International Food Festival returns to First Baptist

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Saturday is on of the highlights of the late fall and early holiday season in Amherst with the return of the International Food Festival.

The International Food Festival will feature traditional dishes from around the world prepared by people from the Amherst area. It will take place at the First Baptist Church on Victoria Street.

Also on Saturday, Nighcrawlers will be continuing its run at the Scotia Room at the Wandlyn. The play is another presentation of the Amherst Comedy Troupe who have been very busy for the past few months. The R-rated comedy written by Terri McCormick and Trish Jardine was originally supposed to wrap up its run with shows on Nov. 8 and 9 however they have added dates next week, so call the Wandlyn and see if there are any seats left.  

The play is produced by Mark Raddin with stage direction by Jeff Tees. It follows four friends as they decide to stake out a swinger's party in their home town and get a little more than they bargained for!

The cast of Barb Bowes, Trish Jardine, Roger White, Joanne Hopper, Jennifer Siddall, Anne Marie Mackenzie and Alan Linkletter is hilarious.

Later in the month, the Christmas theatre season will get underway with the Amherst Comedy Troupe presenting their holiday offering entitled “The Great Amherst Mystery Christmas” at the Wandlyn while the Tantramar group will be presenting “Fruitcake Dynasty” at the Amherst Golf Club starting on Nov. 28.

For tickets and information on Fruitcake Dynasty call 667-7002.

Mike Blakeney is at Bella's and Nov. 8 while Duncan’s Pub hosts RA Lautenschlager from 4 until 6 p.m. and Billy G at 8 p.m. on the music scene locally tonight.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Four Fathers Memorial Library will host Twisted Stitchers from 6:30 until 8 p.m. while some advance notice that a “Diary of Wimpy Kid Party” will be taking place on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Four Fathers Memorial Library from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Later in the month, the Tidnish Market will be having a Christmas market on Nov. 24 at the Tidnish Community Centre from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tables are available to vendors at a cost of $10 per table.

If you are interested in being a vendor, or for more detailed information Nadine Leblanc at or 667-1211.

Today and Tomorrow the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale takes place in Sackville. It will offer fairly traded, unique home décor and gifts at a St. Paul's Anglican Church, 125 Main St., Sackville, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Sackville Film Society is presenting “Cutie and the Boxer.” This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Cutie and the Boxer is described as a beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.

It is showing at the Vogue Cinema starting at 7:30  p.m. on Thursday.


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


Organizations: International Food, Wandlyn, First Baptist Church Scotia Room The R Christmas theatre Amherst Golf Club Wimpy Kid Party Tidnish Market Tidnish Community Centre Ten Thousand Villages Anglican Church Sackville Film Society Vogue Cinema Amherst News

Geographic location: Amherst, Victoria Street, Sackville St. Paul New York

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