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Anne Murray Centre celebrates 30 years with free admission on July 20

The Anne Murray Centre opened July 28, 1989.
The Anne Murray Centre opened July 28, 1989. - Contributed

Week of celebration includes dinner theatre and VIP and public meet and greets

SPRINGHILL, N.S. – If you’ve never been to the Anne Murray Centre, now’s your chance.

“On Saturday, July 20 the Anne Murray Centre will offer free admission to anyone who lives in or was born in Cumberland County and has never visited the museum before,” Charlie Rhindress, outreach co-ordinator for the Anne Murray Centre, said. “Visitors just have to show up at the centre and say, ‘I’m from Cumberland County and I’ve never been here,’ for free admission.”

The event is one of several the Anne Murray Centre is hosting during their 30th anniversary and during Springhill’s Old Home Week.

Live Bait Theatre’s latest dinner theatre, Possessed by Ester Cox, will be staged at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Centre on July 22.

The musical dinner theatre offers a comedic take on ‘The Great Amherst Mystery’ and features classic hits from the 50s to today, with the meal being catered by Sociables Pub and Eatery.

Also, on July 27, Anne Murray will meet her VIP fans from throughout the world during her annual Meet and Greet Luncheon at the community centre.

“It’s amazing to witness the distance Anne’s fans will travel to celebrate with her, especially when you consider that Anne has been retired for 11 years,” Wanita Shay, executive director at the Anne Murray Centre, said. “It is a true testament to Anne’s accomplishments and the appeal of her personality.”

The meet and greet has been sold out for several months and will bring 200 people to Springhill for the event, including fans from the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand and Thailand.

Fans usually spend one day in town for the VIP event, but this year the event has been expanded to encompass the whole weekend.

On July 28, Anne will take part in a Q&A with former Canada AM host Jeff Hutcheson in front of the VIP guests, and then at 2 p.m. Murray will host a 30th-anniversary meet and greet which is free and open to the public.

Since first opening its doors on July 28, 1989, the Anne Murray Centre has had over 500,000 visitors and is now the longest operating centre dedicated to a Canadian musical artist in the country.

Rhindress says the Anne Murray Centre is just one reason to visit Cumberland County.

We would like to use the centre to shine a light on some of the other great things that are happening in our region,” Rhindress said. “I’m hoping we can create some vibrant partnerships, so we can all work together to attract more visitors to the area and keep them here longer.

The VIP’s visiting Anne Murray will be given a VIP package telling them what the region has to offer.

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