Gautreau and Goodwin to speak at Heritage Day in Joggins

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Published on February 17, 2017

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Aboriginal elders and spiritual leaders Emile Gautreau and Louise Goodwin will assist the Joggins Fossil Centre in celebrating Nova Scotia Heritage Day on Monday beginning at 11 a.m.

Nova Scotia Heritage Day is an annual reminder of the province’s past and the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to the province’s unique heritage. For Canada’s 150th anniversary Heritage Day 2017 celebrates the Mi’kmaq culture and many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people. 

Gautreau and Goodwin will present a ceremony to the seven directions, speak about aboriginal peoples from across Canada and create music with clapping sticks and drums. 

This Heritage Day event is free, for all ages and open to the public. It is part of the Community Coffee Break series offered by the Joggins Fossil Centre and refreshments will be served. 

Drew Moore will be filling Bella's Cafe with sound this evening while Mark Stevens and the Cumberland County Outlaws will be at Duncan's Pub from 4:30 to 6:30 followed by Katherine and Drew for three hours starting at 7:30 p.m.

A Midwinter's Day Dream is a celebration of winter tales featuring six local authors. It’s Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Lions Den in Oxford.

Charlie Rhindress, Laurie Glenn Norris, Sara Jewell, Monica Graham, Chris Benjamin and Jennifer McGrath will share their stories about winter. Marilyn Williams will be the host.

The event is free and there will be refreshments. Tidewater Books of Sackville will have a book table. 

The Elm Tree Pub and Grill will hold Paint Nite for the L.A. Animal Shelter on Tuesday, Feb. 21. There will be a happy hour followed by painting at 7 p.m. Cost is $45, with $15 from each ticket going to the shelter. For more information contact the Elm Tree or check out their Paint Nite Facebook page or the shelter's page. 

The Multicultural Association is holding a Warm-Up Potluck lunch, Sunday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room at the Cumberland Y.

For more information on the Multicultural Association of Cumberland on their Facebook page: multiculturecumberland.

It's another busy week at the Four Fathers Memorial Library with the Readers Night Out Book Club taking place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. This month the lively discussion will focus on a romance novel of each individual reader’s choice.

Wednesday they host a screening of Unzipped! The movie tells the story of Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, as he plans his fall 1994 collection. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creative side of fashion. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is part of the Fashion Film Series at the library. 

Thursday at 9 a.m. the Rise N'Shine Book Club meets to discuss "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.

This weekend marks the third annual winter carnival in Amherst. It continues with events throughout the community until Heritage Day.

This year the theme is "Celebrating 150 Years of Heart, Culture and Play" and events will include an ice sculpture contest, a tribute to Rita MacNeil with Charlie Rhindress, a chili cookoff and more. 

For more information and a schedule of events and activities go to


Andrew MacGregor’s column appears weekly in the Amherst News.