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A 'Very good success' : 49th annual Seniors Garden Party at Glen Haven Manor celebrates the 2019 Festival of the Tartan

Sunny skies and lots of friends during the 49th Seniors Garden Party at Glen Haven Manor.
Sunny skies and lots of friends during the 49th Seniors Garden Party at Glen Haven Manor. - Brendan Ahern
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. —

The 49th annual Seniors Garden Party brought between 300 and 400 people out on the lawns of Glen Haven Manor.

“It’s a very good success. Look around us,” said Ken Langille.

This is Langille’s second year as the Festival of the Tartan president. He told The News that after the festival committee first approached Glen Haven Manor 49 years ago about the possibility of hosting a garden party, the committee has never had to ask twice.

“They do everything now,” he said. “All we do now is make a phone call and they say ‘oh yes we’re having it,’ and then they take care of the rest.”

By the look of things, there was a lot to it. Nearly all of Glen Haven’s 203 residents were outside enjoying cool drinks, lots of snacks, and good tunes from local entertainers like Pat and Kendell Spaulding.

“I love it,” said Mary Coady. “I’ve heard them sing before and I’m looking forward to the rest of the entertainment.”

Big crowd outside Glen Haven Manor for the Seniors Garden Party.

Big crowd outside Glen Haven Manor for the Seniors Garden Party.

Coady was sitting with Audrey Cameron, who for the last ten years has been calling Glen Haven Manor home.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Cameron. “I’ve been out here every time.”

Mayor Nancy Dicks spoke at today’s event, which was also attended by councilor John Guthro, Warden Robert Parker, Councillor Lynn MacDonald from Westville, MLA Pat Dunn and MP Sean Fraser.

Tomorrow is the big day for The Festival of the Tartan, and all the action is happening at Scott Weeks Sports Complex.

“I hope everyone comes out and can find our new location,” Langille told The News.

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