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    Baddeck Farmers Market

    Location: Victoria Highland Civic Centre, 26 Campbell St., Baddeck

    Date: June 26 - October 30

    Our first market day is June 26 (11am – 2pm) at a brand new location, Victoria Highland Civic Centre. Admission and parking FREE!

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    Sexy Laundry

    Location: Theatre Baddeck -24 Queen Street, Baddeck NS, B0E1B0

    Date: September 20 - October 5

    ABOUT THE PLAY

    Armed with a copy of “Sex for Dummies,” Alice and Henry check themselves into a trendy seaside hotel with a mission: to jump-start their 25-year marriage. It’s not going well. Time has taken its toll – so have kids, stress and gravity. Will Henry’s and Alice’s rediscovery of themselves and their tortured efforts to restore their marriage be enough to save it? By turns laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant, Sexy Laundry is a romantic comedy guaranteed to strike a deep chord with audiences of all ages.

    REVIEWS

    'Full of sharp, witty dialogue juxtaposed with gut-busting physical comedy!" - Theatre Orangeville

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    "The joys of being married and over a certain age hits the funny spot." - Theatre Jones

                                                                   .....a Theatre Baddeck Excerpt.

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    Cabot Trail Writers Festival

    Location: Gaelic College, St. Ann's

    Date: October 4 - October 6

    2019 Festival Schedule

    Opening Night with Host Mark Medley: Readings by Our Festival Authors
    Friday, October 4, 2019 • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    6:15 p.m.           
    Doors Open
    Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore

    7:00 p.m.           
    Welcome
    Acknowledgments
    READINGS: Tom RyanLesley Crewe, Jessica WestheadSara Peters, Joshua Mensch

    8:20 p.m.           
    Break
    Cash bar, bookstore, hors d'oeuvres and book signings

    8:50 p.m. 
    READINGS: Alicia ElliottLynn Coady, Eleanor Wachtel, George Elliott Clarke

    9:30 p.m.           
    Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, bookstore, book signings and mingling with friends and authors

     

    A Day Between the Covers: Workshops, Conversations & Music
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    9:00 – 11:15 a.m.              
    CLOSE READING IN POETRY: POETRY WORKSHOP with Joshua Mensch (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    This workshop will focus on the practice of "close reading" in poetry. An essential skill for any writer, close reading helps us see our work more clearly by forcing us to observe how—and how well—our language is working on the page. It is especially vital to a poet's work where the pressure on each word and phrase is so high. Our goal in this workshop will be to become better readers of our own work. To that end, we’ll look at how various elements that shape a poem—from its form and meter, to its syntax and rhythm, word and image choices—in turn shape the way we experience it.
    Participants should submit one poem each for possible discussion (and written feedback from instructor) 
    no later than September 20. Further submission guidelines will be provided upon registration. 

    9:00 – 11:15 a.m.        
    * SOLD OUT! *
    ”YIKES! I’M A WRITER??”: FICTION WORKSHOP with Lesley Crewe (Education Centre)
    This is a workshop for innocent folks who think they’d like to be a writer. But do your eyes glaze over when you hear words like “plot,” “structure,” and “point of view”? Does your anxiety level rise when someone discusses, “narrative voice,” or “dramatic effect”?
    Then this is the workshop for you! I like simple. I want to give you some hints about what helped me to write eleven books in fifteen years. I never meant to be a writer, and I’m an expert in absolutely nothing, but I’ve learned a thing or two on this journey. Like what to do when your characters refuse to cooperate. You kill them off.
    There is nothing academic about this, just stuff that made my life easier while I was writing book after book. If you’d like to hear about it, join me, and we’ll moan about writing together.       


    9:30 a.m. –  11:15 a.m.     
    WHERE DO STORIES COME FROM? FREE WORKSHOP FOR YOUTHS Ages 12-18 with Tom Ryan (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    Since humans first sat around campfires discussing the day’s hunt, we’ve created and shared stories. From ancient oral traditions to online storytelling platforms, the narrative impulse is deeply embedded in our hearts, souls, and histories. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss how readers respond to character, motivation, setting, and plot, and how these basic elements can hook the imagination when assembled and polished in just the right way. Using powerpoint, handouts, and audience interaction, I will ultimately call on participants to help me create a brand new story on the spot. It’s an experience in which I expect to learn as much as they do!

