Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

Leisure and Living

Anstey honoured for dedication to Special Olympics

Posted on March 23, 2017

Wes Anstey had a life-changing experience in an alley – a bowling alley, that is. That’s where his now more than decade-long relationship with Eastern Highlands Special Olympics and its athletes began. “It’s just fantastic – I don’t know how else to explain it. It is just a great, great feeling to work with them,” he said of his experience in a recent phone interview from Florida. After starting on [...]

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Tuning up

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Plans are in full swing for a three-day summer music festival coming to Antigonish County. Judy MacDonald is one of the creators of the Black River Music Festival, which is scheduled for August 4-6. “There will be country, a little light rock, a variety of music,” she said, in describing the genres concert-goers can expect at the Black Avon venue. MacDonald said “everything is going well,” when it comes to [...]

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Celebrating social justice work at St.F.X.

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A new event has been added to the St.F.X. schedule which will celebrate work done in the areas of social justice, equity, inclusion, diversity and culture. The Black and White Affair will take place April 1 at the Keating Centre conference room, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m. The event is being presented by the AADISA Office at St.F.X. which is a [...]

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Encore, encore

Posted on March 23, 2017

The most memorable moment of this Antigonish Performing Arts (APA) series’ season has, probably, taken place off stage. With the future of the more than four-decade-old annual showcase uncertain, to say the least, supporters have rallied to help combat a financial shortfall. “I was very, very moved,” Michael Steinitz, an APA founder, said of the generosity. Just a couple weeks’ earlier, he announced to a concert audience that the current [...]

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L’Arche hosting soccer fundraiser

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Attention soccer enthusiasts; you don’t have to wait until all the snow disappears to enjoy your favourite sport. The first – of what organizers hope to be an annual event – L’Arche Antigonish Co-Ed Soccer Tournament will take place April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Oland Centre gymnasium. Details for the fun L’Arche fundraiser include; each team is to have one goalie and four players with [...]

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One Act Play Festival begins March 23

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

The curtain will be pulled back for Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) always popular One Act Play Festival March 23 to 25. Briana Lynch, an organizer with the festival, said there has been “quite a bit of interest” so far. “So we’re really excited to see the shows that come out of that,” Lynch said.  She was asked about the festival coming up less than two-weeks after TA’s latest show, Eurydice, ended [...]

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From the gridiron to the stage

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Christian Ridley was getting his ankles taped – a typical part of his pre-practice routine – and his phone rang.     ‘Hello Jesus’ were the first words the wide receiver with the St. F.X. X-Men football team heard from the caller.     It was director Jenn Laudadio on the line, informing him that would be playing the part of Jesus in the Music of the Night production of Jesus Christ [...]

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Music of the Night to feature rock opera classic

Posted on March 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Music of the Night will take centre stage later this month with its production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera classic Jesus Christ Superstar. “We are setting the play in a contemporary context. We debated on that, at first, but the cast was very keen on taking it that way and placing it in the present,” director Jenn Laudadio said. “In our play, Jesus is a revolutionary leader; he [...]

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Fun fundraiser for FAST

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Grand Kilted Skate Party returns to the Antigonish Arena, for the third straight year, Sunday, March 26. The event, in support of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST), is fun for the whole family. Teams of four participate in a variety of light-hearted skating competitions, including obstacle racing, dancing and some Highland Games-inspired skills tests (yes, there might be a caber); all in a fun and relaxed environment. “We refer [...]

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Business pledges suports for Keppoch project

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

A pledge from an Antigonish business is helping Positive Action for Keppoch Society (PAK) to move ahead with their Children and Youth Natural Play and Learning Space project. On Feb. 21, Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Insurance made a pledge of $60,000, over a four-year period, to help with the construction of the project. “We are very grateful to Farmers’ Mutual for their leadership, vision and generosity,” PAK vice-president Mary Coyle said. [...]

