Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
CFTA is one of our local radio stations and offers a number of great opportunities to community groups and citizens to be involved in making local radio work.
They are holding their second annual art gala this weekend. Last year it was at the station on Acadia Street but this year it will be bigger with more art up for grabs so they moved the venue to the Lions Den to feature more art in more space.
This year will also feature 20 artists and art work from as far away as Russia and France and encompass mediums such as woodwork, folk art, carving as well as painting, drawing and photography.
The art gala runs from 7 to 10 p.m. with a youth art auction going from be from 2 to 4 p.m, Admission is $5.
Tonight, Bella‚Äôs Cafe is presenting Mike Blakeney while Duncan‚Äôs Pub hosts 2nd Toe from 4 to 6 p.m. and Tony and Susan Robichaud at 8 p.m.
The OH-WIMPICS Dessert Theatre, is on until Sunday, Feb. 23rd at the First Baptist Church. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the church office or by calling 667-2001.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, Four Fathers Memorial Library hosts Rise N' Shine Book Club from 9 until 10 a.m. and then later in the day presents the movie In The Heat Of The Night from 7 until 9 p.m.
The Chilli Willi Winter Carnival is on in Springhill this weekend, there are a number of events including a ‚ÄúSnow Sculpture Competition‚ÄĚ with the deadline for entry today at 4:30 p.m., with the judging taking place on Monda,y Feb 24.
A book I read recently that is still filtering in to my day to day activities is Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
One of the ideas that I am fleshing out in my mind and actions is the thought that we benefit from having access to multiple sources of items we require and certainly need those things to be in different locations and sourced from multiple sources.
One example in the Amherst area is gas, with only one place to get gas downtown that location has become increasingly important so that folks don't have to go uptown to get fuel if they are not headed in that direction.
That business provides a unique service in the area, provides jobs and also occupies a physical location which likely couldn't be used for anything else. By consciously encouraging this business to exist we are increasing our options, filling a void and increasing our ‚Äúantifragility.‚ÄĚ
This of course is a very short form of a developing series of thoughts, but it is interesting to think how important a certain sources our to our community and what our support can means to our own future. It is interesting to ponder our dependence on certain sources for various items and what having multiple choices in varying geographical locations means to our long term viability not only as a community but as a species.
Another example is saving seeds which leads to advance notice for The Cumberland Food Action Network will seed swap which takes place next Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Four Fathers Memorial Library.
There will be seeds for sale and trade, kids games, Community Garden information as well as composting with worms and seed saving.
Andrew MacGregor‚Äôs arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.