Anne Murray Centre branching out

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Karaoke, VIC highlight exhibit upgrades

Its down a boardroom, but its up a Karaoke exhibit, a visitor information centre and much more.

The Anne Murray Centre unveiled a number of new developments yesterday, including a new Karaoke machine that allows visitors to sing along with some of the famous singers biggest hits.

Anne Murray Centre branching out

Its down a boardroom, but its up a Karaoke exhibit, a visitor information centre and much more.

The Anne Murray Centre unveiled a number of new developments yesterday, including a new Karaoke machine that allows visitors to sing along with some of the famous singers biggest hits.

Its one of those fun things, but also something new we wanted to do from a business end, explained manager Anne Newman. We wanted to find ways of bringing in new revenue, not just admissions, and this offers more to the experience for the visitors.

The interactive display allows visitors to sing along with Anne on a recording of either You Needed Me, Daydream Believer, Could I Have This Dance and Snow Bird. The duet partner can then take home their very own duet recording on CD with a specially designed Anne Murray Centre jewel case.

The facility will also be offering a number of new projects thanks to the hiring of two employees through support from the federal job creation partnership program. Senior event coordinator Sally Ross and youth event coordinator Mike King have been working on such projects as music camps, kitchen parties and a dinner theatre.

Anne of Springhill, the special fundraising dinner and comedy theatre production by Live Bait Theatre, will showcase in Springhill on July 27-28 at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

Meanwhile, with support from town hall, the towns visitor information centre is now located downstairs in the former boardroom of the centre. Necessary renovations have been made to meet requirements of the industry, and student David MacDonald has been hired through the Central Nova Tourist Association (CNTA) and federal student program to operate it for the summer.

Its just one example of partnerships were working on with the community, said Newman, who added they are also planning to offer public computer access.

The Anne Murray Centre does a great service to this town, commented town councillor Dick Rector.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Anne Murray Centre, Central Nova Tourist Association, Live Bait Theatre

Geographic location: Springhill

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