Last week, the days were crammed full of events no matter your interests. I spent most of the weekend as a guest with the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society, as they hosted their three day conference. Friday and Saturday morning and afternoons were filled with head-spinning facts and research about the books and life of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne, Emily, Rilla, and all the rest of her characters are under scrutiny as avidly as ever and new books are coming out constantly. Friday’s sessions were held at the new St. Paul's, while Saturday and Sunday were at Wooden Sticks.
The Six String Nation performed at St. Paul's Friday night, to a small, but enthusiastic group. The Down Home Kitchen Party, with the Dnes Sister and Andrew Gribble, played to a full house, along with folk singer and songwriter Rosalee Pepperd. It was a great toe-tapping evening!
Sunday afternoon the musical “Emily”, was performed at the Historic church, to a very appreciative crowd, composed mainly of conference attendees. It was extremely well done, though long, and the audience gave it their full attention. Performances continue the next two weekends! Check out the ads! It’s a must see! Neighbour and friend Steve Wilson was one of the cast members.
The LMMS (Lucy Maud Montgomery Society) is a small group of mostly ladies and they do amazing work; that weekend was a tremendous undertaking and they are to be highly commended for their super efforts!
At Sandford church on Friday night, we had our 14th annual Musical Gala. No one needs to travel to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Rama or elsewhere to hear great music, we have it right here! Where else could you hear the powerful voice, with the extraordinary breath control, of our Town Crier Bill McKee.
Add to that the beautiful soaring voice of Melinda Delorme and the glorious piano music of Carol Gibson. Add to that the most humorous songs we have heard for some time, accompanied by ukuleles, along with the quite different sound of the Aurora Bell Ringers; then there was Nancy Hall, whose singing we all love and the impromptu duets of Nancy and Melinda. The event was magnificent! Thanks to Bill Richardson who has put together these events for 14 years. It will be a hard act to follow!
A celebration was held at Zephyr church Sunday, as they acknowledged their 130th anniversary. Rev. Eiko led the service with Rick McKinley as the guest speaker. A barbershop quartet, called ”The Shenanigans” were the guest musicians and sang a couple of sets of old-time songs. Nancy Wolfe was at the organ along with Melinda at the piano and Melinda also rendered a beautiful version of “Amazing Grace”.
A social time followed and there were a number of former residents who got to renew old acquaintances.
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