The Marigold Cultural Centre
For a number of years, the town of Truro lacked an arts and cultural centre to host various live performances and arts education programs. When the former Centennial Theatre, located in the heart of Truro, became available a plan to purchase and develop the facility into that long-awaited venue was created. That plan resulted in the money for both the purchase and the renovation of the facility being raised through a Community Economic Development Investment Funds cooperative venture.
The Centre houses a 208-seat theatre, a small art gallery, a workshop space for arts education programming, a sports heritage hall, a boardroom, a concession area, and offices. With the strong support of the community and various organizations, the Marigold Cultural Centre provides a variety of cultural programming to a large number of Truro-area residents, while also providing a major downtown focus for economic development.
Why "The Marigold" ?
Through the newspaper column of local journalist W. B. Foster, residents of Truro during the years between 1935 and 1968, came to know the fictional EES Marigold, flagship of the Brown Star Navigation Company. Once each month or so, Daily News subscribers in the Truro area were treated to the misadventures of the EES Marigold as it sailed up and down the Salmon River. Its stories became legendary and for 33 years, loyal readers would await Foster’s anecdotes about the Marigold and its passengers, many of them well-known citizens of the day. Launched in the midst of the Depression, The Marigold Sails Again by Edwin Sherdlou, Foster’s pen name, soon became a part of everyday life in Truro, featuring national, provincial, and local characters, making W. B. Foster’s stories seem almost real. Adding a touch of whimsy to an otherwise somber decade, the Marigold sailed through the political ups and downs of the Thirties, through the Second World War and the post-war Baby Boom before its final voyage in the 1960s. The EES Marigold is a Truro original that captured the imagination of readers across the country. It seems fitting that the Marigold Cultural Centre share its name as the home for creativity, originality, and community pride.