    11:30 a.m. – noon
    * For registered workshop participants only *      

    Workshop Lunch (MacKenzie Hall)

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.      
    FESTIVAL BOOK CLUB with Jessica Westhead (MacKenzie Hall)
    * Advance registration required *                 

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.      
    LITTLE PEOPLE TELL BIG STORIES: FREE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS Ages 7-11 with Tom Ryan (Education Centre)
    * Advance registration required *
    We’ll begin by discussing our favourite stories, from well-loved family gems passed down by grandparents, to popular books and films, and then begin breaking them apart to see what makes them tick. In an engaging and interactive presentation, we’ll work as a group to create a brand new story, complete with engaging characters, intriguing settings, and maybe even a plot-twist or two!

    1:45 p.m.    
    HEARD IN THE HIGHLANDS
    A stroll among the changing colours of the forest surrounding the Gaelic College, featuring literary readings by Jessie Chai, Perla MacLeod, and Louisa Esangbedo, contributors to Once Upon an Island: Traditional Tales from New Cape Bretoners, along with with songs and harp music (weather-permitting!) by Màiri Britton. Please dress for the weather and meet at the junction of Mackillop Road and the Cabot Trail, just east of the Gaelic College entrance. In case of rain, performances will take place in the Pavillion, a sheltered outdoor performance area at the rear of the Gaelic College campus.

    3:30 p.m.       
    JUST BETWEEN US: THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WRITER & READER (Great Hall of the Clans)
    A Conversation with Tom RyanJessica Westhead & Lesley Crewe, moderated by Mark Medley on the
    subject of how the private act of writing becomes the eponymously public act of publication, what role the
    imagined reader plays in the mind of the writer as s/he works, how writers reach and connect with their
    readers, how 21st-century technology has changed the relationship, and what if anything a writer owes the
    reader once the book is complete
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    5 p.m.      
    A CONVERSATION with Lynn Coady (Great Hall of the Clans)

    6 p.m.       
    Supper (Great Hall of the Clans)

    7 p.m.     
    MUSIC & PERFORMANCES with George Elliott Clarke, We’koqma’qewiskwa, Andrea Currie & Abby Mullendore (Great Hall of the Clans)

    8 p.m.     
    Eleanor Wachtel presents THE LIVES OF WRITERS (Great Hall of the Clans)
                   
       

    Festival Close: Conversations, Brunch & Songs
    Sunday, October 6, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    9:00 a.m.     
    GÀIDHLIG, AN CÀNAN CEÒLMHÓR, BLASDA, BINN (“GAELIC, THE MUSICAL, SAVOURY, SWEET LANGUAGE”)
    A Performance, Reading & Conversation in Gaelic and English with Mary Jane Lamond, Màiri Britton, Goiridh Dòmhnullach, and host Lewis MacKinnon (Great Hall of the Clans)             

    10:40 a.m.   
    Break (Great Hall of the Clans)
    Bookstore; coffee, tea & treats

    11 a.m.
    WHAT GOOD DOES WRITING DO?: HOW BOOKS CAN CHANGE US & OUR WORLD (Great Hall of the Clans)
    A Conversation with Joshua Mensch, Sara Peters & Alicia Elliott, moderated by Mark Medley, on the subject of the personal, social and political impact of literary work; the limits of that power and whether it should even be the objective of writing to do good in the world; how the panellists have been moved or disappointed by the scope of influence of books or have tried to be an influence themselves; and what mark, in the end, is made by marks on a page.

    Noon           
    Brunch (Great Hall of the Clans)

    1 p.m.           
    A CONVERSATION with George Elliott Clarke (Great Hall of the Clans)

    2 p.m.     
    SONGS & STORIES with Shawnee Paul, Toney Morgan, Bradley Murphy & Mario Colosimo (Great Hall of the Clans)


    You can purchase tickets online.

