Museum gala moves to airport terminal
By Belle Hatfield
“Bring your Halloween party to us.”
That’s the invitation Yarmouth County Museum coordinator Nadine Gates is sending out to the community as the Yarmouth County Historical Society prepares for Casino Royale, this year’s version of its annual mock casino fundraiser.
Yarmouth County Museum curator Nadine Gates plays with some of the props being prepared for the historical society’s annual casino fundraiser. This year’s theme is all Bond -- James Bond. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO
Casino Royale will take place in the terminal at the Yarmouth airport this Saturday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m., gaming begins at 7:30 p.m.
The event has become the historical society’s biggest fundraising event, last year netting just in excess of $6,000.
Organizers strive to make the event upbeat and light-hearted. It’s an evening to dress up and pretend, says Gates.
For an event that’s based on make-believe, (it’s not a real casino, in that players are not wagering with real money) ways and means committee chair Aurel Mooney says this year’s Bond theme is inspired. Bond films are all about fantasy – fantasy women, fantasy villains, fantasy cars.
Attendees are challenged to play favourite characters from the venerable Bond series. “There are plenty to choose from,” said Mooney, adding that there will be a prize for the best representation of any Bond guy or Bond girl character.
Don’t want to dress in character? There are plenty of other opportunities to compete. Participants can test their knowledge of all things Bond in a couple of trivia competitions – one on facts from the Bond stories and the other on Bond music. Yarmouth musician Gordon Rothwell will be overseeing the musical part of the contest and Dave Sollows is overseeing the rest.
The evening’s MC, Fraser Mooney, will be conducting a live auction, which will include at least three framed works of art.
And throughout the evening participants will dine on a buffet catered by Highland Bakers. Aurel Mooney says, based on past experience, people will enjoy a variety of elegantly presented stations laden with deliciously prepared food.
“I’ve travelled all over the world, and I can tell you how important presentation is,” said Mooney.
Tickets ($25) are available from society members or by calling the museum at 742-5539. Although available at the door, Mooney says advance reservations are encouraged. Everyone will receive $5 in mock casino cash to get the evening started and Mooney adds, there will be plenty to do for those who aren’t interested in the games tables.
“It’s a full night,” she said.
It doesn’t happen without a lot of sponsors and volunteers. Gates says it is the most labour-intensive of the museum’s fundraisers, with 25-30 people involved in the planning or on the night of the event. Major sponsors include the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, Lakeside Realty, Web.com, MacDonald Chisholm Trask Insurance, I.M.O. Foods Ltd. and Wilson’s Gas Stop.
Gates says there are many other businesses and individuals that contribute throughout the tri-counties and, considering the tough economic times, she is “amazed that everyone just keeps on giving.”