New bandstand opens June 1 at Nelson Memorial Park

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TATAMAGOUCHE - A spring fair for the entire family will be held Sunday, June 1 at Nelson Memorial Park, highlighted by the official opening of the park’s brand new bandstand.

Live music, games, scavenger hunt, barbecues, crafts, displays, demonstrations, facepainting and more will be featured from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The bandstand’s official opening will be held at 1 p.m.

Craig Burgess, director of Recreation Services for the Municipality of Colchester, said the bandstand is a beautiful addition to the park, and offers a terrific view of Tatamagouche Bay. It was built by Matt Cripps and Sons of Tatamagouche.

“The bandstand is a great place to entertain a crowd, to have a special ceremony or to even read a book,” said Burgess, in a news release.

“The Spring Fair is a great opportunity for people to come out to spend time at the park, to enjoy time with family and friends, and to see what improvements have been made and will be made to the park.”

The afternoon’s entertainment will kick off at 12 noon with fiddler Julie Johnstone and Friends, followed by the Tatamagouche Chamber Ensemble shortly after the bandstand’s opening. Additional live entertainment will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dave Gunn of Tatamagouche, a member of the volunteer organizing committee, hopes people will take this opportunity to visit the park, especially if they haven’t been there for a while.

“Now is the time to see the wonderful panoramic view of Tatamagouche and to see the relatively new flower gardens, Acadian hut and new bandstand,” he said. Also in the works is a new, large covered picnic area slated for construction this summer.

The rain date for the spring fair is Sunday, June 8.

Nelson Memorial Park is a 19-hectare waterfront picnic park overlooking Tatamagouche Bay. The public park, located on the Highway 6 Loop just west of Tatamagouche, features picnic shelters, a playground, gardens, bandstand, and access to the Trans Canada Trail.

 

Organizations: Recreation Services for the Municipality of Colchester, Tatamagouche Chamber Ensemble, Trans Canada Trail

Geographic location: Tatamagouche Bay, Nelson Memorial Park

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