  • Fibre Festival

    Fibre Festival

    Location: Chebucto Street, Baddeck

    Date: October 10 - October 16

    A display of handwoven items including; blankets, coverlets, scarves, stoles, placemats, tablecloths, runners, tea towels, handwoven guitar straps, etc. Also, handmade quilts, some of which are hand quilted. This festival takes place during Celtic Colors from October 10th - October 16th, 2019. Workshops include basket making, lace knitting, celtic knot quilting and rug hooking.

    Admission - $2.00 to the festival, pay at the entrance.

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    Celtic Colours International Festival

    Location: Baddeck

    Date: October 11 - October 19

    Info on events coming in 2019. 

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    Iona Port Community Market

    Location: Iona, NS

    Date: October 12

    Iona Port Community Market

    Saturday, Oct. 12th 11am.-1 pm.
     
    Come & meet a variety of local vendors @ Iona Port off Hwy 223
    Remember to bring your reusable bags, mugs and water bottles.

    For more information or to become a vendor, please email :
    ionaportmarket@gmail.com

  • 6th Annual Huckle Buckle Festival

    6th Annual Huckle Buckle Festival

    Location: Ingonish

    Date: October 13 - October 19

    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    a) Pumpkin Carving, 10 am. at Broad Cove Campground, Hosted by CBHNP.
    b) Grandmother Moon, 6:00 pm. at Ingonish Beach, This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings. Hosted by CBHNP


    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    a) Guided Hike - Franey Trail - 10:00 am.
    b) Hot Turkey Dinner - 5 pm. at Ingonish Fire Hall, Hosted by United Church
        Women.  Admission $15.00
    c) Celtic Colours Jam Session - 10 pm. - 12:30 am at Keltic Lodge Resort.
        Bring your instruments1 $10, $8 with concert ticket stub

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 
     a) Guided Moonlight Pumpkin Walk begins at 6:30 pm. (Freshwater Lake Trail) 
         Bonfire & Marshmallow roast to follow. Fireworks at 8:00 pm.  Ingonish Beach

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Festival Fall Fun Day at Ingonish Beach Soccer field   11 am. - 2 pm.
    a) Children's Bike Decorating Content & Parade (Ingonish Beach Tennis Court)
    b) Archery with Highland Bow & Arrow
    c) Cow Plop  IVFD fund-raiser
    d) Touch -a-Truck
    e) Open - Air Farmers Market
    f) Face Painting
    g) Hay Maze
    h) Escape Tent
    i) Children's Bike Decorating Contest & Parade 11am.
    j) Pumpkin Growing Contest

    On Stage
    a) 11:00 am. Shawn MacKinnon & Derrick Hawley
    b) 12:00 pm. RapunzielMagical Events
    c) 1:00 pm.   BROKEN ROAD

    Great Eats
    a) Clay's Confectionary
    b) Stuff and Stand your Face
    c) Top of the Island Grub Stop

    Octoberfest Pub with Live Band - Broken Road (Oct. 19)
    9:00 pm. at Legion Branch #105

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    The Bell Series

    Location: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck

    Date: October 14 - October 18

    More info coming in 2019.

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    How to Preserve your Family Treasures Workshop

    Location: NS Highland Village, Iona, NS

    Date: October 18

    How to Preserve your Family Treasures Workshop

     
    October 18, 2019

    Have you ever wondered what to do with those boxes of family treasures such photos, papers and objects? Join us at Baile nan Gàidheal for a workshop where you will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the materials and methods to organize and preserve your treasures.  This workshop will include a ‘My Family History’ materials kit and instructions on how to use it. Workshop from 10am - 12pm. Cost $100.00.  Space is limited.

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    Oidhche nam Bocan/Night of the Spooks

    Location: NS Highland Village, Iona, NS

    Date: October 25 - October 26

    Oidhche nam Bòcan | Night of the Spooks

     
    October 25, 2019 to October 26, 2019

    Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects.

    The tour is followed by a storytelling session in "The Tuning Room" with fuarag, oatcakes and more.
    This is a family activity enjoyed by all. Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts.

    Cost $18 per adult, $40 per family, or $10 per student.

    Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets. (7-9 pm each evening)

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