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Women's group celebrates Canada 150 with style

Members of the St. Mary’s Bay Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Society all dressed in different period costumes for their tea event, ‘Canada Through the Ages.’
Members of the St. Mary’s Bay Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Society all dressed in different period costumes for their tea event, ‘Canada Through the Ages.’

BARTON, NS – Canada’s history was represented through costume, photos and tea at a June 22 church event in Barton.

The ‘Canada Through the Ages’ teatime was hosted at the St. Mary’s Bay Baptist Church in Barton by its Women’s Missionary Society.

The event aimed to celebrate the various periods of history within Canada’s 150 years and did so in style, with all the group’s members sporting period costumes.

“We’ve all had so much fun putting these together,” said group member Gaye Morell.

“We all went to Frenchy’s and bought a bunch of clothing to create these pieces.”

Needlework and gloves were on display as part of the area’s history.

Costumes included a flapper dress, a flower power child and colonial-era floor-length skirts, among others.

The ladies served tea as community members relaxed with their friends and family and took in the various historic pieces lining the walls.

Photos from areas including Digby, Barton, Plympton, North Range and Brighton were included in the printouts that formed a snapshot of the area’s local history.

A couple dances in one of many photographs displayed, telling the history of areas including Barton, Digby, Brighton, Plympton and North Range.

Photos included things like community dances and rumrunner ships. Pieces of costume jewellery and needlework also adorned the area.

“It took us about two weeks to print everything off and arrange it like this,” said group member Marlene Haight.

She spoke of the event as a chance for people to celebrate the local area, Canada and each other at the same time.

“It really is a great mingling opportunity for people to reminisce on their shared histories and their places in Canada’s bigger picture,” she said.

Jewellery from eras gone by was also on display as a unique piece of the area’s history.

Haight’s costume repped the flower power era and featured a massive wig.

“This wig was just too fabulous not to wear. The era really was fabulous too,” she said.

Proceeds from the event will go towards a new dishwasher for the church.

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