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Truro Music Festival display cabinet finds new home at the RECC

The refurbished Truro Music Festival display cabinet, holding vintage trophies, is now set up at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre. Pictured with the case are, from left, Keltie Bruce, whose mother and aunt were involved in the festival at many levels, Alison MacLean, festival awards committee chair, and Donna Hogan, who is writing about the recent history of the festival.
The refurbished Truro Music Festival display cabinet, holding vintage trophies, is now set up at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre. Pictured with the case are, from left, Keltie Bruce, whose mother and aunt were involved in the festival at many levels, Alison MacLean, festival awards committee chair, and Donna Hogan, who is writing about the recent history of the festival. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

– A cabinet that once disappeared is now on display at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre.

The case, which was built during the 1970s, holds eye-catching trophies from past Truro Music Festivals.

Years ago, it had been on display in buildings such as the museum, but at one point it seemed to have disappeared. Not long ago, the board of the Truro Music Festival was informed that a display case, filled with trophies, was located on the second floor of the old Boys and Girls Club. They rescued and refurbished it – and have found it a new home on the ground floor lobby of the RECC.

A plaque on the front of the cabinet states it was donated by the festival in memory of Gwynneth M. Munro and Ann B. Munro.

“That’s my mother and my aunt,” said Keltie Bruce. They were both kindergarten teachers and involved with the festival at many levels.

“I remember taking part in the festival when I was in elementary school, and it was held at the old junior high gym. When I was older my daughter got involved, so that automatically involved me.”

The festival’s written history is also getting an update.

Donna Hogan, whose mother Roberta Lindsay, wrote Making a Joyful Noise to mark the 75th anniversary of the Truro Music Festival, has agreed to write about the next 25 years.

Alison MacLean, festival awards committee chair, asked Hogan, who lives in Wellington, if she wanted to carry on her mother’s work work.

“She passed away less than a year ago and I thought this was a nice way to honour her.”

The Truro Music Festival started in 1922 and is the third oldest competitive music festival in Canada.

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Remaining divisions for this year’s festival:

April 8-9: Junior piano

April 11-12: Senior piano

April 15-18: Voice

April 24-26: Band and instrumental

April 30: School and community choirs

For more detail, visit http://www.truromusicfestival.ca/

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