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Skating in long johns for official opening of Truro’s outdoor ice rink


TRURO, N.S. – People in Truro skate in their long johns.

Not every community can say that but the people who live in the home of Stanfield’s Unshrinkables definitely can – the ice was packed Saturday for the official opening of the Caldwell-Roach/ Kings Mutual Insurance Ice Surface and the kick off party for the Winter Long John Festival.

Admittedly most people wore conventional snow pants and winter coats but a sprinkling in the crowd sported the traditional red one-piece long johns and others proudly skated in their colourful onesies.

Staff at the Truro branch of the Colchester East Hants Library were also working in their underwear and a few vendors at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market also wore their baselayer a l’exterieur.

The Saturday snowshoe hikes were called off for lack of snow, but, with the forecast is giving 5 cm for Sunday, Daisy Roberts is raring to go on Tuesday (6 p.m. at the junior high).

Still to come Saturday night is the Bearcats hockey game against Woodstock at the RECC at 7 p.m. followed by the Betty Lacey Memorial Skate with the Bearcats about 9:30 p.m. Fans who wear their long johns have a chance to win prizes.

Sunday there’s a coasting party with free hot chocolate at the Legion hill starting at 11 a.m., a free skate at the RECC at 1 p.m., a movie at the Douglas Street rec centre at 2:30 p.m. and open skate, free for anyone in onesies, at the Colchester Legion Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule see the Town of Truro’s webpage: www.truro.ca/living-in-truro/truro-winter-long-john-festival.html

[RELATED: Truro’s long relationship with the red onesie, Feb. 3]

Not every community can say that but the people who live in the home of Stanfield’s Unshrinkables definitely can – the ice was packed Saturday for the official opening of the Caldwell-Roach/ Kings Mutual Insurance Ice Surface and the kick off party for the Winter Long John Festival.

Admittedly most people wore conventional snow pants and winter coats but a sprinkling in the crowd sported the traditional red one-piece long johns and others proudly skated in their colourful onesies.

Staff at the Truro branch of the Colchester East Hants Library were also working in their underwear and a few vendors at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market also wore their baselayer a l’exterieur.

The Saturday snowshoe hikes were called off for lack of snow, but, with the forecast is giving 5 cm for Sunday, Daisy Roberts is raring to go on Tuesday (6 p.m. at the junior high).

Still to come Saturday night is the Bearcats hockey game against Woodstock at the RECC at 7 p.m. followed by the Betty Lacey Memorial Skate with the Bearcats about 9:30 p.m. Fans who wear their long johns have a chance to win prizes.

Sunday there’s a coasting party with free hot chocolate at the Legion hill starting at 11 a.m., a free skate at the RECC at 1 p.m., a movie at the Douglas Street rec centre at 2:30 p.m. and open skate, free for anyone in onesies, at the Colchester Legion Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule see the Town of Truro’s webpage: www.truro.ca/living-in-truro/truro-winter-long-john-festival.html

[RELATED: Truro’s long relationship with the red onesie, Feb. 3]

Truro librarian Janet McLellan thinks reading, and long johns, are sexy. The Truro library is selling the coffee cups as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Monday, Feb. 6

12 p.m. - try sledge hockey at the Colchester Legion Stadium

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - African Heritage Month launch in Town of Truro council chambers 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - pre-school skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - senior skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium

Tuesday, Feb. 7

10 to 11:30 a.m. - adult recreational skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium (free for onesie wearers; $3 otherwise)

3:30 to 5 p.m. - pickleball at Douglas Street Recreation Centre

6 to 7 p.m. - snowshoeing with Daisy Roberts at Victoria Park (meet at the Truro Junior High School)

7 to 8:30 p.m. - adult recreational basketball at Truro Elementary School

7 to 9 p.m. - pickleball at Douglas Street Recreation Centre

Wednesday, Feb. 8

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - fat bike ride at Victoria Park (meet at the bandshell)

8 to 9: p.m. - recreational badminton at Truro Junior High School

Thursday, Feb. 9

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - senior skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - pre-school skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium

6 to 7 p.m. - snowshoeing with Daisy Roberts at Victoria Park (meet at the Truro Junior High School)

7 to 8:30 p.m. - recreational basketball at Truro Elementary School

8 to 9:30 p.m. - adult recreational ball hockey at Douglas Street Recreation Centre

Friday, Feb. 10

1:15 to 2:40 a.m. - adult recreational skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium (free for onesie wearers; $3 otherwise)

6:30 to 7:20 p.m. - junior pleasure/ family skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium (free for onesie wearers; $3 otherwise/ $7 per family)

7 p.m. - swim and movie night: community swim at the RECC while watching The Mighty Ducks on a big screen ($3)

Saturday, Feb. 11

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Truro Farmers Market

10 to 11 a.m. - snowshoeing with Daisy Roberts at Victoria Park (meet at the Truro Junior High School)

2 p.m.  - cross-country skiing on the Cobequid Trail

7 p.m. -  try sledge hockey at the Colchester Legion Stadium

7 p.m. - Truro Bearcats vs Miramichi Timberwolves at the RECC

Sunday, Feb. 12

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Long John Pancake Breakfast at the Legion in support of Colchester Food Bank with a 50/50 draw for Truro Homeless Outreach Society

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - skijoring clinic at Victoria Park: a combination of cross country skiing and dog sledding

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – free open skate at the Colchester Legion Stadium. Sponsored by Third Place Transition House in recognition of Family Violence Awareness Week.

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Danny Joseph (town councillor), Sam Madore (events coordinator), Mike Dolter (town CAO), Cheryl Fritz (deputy mayor) and Tom Chisholm had a pile of fun at the kickoff of Truro’s Winter Long John Festival Feb. 4.

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