YARMOUTH - Madeline Mooney, a Grade 5 student at Yarmouth Central School, may miss the first day of school, but she’ll be there in spirit.
On Sept. 5, Mooney will be at the Theatre Rotunda at Alderney Landing displaying her school heritage project at a special event celebrating Nova Scotia’s famed folklorist Helen Creighton.
Her project, Les Fantômes de la Nouvelle Écosse, features famous Yarmouth ghost stories, including the tale of Churchill Mansion, the Vengeance House spirit and the phantom photo from Frost Park.
Mooney‘s Grade 4 teacher, Glen Bourque, encouraged her by sharing Helen Creighton’s ghost story books.
Mooney’s project was chosen to advance to the regional heritage fair held at the NSCC Burridge Campus, where she won second place for Grade 4 and the public choice award.
As a result, she had the chance to present her project at the Nova Scotia provincial heritage fair at Saint Mary’s University in May.
She didn’t think she stood a ghost of a chance at the provincial competition, but while at Saint Mary’s, she met Jon Stone, president of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Stone was impressed with Mooney‘s work, and later sent her copies of Dr. Creighton’s books, Bluenose Ghosts, Bluenose Magic and a book on Acadian folk tales.
He followed up with a personal invitation for Madeline to display her ghost project at a special event in Dartmouth Sept. 5.
The event will honour Dr. Helen Creighton, who was responsible for collecting, preserving and recording thousands of folk songs, legends and ghost stories from across Nova Scotia. The event falls on Helen Creighton’s birthday.