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Christmas Craft Sale at Jost on Nov. 10

['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Well it is now it’s the end of October. It was a great month weather wise and after a slow start the colors have been beautiful. It’s a pleasure to drive around our area.

Halloween decorations were everywhere last week and the kids were tricking and treating around the area. I noticed that the mall in Truro had treats the afternoon of the 31st. Good for them. We were there one time and the costumes on the little ones were terrific.

It brought back memories of many years ago in Dartmouth. We lived almost right next door to the elementary school and it was always fun to watch the children going to school on the 31st, all decked out. Do they still do this in schools today?

The election is over and done with ­­– not the result that was predicted for Nova Scotia but let's see what happens. The PM has some new faces to deal with from here and hopefully we will be well represented in the cabinet. It’s fun to listen to the "after thoughts" of people.

One person told me she was surprised at the result of our riding when one candidate didn't get elected. Then she told me she didn't vote for that candidate anyway because she didn't like the leader. Why should she be surprised then?

I do think there is merit in being able to vote for the candidate of your choice and then a separate vote for the preferred leader. However, would that be hindering our type of democracy? It is food for thought .

I mentioned the musical Oliver in my last article and the hopes that we would be able to see it. Fortunately, we were able to get tickets for Friday evening. Now this production, the first of its kind in our area was fantastic.

The cast came from all around and there were no imports. The real standouts were Luke Piotti, who played the star "Oliver Twist" and Michael Dignan who was Fagin.

According to "gossip” Michael’s daughter, Abbey, was trying out for a part and he was encouraged to do the same – apparently he had never acted before--well you would never have guessed it. He was fantastic, hilarious as he was supposed to be! A New career for Michael!

Great performances from everyone, all the young people as Workhouse Boys and Pickpockets -both gals and guys were wonderful.

One of the unsung stars was Nancy Drysdale who provided piano accompaniment. She captured the mood, the tempo and the suspense of the moment. A true artist.

It was a tremendous success, a lot of hard work for everyone involved. So looking forward to the next production. It just shows what talent we have right here in our north shore! Congratulations to the directors, Gary Blackwood and Kathleen Hicks, all the production team and all of the cast.

Lots of Christmas events starting in our area. Jost Winery are holding their annual Christmas Craft Sale on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 with excellent local and near local vendors. Always a great social afternoon and a great way to start off the Christmas season.

Remembrance Day is coming up soon also. Poppies are now available all around our community. Please wear a poppy in memory of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice or who served our communities as Veterans. The proceeds of the sale of Poppies are used by the Legions to assist in the care and maintenance of Veterans. On Monday, Nov. 11, the ceremony in Malagash will begin at 10 a.m. with a service at the Malagash United Church and then on to the Cenotaph for the Laying of the Wreaths service at 11. This is always very well attended and following this there will be a soup/chowder luncheon at the Legion for one and all. A free will donation is always encouraged and the proceeds will go to a local charity.

Have a good week everyone---stay safe---watch out for hunters as the deer season is open.

Marian Durling writes for the Malagash area for the Amherst News.

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