Centre communautaire francophone de Truro holds grand opening

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An arts and crafts show and sale, music and refreshments were all part of the grand opening celebration held at the Centre communautaire francophone de Truro on Saturday.

Erin Gould, of Bible Hill, demonstrated the art of needle felting during a celebration at the Centre communautaire francophone de Truro on Saturday. The event included arts and crafts, music, refreshments and a grand opening ceremony.

“We’ve been in the building for eight and a half years and we need to celebrate,” said Wendy Robichaud, a volunteer with the centre. “We needed an official opening to say thank you to our funders and invite people in to see things.”

The centre includes a black box theatre (a simple space with black walls and a flat floor) that can hold about 90 people. The theatre is also used by the adjacent Ecole acadienne de Truro.

Erin Gould and her mother Rene, of Bible Hill, were two of the people who attended the event. They brought in a variety of colourful felted wool and upcycled creations.

“My teacher told me about this event,” said Erin, who is a 15-year-old French immersion student at Bible Hill Junior High. “I thought it would be fun to bring some of the needle felted things here and tell people about this craft. Doing this is kind of stress relieving.”

Erin and Rene met Gwyneth Jones at an open farm day and then took a felting course from her about four years ago.

“I call it sculpting with wool but with this you can sometimes make changes if you don’t like the way something looks,” said Rene. “It’s easy to pick up and it’s a way of doing something different with a resource.”

Rene also creates new things from old items, such as an apron with a front section made from a pair of jeans or a bag made from a man’s dress shirt.

Wooden creations, paintings and more were also on display.

Visitors were also able to learn about the centre is working with a Tatamagouche group that plans to build an Acadian chaloupe, a boat often used to transport sheep and cattle.

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Tatamagouche

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