Note to readers: This event was cancelled because of rain.
By Eric Bourque
To help mark National Grandparents Day, an afternoon of musical entertainment is planned for Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Yarmouth Light.
Scheduled for 2 to 4:30 p.m., the event will feature performances by singer and former Yarmouthian Jean Marshall, a contingent of Baie en Joie dancers from Clare and the Watkins family, a gospel trio from Yarmouth County.
This is an outdoor concert, so organizer Loran Fevens hopes for good weather – or at least no rain – on the second Sunday of September.
Fevens, who says he was involved in a similar event at the lighthouse maybe six or seven years ago, recalls that the turnout for that show was very good.
“It was packed, it really was,” he said, “and we’re hoping that the weather cooperates so that that can happen again.”
Fevens says National Grandparents Day seemed like a nice occasion to hold this type of event.
“It occurred to me the last couple of years that for my radio show, Sentimental Journey, the vast majority of the people (listening) are grandparents and great-grandparents and so I thought, well, let’s do something for them this year at the lighthouse,” he said.
Fevens talked a bit about the performers who are slated to take part in Sunday’s concert.
“Jean (Marshall) is from Yarmouth, born and brought up here,” he said. “Long ago she had a national CBC television program every week. She’s a singer (with) an absolutely wonderful voice, a large following even today among older folks, and that’s why I invited her.”
Marshall lives in the Bridgewater area.
La Baie en Joie, the popular Acadian dance group from Clare, will have some of its members performing.
“I’m really delighted about that,” Fevens said, adding that a similar performance was part of the show he was involved in at the lighthouse years ago.
Also slated to perform Sunday is the Watkins family – David, Ed and Steve – who will play gospel music.
Each of the three acts will perform for a half-hour. For the afternoon’s other two half-hour segments (prior to Jean Marshall and after the Watkins group) Fevens will play some of his recorded Sentimental Journey music.
As for what the weather might be like, Fevens notes that September conditions can be among the most pleasant of the year. He hopes this will be the case on Sept. 8.
If it rains and it becomes necessary to call off the show, Fevens says he will get the word out, but, he says, “We’re hoping that doesn’t happen.”