Cape Bre­ton en­ter­tain­ers find­ing plenty of work in Fort McMur­ray

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - Verna Mur­phy Verna Mur­phy is a for­mer res­i­dent of Port Hawkes­bury. Her col­umn ap­pears weekly in the Cape Bre­ton Post along with her blog at wwwcb­ She can be reached at: mack­dale@hot­

Be­fore I for­get to men­tion, we Capers are def­i­nitely tak­ing over Fort McMur­ray! This past week Mitch MacDon­ald (of Cana­dian Idol fame) played to open “Fort McMur­ray Idol” at the casino on three nights, and he played at De­laney’s at least one night that I know of as well. On Feb. 26-27, Aaron MacDon­ald will be com­ing to the Mac for the first time. Aaron hails from Mabou — Rank­inville, to be pre­cise — and has re­leased a few CDs, been nom­i­nated for an East Coast Mu­sic Award, and his song, Driz­zle, was num­ber one on the East Coast Count­down last year.

Aaron will be play­ing some venues at the Olympics in Bri­tish Columbia, and then will be mak­ing a stop up here, and I have also heard of a date in Cal­gary. He is a won­der­ful tal­ent, and plays some good ole tra­di­tional East Coast stuff, but also plays ev­ery­thing from John Prine to pop. He will be play­ing at a place called Brew­bak­ers in Abasand, and it should be a good time.

Also with an­other Cape Bre­ton link is the up­com­ing play at Keyano — Mar­ion Bridge, writ­ten by Daniel MacIvor, from home. The play will run from March 10-13. So yes, lots of stuff go­ing on out here, as I have been men­tion­ing in my col­umns lately, and so much from the East Coast, es­pe­cially Cape Bre­ton. Did I men­tion that Matt Min­gle­wood will be here March 46? Yeah, lol, I think I did! Can’t wait.

So this week­end is the big Valen­tine’s Day, eh? Hubby is to­tally off the hook here, since we are go­ing to Mex­ico next week. In fact, he will be in his glory hang­ing out on the couch and watch­ing NASCAR while I bring him snacks. He thinks it will be his best Valen­tine’s yet. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved the Valen­tine’s in the past when he bought me flow­ers, cho­co­lates and ar­ranged spe­cial dates for us. But over the years I have trained him enough that he just will spon­ta­neously do those things, so I don’t ex­pect it as much on the big “ro­mance” day. Ha, ha, I am kid­ding about the train­ing? Be­sides that, we had al­ready got­ten those passes to the the­atre, and we will be go­ing on Fri­day, so that will be our date night. Al­though, I’m not sure what ei­ther of us will think of High School Mu­si­cal, the play. We tried to con­vince the boys to come with us, but they would have none of it. Funny how in just a year they have ma­tured so much that they no longer would be caught dead with their par­ents at such an event.

This year I will have just as much fun on Valen­tine’s Day with the lit­tle girl that we have in the house. It will be a year this month, be­lieve it or not, since we brought her home from the hospi­tal, so this is her first Valen­tine’s Day. I am hav­ing so much fun buy­ing her all the girlie things. Like for this oc­ca­sion I found a lit­tle red dress with some cute lit­tle bows for her hair, and the most adorable lit­tle shiny dress shoes. Mom gave her a birth­day dress to wear for that oc­ca­sion when we were home last sum­mer. Yep, we are hav­ing fun with the girl stuff ! We still do not know if we will be able to adopt her yet, but we are keep­ing our fin­gers crossed and loving ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond we have with her. She is our spe­cial lit­tle Valen­tine this year; they come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t just look for the typ­i­cal ones!

Have a won­der­ful week, and love the one you’re with!

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