Cape Bre­ton mu­sic heats up with com­ing of sum­mer

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - CELTIC ROOTS Ann Marie Yorke Ann Marie Yorke’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery two weeks in the Cape Bre­ton Post and she can be con­tacted by email at an­n­mariey­orke@hot­mail.com.

July is here, and hope­fully the start of more sea­sonal tem­per­a­tures will fol­low. To­day is the last evening in St. Peter’s for the Cape Bre­ton Kitchen­fest cel­e­bra­tions at MacBouch. What a week it has been, with Kitchen­fest of­fer­ing guests some of the best mu­sic avail­able. And tonight is no ex­cep­tion as Karen Beaton, Joey Beaton, Blanche Sopho­cles and Al­lie Mom­bour­quette take to the stage from 710pm. Then on Satur­day, the last day of Kitchen­fest for this sea­son will have a num­ber of events tak­ing place at the Gaelic Col­lege in St. Anns and a ceilidh be­ing of­fered at the High­land Vil­lage.

With the end of Kitchen­fest it does not mean that it is the end of great en­ter­tain­ment in the county, it is just the be­gin­ning. Visi­tors this sum­mer will be able to en­joy live tra­di­tional mu­sic ev­ery night of the week. For a full lineup of times and events, please drop in at the St. Peter’s Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. At the Visi­tor Cen­ter we have had many re­quests for the Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val pro­gram guide — well, they have ar­rived, so drop in and pick up your copy.

On June 24, Peggy Adams, ma­tri­arch of the Adams fam­ily of St. Peter’s, cel­e­brated her 101st birth­day. She en­joyed a lun­cheon held at the Rich­mond Villa, where fam­ily and friends from near and far dropped by to wish her a very happy day. Peggy op­er­ated the tele­phone of­fice from her home on Grenville Street in St. Peter’s, tak­ing over the busi­ness from her mother, for most of her life, un­til it closed with the com­ing of the dial phone in the 1970s. Peggy was and con­tin­ues to be a strong part of vil­lage life in the ru­ral com­mu­nity of St. Peter’s, shar­ing sto­ries of the history of St. Peter’s and the events that af­fected the lifestyle of the com­mu­nity.

For a Cape Bre­ton gem you will not want to miss: "The Bells of Baddeck," the new mu­si­cal drama is the story of the great in­ven­tor Alexan­der Graham Bell and his wife Ma­bel. Learn about this ge­nius of a man and his ac­com­plish­ments and that of his wife Ma­bel, who was one of the cen­tury’s most in­flu­en­tial ad­vo­cates for women, chil­dren and the arts, from kites and flights to schools and li­braries. Ma­bel, who was deaf from child­hood, never had the op­por­tu­nity to heard the sound of the tele­phone ring­ing or the roar of the Sil­ver Dart as it set out over Baddeck Bay, but she was very proud of her hus­band’s in­cred­i­ble in­ven­tions that would change the world for­ever.

Alexan­der Graham and Ma­bel might not have been born in Cape Bre­ton but they fell in love our is­land and its peo­ple and they lived out the re­main­der of their lives in their adopted home of Baddeck. The show about the Bells is bound to be one of the best shows of­fered on Cape Bre­ton Is­land this sum­mer, and will run from July 3 to Au­gust 2 at the Alexan­der Graham Bell Na­tional His­toric Site on Che­bucto St., Baddeck. The time of the shows will be 7:30 p.m., Tues­days, Wed­nes­day, Fri­days and Satur­days, with the fi­nal show be­ing held on Sun­day Aug. 2. Or­der your tick­ets now, so as not to be dis­ap­pointed. For ticket in­quiries or to pur­chase by phone, please call Etixnow: at 1-888790-1477 (Mon. thru Fri., noon to 5pm, ticket prices are $32 adults, $28 stu­dents/se­niors (incl. HST)($1.99 e-ticket fee added at check­out). Free ticket is re­quired for chil­dren 5 & un­der.

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Peggy Adams, ma­tri­arch of the Adams fam­ily of St. Peter’s, cel­e­brated her 101st birth­day on June 24. Adams op­er­ated the tele­phone of­fice from her home on Grenville Street in St. Peter’s, tak­ing over the busi­ness from her mother, for most of her life, un­til it closed with the com­ing of the dial phone in the 1970s.

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