First Ceilidh of 2016!

July 7The first ceilidh of our 2016 summer ceilidh series will be Thursday, July 7th at 7 PM at the museum.

Our opening ceilidh will feature:

Hailee Lefort – Fiddle

Cathy Hawley – Piano

Hughie John Beaton – Guitar & Vocals

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

We look forward to seeing you at the Chestico Museum!

Celtic Colours 2016

cc2016_headerThe 2016 Celtic Colours line up has been announced! The Chestico Museum is pleased to once again be hosting two events during this, the 20th year of the Festival.

On Tuesday, October 11 at 2 PM, a Storytelling Session entitled Celtic Tales & Colourful Yarns: Port Hood Characters from Days Gone By will be held at the museum. Our storytellers will share many lighthearted and colourful tales about local people from the past. Although not “famous” as such, these individuals were both interesting and entertaining.. Admission is $10 and refreshments will be served.

The evening of October 11, the Chestico Museum show Close to the Floor will be held at 7:30 PM at Strathspey Place in Mabou. It’s all about the dance! With local dancers (including Colindale’s Amanda MacDonald!), Irish sean-nós, some modern Highland dance, Ottawa Valley style, and a band that was born at Celtic Colours, this concert promises to delight and amaze. Close to the Floor is a favourite of concert goers, taking on a different vibe and direction each year. The show will celebrate many styles of dance for the 20th anniversary with some local favourites and new faces and feet as well. You will see how closely the Irish sean-nós style is to our own Cape Breton steps and just how vital the passing down of tradition is.

Ticket prices are $35/$30 and are available through the Celtic Colours site and at the Chestico Museum. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 5 at 10 AM ADT.

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. After lunch you can browse their sale of assorted local crafts.

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!

Walking Tours

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

Village Walking TourChestico Museum guides in historic costume will bring the past alive as they highlight the people, events, sights and architecture of Port Hood’s past.

The Port Hood Walking Tour is offered on:
Monday, July 11
Friday, July 15
Monday, July 18
Monday, July 25
Monday, August 1
Monday, August 8

The Port Hood Walking tour departs from the Ceilidh Co-op parking lot at 6:00 PM SHARP. The tour includes a stop at the Stone House.

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

Island Walking TourThe Port Hood Island Walking Tour includes a boat ride aboard the Getaway – operated by Gillis Lobster Tours & Charter. You will smell the salt air and feel the breeze on your face as you sail across Port Hood Harbour. Chestico Museum guides in historic costume will accompany you and then lead a walking tour of the Island. Along the way you will have a chance to stop in and see beautiful Jubilee United Church and enjoy a spot of tea!

The Port Hood Island Walking Tour is offered on:
Wednesday, July 13
Wednesday, July 20
Wednesday, July 27
Wednesday, August 3
Wednesday, August 10
Friday, August 12

The Port Hood Island tours depart from the Government Wharf at 6:00 PM SHARP and will arrive back at 8:00 PM.

Tickets for the Port Hood Island tour cost $45 and are available for purchase at the Chestico Museum.

Additional information on our walking tours is available in our Walking Tours 2016 brochure.

Strawberry Social

Strawberry SocialThe Chestico Tea Ladies will host an old-fashioned Strawberry Social, Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at the Museum.

Come and enjoy fresh strawberries, cream, sweets and tea on a warm summer afternoon. Costumed volunteers will welcome you and provide hospitality.

If they wish, guests are encouraged to come dressed in Downton Abbey style.

Music and entertainment will add to the atmosphere.

Tickets are available at the museum at a cost of $10 (adults) and $5 (children). Everyone welcome!

Student Employment Opportunity 2016

Chestico MuseumThe Chestico Museum is currently accepting applications for summer students for the 2016 season.

The positions are open to students who have been accepted at a post-secondary institution for full-time study beginning in September 2016.

The successful candidates will be enthusiastic, organized and possess good communication skills. The ability to multi-task and organize events are key requirements. Knowledge of local history is an asset.

The first position will run from May 23 until August 26, 2016. It is made possible by funding received through the Nova Scotia Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL) Program.

The second position is for an 8 week work term and will run from July 4 until August 26, 2016. It is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Interested individuals may email a cover letter and resume to:

You may also mail your information to:
Chestico Museum
P.O. Box 144
Port Hood, NS
B0E 2W0

Deadline for applications is May 18, 2016.