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Helen Creighton celebrated in song

Northender Glenn Walton unveils an original musical score that he’s been working on for the last three years when If I Were a Blackbird, a work of musical theater, premieres April 26, 27 and 28 (8 p.m.) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Singer Laura Smith stars as Helen Creighton in this concert about the folklorist’s life. Marty Burt, Dan McKinnon, Mandy White, Stewart Legere, Dilly MacFarlane and Terry Mullan are among the cast, and students from the Dartmouth Jazz Choir and Dartmouth All-City Strings accompany the actors.

Glenn Walton

Glenn Walton

Walton, a SMU professor and filmmaker, knew Creighton personally, and produced and directed the 1987 short film The Nova Scotia Song, Conversations with Helen Creighton.

Tickets to this concert are $13/$17. Email glruswalton(at)yahoo(dot)ca for reservations.

Running loose around the Citadel

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Runners charged through the moat and across the parade grounds during the MEC Citadel Highlander Race on Sunday. Parks Canada staff steered racers around the course and warned fans from lingering under ramparts that still glistened with icicles. Naturally, organizers added a few historical touches to the event. A Highlander led the pre-race stretch with exercises used by soldiers long ago. Another fired a musket to start the race.

St. Patrick’s Day pipes are calling

Some images from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which rolled down Agricola Street on Saturday:

Cute dog averts eyes from the dreaded bagpipes.

Cute dog averts eyes from the dreaded bagpipes.

Festive couture.

Festive couture.

A scene that harkens back 100 years.

A scene that harkens back 100 years.

Boba Fett gets into the spirit, part of a huge Hal-Con delegation.

Boba Fett gets into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, part of a huge Hal-Con delegation.

Agricola Street blocked by broken water main

Police send cars down West Street  just before noon on Saturday after a water main break damaged asphalt on Agricola.

Police send cars down West Street just before noon on Saturday after a water main break damaged asphalt on Agricola.

Morris House finds parking spot

Volunteers involved in finding 249-year-old Morris House a sanctuary in the north end celebrate on Monday after the building was trucked to its new resting spot on Creighton Street.

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The scarecrows of Moran and Woodill

It was no fun being a scarecrow tonight. One stepped in a bucket. Another was pinned high on a door. A third lay crumpled, as if shot.  Yet another perched next to a green bin that smelled like it had last been emptied in August.

Yum.

Happy Halloween.

 

New playground takes shape at SJAM elementary

Nov. 5 update: The equipment and rubber surface are in place (see top photo). The kids won’t have long to wait now.

Two arches forming a new play structure now rise above St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary’s upper yard, almost exactly two years after parents at the school formed a committee to try and improve the concrete play area. Excavation work started last week and workers are aiming to finish the base before the frost arrives in earnest.

Volunteers have created an extensive Facebook site chronicling the project.


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