THE BELLS OF BADDECK was named the winner of the Parks Canada CEO Award of Excellence at a recognition ceremony held in Gatineau, Québec on Monday, June 13, 2016. Nominated in the Visitor Experience category, The Bells of Baddeck was chosen from finalists across Canada.
The story of the Bells, their romantic and historic lives lived at Beinn Bhreagh, was created by Port Morien native, Lorna MacDonald, with music by Dean Burry. The creative team, all named winners, includes MacDonald and Burry, director Mimi Mekler, musical director Stuart Calvert, and musical arranger Lydia Adams. The Parks Canada team members include Madeline Harvey, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager and Lisette Ingraham, office administrator; local business team members include Joan Peterson of the Bell Museum Gift Shop and Jeremy White of Big Spruce Brewing, who created a new beverage for the show, “The Silver Tart”, from a raspberry recipe of Dr. Bell.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, praised the public service of Canadians, and especially Parks Canada sites across the country. All winners, which included three members of the Cape Breton Field Unit were lauded by Parks Canada CEO Daniel Watson in the live-streamed event.
The Bells of Baddeck‘s second season opens at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site on July 2, and features 4:00pm and 7:30 pm shows, Bell Chats with descendants of the characters. Final show of the season is August 2, 2016. Tickets are available at 902-295-2069, and at www.bellsofbaddeck/tickets.
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