Hantsport Homecoming draws hundreds to Foundry Field to party

UPDATED July 29

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 27, 2014
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<p>Randy Carey, who booked time off from his job in Alberta to come home for the big show, and Peter MacInnis, who flew in from Ontario, catch up over drinks at the Hantsport Homecoming. MacInnis comes home every summer and was delighted the Hantsport Homecoming concert coincided with his trip this year.</p>

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<p>Cory LeBlanc, of Rain Over St. Ambrose, belts out tune mid-afternoon during the Hantsport Homecoming concert. The band travelled from Yarmouth to participate in the show.</p>

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<p>Luke Amirault rocked out on drums for Rain Over St. Ambrose, a Yarmouth-based band that was nominated for a 2014 ECMA award. Four bands participated in the Hantsport Homecoming concert July 26.</p>

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<p>Like many residents, Carl and Maureen Salter, of Hantsport, spent the afternoon relaxing at Foundry Road Sports Field listening to the acts lined up for the Hantsport Homecoming concert.</p>

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<p>Kevin Guptell, one of the main Hantsport Homecoming organizers, thanked those who made the afternoon concert a success.</p>

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<p>The Hupman Brothers, from Wolfville, was one of four acts to take the stage for the Hantsport Homecoming concert.</p>

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<p>The Hupman Brothers, from Wolfville, was one of four acts to take the stage for the Hantsport Homecoming concert.</p>

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<p>Berwick residents Tanya Lake and Emden Tsaltas (who goes by the name Kig) lent a helping hand at the Hantsport Homecoming concert by selling tickets for the beer garden.</p>

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<p>Ben Johnson, Andrew Johnson and Jeff Starratt were all smiles when they met up in the beer garden July 26. Andrew was home visiting from Calgary.</p>

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<p>Wally Daniels, of Windsor Forks, Chip Peterson, of Mount Denson, Tim Curry and Jesse Curry, both of Falmouth, were among the hundreds of folks who shared a few laughs and drinks during the Hantsport Homecoming concert July 26.</p>

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<p>Beth McBrine shows off her class of '73 ring she found in time to wear for the Hantsport Homecoming concert.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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<p>Beth McBrine shows off her class of '73 ring she found in time to wear for the Hantsport Homecoming concert.</p>

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Folks attending the Hantsport Homecoming concert July 26 had the chance to rock out to four bands – the Memphis Knights, Rain Over St. Ambrose, the Hupman Brothers and the No Name Blues Band – while catching up with old friends.

The six-hour concert, held at the Foundry Road Sports Field from 1-7 p.m., was the brainchild of Chris Cuvilier, Kevin Guptell and Fred Martin.

“It wasn't like most concerts,” said Cuvilier in an interview. “Most concerts, you're like an animal in a cage and you're shoulder to shoulder and it's a line up to use the bathroom, it's a line up to get beer, it's a line up for everything.”

Cuvilier said they sought out Foundry Field so folks would have room to socialize.

“We put this in a spot that was big and people could go out onto the street if they wanted to,” said Cuvilier, noting there were a number of street parties and house parties as a result.

Cuvilier said there were many highlights from the festival, with the main one being “just seeing the whole town really buy into this idea.”

The idea was first pitched in January, with the intention of hosting a weekend of activities to help generate economic spinoff to the town.

About 850 people purchased tickets to the event. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to various local groups, including Hantsport minor baseball and soccer associations, Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, Hantsport Fire Department, Hantsport Shamrocks and the Hantsport Food Bank.

The exact figure has yet to be tallied, but Cuvilier said each group will see a nice chunk of change to deposit into their bank accounts.

Cuvilier noted other weekend events held in conjunction with the concert were also a success, with about 300 people attending the Friday night meet and greet, plus 200 at a social at the fire department.

There was also a sizable crowd that came out to cheer on the Hantsport Shamrocks on the Sunday as well, Cuvilier noted.

In light of the success, and the positive comments circulating throughout town and on social media, Cuvilier said the trio will discuss possibly holding another homecoming concert in the future. For now, however, Cuvilier said they need time to recuperate.

“Between the three of us, we've been doing something for this just about every day for seven months, so we need to spend some time with our families,” said Cuvilier. “We've got to just walk away from it for about a month and then decide.”