NEW GLASGOW – The Stadacona Band concert at Glasgow Square is headed for a sold-out show tonight (Wednesday).
At press time yesterday, there were only 28 tickets up for grabs. According to Glasgow Square manager Carlton Munroe, most of the ticket sales happen within 72 hours of the event.
“There was only a three-week window with this particular concert and the sales took off immediately,” he said. “I think it’s partly because of the great work that’s been done at the Pioneer Cemetery and the quality of last year’s performance.”
Proceeds from the concert go towards efforts to restore the cemetery, the resting place for around 80 merchants, community leaders and settlers of the area. At least 12 were passengers who’d been aboard the Ship Hector when it landed in Pictou County in 1773.
Clyde Macdonald and Philip MacKenzie, along with Clyde Fraser and Bob Surgeon of the New Glasgow Heritage Committee, have worked to bring the concert to New Glasgow again.
Various items have been acquired for a silent auction that will take place inside the entrance of Glasgow Square. Items include a Dan Munro print, F.O. MacLeod print, statue of Joan of Arc, electronics and a food saver.
“The merchants were very generous,” said MacKenzie. “Hazel Palmer also made contributions to this cause.”
A New Glasgow native, Leading Seaman Natalie Alcorn, is one of the Stadacona Band’s French horn players and vocalists. Her parents, Andrew and Janice, are music teachers at NNEC.
“Last year, she brought down the house,” said Munroe. “Natalie is featured prominently in this year’s concert as well.”
Remaining tickets can be picked up at the Glasgow Square box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today.
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