Well things are really shaping up for the concert of the season at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The congregation has the Sanctuary all prepared for the Christmas season and for their Miners’ First Noel Concert on Friday, December 28th at 7 p.m.
Rita Johnston the spokesman for the Stewardship Committee says that tickets are going really well, she is even getting calls from out west where families are coming home for Christmas and would like to see the show. She went on to say that the reason for tickets moving so early is a number of reasons, mainly the talent of all the performers that are in this year’s show. We have thirteen performers this year and it’s the biggest one since we started The Miners First Noel four years ago. Plus people tend to wait until the last second before buying their tickets and by that time we are already sold out, so this year they are buying them early. Also, with people coming home for the holidays they tend to purchase tickets early because if they waited until they arrive home then tickets are all gone. Our Christmas show is always a sell out because all the excitement of preparing for Christmas day is over and everyone is finally getting to relax and now can have an evening out and enjoy a show themselves.
This concert is a great fundraiser for the church that is over 100 years old, but it’s so much more then that Johnston explained. She said that it’s the tradition of wonderful performers coming together in this beautiful venue to give the community top notch entertainment. Bob Quinn is the organizer behind these fine performers and said that when the call went out to see if they would be interested in performing, there was no hesitation from any of the performers. Everyone that he contacted and asked to be in this year’s show were delighted to come together to support the church and the lovely community of Sydney Mines. Tony Quinn was a resident of North Sydney for many years and now is thrilled to be playing in Sydney Mines with his daughter Shannon. Stewart and his sister Lucy MacNeil are always excited to play at St. Andrew’s whether it’s with their family the Barra’s or simply on their own with Bob Quinn. They too have a special attachment for this lovely old building and the community in which they grew up in. Last year Lucy was proud to present the talent of her two beautiful daughters Amelia and Kenna and they are returning with her again this year. Stewart MacNeil is a great asset to the show with not only his voice but his talent to play so many instruments.
It was three years ago when we heard the beautiful voice of Kate Quinn, Bob’s daughter when she performed first at St. Andrew’s. Kate will be accompanied once again by her husband Matt MacIsaac who is a Master Piper. Also, this year you will be introduced to Grant Eisan who is Bob’s nephew and has a fantastic voice as well. Then there is the angelic voice of Jennifer (Whalen) Quinn who is the hometown girl of Sydney Mines. Jennifer was well known in Sydney Mines years ago when she use to perform for weddings and other socials. Her musical history is a long one and now since moving back home a number of years ago, she has begun to sing once again. Then we have Cameron and MacKenzie Clarke who are two young ladies that will entertain you with a story or two about the Good Old Town of Sydney Mines. So by looking at this lineup you can see the reason why tickets are selling so well. With a show like this, you know it’s going to be the ultimate concert of the season, one that will leave your heart full of song and joy.
Tickets are $28 each and are NOW AVAILABLE at Shoppers Drug Mart at the Post Office Counter in North Sydney and Sexton’s Pharmasave at the Pharmacy counter in Sydney Mines or reserve yours by calling 902-736-2508. That’s the Miners’ First Noel IV Concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 28th at 7:00 p.m. Get your tickets early before they are all gone.