Final Ceilidh: August 31, 2017

The final ceilidh of our 2017 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, August 31st at 7 PM at the museum.

This week our entertainment will be:

Elizabeth MacInnis – Fiddle

Sarah MacInnis – Piano & Vocals

Peter MacKenzie – Guitar & Vocals

Admission is $5. Tea and light refreshments will be served following the show.

We hope to see you Thursday as we close out our 2017 Summer Ceilidh Series!

Next Ceilidh: August 24, 2017

The eighth ceilidh of our 2017 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, August 24th at 7 PM at the museum.

Our ceilidh this week will feature:

Dawn & Margie Beaton – Fiddle & Piano

Lynn Chisholm – Guitar & Vocals

Admission is $5. Tea and light refreshments will be served following the show.

Hope to see you there!

Talk on the Sutherland Clearances

Dr. Annie Tindley

The Chestico Museum is pleased to host a talk by Dr. Annie Tindley, Senior Lecturer in modern British History at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 PM.

Dr. Tindley’s talk will be entitled A State of Nature? Clearances, Ownership and Conflict in the Highlands of Scotland, ca. 1790-1900.

It will look at the varying and sometimes conflicting perception of land and landscape in northern Scotland from the dawn of the age of ‘Improvement’, through the clearances and rural protest from the late nineteenth century. Who decides about land in Scotland? What evidence is used to make those decisions? And, crucially, what is it that people want to see in terms of land use and ownership? Land reform is one of the most important political issues in Scotland today and this talk will track the historical pressures and drivers that have created this combustible situation with a particular focus on the Sutherland Clearances, events which prompted many Highlanders to leave Scotland for Canada.

Admission is free – donations are gratefully accepted.

2017 Chestico Couples

The Chestico Museum and Historical Society is pleased to honour Evelyn & Angus MacLean and Jeanie & Donald MacMillan as this year’s Chestico Couples.

Evelyn & Angus MacLean:

Evelyn and Angus MacLean

Evelyn grew up in Port Hood. She was the daughter of Annie Belle (MacKinnon) and Ben Hawley.

Angus was born in Halifax to Evelyn (Lynch) and John Angus MacLean. When Angus was just a young boy his family moved back to the MacLean family home in Mabou Harbour.

Evelyn met Angus met while bike riding in Port Hood. They were married in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood on August 5, 1967.

After their marriage, Evelyn and Angus lived in Toronto for one year. They then moved back to Port Hood where Angus worked in construction and Evelyn in home care. They raised a family of 6 daughters – Angela, Sylvia, Shelley, Stephanie, Amy and Evelina. Today they are blessed with 18 grandchildren – 9 boys and 9 girls.

Evelyn and Angus are both now retired and enjoy having time to pursue their various interests and spend time with family.

Jeanie & Donald MacMillan:

Donald & Jeanie MacMillan

Jeanie grew up in Dunvegan. She was the daughter of Kaye (MacNeil) and Lauchie MacLellan.

Donald was the son of Florence (MacIsaac) and John Dan “The Dancer” MacMillan of Dunmore.

Jeanie and Donald met in Windsor, Ontario where they were both employed. Wedding bells rang for the couple on July 1, 1967. They were married in St. Patrick’s Church in Windsor. 

Jeanie and Donald continued to live in Windsor after their marriage. Donald worked for Chrysler and Jeanie was a self employed hair dresser. They had a family of two sons – Gary and Robert. Today they are also blessed with 5 grandchildren – Colin, Curtis, Cameron, Katie and Hannah.

In 1998 Jeanie and Donald settled back in Port Hood where they are enjoying retirement.

We are pleased Evelyn & Angus and Jeanie & Donald accepted our invitation to be this year’s Chestico Couples. Enjoy the experience and accept our congratulations as you celebrate fifty years of married life!

Next Ceilidh: August 17, 2017

The seventh ceilidh of our 2017 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, August 17th at 7 PM at the museum.

Our ceilidh this week will feature:

Stephanie MacDonald – Fiddle

Francis MacIsaac – Fiddle & Drum

Liam McGlashon – Fiddle & Pipes

Cathy Hawley – Piano

Lisa Cameron – Guitar & Vocals

Admission is $5. Tea and light refreshments will be served following the show.

Hope to see you there!

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