Christmas dinner, Boxing Jam celebrate what community means

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Two great events that occurred over the holidays which deserve to be highlighted, including the Boxing Day Jam and the Christmas Dinner.

The community Christmas dinner drew a record crowd to have a meal and even hear some local musicians. The event served over 300 complete turkey dinners and not only served the general public but also all those service workers who are required to work on Christmas Day, including EHS, police fire and hospital workers.

This is a great event that continues to grow and the organizers deserve kudos for taking time out of their Christmas holidays to make sure that people in the Amherst area have a nice dinner and are not alone.

The Boxing Day Jam attracted a packed crowd to see and hear local and area musicians. Many of the artists focused on original tunes which is great to know. They not only have musical talent but are writing their own stuff, expressing their points of view and putting their feelings out their for the public.

The artists that played include: Chicken Haddie by Bruce Gibson, Third Zero, John McKiel, Lenny Crash and the Restorations, Sweet Addiction, The Band, Shades of Sorrow and the Shakedown Combo.

Congratutions to all the performers, the organizers as well as Teazers for being part of such a great event.

Each Friday night Bella's Cafe and Duncan's Pub feature live music played by area musicians. This venues and others around town including (but not limited to Teazers, The Old Warehouse and The Elmtree) offer local musicians an opportunity to play live, hone their craft and gain an audience.

Many areas lack venues for local musicians to play, often opting for satellite radio, CDs, radio or even DVDs. We should be supporting the venues that offer a chance to hear live music as much as possible and trying to get out on nights that have live music and letting the folks who work at the venue that the music is one of the reasons that we chose their locations.

If you want to know who is playing at the local venues this week check with them by phone or by dropping in, I will be including the listings again starting next week but couldn't get the listings before presstime and figured this would be the perfect opportunity to thank the venues for providing a location to hear and see local music, and also enjoy a beverage and meal or snack.

There will be one last performance of the Fruitcake Dynasty at the Amherst Golf Club. The Tantramar Theatre production is written by Valerie Fahey and features Dean Trueman, Rocky Ripley (who also plays guitar during the performance), Barb Bowes, and Karen Todoschuk.

The special last performance takes place on Jan. 4. For tickets and information on Fruitcake Dynasty call 667-7002.

On Jan. 7, the Four Fathers Memorial Library hosts Classic Movie Night featuring “Gilda,” the screening starts at 7 p.m.

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Andrew MacGregor’s arts and entertainment column appears weekly in the Amherst News.



Organizations: The Elmtree, Amherst Golf Club, Tantramar Theatre Amherst News

Geographic location: Amherst

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