House rings hon­our Tup­per, McCully, Chan­dler and Dickey

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE dar­[email protected]­st­ Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

A half century ago the Amherst Curl­ing Club ded­i­cated its four ice sur­faces in hon­our of the town’s four Fa­thers of Con­fed­er­a­tion.

Now, 50 years later, it has a com­plete set of rings to rec­og­nize that hon­our.

“With this be­ing Canada’s 150th birth­day we thought it would be tting for us to do some­thing to rec­og­nize Amherst’s con­tri­bu­tion to Con­fed­er­a­tion in the four Fa­thers of Con­fed­er­a­tion,” club trea­surer Robin Keith said. “We’ve long wanted a com­plete set of house rings and with this fund­ing we were able to do that.”

With sup­port from the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum, the curl­ing club ap­plied to the Nova Sco­tia 150 For­ward Fund for fund­ing and learned ear­lier this year that it’s ap­pli­ca­tion was suc­cess­ful.

Keith said curl­ing club mem­ber and artist John Greer came on board to sketch im­ages of each of the Fa­thers of Con­fed­er­a­tion in­clud­ing Sir Charles Tup­per, E.B. Chan­dler, Jonathan McCully and R.B. Dickey — a process that took ap­prox­i­mately eight weeks.

e im­ages, done by graphite pen­cil, were then sent o to Jet Ice in Toronto, which de­vel­oped the sketches into four rings us­ing the colours of blue and green for the town of Amherst and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land.

e new rings are in one sec­tion that t over the cen­tre of the house. Pre­vi­ously, club mem­bers had to in­stall the rings in sec­tions. e other good thing about the new rings is they can be rolled up at the end of the sea­son and re-in­stalled the next.

Mu­seum board mem­ber Wayne Bishop said it’s a project that works well for both or­ga­ni­za­tions. e new rings are some­thing the club will be able to show­case to mem­bers and vis­i­tors at­tend­ing events such as pro­vin­cial se­nior curl­ing cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

e rings will be ded­i­cated dur­ing the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum’s Four Fa­thers Din­ner at the curl­ing club on Fri­day night, be­gin­ning at ap­prox­i­mately 5:40 p.m.

e project was done in con­junc­tion with the mu­seum, which worked with the curl­ing club to ap­ply for fund­ing through the Nova Sco­tia 150 For­ward Fund pro­gram.

ere are a few tick­ets avail­able by call­ing the mu­seum at 902-667-2561.


(From left) Wayne Bishop from the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum, artist John Greer, Amherst Curl­ing Club trea­surer Robin Keith and se­nior curl­ing co-or­di­na­tor Brian Tren­holm look over one of the new house rings at the curl­ing club.

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