Tatamagouche and area notebook, Ellen Millard
SPECIAL TO THE COLCHESTER WEEKLY NEWS
TATAMAGOUCHE -All the members of the Tatamagouche Figure Skating Club are looking forward to Saturday, March 23.
The club will host its annual carnival that day and members will show family, friends and the community the skating skills they have learned and the fun they have had during the season.
They have named their evening ‘Retro Dance Party’ so it promises to be a great evening of local skating. The carnival will start at 6 p.m. at the North Shore Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche.
The club has offered Canskate, Starskate and intermediate sessions this year. This season there are five intermediate skaters, 13 skaters in the Starskate program and 25 skaters in the Canskate group.
The program assistants are Wendy Snook and Danielle Mattatall, Taylor Cook, Austin Miller, Peter Mattatall, Oree Weatherby and Andee Weatherby. Renee Elliott, a coach from New Glasgow offers professional lessons.
This year's executive includes Amanda Rees, Tracy Rundle-Woolcock, Joanne Belliveau, Sheri Cameron, Colleen Tattrie and Sara Duggan.
The skaters have enjoyed the year and will be looking forward to the next season of skating when the ice goes in once more in the fall.
The North Shore Recreation Center officially opened in November 1975. That year, the late Dr. Austin Creighton headed up a committee of local citizens who were interested in having skating instruction and ice time offered at the new rink. At the first annual meeting, in April of 1976, it was reported that the Tatamagouche club had been registered with the Canadian Figure Skating Association. So, for the last 37 years, the club has played and continues to play a part in the recreational life on the North Shore.
Each year family, friends, community members and the businesses in the area continue to support the club with its fundraising events so that skating continues on the North Shore.
The Tatamagouche Royal Canadian Legion will be the site of two events this weekend. A crib tournament will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the legion hall. All money collected at the door will be returned as cash prizes to the winners. Lunch is available and a steward will be in attendance.
On Sunday, the legion is hosting its usual delicious breakfast/brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes sausage, bacon and pancakes. So come and enjoy a good meal.
Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at email@example.com.