The Tantramar Heritage Trust is presenting the third annual Tuesdays Under the Sky Festival” at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum for three Tuesdays in July (July 12, 19 and 26). The Festival focuses on arts and cultural activities centred around the period the Campbell Carriage Factory was in operation, approximately 1850 to 1950. This year’s line-up is one of the most exciting to date, featuring two concerts, short plays, readings by writers, and for the first time, a storyteller.
The Festival opens on July 12 with an evening of “Marsh Writers and Story Tellers”. The evening will feature readings of marsh inspired or related poems and stories. Well known Sackville writer Marilyn Lerch and emerging poet Kenzie Reid (2010 Festival by the Marsh Poet in Residence) will be reading from their own works. In addition, Sackville favourite Robert Lapp will read from the work of Douglas Lochhead and others, and well regarded historian and writer Charlie Scobie, author of “Roberts’ Country” will read some of Charles G.D Roberts works. As well as the readings by the writers, Al Smith,
local historian and founding member of the Tantramar Heritage Trust will tell a couple of stories also related to the marshes.
On July 19, the Trust is very excited to present a concert by folk/roots musician Old Man Luedecke. Luedecke is one of the country’s most interesting and inspiring young musicians, and is becoming mainstay in the folk/roots alternative music scene. The All Music Guide said about him, “Well, he dresses like an old man, and his voice is leaden with world-weariness beyond his years, but Juno-award winning Canadian banjo player and songwriter Old Man (Chris) Luedecke has springtime in his fingertips. Luedecke is musically a traditionalist more than a revisionist, and his Americana is one part bluegrass sprightliness and one part heart-wrenching Appalachian lament.”
The Festival ends on July 26 with an evening of short plays and music. “The Complete History of the Maritimes” and “Van Horne and Hammond” are two plays written by Sackville native Ron Kelly Spurles, and they’re presented in collaboration with the Festival by the Marsh. Each play is approximately fifteen minutes long, and they’re performed by Mount Allison students Eric Biskupski, Alexis Thibeault and others. The plays will be followed by a concert by Sackville favourite Janet Crawford and Friends. Janet inaugurated the Under the Sky Festival in 2009, and this year she’ll be presenting a variety of material in her own unique and exciting style.
All Tuesdays Under the Sky events begin at 7 p.m., are “pay-what-you-can”, and are at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum, 19 Church St. (in Middle Sackville, near Silver Lake). Weather permitting, they will be held outdoors in the very pleasant museum compound. In case of inclement weather, they will be held inside the Carriage Factory. This year, 60 “space holder” tickets for each event will be available from the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre (29 Queen’s Rd.) starting on July 5. If the events can’t be held outdoors, only 60 people will be admitted – ticket availability on the day of the events can be obtained by phoning 536-3079, and reservations can be made over the phone that day as well.
The Tuesdays Under the Sky Festival is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Programme. For information on the Tuesdays Under the Sky Festival, or other Tantramar Heritage Trust events (including our August 14 Tool and Trade Show and Family Day) please visit www.heritage.tantramar.com or phone 536-2541.