Lorne Valley Entertainment
Lorne Valley Entertainment
There were many forms of entertainment in the Lorne Valley area but below are a few that have been mentioned in interviews from various people from that area.
Christmas Concerts: The Christmas concerts were held at the Lorne Valley Community School for many years. The children would begin in early December and practice daily. There would be plays, recitations, individual songs and chorus. There would be the yearly favorites of Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer, Silent Night and Here Comes Santa Claus. The final night would include an evening of great entertainment and Santa. This was an event that was well enjoyed by the children and adults. The community looked forward to it yearly.
Pound Parties: A very common party where everyone that attended took with them a pound of food. This pound of food could be sugar, flour, wheat etc. The food that was gathered would then be given to a family in need, a family that had devastation or a new family in the community. This would be hosted at different houses in the community, whoever initiated the party. There would be music, dancing and lots of food.
Dances: The first dances took place at the school.The dances took place at the Lorne Valley Community Hall at first before losing the hall to a fire. Dances were then held at the Lorne Valley School for the children and community every Christmas. Everyone looked forward to them, not just including the children. Jack Webster was famous for being the main entertainer in the area, not living very far away. He would play every Tuesday night.
Plays: There were plays held at the Lorne Valley School. Plays were a very important entertainment source. Some of the plays remembered are “Aunt Susie Shoot’s The Works” and “Silica’s Smidge from Turnip Ridge.” Some people that had leading roles in the plays in the communities were Isabel MacLeod, Neil MacCannell and Dorothy Leard. The group would travel to different communities and put on the plays.
For the play” Silias Smidge from Turnip Ridge” my grandmother Norma MacLeod from Lorne Valley remembers performing in the play “Aunt Susie Shoot’s the Works”. She mentioned how they would travel in the back of Burt Leard’s army truck and be transported to different halls. They depended on Burt Leard as he was their only method of transportation for the people involved in the play.
Earl’s Store: Earl and Lillian owned and operated the store after it had been passed down to different hands several times. At the back of the store they had a community school. There, people could hang out and have a place to go. It was said that a lot of the boys in the community hung around and would be known for inquiring a taste for their first smoke here. Also the store would be used for a meeting place in the community for the weekends that Burt Leard would meet at the store for anyone that was interested in going to Yeo’s theater in Montague. The old army truck would be packed with people that did not have transportation in order to go to this event and it would be of no strange sight to see everyone on each others' lap. The charge was about 25 cents a person. This fee included gas, movie and would sometimes include supper afterwards.
Skating: There were several ponds located throughout the community, some of which do not exist today. There was a pond down Shaw’s road that people would attend and it would be more local. Skating was a form of recreation but also a big role in community entertainment. Beside the Lorne Valley School, people in the community would take barrels of water by horse and sleigh to fill out a hand dug area, thus providing them with a great area to skate.
Annual Scotch Party: This was a yearly gathering held by the local Caledonia Club. The event is still going on every year in Pinette. The Scotch party was held in a field in front of where Glenda and Peter MacLeod lived which was a short distance from the Lorne Valley church. It was a gathering for everyone to attend and it involved food, music and an all around great time. The community looked forward to this annual event.
Picture on the Left: Earl and wife Lillian MacDonald
Picture on the right: Earl’s Store in which was a meeting place for Burt Leard and his Army truck and community members to meet up to travel to surrounding communities to host plays. Also, it was a place to meet to go to Yeo’s theatre in Montague.
Pictures are both courtesy of the Cardigan Area Heritage Center
Written by: Crystal Callaghan