"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Monday, August 22, 2011

Elizabeth Bishop Festival in Great Village: Fun for All Ages!

Our Truro correspondent writes:

Great Village's William Austin had a great time participating in Saturday's cardboard boat race on Spencer Pond during the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Arts Festival in Great Village. [Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News]

It was obvious something special was happening in Great Village on the weekend.

Cars lined the main streets, people packed St. James United Church to listen to poetry and indulge in community meals, while others flocked to the Elizabeth Bishop house and a unique race took place, to name only a few events.

The weekend-long Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Arts Festival was in full swing on Saturday.

Perhaps the most enthusiastic group of people was the cardboard boat racers. About 70 participants spent three hours constructing the boats out of only cardboard and duct tape. They then took turns racing the rudimentary boats in nearby Spencer Pond.

"I'd like to see more of this kind of stuff," said nine-year-old Marshall Field of Great Village, who was a participant in the race.

The youngster also took advantage of the festival to learn more about Elizabeth Bishop.

"I know she went to my school," he said, referring to Great Village Elementary school.

For more on this story, see Monday's Truro Daily News.

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