(From left) Kay Muise, Terry Muise and Darlene Sexton play drums during an event at the Bay St. George Cultural Circle building in St. George’s.
— File photo by The Western Star
There was great delight, and cheers went up, at a Bay
St. George Cultural Circle meeting Tuesday night when it was announced an agreement had been reached regarding the building the group was in.
Anne Hart, co-chair of the cultural circle — which teaches
Mi’kmaq culture — said a new agreement was reached earlier in the day with the United Church of Canada on the ownership of the building in St. George’s.
Hart could not give particulars on the contract as it is not yet inked, but she did say that $15,000 through fundraising efforts is being put down on its outstanding payments on the building and now it has five years to pay down the remainder of the debt, which is a little more than $45,000.
The future of the circle will be focused on new programs and on renovating the aging building, a former United Church in the town.
Some money has been put aside for the purchase of materials for the renovations and the group is relying on people donating their time to carry out the work. The circle members say they know exactly what needs to be done.
“We’re very grateful to the United Church trustees for reaching this new agreement with us,” Hart said.
The cultural circle plans on continuing its fundraising campaign on all levels — including private, business and on Facebook at Help Save Our Cultural Centre. Hart said everyone is welcome to visit its Facebook site which, in addition to the fundraising campaign, has pictures of its activities during the past five years.
“Last night’s announcement was really a wonderful moment,” she said. Anyone wishing to support the cultural circle through donations can contact Hart at (709) 649-5909 or Odelle Pike at (709) 721-0195.
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