Gaelic History and Family Fun at Iona Picnic

first_imgHighland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach will bring history and culture to life with a variety of activities on Saturday, Sept. 16. FZill Eachainn /Iona Picnic will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature indoor and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Activities will include quilt making, candle dipping, Gaelic singing and step dancing. Demonstrations of daily tasks including weaving, flax processing for making linen, soap making and iron working, will be held throughout the day. Historical interpreters will also hold musket demonstrations in full costume. A special feature of this year’s historical demonstrations will be Mi’kmaw basket weaving presented by Donna Poulette of Eskasoni. Visitors can challenge themselves with a game of horseshoes and children can enjoy horse and wagon rides in the barn area. A presentation of a spinning frolic will take place at Cash’s Carding Mill. The mill was moved to Iona from Irish Cove, Richmond Co., and set up as a working exhibit. It is fully operational and will provide visitors with a look at how wool was prepared for the spinning wheels and looms. Visitors dropping by the houses will get a sample of country cooking and be treated to the musical side Gaelic culture.Joe Peter MacLean on fiddle and Wally Ellison on the small pipes will entertain throughout the day. The one-room schoolhouse will feature step-dancing demonstrations to live music. Other activities at the houses include Gaelic singing and storytelling in the 185 year-old MacDonald House, and a milling frolic. Food for guests will feature corn on the cob and lemonade at prices from days gone by. For more information on this event or other Highland Village programs call 902-725-2272 or e-mail [email protected] The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family.last_img read more

Read More →