Local musicians recognized for lifetime of dedication to craft

It has been 50 years since local musician John ‘Spyder’ Macdonald joined the Atlantic Federation of Musicians, an accomplishment that was marked along with his friend and fellow musician Gregg ‘Phisch’ Fancy at a recent awards ceremony in Halifax. The two have been dedicated to their craft and continue to play shows all over the...

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Holton and Friends celebrating Merry Little Christmas show

PICTOU — The season of wonderful music and fellowship is here and Ann Holton and Friends are ready for it. They will present ‘A Merry Little Christmas Show’ at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pictou on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Holton is a talented vocalist who released her first Christmas CD last...

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Clan Donald upheld at memorial service

PICTOU — The power of prayer was the theme of the annual Clan Donald Nova Scotia Memorial Service on August 11 at the memorial park in Pictou. Rev. Andrew MacDonald from First Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow mixed humour and solemnity as he conducted the service and delivered the sermon on the subject of prayer....

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Curtain falls on 30-year career

Darlene MacDonald helped to raise the curtain on worldwide entertainment for Pictou County. She is a virtual walking encyclopedia when it comes to who’s entertained at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. And she should be. She spent 30 years as its general manager. Recently retired, MacDonald has been witness to a lot of changes over...

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Glen Haven Manor to host 48th Annual Garden Party during Festival of the Tartans

NEW GLASGOW –  The music has been booked, the fountain freshly painted, flower baskets hung and a menu of sandwiches, sweets and lemonade is planned as preparations for the 48th annual Glen Haven Manor Festival of the Tartans Garden Party are now in full swing. The special event, which is for the Glen Haven residents...

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Double Maritime summer treat: Salt Water in Your Socks lobster dinner theatre at deCoste

With summer officially here, it is time to celebrate the season with a true Maritime cultural experience. On Tuesday, July 10, the deCoste will be staging their ever- popular lobster dinner theatre featuring the ‘one-man’ musical theatre presentation “Salt Water in Your Socks”. This well-known and loved production stars Pictou’s own local legend John Spyder...

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Pictou: Our Town, Our Story to grace deCoste stage again this summer

During Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, the deCoste Performing Arts Centre created and staged the original musical theatre production of Pictou: Our Town, Our Story. They are pleased to bring back the popular stage show again this year, refreshed with script updates and several new songs, for four performances, as part of the Festival of...

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Sentimental Journey making final call

NEW GLASGOW — The 20th anniversary edition of A Sentimental Journey, Songs of the War Years, will be the event’s farewell performance. The musical tribute to the war years is scheduled for November 4 starting at 3 p.m. at Summer Street. Tickets for the performance are available there by calling 755-1745. Sandy Mackay, one of...

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Lights, camera, action!

PICTOU — A one-person play authored by local resident John Meir is being transformed into a film he hopes to premiere in late August at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. Stewart Cresswell with Simple Films in River John is directing the film as a joint effort between his film company and the Ship Hector Society....

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