Grotto show fi­nale

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

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.

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