The people of Judique have home ice advantage on Saturday, Jan. 31,when the community’s outdoor rink is showcased to the public. As part of the national Ice Dreams initiative to Take the Roof offWinter, the Office of Health Promotion’s sport and recreationdivision showcases one outdoor Nova Scotia rink each year. This yearit is Judique’s turn to help create awareness of and to celebrate alloutdoor rinks and outdoor play in winter. Judique’s rink was first opened in 1950 and after years of communityuse, it became dormant. With support and hard work from the communitythe rink was revived in December 2003. “This rink has a lot of history and this event will give thecommunity a chance to gather and to show their kids and othercommunities, how special an outdoor rink really is,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Spontaneous play outdoors inwinter is part of what is so special about growing up in Canada. Wewant Nova Scotians to remember that, and to take the roof offwinter.” The minister will launch the day’s events at 1:30 p.m., along withthe local Warden, A.J. MacDougall. The first event of the day is areunion hockey game, featuring local high school players from 1950-51. There are opportunities to be active on the ice throughout theday including a tot’s game, an open skate and a broomball matchbetween Judique and Creignish. Throughout the day there will be abarbecue, chili and hot chocolate. A youth talent show will be heldin the nearby community centre. The festivities will proceed into theevening, ending with a Ceilidh. “Our goal was to establish an outdoor rink for the community ofJudique for people of all ages to use free of charge and to enhancerecreation, physical fitness and community spirit during the wintermonths,” said Blaise MacEachern, one of the many Judique residentsvolunteering their time to the event. The Office of Health Promotion’s sport and recreation division is theprovincial delivery agent of a national initiative called Ice Dreams,which is part of the Go for Green program. The Recreation FacilityAssociation of Nova Scotia is also a supporter of the program. IceDreams was developed to show Canadians that just because the mercuryhas dropped, it doesn’t mean that there are any fewer opportunitiesto get outside and be active. The program is about the rebirth ofoutdoor rinks — historical playgrounds for hockey and skating. Individuals and community groups can visit the Ice Dreams website atwww.icedreams.ca for resources and support in building their ownoutdoor rink. “We’re showcasing Judique’s rink this year, but we’re celebrating alloutdoor rinks. We’re seeing a rebirth of the outdoor rink in NovaScotia this winter and we want to see more,” said Jody Conrad, NovaScotia’s Go For Green consultant. “It’s our job to let Nova Scotiansknow how easy it is to have their own outdoor rink and how easy it isto be active outdoors in winter.” Judique’s outdoor rink is located adjacent to the Judique CommunityCentre at 6524 Highway 19.