First Dickey Park Music Festival a hit

Performers take to stage at park for three-hour concert

Darrell Cole
Published on July 21, 2014

The weather was ideal for a concert in the park as the first Dickey Park Music Festival was held on Saturday.

AMHERST – It was a great day for a picnic.

The first Dickey Park Music Festival on Saturday was a big success with a number of musicians performing and children doing everything from eating hamburgers and hot dogs to having their faces painted and playing on the splash pad.

“Things have gone very well,” Liz Cooke-Sumbu of the Cumberland African Nova Scotia Association. “We’ve had a lot of people coming and going or pulling out their lawnchairs and enjoying the music.”

The festival was a chance for local musicians to perform and helped showcase the park as a venue for concerts and other family events. Two years ago, the park hosted CANSA’s  Dickey Park reunion and there have been other events there over past few years.

CANSA case manager Barry Patriquin emceed the three-hour concert and also played backup music for some of the performers.

“It was a big success,” said Patriquin. “The performers all said they enjoyed themselves and the weather as perfect. Hopefully this is something that will become an annual event.”

Among those to volunteer their time were Drew Moore and Mike Blakeney, Eric Fresia, Chelsea Atkinson, Dick Bristol, Lily Rosaa, Dedra Green, Leah Killen, Gerald Davis, Brandon McLellan, Ed Cooke and Julie Brooke.