Tidnish hosts 33rd annual community festival
TIDNISH-Artisans, bakers, musicians, softball players and spectators alike participated in the 33rd annual Tidnish Community Festival this past weekend.
“I remember coming to this festival as kid,” said Grampy’s Gang softball pitcher John Chapman. “There were pony rides and bubble gum eating contests.”
On Saturday morning, the Amherst Regional High School band entertained the crowd, donating back half of the money they received during a collection the Tidnish Cross Roads Community Centre. “We wanted to give them some exposure by bringing them down to play at the festival,” stated Gordon Helm. “I thought it was very generous of them to give back half of the money they earned,” he added.
The Tidnish Cross Roads Community Centre is trying to raise enough money for a ground level kitchen that would be more accessible to everyone who uses it.
“I agreed to take over the community festival for a year,” stated Tidnish Cross Road Community Centre board member and community festival director Gordon Helm. “We decided to bring in music because it always draws a bigger crowd.”
Other musical performers included Taken by Surprise and the Uniacke Ramblers, who played on Saturday, and Rustic Harmony who performed on Sunday.
In addition to music being performed beyond the outfield fence of the Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Sports Field, co-ed softball was played all weekend.
Two of the teams playing were Paul’s Peeps, named after the late Paul Morris, and Grampy’s Gang, a team named after another local resident who died tragically.
“I came out today for the softball,” stated Richard Plett, manager of the Tidnish General Store, who played for Paul’s Peeps. “We lost 14-9, but it sure was fun.”
Earlier on Saturday, there was an artisan and bake sale at the community centre.
“It was really busy here this morning,” stated sale organizer Cathy Thurston. We had nine artisans, some as far away as Sackville and Moncton,” she added. “We raised a fair bit of money for shingling the roof of the Tidnish Art Gallery.
Additional money was made for the Tidnish Cross Roads Community Association by selling tickets on a picture of Jackon’s Point donated by the Estabrooks family.