Grotto show finale
Last call! Tonight’s the night for the final show at the Grotto in Alexandria.
The August 31 concert will have an early 6:30 p.m. start now that another musician, Bob Bériault, has volunteered to perform in the finale of the series held to raise money for the restoration of the shrine.
Also entertaining will be country and rock band André Cadieux and Area Code 613.
Scotiabank promises to match donations up to $2,000 for this event only.
North Glengarry Coun. Brian Caddell said the Save the Grotto committee members are “confident we will reach our
goals,” noting, “The people of Glengarry have been tremendously generous. The community is totally involved in restoring this monument to our fallen soldiers.” As of August 25, a sum of $14,000 had been raised. This includes $11,500 donated at the concerts; the remainder was contributed at the North Glengarry township office where donors receive tax receipts for supporting the project.
Mr. Caddell and his wife, Elizabeth, St. Finnan’s Cathedral organist and Glengarry District High School music teacher, dreamed up the idea, and provided the sound system, for the performances. Mrs. Caddell related the weather gods have also been merciful since organizers haven’t had to cancel any concerts due to rain. If the August 31 show is postponed due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled since the committee doesn’t want to miss the Scotiabank’s contribution. The committee has already paid $12,000 to the contractor who is charging $20,194 to repair the stonework and the wooden roof of the structure.
More money will be needed to replace window panes in the back of the shrine, repair and restore the altar, the religious statues, and part of the iron railing, and to upgrade the concrete slabs that form the octagonal garden. Mr. Caddell added he would like to see an historical plaque installed at the site “to ensure that the true significance of the monument will not be forgotten.”
The committee also plans to hold concerts at the Grotto next year since this Summer’s events have been so successful.