Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
This will be a very busy summer weekend in the area. Tonight sees Terry Blakeney and Cathy making music at Duncan's with R.A. Lautenschlager down the road at Bella's Cafe. In Tidnish, Friday Fusion returns with Jazz, Blues, Pop & Rock performed by Bridget Ebanks & Friends tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday there is a concert entitled “Pictures by the Shore” by Ventus Machina, New Brunswick's professional woodwind quintet at 7.30 p.m. Centered around the majestic 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Mussorgsky, this fun summer program also includes music written by New Brunswick composers Richard Gibson and Michael Miller. As well - ‘Solos’ for quintet by Ontario’s Marjan Mozetich – get ready for some chair-dancing as we take you through the streets of Paris, to the deserts of Arabia, and twirl you through a little Swing, Tango and Waltz music.
A well-known Mozart opera overture is thrown in for good measure, and the whole program is delivered in Ventus Machina’s signature informal and conversational style. Music lovers of all ages and genres will be delighted by this imaginative and very listen-able show. Check out www.ventusmachina.com, or their Facebook page. It takes place at the Tidnish Community Center, tickets at the door, $15 (adults), $5 (students), children under 12 free.
On Saturday at the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery there is a workshop entitled Creativity and Mindfullness: The Art of Unlearning. It is for youth and adults and runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Participants will explore how use of art as part of meditative practice can nudge us out of a creative rut and enhance authentic art-making. No art skill or experience necessary and maaterials available or bring what you like to use. The current exhibition at the gallery features Judy Arkell of Amherst and it will be up until July 25.
The Heritage Festival at the Age of Sail Heritage Centre in Port Greville is this weekend. Today at 7 p.m. at the Museum they welcome storyteller Suzanne Burchell, with admission by donation.
On Saturday at 6 p.m., there will be a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the FPW Firehall. Tickets are $15 and are for sale in advance only at the museum or call 348-2030. Then on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or while supplies last, there will be a Strawberry Brunch at the Porthole Cafe. There is also free admission to the museum Saturday and Sunday, for more information check their website ageofsailmuseum.ca.
The Northshore Antique Tractor and Engine Club is having their 2014 Annual Show and Field Day at Verstraten’s Farm in Lorneville on Saturday July 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will see antique machinery displays, wagon rides, 4-H woodsmen competition demo, antique tool collectors exhibit, local crafts and more.
This year there will also be live music and the NSWOOA woodlot tour. Admission is free, and the 4-H canteen and desserts from the Lorneville Church ladies will be on site. Everyone is welcome, to this family event.
It’s about 30 kilometres from Amherst, at 5736 Tyndal Road in Lorneville.
Today at the Four Fathers Memorial Library it is “Storytime with Melanie Mosher.”
All ages are invited to hear local author Melanie Mosher read from her picture book Fire Pie Trout at the library from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m.
Next Thursday, Kitchen Creations will take place at the library, participants will make creative concoctions that will be sure to surprise and delight, the kitchen can get a little messy, so come dressed to get sticky for two hours starting at 10 a.m.
Tomorrow is Duck Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Beaubassin Research Center in Aulac (two minutes past the Irving on Brown’s Road).
There will be a free barbecue, hands-on wetland activities and other family fun. For more information call the Ducks Unlimited office at 667-8726.
The Malagash Area Heritage Association is holding the 16th Annual Sandcastle Festival on Sunday July 20th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Blue Sea Beach, 660 Blue Sea Road, Malagash.
There will be prizes for the most original creations in Commercial, Family, Teen and Under 12 categories. Please call Tammy Rafuse at 257-2407 for further information and entrance fees.
Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.