TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW BY MAYOR BARRIE MACMILLAN
Summer is upon us and with it comes a wide array of impressive festivals and events. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is sure to be an event that is of interest to both residents and the many visitors to our town and our region.
New Glasgow and other communities in Pictou County are blessed to have so many volunteers and businesses willing to make such a positive contribution to the community through their dedication to and support of events that range from raising awareness to social issues such as the Marathon of Respect and Equality to Pride Week to the Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival and Relay for Life to cultural activities such as the impressive Art at Night, the long-standing Festival of the Tartans, and the award winning New Glasgow Music Jubilee.
Add to these events the first-ever Miss Miles 5km, the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Antique Car Show, the many concerts at Glasgow Square and Celtic Circle, the closing exhibit of the NSCAD New Glasgow Artists in Residence and exhibits at the Margaret George Art Gallery and Even Tide Art Hub Look up Art Gallery and you have a town bursting with character, personality and cultural opportunities.
We are sorry to say farewell to our three artists in residence, Morgan Salter, M.E. Sparks and Brianne Williams, but are so pleased with their contributions to our community. We know these bright young talents will continue to be successful and shine.
Our marina provides a scenic setting and marina operator Jamie Davidson recently welcomed boaters for an event called Cruisin’ the River that showcased our beautiful marina. The newly restored Pioneer Cemetery has proven to be of great interest to those searching out their genealogy as well as the multitude of information available at the New Glasgow Library and through the Pictou County Roots Society. Local volunteers are even giving tours of this historic site and there is a special connection to the Ship Hector with several of the Hector’s passengers as well as many of New Glasgow’s leading pioneers laid to rest in this cemetery.
The fall promises to be is just as exciting with New Glasgow Culture Days in September and the annual Farmers Market Harvest Time event in October as well as fall line-up for our two performing arts centres. These events, along with a dynamic and growing New Glasgow Regional Farmers Market, an eclectic and vibrant dining sector and charming retail outlets as well as our beautiful trail system and local museums provides an attractive destination for visitors such as those attending the Maritime Fire Chiefs Conventions as well as those celebrating milestones such as the recent 40th reunion for the Class of 1974 of New Glasgow High School or attending for a special festival.
Other regional assets such as Melmerby Beach, the Ship Hector and the Museum of Industry along with the many wonderful festivals hosted in the other communities of Pictou County such as the Lobster Carnival, River John Days, Trenton FunFest, Stellarton Homecoming and many others, all combine with our New Glasgow events and services to make this area an attractive destination to tourists. We are also proud to be a part of the beautiful Northumberland Shore and a partner with the pristine Eastern Shore.
As we heard from the above reunion class and the delegates to the Maritime Fire Chiefs Convention, expatriates and visitors alike are delighted to enjoy all that the area has to offer. It is important for us to also take the time to appreciate our town, region and province and to take pride in the many amenities, attractions, festivals, local talent and warm hospitality.
New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan gives local readers insight into happenings within his town while touching on municipal matters that are important to all of Pictou County. www.newglasgow.ca