Work displayed at Anne Murray Centre
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Margaret McAloney (left) and Anne Rushton were among the local rug hookers taking part in a demonstration at the Anne Murray Centre on Sept. 28 as part of nationwide Culture Days activities.
SPRINGHILL - Local rug hookers entertained visitors to the Anne Murray Centre on Sept. 28, as part of Culture Days celebrations.
Visitors to the centre took in the demonstration of rug hooking - both the craft itself and some of its finished products - while the hookers themselves took pleasure in meeting new people and discussing their pastime.
"We want to keep the art of rug hooking alive, and basically to show our talents, which we have a lot of," said Faye Spence, one of the hookers. "And it's social. We love meeting other people."
The group of about 25-30 meets at a local parish hall every Wednesday to hook and socialize, and added Friday to its itinerary last week after being invited to put on the demonstration at the Anne Murray Centre.
Marcie Meekins, project co-ordinator at the centre, said the rug hookers were an obvious choice for Culture Days.
"We've always displayed hooked rugs here in our lobby, so we thought, 'What better way to take part in Culture Days than a rug hooking demonstration?" explained Meekins.
Not all of the local hookers could take part in the event, as it is a busy time of year for them. In fact, many were heading to Moncton, N.B. for another hook-in on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The group members have a lot of fun, and enjoyed having the visitors come in and stop to talk to them.
"We just had a busload of 50 people from Saskatchewan, and they were delighted to see what we had here," said Meekins.
It's just another way to support the community, according to Spence.
"Springhill really needs some promotion, and if this is only a small part of it, we're happy to do it," she said.
Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of a national steering committee and volunteer provincial and territorial task forces, thousands of activity organizers self-mobilize at the grassroots level to present and coordinate free public activities that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.