farmer hus­band Nor­man made his liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent kind of field al­to­gether.

“We drove a mo­torhome all the way here, we’ve been around the is­land and we just want to take in as much as pos­si­ble.”

The Shorts weren’t the only vis­i­tors who turned out to try their hand at Cape Bre­ton style square danc­ing. A num­ber of par­tic­i­pants showed up wear­ing “From Saskatchewan to Cape Bre­ton” at­tire, while in one part of the dance floor a group of young­sters, in­clud­ing a pair of broth­ers from Bri­tish Columbia, held hands and did their own ver­sion of square danc­ing as they twirled round and round.

With the caller late to ar­rive, event or­ga­nizer Heather Spar­ling, a CBU mu­sic pro­fes­sor, took to the mi­cro­phone to guide the dancers through the open­ing “Syd­ney set.” Another set was called the “In­ver­ness set.”

“This is the first time we’ve had an event like this here and it looks re­ally suc­cess­ful, so hope­fully it will be back on again next year,” said Spar­ling.

Adult square dances are set for tonight in Boisdale and South West Mar­ga­ree, while an all ages event is sched­uled for West Mabou on Saturday evening. A square danc­ing workshop is also set for Saturday at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre at 2 p.m.

The grand fi­nale of the 2017 Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val takes place in Port Hawkes­bury on Saturday evening. The civic cen­tre show be­gins at 7:30 p.m.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Donna and Nor­man Short, vis­it­ing from Man­i­toba, had them­selves a swirling good time at the All Ages Fam­ily Square Dance at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity. The Thurs­day af­ter­noon Celtic Colours event at­tracted about 100 par­tic­i­pants who spent a cou­ple of hours danc­ing to the mu­sic of fid­dler Howie MacDon­ald and gui­tarist Mary Beth Carty.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The Celtic Colours in­au­gu­ral All Ages Fam­ily Square Dance at­tracted young and old alike to Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity. From left are Ja­coby Mercer, 3, of West­mount, Grif­fin Grant, 3, of Lan­g­ley, B.C., Ja­coby’s sis­ter Brook­lyn Mercer, 5, and Grif­fin’s brother Lin­coln Grant, 5.

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