Retired from music or not, Anne Murray is always a popular calling card of Springhill's Old Home Week. While people come out to celebrate the town, Murray comes out to celebrate her fans with an annual meet and greet at the Anne Murray Centre.
SPRINGHILL - It's shaping up to be an eventful week as Springhill makes its final preparations for Old Home Week.
The Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre and the Lion's Park will host many of the week's events and people are excited for what's in store.
Pam Adams, Leisure Services Director for the centre said there is excitement in the air during this time of year.
"It's tradition. The people in this community can't wait for Old Home Week."
The week will start off with the annual Blues Fest - named after the local Jr.. B hockey team, the Cumberland County Blues - on Saturday, July 20, which includes a mixed ball tournament, washer toss tournament, barbecue, face painting, fishpond, cake walk and pony rides. There is also a beer gardens that evening at the Richard Calder Arena from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Music by Parts & Labour and admission at the door. Must be 19 years or older to attend. For more information or to register a team, contact Frank Bailey at (902) 597-2770. The mixed ball tournament will continue into Sunday, July 21st at the Lion's Park.
On Monday, July 22, at 1p.m. the Isabel Simpson Heritage Centre is hosting an Old Fashioned Family Picnic at the Heritage Museum where there will be a barbecue, games and lots of activities for the whole family.
The annual Doll Carriage and Bicycle Parade, sponsored by Leisure Services, will be happening on Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. beginning beside the Paint Recycling building on the corner of Main and Wolsley and commencing towards the Lion's Park. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Turkey Burger sale at the Parish Hall proudly sponsored by the Saint Monica's Women's Guild. Eat in or take out, $2.50 each.
The highlight of the week is the grand re-opening of the Lion's Park. Taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30pm, a Timbits soccer game, barbecue, popcorn, face painting, live music, giant inflatable jumpers Batman and Nemo, foul shoot and half court competition. The evening finishes off the night with a Movie Under the Stars at dusk.
Thursday, July 25th is the weekly Farmer's Market and Teen Centre barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26th the Leo's Club and Teen Centre will be hosting a Teen Street Dance in the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre parking lot. From 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. a DJ and live music will entertain. There will also be a 45's tournament at the Senior Citizen's Recreation Centre on McDougall Street at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.
Saturday, July 27th is the 2nd Annual Anne Murray Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre and a meet and greet with Anne Murray at the Anne Murray Centre takes place at 1 p.m. For More information or to purchase your ticket for the luncheon, contact Marcie Meekins, Executive Director at (902) 597-8614.
Closing out the week on Sunday, July 28th is a hymn sing at the Senior Citizen's Recreation Centre at 7 p.m. with free admission for all.
Adams said none of these events would be possible without the people involved.
"The Town of Springhill is not large, but it is big in community activities. We are pleased to partner with so many different dedicated volunteers on community initiatives. "Everyone loves community celebrations, and will support traditional events as long as they continue to do them," Adams said.