Seed Swap at library on Saturday

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Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Tomorrow a very important event is taking place at the Four Fathers Library in the form of a Seed Swap.

The Second Annual Seed Swap is a presentation of the Cumberland Food Action Network and is for backyard and community gardeners, as well as folks interested in seed saving and seed swapping and the general public interested in local food security. It is free and children will get a seedling that they can then take home and watch grow.

The seed swap is on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

As February draws to a close we know winter’s end can't be far, however it also marks the end of African Heritage Month. This year marks the second time in three years that the poster for the month features a local resident. This year the poster features Summer-Joy Upshaw.

The poster celebrates youth and the rising stars in our communities. Upshaw is a Grade 12 student at River Hebert District High School. She is a member of every committee and sports team at RHDH; this includes her role as students council president, yearbook editor, tutor and Students Against Victimized Endeavors representative. Along with being a strong student and leader on school grounds, Summer is also an avid volunteer in her community.

The volunteer group about which Summer is most passionate is the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association. CANSA's vision is that all citizens, including persons with disabilities, African Nova Scotians and youth at risk be respected and grow socially, economically and culturally in Cumberland County.

Summer works with CANSA to help organize activities focusing on African Nova Scotian heritage, community involvement and upkeep 

Live music fans in Amherst can see Tony and Susan Robichaud at Bella's Cafe while Duncan’s Pub will be hosting Ruth Nichols at 4 to 6 p.m. and Jim Murphy at 8 p.m. 

March 4 is Classic Movie Night at the Four Fathers Memorial Library and it will feature "A Fistful of Dollars."

The 1967 Western movie was the film that catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom and launched the spaghetti western. Eastwood, as the man with no name, rides into a town torn apart by warring factions. It starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Admission is free, but donations are cheerfully accepted.

On Wednesday March 5, The Town of Springhill Leisure Services and 101.7 CKDH-FM present Brett Kissel and One More Girl, on the Young Guns Tour in the Community Room at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

It's the only Nova Scotia stop. Tickets are $25 and are available now at the Community Center or by calling 763-3000.

Some advance notice of a pretty cool presentation in Tatamagouche. Next weekend, the North Shore Players presents “Vintage Hitchcock” on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at Tatamagouche Elementary School.

It’s a live radio play with adaptations of three classic Alfred Hitchcock films: The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, complete with 1940s commercials, costumes, music, and live sound effects.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Village Florist in Tatamagouche.


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



Organizations: Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Cumberland Food Action Network, River Hebert District High School Community Center Tatamagouche Elementary School Amherst News

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Tatamagouche, Amherst Springhill Nova Scotia

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