Canada 150 event at Bedeque Area Historical Museum
Bedeque Area Historical Museum
From July 28 to 31 the Bedeque Area Historical Museum in conjunction with the Friends of Seacow Head Lighthouse and the L. M. Montgomery Schoolhouse Museum at Lower Bedeque will host a weekend of activities called “Together in the Great Spirit: Preserving the Children of Abegweit,” to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, funded in part by the government of Canada through the Canada 150 fund.
The centre of activities will be a large tent erected near Seacow Head Lighthouse, with other activities and displays taking place at the Bedeque Museum in Central Bedeque and the Lower Bedeque Schoolhouse.
The activities and displays will emphasize the traditional association of the Mi’kmaq people with the Bedeque Bay area. To mark this Mi’kmaq connection, the weekend will feature a demonstration of a variety of Mi’kmaq crafts and cultural ceremonies, including basket-weaving, quill-working, and bead-working. There will be an opportunity for people of all ages to have a first-hand and hands-on experience of these crafts. Mi’kmaq dancers and musicians will provide entertainment. There will be activities for children on July 29 (9:30–11:30 am), including games, both aboriginal and European, an animal petting zoo, and a falconry demonstration.
Friday afternoon will see the recognition of the Bedeque area’s two recent appointees to the Order of Canada, Hon. Catherine Callbeck, retired Canadian senator and former premier of the province, and Georges Arsenault, the Acadian historian and folklorist, who resides in the area in the summer. Monday night will feature a traditional lobster supper, serving dishes authentic to 1867, with guest speaker Gardner MacDougall. www.bedequemuseum.ca. 902-887-3009