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Pugwash opens at Ship’s Company Theatre on July 5

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

Published on June 30, 2017

Today, the Four Fathers Library is inviting those ages Primary through Grades 6 to bring out their inner scientist as they conduct Canada-inspired experiments in the library’s laboratory with a program called Tue North Science.  

It goes from 10 a.m. until noon. Things will get messy, so be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty and children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Call the library at 902-667-2549 to sign up or for more information.
Bella's Cafe has Katherine Hatheway on their stage while Duncan's Pub is taking the evening off from live music because of the holiday long weekend.
The Spinney Brothers are at the Music Barn in Sackville from 2 until 4 p.m. on July 2. Admission in $15 at the door. Showtime is 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. with the doors opening at 1 p.m.
Later in the day the venue will host the Carter Sisters. Admission in $10 with the show from 7 until 9 p.m. and the doors opening at 6 p.m.
The Town of Amherst will be holding their annual Canada Day celebrations with activities taking place all day and throughout the early evening tomorrow, culminating with the fireworks display.
For more information visit the Town of Amherst website or their Facebook page, and many communities will be hosting their own Canada Day events, check with you local community for information on activities in and around your individual area.
On Wednesday, July 5 the play Pugwash opens at the Ship's Company Theatre in Parrsboro.
Written by Vern Thiessen the synopsis of Pugwash is as follows "In July 1957, the world was rife with post-war wounds and nuclear arms race fears. In the midst of all the mounting anxiety, leading scientists and academics, world-renowned ‘thinkers’ were invited to a conference in humble Pugwash, NS, the first conference of its kind to address their role in creating and alleviating these fears. Cumberland County native Cyrus Eaton who had made a fortune living and working in the played a key role in bringing the world to Pugwash, his beloved hometown. Thiessen’s play is a fictional story based on true events that explore the local impact and global legacy of the Pugwash Conferences. A uniquely Canadian story, celebrating a remarkable individual and remarkable place, on the 60th Anniversary of a truly remarkable achievement."
It runs at the theatre from July 5 until July 30, with no show on Mondays. For more information go to shipscompanytheatre.com or call the box office at at 1-800-565-7469.
The Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery will host a book launch for Take Off to Tantramar, a children’s picture book by Beth Weatherbee, Odette Barr and Colleen Landry on Monday July 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Currently exhibiting artists include Cathy Thurston, Laurell Hamilton, Diana McIsaac, Margaret Wiles, Charlie Atherton, Melanie Landau.
Some advance notice for the first Maritime Music Fest which will be in Springhill in about a month on July 26 through the 29th at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Centre.
Some of the featured performers include Catherine MacLellan, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys; and Chris Brown who is from Springhill.
In addition, Anne Murray will be at the Anne Murray Centre on Saturday, July 29 for three hours beginning at 2 p.m. for a free meet and greet.
The Springhill Heritage Group took over the former nurses’ station building at 26 Memorial Dr. and it is now open as The Isabel Simpson Heritage Centre.
The centre has a museum of artifacts from early life in Springhill and surrounding area. Microfilm reels of old Springhill and Parrsboro newspapers are available to be read on site.
Questions on family genealogies are welcome. The centre is open from June to Labour Day and during the winter by appointment or chance, for more information go to springhillheritage.ca.

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