FOR THE DIGBY COURIER
The National Youth Choir of Canada is coming to Digby County.
The Digby Choral Federation has arranged for the NYC to sing at the seventh annual High Cs concert in the St. Bernard Church on Saturday, May 10
The High Cs ‘choir’ will work with the NYC during the day, and then sing with them that night for the first performance of “Canadian Choralscapes: From Sea to Sea”.
The program, in celebration of the NYC’s 30th anniversary, highlights sacred texts, art music and colourful arrangements of folk songs from all across Canada.
“The collective voices of the country's top emerging choral musicians will bring life to this all-Canadian composed program,” says a press release. “From the sacred works of Imant Raminsh and Healey Willan, to the celebration of Folk traditions with the music of Donald Patriquin, Mark Sirett and Stephen Chatman, the programme is sure to provide the audience with a magical experience and a true reflection of the Canadian Mosaic.”
The NYC is touring Nova Scotia with stops in Tatamagouche and Lunenburg before appearing at Podium 2014, Canada’s national choral music conference in Halifax starting May 15.
The NYC holds auditions every two years for singers between the ages of 18 and 25.
“Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception,” says the press release. “Some of the finest Canadian choral conductors have been invited to conduct the choir including icons such as Elmer Iseler, Diane Loomer and Jon Washburn.”
Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt,…
Greg Kerr, MP for West Nova, has announced $23,500 in federal funding to replace the electrical system in the Oakdene Centre in Bear River.
Kerr was in Bear River on Monday, April 14 to hand over the cheque and take a tour of the former school turned community centre.
The funding was provided through the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program.
“Our government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy,” said Kerr. “By supporting projects like this, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their community.”
Cindy Harris, chair of Bear River Craft and Recreation Facility Society said they are grateful to be able to redo the wiring in the whole building.
“We can’t plug much in without blowing a fuse,” she said. “We can’t have a stove or a refrigerator.”
The Oakdene School has been run by a volunteer board since 1995 –they rent space to local artists, small businesses, craftspeople, and provided space for community groups, art displays and performances.
In 2012 the same federal program provided $15,500 for a metal roof for the Oakdene.
Buoyed by the success of the first Lobster Bash, the organizing committee is ready for a second haul.
The second Lobster Bash is scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6 and organizers have been working all winter to fill up the schedule using some of the things that worked for the inaugural party and adding in some new touches to make it bigger and better.
Phil Robertson, Bash president, is most excited about the celebrity couple that will be hanging out in Digby for the weekend – reality T.V. stars Rick and Kelly Dale of American Restoration will be at the marina Saturday and on the front street Sunday for the car show.
American Restoration is a spin off from Pawn Stars where Ricky appeared as antique restoration expert – the Dales are known for their work restoring vintage items like vending machines, juke boxes, gas pumps, barber chairs and even motorcycles.
“People who know them from T.V. and people who are into antiques restoration will want to come meet with them, chat with them,” says Robertson. “It’s about creating a draw for more people to come to Lobster Bash—the more people we bring in, the bigger and better a show we can put on.”
The organizers have called in some serious judges for the children’s Pirate Costume Contest on Sunday – the four Pirates of Halifax will sail into town in traditional pirate attire and are said to be looking for some new crew while they…
The Easter Bunny was spotted in Digby County a little early this year.
Word is the Easter Bunny stopped by the Seniors in the Club at the Digby Curling Rink on Thursday, April 17 to get some advice from local seniors about the best hiding spots for Easter Eggs in Digby County.
After trading some Easter Eggs and hugs for the advice, he went hopping on his way.
10 years ago
April 14, 2004 – The Acadian flag was raised at Province House marking the start of l’Année de l’Acadie—the year of Acadia—a series of celebrations in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the founding of l’Acadie.
When the government of the United States of America wanted information on the fisheries, it turned to Digby Neck’s Arthur Bull for his perspective. Bull, a former official of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, addressed a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on the effects of individual transferable quotas (ITQs) on fisheries.
Bull was one of three panelists who spoke to a gathering of about 60 people, most of them aides to U.S. congressmen and senators. Bull thought he was chosen for the panel because of his work with some fisheries groups in the Gulf of Maine.
Provincial NDP leader Darrell Dexter was in Digby to hold a round table on health care. His party had just launched a new campaign on problems in the health care system, and Dexter said, “I take seriously the responsibility to get input from the people.”
Digby’s Paul Gidney won the Canadian national bench press title in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., and took silver in the overall powerlifting competition. It was his eighth trip to the national championships, and his third bench press title. He had been a competitive powerlifter since 1994, one of only about 600 in the country.
James MacAlpine, owner of the Esso station in Marshalltown, was $100,000 richer after winning on a…