Over 210 people turned out for this year’s Experience of Argyle, an evening that included plenty of food, some musical entertainment, a couple of guest speakers and a special presentation to one of the Municipality of Argyle’s best known citizens, Father Maurice LeBlanc.
Held in Tusket at the Par-en-Bas school community centre, the Nov. 16 event began with Showcase of Argyle, an hour-long segment that included talks by local amateur astronomer Tim Doucette and former provincial cabinet minister Graham Steele, as well as a few musical selections by the Chorale acadienne de Sud-Ouest.
Doucette spoke about the effort to promote and develop the local area’s potential as a dark-sky destination. He encouraged people to consider the benefits of a dark, night sky – to human health and to the environment – saying they can help preserve it by using the right kind of lighting.
Steele talked a bit about his new book, The Effective Citizen: How to Make Politicians Work for You. Among his observations, Steele said he has seen first-hand how much people can accomplish when they unite behind a common cause.
One of the event’s highlights came when Father Maurice LeBlanc became the first recipient of the Municipality of Argyle’s Compass Award. The award acknowledges the efforts of community leaders who, like a compass, have “helped guide their community in the right direction.”
A West Pubnico resident and former educator, Father LeBlanc was recognized for, among other things, his involvement in the arts – notably as a musician and visual artist – as well as his commitment to the church and to his community.
Once Showcase of Argyle was over, it was time for the next part of the evening, Taste of Argyle. For this, those who had filled the Par-en-Bas theatre made their way to the school’s cafeteria, where they had a chance to sample cuisine from local restaurants and food vendors.
The evening raised just over $1,500 for the Argyle Emergency Aid Fund.