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Walt’s Four Fathers play

['Community Editorial Panel with Clare Christie']
['Community Editorial Panel with Clare Christie']

Walt Jones’s Four Fathers play is an accomplishment in which I’m pleased to be participating.

As you may have noted from his columns in this paper, Walt is knowledgeable about all four Amherst natives and about the wheeling and dealing that made Confederation happen.

As you may have noted from his columns in this paper, Walt is knowledgeable about all four Amherst natives and about the wheeling and dealing that made Confederation happen.

In the play, set from 1864-1867, Walt reads Sir Charles Tupper, Premier of Nova Scotia in the mid-1860s, Dale Fawthrop is Judge Edward Chandler, Rod Ogden reads Robert Dickey and Dick Beswick is Jonathan McCully. Both Dickey and McCully were members of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia.

I have the pleasure of playing the part of Frances Tupper, Charles’s wife, and have a one-liner at the beginning. I hope I can still fit into my great-grandmother’s dress! I’m also a newsboy, shouting about the scandals.

Dick Beswick has organized Confederation Stories for the current session of the Tantramar Seniors College and the course is fully subscribed. The first presentation will be on Sir Charles Tupper by Morris Haugg, the second on his opponent re confederation, Joseph Howe, the third session is the reading of the Four Fathers play, and the last session is about Vimy Ridge, 100 years ago, when Canada’s “Confederation – Conceived in Charlottetown, [was] Born on Vimy Ridge,” by Sandy Fairbanks.

Fortunately for members of the public who would like to see and hear the play, the Tantramar Heritage Trust has asked us to present it as part of their Heritage Day celebrations on Feb. 18. Their afternoon program starts at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 31 Main St., Sackville, with a Book Launch of the Trust’s “31st publication Surrounded by Smart Women by Larry Black. The 168-page book chronicles the lives of two Maritime [Sackville] women, Statira McDonald and her daughter Gwendolyn McDonald Black.”

At 2:30 p.m. there will be a “Dramatic reading of a new play Our Four Fathers of Confederation by Walter Jones: The play gives a Maritime perspective on the Confederation process through the experience of the four local Fathers of Confederation (Charles Tupper, Jonathan McCully, Edward Chandler and Robert Dickey) during that time. A lively and interactive dramatic presentation featuring Clare Christie, Dale Fawthrop, Dick Beswick, Walter Jones and Rod Odgen. Light refreshments will be served.”

I have quoted an email to Trust members but there is no mention of an entry charge – as there is for the breakfast in the morning.

I have joked that Sackville is only a stepping stone to a cross-Canada tour in this 150th anniversary year of Confederation. But I seriously think Walt’s play should be broadcast, at least on CFTA, and hope that Walt will submit it to CBC.

I hate the expression, but do wish we “break a leg.”

To buy my publications, go to the Amherst Artisan Gallery, Amherst Centre Mall; Maritime Mosaic, Dayle’s, Victoria Street, Amherst; Flying Colours, Maccan; and Main and Station, Parrsboro.

Coles carries My dear Alice.

For my six self-published books and booklets, go to the Cumberland County Museum and Archives and to the YMCA Amherst.

 

Clare Christie is a member of the Amherst News Community Editorial Panel. She can be reached at clarechristie0@gmail.com.  

 

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