2017 Cemetery Tours

The Chestico Museum & Historical Society is pleased to offer guided tours of Port Hood cemeteries this summer.

Hear stories of Port Hood’s past by visiting the gravesites of some of Port Hood’s past citizens. John and Cathy Gillies will recount stories of the early pioneers, tragic losses at sea, shipwrecks, mining accidents and other events that affected the people of our community.

The Cemetery Tours are offered on:

Friday, July 14 – St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Tour

Wednesday, July 26 – Union Protestant Cemetery Tour

Monday, August 7 – St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Tour

Tours are 90 minutes and depart at 7 PM SHARP.

Please meet in front of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church for the St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Tour.

For the Union Protestant Cemetery Tour, please meet at the entrance to the graveyard.
 
Tickets for the Cemetery Tours cost $15 and are available for purchase at the Chestico Museum.

Next Ceilidh: July 13, 2017

The second ceilidh of our 2017 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, July 13th at 7 PM at the museum.

Our ceilidh this week will feature:

Joe MacMaster – Fiddle

Machaela Osowski – Piano

Marie Aucoin – Vocals

Bill MacDonald – Guitar & Vocals

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

Hope to see you there!

First Ceilidh of 2017!

The first ceilidh of our 2017 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, July 6th at 7 PM at the museum.

Our opening ceilidh will feature:

John Donald Cameron – Fiddle

Pius MacIsaac – Guitar

Boys from the Hood – Guitar & Vocals

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

We look forward to seeing you at a Chestico Museum ceilidh this summer!

Celtic Colours 2017

The 2017 Celtic Colours line up has been announced! The Chestico Museum is pleased to once again be hosting two events during the Festival.

On Tuesday, October 10th at 2 PM, a Storytelling Session entitled Rum Running and Moonshine will be held at the museum. Our storytellers will share tales dealing with rum running, moonshining, prohibition and bootlegging in our area. An actual still will be on display and its history will be told by a descendant of the original owner. Secrets hidden in the past will be “rooted out”…true stories told in good humour. Audience members will be encouraged to participate by sharing their own stories. Admission is $10 and refreshments will be served.

The evening of October 10th, the Chestico Museum show Close to the Floor will be held at 7:30 PM at Strathspey Performing Arts Centre in Mabou. Like praising “the dirt” in one’s fiddle-playing, “close to the floor” is the highest compliment that can be paid to a step dancer, and an apt description of the cream of the crop in this show. Every performer on this stage can say they started dancing at a very young age, including Rodney MacDonald. From just a stone’s throw away, Rodney welcomes fellow dancers Bill and John Pellerin of Antigonish to shine up their shoes for the night. Not to be outdone, dance troupe Fileanta will perform dance and square sets from the area. Matched up with traditional pipe group Nuallan, it’s a perfect marriage. And why stop at only three pipers when we can have five more, courtesy of Seudan. That adds up to a piper for every dancer! We’ll also get to see the Québécois steps of Bon Débarras, highland by Marielle, and those of dance troup Sgiobalta.

Ticket prices are $35/$30 and are available through the Celtic Colours site and at the Chestico Museum. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 11th at 10 AM ADT. More information on tickets can be accessed here.

Prior to our Storytelling, you can purchase a delicious soup and sandwich lunch for just $10 at St. Stephen’s Church Hall from 11 AM until 1 PM. This luncheon will offer a variety of homemade, hearty soups and fresh, made-to-order sandwiches. Tea and coffee will be served with a sweet to top off this satisfying meal.

A roast beef dinner with all the trimmings is available that evening at St. Peter’s Parish Hall from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. The meal is sponsored by the Port Hood Knights of Columbus. The cost is $16 for adults and $8 for children under 12.

We look forward to seeing you this year during Celtic Colours!

2017 Village Walking Tours

The Chestico Museum & Historical Society is pleased to offer walking tours of Port Hood this summer.

Chestico Museum guides in historic costume (John & Cathy Gillies) will bring the past alive as they highlight the people, events, sights and architecture of Port Hood’s past.

In addition to telling stories of Port Hood’s history, John and Cathy will focus on a few buildings in the community that were standing at the time of Confederation in 1867. 

The Port Hood Walking Tour is offered on:
Monday, July 10
Monday, July 17
Monday, July 24

The 2 hour Port Hood Walking tour departs from the Ceilidh Co-op parking lot at 6:00 PM SHARP. 

Tickets for the Port Hood Walking Tours cost $15 and are available for purchase at the Chestico Museum.