Celebrating Confederation at Four Fathers Dinner

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Major fundraiser for Cumberland County Museum on Sept. 27

Confederation will be celebrated during a fundraising dinner for the Cumberland County Museum on Sept. 27.

Cumberland County Museum and Archives chairman Brian Trenholm (at the piano) and playwright Dale Fawthrop prepare for the Four Fathers Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 27 at ARHS. The event is a fundraiser for the museum and will feature a one-act play written for the occasion by Fawthrop.

AMHERST – It’s 1870 and the Amherst area’s Fathers of Confederation are gathering to talk about this new country.

That’s the theme of this year’s Cumberland County Museum and Archives Four Fathers Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Amherst Regional High School.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Part of the celebration will be play written by playwright Dale Fawthrop, talking about Canada and looking back at the Charlottetown Conference that took place 150 years ago in 1864 as well Confederation in 1870.

“Three of the four fathers will be there, E.B. Chandler is unable to make it because of flooding in Dorchester,” Fawthrop quipped of the play he’s written. “Charles Tupper, R.B. Dickey and Jonathan McCully are getting together to tell an audience of Amherst’s families about Confederation and how it’s gone so far.”

Joining Fawthrop in the cast are MLA Terry Farrell, who performed in the last Confederation play written by Fawthrop, as well as Paul McWade and Jan Purdy.

Fawthrop said teacher Ms. Ratchford will be leading a singsong and those in attendance will be encouraged to sing along to songs like the Maple Leaf Forever.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the museum, located in the Grove Cottage on Church Street.

Museum board chairman Brian Trenholm said it’s ironic that the year being celebrated was roughly the same time that Dickey established his law office in the museum’s location and the summer kitchen at the back of the building was developed.

Fawthrop said he went through a census of 1870 to pick out a number of key families. People attending the dinner will be sitting at tables named in honour of family names like Curry, Robb and Pugsley.

Tickets are $35 each and are available at the museum or by calling 902-667-2561.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Cumberland County Museum, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: AMHERST, Canada, Charlottetown Dorchester Maple Leaf Church Street

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