Get ready for con­certs

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION - GE­ORGE MATHER

Had enough of the 2018 po­lit­i­cal elec­tions? If you are a res­i­dent of Leeds- Grenville-Thou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes you prob­a­bly have. Like oth­ers el­i­gi­ble to vote in On­tario you voted or at least were el­i­gi­ble to vote in the June pro­vin­cial elec­tion, then the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Oc­to­ber. Our own fed­eral by­elec­tion was just com­pleted with Con­ser­va­tive Michael Bar­rett win­ning hand­ily to suc­ceed the late Gord Brown. The fed­eral par­ties will be back cam­paign­ing in less than a year as a Canadaw­ide elec­tion must be held by Oc­to­ber 21, 2019. En­joy the break while we have it.

It’s that time of year when we of­ten get so busy with ac­tiv­i­ties and events that we be­come ex­hausted. Don’t for­get to set time aside for your­self. Christ­mas is com­ing and if the cards I send out don’t have a Christ­mas ref­er­ence on them I al­ways write Merry Christ­mas. Store clerks have been told to wish us Happy Hol­i­days as they fol­low the sec­u­lar po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness of try­ing not to of­fend any­body while in fact of­fend­ing many of us by do­ing so. To their Happy Hol­i­days or Sea­sons Greet­ings wish I re­ply Merry Christ­mas. En­joy your Christ­mas con­certs, Christ­mas par­ties and fam­ily Christ­mas. Re­mem­ber if you will be im­bib­ing to have a Des­ig­nated Driver, call a cab or stay over. Should you know of some­one whose Christ­mas will not be bright, maybe do them a good deed anony­mously.

This New Year’s Eve will mark the 27th an­nual con­certs in his­toric Down­town Brockville churches. There are 13 shows planned at six dif­fer­ent churches run­ning from 6 p.m. to mid­night. New this year are four acts: The Matthew O’Hal­lo­ran jazz trio at First Bap­tist Church is the only 6 p.m. show. Songs from Shake­speare will be at St. John’s United Church at 9 p.m., Michael Fenn & Friends per­form at 10 p.m. at First Pres­by­te­rian Church and the Rock­a­billy Singers will have two shows at Wall Street United Church. They’ll play at 10 p.m. and then at 11:15 p.m. to fin­ish off 2018 and wel­come in 2019.

Re­turnees in­clude the on time Brockville Concert Band un­der the di­rec­tion of Lance Be­sharah at 7 p.m. at Wall Street United; County Road 5 at St. John’s United at both 7 and 8 p.m.; River House at St. Paul’s Angli­can and Pat Johnson at First Bap­tist are the other 8 p.m. per­form­ers. Other con­certs at 9 p.m. are Natalie Edwards at First Pres­by­te­rian and or­gan­ist Jeff Reusing at St. Lawrence Angli­can while the other 10 p.m. show will be Dublin Road at St. Paul’s Angli­can.

If you feel like a bev­er­age or treat, the Lions Club Mu­sic Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee will be sell­ing snacks and hot bev­er­ages in Her­itage Hall lo­cated at the back of the sanc­tu­ary of Wall Street United from 6:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. If you think you’ll at­tend all six time slots get some much-needed af­ter­noon rest. I tried it one year, with­out a nap, and barely made it to mid­night. This year I plan to take in five shows with a mide­vening break. There is no cost for the shows. How­ever, feel free to drop some money into plates/bas­kets at the back of each church on your way out with the funds go­ing to worth­while char­i­ties.

Merry Christ­mas, Happy New Year, stay safe and see you back here in 2019.

Ge­orge Mather prac­tises crim­i­nal law. His monthly col­umn is pub­lished the first Fri­day.

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