Get ready for concerts
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.