LOWER SOUTH RIVER, ANTIGONISH COUNTY - A night of comedy is being presented as a fundraiser towards work at the Lower South River ballfields, Feb. 2 at the East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre.
“We’ll turn on the laughs, you turn on the water,” organizer Matthew MacInnis quipped, a reference to funds collected going towards turning on the water down at the ballfields, which has been shutoff since an incident three or four years ago on a private property in the area.
“A big goal for this year is to get the water turned back on so we can have our washrooms operational,” MacInnis said. “They haven’t been in operation for three or four years, so we’ve been relying on porta-potties [portable toilets].”
He noted work on the deck around the canteen as another area money will go towards and that there is a debt from work last year which will also take up funds collected.
“Last year we did a lot of work on one of the fields and borrowed money to do it,” he said. “We would love to get debt repayment to our benefactor too.”
MacInnis noted the fields are the busiest in Antigonish County.
“Most used in the county,” he said. “It’s the only place where there are two fields back-to-back, so that we can do tournaments and whatnot. One group has already rented it for a reunion this summer, the high school grad party is down there, there are washer-toss tournaments that go on down there, softball played five nights a week; last year we had 11 tournaments in 13 weeks.
“So it’s being used, but the little bit you get just covers costs, not really money to operate. This [a successful comedy night event] would be a huge plus.”
The laughs get started at 8 p.m. and feature comedians Kevin Johnson, Rob Green and Marco Wood.
It’s a 19-and-over event (government IDs required) which will include raffle prizes and, as MacInnis noted, “likely” a 50-50 draw.
“The [Royal Canadian Arras Branch #59] legion there is serving beer, the CACL [Canadian Association for Community Living] is serving wings and nachos and stuff like that,” he said of the event, referencing the two organizations which call the East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre home.
“We went around to a number of businesses and they’re donating raffle items. It’s just something we can do to help out the ballfields which helps out the community.”
Admission, at the door, is $15.