Next Ceilidh – July 9th

July 9th CeilidhThe Chestico Museum summer ceilidh series continues on Thursday, July 9th at 7 PM at the museum.

This week, we are pleased to welcome Dawn & Margie Beaton and Hughie John Beaton.

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

We  hope to see you there!

July 2nd Ceilidh

The first ceilidh of the Chestico Museum’s summer ceilidh series was held at the museum July 2nd.  Entertaining were Kolten MacDonell on fiddle, Jeanette MacDonald on keyboard, Lynn Chisholm on guitar and vocals and Highland Dancing was performed by Alexandra McLennan. 

Lives of Service Exhibit

Lives of Service Display The feature exhibit for 2009 at the Chestico Museum is entitled Lives of Service.  It is dedicated to the men and women of the Port Hood area who entered religious life.

Along with photographs and information, there are also a number of items on display.  Among them are Bishop Alexander MacDonald’s robes and the field glasses that were used by Father Donald MacPherson when he served overseas during World War I.

We hope you will come visit us at the museum and learn more about these people of faith.

Chestico Museum Ceilidhs Resume!

July 2 Ceilidh PosterThe Chestico Museum summer ceilidh series resumes for the season on Thursday, July 2nd at 7 PM at the museum. 

This week, we are pleased to welcome Kolten MacDonell, Jeanette MacDonald, Lynn Chisholm and Alexandra McLennan. 

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

We  hope to see you there!

Celtic Colours 2009

Celtic Colours 2009The 2009 Celtic Colours lineup has been announced.  The Chestico Museum is pleased to once again be hosting two events.

On Tuesday, October 13th at 1 PM, Storytellers Circle West will be held at the museum.  Irish storyteller Jimmy McBride, Newfoundland storyteller Jim Payne, and our own Jim St. Clair are sure to please as they share their tales.  Tea and oatcakes will be served.  The cost is $10.

The evening of October 13, the Chestico Museum show Close to the Floor:  Steps Across the Pond will be held at  7: 30 PM at Strathspey Place in Mabou.  Every year our show is dedicated to dance.  This year, in keeping with the Irish theme of Celtic Colours, the focus will be the Irish traditional sean nos dancing which will be seen for the first time in Cape Breton at Celtic Colours this year. Sean nos means “old style” and what is most obvious upon seeing this dancing is how much it has in common with Cape Breton step dancing.  In this show we will see some of the finest sean nos dancers, Seosamh Ó Neachtain and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin as well as award winning dancer Cliodhna of the Begley family.

Another Irish-influenced style of dance is that of Newfoundland, performed by Jim Payne, known as one of his provinces best traditional dancers. Melody and Kelly Warner will also perform.  And since it is all about the music, there are musicians galore from the Begleys and Fergus O’Byrne to Dawn and Margie Beaton, Derrick and Melody Cameron and Robbie Fraser.  It is certain to be a show to remember!

Ticket prices are $35 / $25 and are available through the Celtic Colours siteor the Strathspey Place Box Office.  Tickets go on sale Monday, July 6th at 9 AM ADT.

Between the Storytellers Circle and Close to the Floor concert, you will find a delicious roast beef dinner in Port Hood at St. Peter’s Parish Hall beginning at 4 PM.  The meal is sponsored by the Port Hood Knights of Columbus.  The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.

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