*Editor’s note: the location of the dance on July 1 was incorrect as printed and has been changed to the correct location, North Colchester High School.

A group of local residents want the current elementary and high schools to be remembered.

That’s why Heather Forbes and Donna MacKinnon have had major roles in planning a celebration for the summer before the new school opens.

“I was at a meeting about it and people were looking for ideas (of ways to celebrate),” said Forbes. “I had a few ideas, and just ran with it.”

“She’s been doing a great job,” said MacKinnon.

From June 30 to July 2, the Tatamagouche Elementary School and North Colchester High School will be the focus of many people in the village.

“A lot of people are saying they’re coming, and their families are joining them,” said MacKinnon.

The celebrations begin Friday evening with supper at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, from 5 to 7 p.m., and a wine and cheese/meet and greet at the high school from 7 to 9 p.m.

At dusk, fireworks will be set off in Nelson Park, weather permitting, of course.

A kitchen party at Creamery Square is also in the works for Friday.

Things kick off on July 1 at 9 a.m. with yoga in the community field (weather permitting) between the two schools.

A Ford Drive One event will be held at Tri County Ford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of the Canada Day celebrations planned at the Creamery Square, 11 a.m. to noon, former Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis will be reading from her book, Mayann’s Train Ride.

“We’re hosting an essay contest for grades three to 12 with a number of different themes, and students will be invited to read their essays with Mayann,” said Forbes.

Open houses at both schools will run from 2 to 4 p.m., and a dance is set for North Colchester High School, with old time music from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and a live band following until 1 a.m.

Celebrations will continue on Sunday with yoga in the community field (weather permitting), and an Ecumenical Church Service, lead by Rev. Penny Nelson.

Leading up to the celebration, there will be a fundraising barbecue June 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., outside Scotiabank.

“Any money that is generated will go to the enhancement fund for the new school,” said Forbes.

Businesses are being encouraged to include signs welcoming former students home for the weekend.

For the complete schedule, visit the ‘School Memories Weekend Tatamagouche’ page on Facebook.



–          May 21 – North Shore Proud – Big Al’s 30th anniversary celebration, also a fundraiser for the enhancements, 1-8 p.m., featuring entertainment by Nowhere Road. Raffle prizes to include weekend pass to Cavendish Beach Music Festival, guest box at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Oktoberfest tickets, and more.

–          Tickets on a Joy Laking painting are being sold at the Tipperary Café

–          School memorabilia is available at Forbes Brothers Store in Denmark

–          An auction is being planned for the fall

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Raissa Tetanish
Raissa Tetanish is the editor of the Tatamagouche Light. She has more than 12 years experience as a reporter, with a background in both photography and photojournalism. She can be reached at 902-305-6177, or