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Theatre Antigonish staging Eurydice March 7 to 11

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Theatre Antigonish’s (TA) second play for the 2016-17 season is Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. The play will begin March 7 and be staged until March 11, including a matinee performance March 10. “It’s a beautiful play based on the Orpheus myth,” Andrea Boyd, TA artistic director, said. “It’s Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of that story from Eurydice’s point of view but there is a new character not in the Orpheus myth, Eurydice’s [...]

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Birding enthusiast uses app and sound to identify species

Posted on March 2, 2017 Chrissy MacDonald

David Johnston has always been interested in birds. “When I was little my mother always fed the birds and there were homemade birdfeeders all around,” Johnston said. “Hers were made out of jam bottles and anything.” Johnston lives in Port Hawkesbury with his wife, Mary, of 56 years who Johnston says is an excellent birder. “She picks up on things that other people miss,” he said. The two have often [...]

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Cassie and Maggie in concert March 5

Posted on February 24, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Rising stars Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, the musical duo with deep Antigonish roots – both town and county, will be performing in town, March 5, at St. James United Church. The sisters, based in Halifax, will be promoting their latest album – The Willow Collection – which has been very well received. “The Willow Collection showcases not only their musical ability but the depth and variety of their musicianship,” noted [...]

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The perfect show for March

Posted on February 24, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, the perfect event to celebrate the spirit of the day will take place a few days earlier at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Shannon Studio. The popular musical duo Evans and Doherty will be at the centre for an evening show (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday, March 11. “Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the East Coast music scene for [...]

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Carty CD release party this Saturday

Posted on February 24, 2017

Accordionist-singer Mary Beth Carty’s new album Les biens-nommés is a colorful palate of sounds. A CD release party will take place this Saturday, Feb 25, at the Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery, in Antigonish, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. The album is available for order and downloads at marybethcarty.bandcamp.com. Drawing from Klezmer, Brazilian, Acadian, and Continental European traditions, this up-beat collection of eight songs and two [...]

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Line-up for FAST 2017 announced

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

In a theatre packed with supporters and patrons, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) announced its 2017 season; the company’s 30th and the first led by new artistic director Andrea Boyd. “I am thrilled to announce the 30th anniversary season for Festival Antigonish,” Boyd said during the Jan. 27 launch event at the Bauer Theatre. “I have picked a selection of plays that will engage our hearts and minds, make us [...]

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Celebrating the month in dance, drumming

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The movement was lively and expressive Saturday (Feb. 4) afternoon, in the People’s Place Library’s community room, as the Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD) hosted a ‘traditional and modern African dance and drumming workshop.’ In a promotional poster regarding the event, it was noted MCAD is, “best known for performing at President [Barack] Obama’s African Inaugural Ball” and that centre representatives were visiting a couple of Pictou Antigonish Regional [...]

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International Potluck this Sunday

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Indian community is hosting the Feb.19 holding of the popular International Potluck. The event, organized by Cultural Connections Antigonish, gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at the St. James Church Hall, in downtown Antigonish. Organizers continue to find these events very popular with ever increasing diversity and numbers. Cultural Connections Antigonish, in its fourth year, has already had four events since the fall; a very successful Zucchini Fest in September, [...]

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St. Mary’s Winter Fun-Fest this Saturday

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s will be the place to be this Saturday, Feb. 18, as their recreation department hosts the first St. Mary’s Winter Fun-Fest Day. ‘For all things fun, festive and freezing,’ the event’s tag-line reads. “February can be, kind of, a down month so we thought, what can we do to liven things up,” Carla Archibald, recreation programmer with the municipality, said. The list [...]

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‘Songs of …’

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Why re-invent the wheel? That may have been an adage that came to Jenny MacDonald as she met with the Chedabucto Performance Place Theatre’s volunteer committee to discuss bringing shows to her new home community of Guysborough. “It sort of dawned on me – why create something new, when this has worked before,” the singer-songwriter said of her ‘Songs of …’ idea. The Antigonish native developed the concept a few [...]

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