By Wendy Elliot, Published in Kings County News May 24, 2016

ROSS CREEK – Mainland refugee families had an adventure in rural Kings County recently.

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts had some wonderful music filling its halls for Welcome Day celebrations on May 15.

“We were treated to the headline act of accomplished musician Ida Red, along with Swig, and many other local stars who performed throughout the day,” said Chris O’Neill.

They were joined by a musician from Syria, Aoss Hassam, who played his oud, a traditional Arabic musical instrument that looks similar to a lute. That was when the dancing began, O’Neill added.

“Our partners at the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia let us know that the refugees hadn’t had a chance to see outside of Halifax yet,” O’Neill said. “Our hearts were bursting to see families planting pumpkins, going on creekster hunts, making art and exploring our natural trails and forests with Erik and Jen Kershaw of Wolfville.”

Centre staff are, “grateful to the musicians who played, the myriad volunteers, the folks at Ambassatours, and Kings Point to Point Transit for their assistance in busing over 100 new Canadians to Ross Creek for the day and the local group, which is hoping to bring a refugee family to Canning.”

Original story at Kings County News