first_imgThis month Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach, will host a variety of fall activities and special events for the whole family. A special exhibit titled Mats of Cape Breton: The craft of rug hooking from 1890-1988 is being featured until Oct. 15. The exhibit shows the evolution in Cape Breton hooked rugs, from mat hooking for a warm floor covering, to producing works of art or engaging in commercial enterprise. On Friday, Oct. 6, the museum kicks off Celtic Colours Week with a celebration of the life and music of the late Joe MacLean of Washabuck. A well-known fiddler, Mr. MacLean acquired one of the most significant collections of fiddle music manuscripts in the world. The event — which will be broadcast live on CBC Cape Breton’s Mainstreet — celebrates the collection’s new home at Highland Village Museum. Làithean Sona/ Happy Days Children’s program lets children experience what life was like for the Gaels through hands-on activities such as chores, crafts, games, language, and song. The program take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual Celtic Colours Gaelic Film Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 7, with Am Pòsadh Hiortach (St. Kilda’s Wedding), a historical overview of settlement in St. Kilda, from prehistoric times to its evacuation in the 1930s. Other films in the series include: on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Na H-Eilthirich (The Emigrants) which explores the pathways and settlements of Highland emigrants around the world and; on Friday, Oct. 13, Eilean Cheap Breatainn: A Gaelic Special, a look at Gaelic Cape Breton and the traditions which distinguish it as Highland in orientation. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, visitors are invited to join weaver Vicki Quimby for Cairtean, Cuibhle ‘Beairt: A Pioneer Textile Tour. Moving from building to building, Ms. Quimby will examine the textiles in each of the houses and the tools used to make them, describing their importance to a particular time period. Two of Gaelic Scotland’s best-known singers, Cathy Ann MacPhee and Màiri MacInnes, will perform in a Gaelic song workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12. Participants can enjoy an afternoon of Hebridean Gaelic culture and singing in the heart of Cape Breton’s historic Barra community. This year’s Celtic Colours concert, Thurdsday, Oct. 12, is entitled Glen Bharraidh/Barra Glen, and features music from the Isle of Barra and the Barra settlers in the Iona area, namely the small community Barra Glen. Performers include Cathy Ann MacPhee from Barra and Màiri MacInnes from South Uist and the Iona Gaelic Singers. From Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28, the Highland Village Museum will host its popular Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks program. Visitors can celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of Highland Village by lamp light, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in the Tuning Room. Regular activities such as weaving, spinning, wood dying, blacksmithing, basket making, céilidhs and milling frolics continue until Sunday, Oct. 15. The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. Fore more information on these events call 902-725-2272, or e-mail [email protected] .last_img read more