This is the trophy presented annually to the recipient of the Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial award.
This particular one was presented to Lloyd Tattrie, of Tatamagouche, in 2007.
This was hand carved by artist, Reinis Freimanis, of Moncton. N.B.
Read more below.
The Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Award was founded in February 1995 and is given annually in memory of Tara Lynne, a young fiddler dedicated to old time fiddling. She was active in her community and loved by all who knew her. She was always willing to share her talents and did all she could to make the world a better place.
She was killed in a car accident in 1994 at the age of 21. At the time of her passing she was attending Acadia University, pursuing a degree in music, with plans to become a teacher. You can read more about her and her numerous accomplishments in the articles below.
The award is presented to a person who best exemplifies the qualities of Tara Lynne; her dedication to the preservation and enhancement of old time fiddling, devotion to community service and her pleasant and outgoing personality.
The award is made up of two parts, the Memorial and a trophy that is presented to the individual.
The Memorial is a wooden piece hand carved by Moncton artist, Mr Reinis Freimanis and consists of a Mahogany base, a flameless candle and holder, two stemmed roses, one white and one dark, situated to the left of the piece; a violin and bow with music stand and sheet music of Jim Hardy’s composition “In Memory of Tara Lynne”
· The burning candle and holder to the right means life.
· Blossoms on the right side with stems pointing left mean brightness
· The white rose represents life
· The dark rose represents death
· Violin is soul of the girl; a symbol of her music.
The individual trophy is made up in the form of an open book with laminated pictures of Tara Lynne on the left and the Memorial on the right. The recipients name and year are engraved on the trophy.
We are always accepting nominations for this award. If you know someone who promotes old time music and exemplifies the qualities of Tara Lynne Touesnard we want to hear about them! Please attach a brief explanation of who they are and what they do!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the presentation of the2020 Tara Lynne Memorial Award was delayed. The presented was made in May of 2021 to Julie Johnstone via a virtual meeting. Special Thanks to all who were involved in contributing to the presentation, and aiding in getting this award into Julie's home. Congratulations to an incredibly deserving recipient. You certainly exemplify the qualities that were so loved and cherished in Tara Lynne.