SHORTTS LAKE – The sight of cars lined down both sides of the oft-quiet Shortts Lake West Road was an unusual view in the cottage country on Thursday night, but a welcome one for Al Rosen and the Marigold Cultural Centre.
The cars all led to one place – Duane and Lorna Rath’s beautiful lakeside cottage.
In the backyard, Rosen, the executive director of the centre, mingled with guests near the waterfront. The evening was both a fundraiser for the Marigold and a chance for the newcomer to create new partnerships with the community at large.
“Most of the last nine months, I’ve been burning the oil and trying to make the place more productive,” Rosen said. “But not just myself – you can’t do it yourself. It takes a good team and a good community, and that’s what we have here tonight.”
All around the yard, guests chatted and laughed over wine and hors d’oeuvres. At the water’s edge, some checked out the boat tied to the Rath’s wharf, fresh off a tour of the lake. The Chalmers Doane Trio set the mood with their smooth jazzy tones for the guests, who paid $40 for tickets.
The event was the third annual fundraiser for the Marigold, and something different this time around.
“I was approached by Melanie (Grant), of the Marigold, who kind of cornered us at the Farmer’s Market one day,” Lorna laughed.
“I think they were looking for a different kind of venue this year,” Duane pitched in. “And we certainly support and enjoy the Marigold. This is a good way to give back.”
With the Rath name being synonymous with the athletic side of town, Duane and Lorna enjoyed the chance to showcase another side of the family and the town they grew up in.
“Truro is always known as a sports town,” Duane said. “I think it’s important for us to embrace the arts. It’s a beautiful venue. It’s a unique situation that was a movie theatre that got changed into an amazing venue. To have that type of venue is important for us in Colchester County.”
The gesture was greatly appreciated by Rosen and the other members of the Marigold in attendance.
“It’s a signal of confidence and support, and if you look at all the key participants here tonight, they’ve all been really good to the Marigold. It’s something people want in their lives and to keep for their children.”
Having spent a career on the corporate side of business, while sitting on boards for non-profits, Rosen is now trying to blend the two worlds together.
“There’s always been something in me that’s believed you can take your social and commercial responsibilities and marry them somehow. That’s what I’m trying to do here.”