AMHERST – The days are falling off the calendar towards the start of a week full of reasons to come to Amherst and the town, community leaders and event planners are doing their part to promote all of the events taking place and call on everyone to come out and enjoy the fun.
© Christopher Gooding photo
Some of the Amherst 125th event planners, including (from left) Charlie Rhindress, Kim Ripley, Jerry Randall, George Baker, Terry Rhindress, Robert Small and Jeff Macneill are ready for the weekend to be here, when the Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival becomes the first of many reasons to visit Amherst in the coming days and weeks. Missing from photo: Lisa Emery, Frank Balcom, Robert Bird, Dave March, Gladys Coish and Trina Clarke.
“I want to thank all the committee members… we want everyone to come out and celebrate with us; from Sackville and afar,” Amherst councilor George Bakers said. “We want everyone to come out. It’s their community to enjoy.”
On Friday, Aug. 1, the Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival will enter its third year of turning the downtown into too-cool central with live entertainment, a car show, burlesque, vendors and much more for three days straight.
On Sunday, Aug. 3, as the festival draws to a close Houdini Day in Amherst will begin, giving a historical nod to the famed magician and escape artist’s visit to the border community in 1896. Harry Houdini biographer Bruce MacNab will offer tours in the community highlight stops Houdini made here, beginning at 2 p.m. from the Amherst Town Hall on Victoria Street. Later, at 7 p.m., illusionist Lucas Wilson will recreate Houdini’s famous straightjacket escape while suspended from a crane at Victoria Square.
On Monday, Aug. 4, CFTA Radio will be celebrating their new location with a BBQ, History of Radio tours from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Also on Monday, from 4 – 6 p.m. entertainer and professional speaker Corey Poirier will be in Victoria Square.
Then on Thursday, August 7 the Blueberry Harvest festival will take place, starting with a youth concert. Friday the Kids Zone events will start at noon on King Street, a youth talent show is scheduled for 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. will be a fashion show, both of which take place at Victoria Square.
“This year will be bigger and better,” Amherst Mayor Robert Small said.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. on Victoria Street, there will be food and craft vendors, games, kid zone, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and entertainment in Victoria Square. A beer gardens will be at the Amherst Stadium on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 8:00 p.m. featuring the Thirsty Rangers and Old School. More details for the Blueberry Festival can be found at www.facebook.com/Amherstfestivals.
A CD launch featuring Amherst musicians is also in the works under the direction of Rocky Ripley, and a yet-to-be revealed event closer to the town’s actual anniversary date is in the works, Mayor Small said.
Amherst was incorporated as a township on Dec. 18, 1889.