Hoot N’ Jam Benefit in Fenwick on Saturday

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Published on June 20, 2014

Saturday is National Aboriginal Day nationwide and that provides a great opportunity to learn about the past and remember a huge part of our shared heritage. There is usually a celebration in Victoria Square but I haven't been able to find any information about it this year. 

However, there looks to be a great concert in Halifax to mark the day and there will likely be lots going on in other areas as well. The 10th Annual Hoot N Jam Benefit takes place tomorrow at the Legere’s located at 99 Fenwick Rd., Nappan. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chair and musical talent if any and hear bluegrass and country at its best for a great cause.

There will be an open mic from 1 until 3 p.m. and special guests from 3 until 5 p.m. Admission is by donation at the gate with all proceeds for the Cumberland Cancer Assistance Fund and the Kate MacLeod Bursary.

At the Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery today Jean Hearst exhibits her paintings and Ginny Diezel her paper clay sculptures.

Both artists are from Virginia Beach, US.A. There will be an Etching workshop on June 25, and Pottery Open Studio on June 26.

This weekend there will be an open house on June 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music by Bob Boudrot.

Tidnish and area will be busy on Saturday with a Quilt Show at the Lorneville Church as well as an open house at the Blue Heron Gallery Open House located at 11 Beaton’s Ln., Lorneville.

Friday night Stephen Wells is at the community centre  while on Saturday evening there is dance with Freefall at the Tidnish Community Centre. The Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is the last chance to see the newest Amherst Comedy Troupe production The Unreal Housewives of Cumberland County.

It is written by Trish Jardine and Terri McCormick and features Barbara Bowes, Karen Smith, Jennifer Siddall, Alan Linkletter, Katherine Hatheway, Erin Lewis, Lonney Bezzina, Pam Bezzina and Trish Jardine.

It is at the Wandlyn tonight and tomorrow night, however tickets might be sold out so if you would like to go call 660-2630 as soon as possible to see if any are available.

At Duncan's Pub tonight in Amherst, Liz Dowe will be on the stage from 4 until 6 p.m. followed by Eric Fresia starting at 8 p.m.  

Bella's Café will be featuring Mike Blakeney this evening starting around 6 p.m.

The Amherst Artisan’s Market is back tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

It’s a unique shopping adventure in art, crafts, food and culture, through the unique shops and streets in downtown Amherst.

The Cumberland Car Club’s 23 Annual Amherst Show and Shine is Sunday, starting at 9 a.m, at the Robbs Complex.

You’ll see street rods, tuner Cars, motorcycles, farm machinery and antique vehicles, including the Maritimes biggest showing of pre-1940s vehicles.

Admission is $2 or $5 for families. For more information or to register call Gordon at 546-2776.

The Summer Reading Club Kick-off Party takes place at the Four Fathers Memorial Library on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.

It is for Grades Primary though 6 and the event features a Maker Fair, snacks, and an opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

Also on Thursday at the library is the Rise N' Shine Book Club. It goes from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and this month the discussion focuses on Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

This is the last chance to attend the discussion as it will be on hiatus until September.


Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.