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Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

It is the time of year for resolutions to be made (and often already broken) and one great resolution is to read more non-digital media including books, magazines, and whatnot.

I know that for myself I will often spending a few hours a day staring at stories on the internet including news, sports and so on. However, I am much more satisfied if I sit and read a book for even 15 minutes of that time. 

I know that for myself I will often spending a few hours a day staring at stories on the internet including news, sports and so on. However, I am much more satisfied if I sit and read a book for even 15 minutes of that time. 

It is not too hard to clear 30 minutes or so a day to read non-digital media, grab a tea and sit on the couch or in a chair and relax with a book. That time can easily come from the time allotted to computers, tablets, phones or television and within a week chapters will be read, books finished and not surprisingly you might feel a sense of accomplishment from finishing a book that you will never get from scanning web pages. 

Cumberland County has a fabulous resource for books in the library system, they have great books available to borrow in all the branches and will hold and reserve books as well as recommend literature that might suit your interests and best of all it doesn't cost anything to borrow a book, as long as you return it. 

For more information on the library system in Cumberland County go to 

On Tuesday the 10th the library hosts an Evil Genius Club from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Those ages 9 through 14 in attendance will be able to channel their inner evil genius with science experiments, new technology, crafts, Lego and more.    

Wednesday, Jan. 11 has the Four Fathers Memorial Library hosting Twisted Stitchers from 6:30 until 8 p.m. All are welcome to bring their project to work on at this information monthly get-together. Knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting and all other kinds of textile crafts are welcome.

For more information call the library at 667-2549

Registration for Tantramar Seniors College winter courses in the area takes place over the next week. In Sackville, it happens on Monday from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

Tuesday registration for Amherst courses is on at NSCC from 4 until 5:15 p.m.

For course details go to 

There will be live music around Amherst this evening including Duncan's Pub is featuring Kelvin Gould from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. followed by Campfire Dave for three hours beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

Down Victoria Street, Bella's Cafe will be filled with sounds provided by Mike Blakeney.

Town of Amherst arts consultant Charlie Rhindress will be holding a series of public meetings starting January to gather more ideas and support for The Great Amherst Mystery Project in 2017. 

On Jan. 11 there will be a meeting of local artists and arts groups. There will be a presentation about current ideas for the Festival and then a discussion with those present about how they might take part. 

On the 17th the meeting will focus on of local businesses and the discussion of potential in this Festival and begin to discuss ways in which businesses might take part to the benefit of their operations. 

The last meeting will take place on the 25th and is for the general public. This will give anyone who missed the first meeting in last November a chance to share their ideas.  

All meetings will be at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre from 7 to 9 pm.

The new year is underway and most of us are experiencing post Christmas exhaustion, but there are still plenty of reasons to leave the house and go experience some arts and culture in the area including some of the items covered in this paragraph. 

Dick’s Jamboree hosts a night of music every Wednesday night at Heartz Hall at Trinity-St Stephen’ s United Church at 7 p.m., on Thursdays it is open mic night at both the Old Warehouse Café and Duncan's Pub.

So for musicians in Cumberland County there is no excuse not to get out there and get on stage, work on new songs or hone your craft. Interested artists can participate in weekly lessons offered by the Sackville Art Association.

The lessons take place on Thursdays from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church, 14 Church St. Cost $10 per session and beginners are welcome.

For additional information contact Laurell Hamilton at or phone 902-251-2619.


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



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