June 15, 2015 Liverpool, NS: It is a community celebration, the start of something new, and it is all starting as the Summer Solstice begins! On June 21, at 1:39 p.m., a transformation will occur. As the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer, the grand opening ceremony of the Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre marks the beginning of a new community centre for arts, culture and creativity in Liverpool. It also marks the opening of the Sipuke’l Gallery. The Gallery features First Nation artists’ work, and a permanent rotating display of artifacts from the Mersey River dating back over 4,000 years. June 21 is also the kickoff for the “21 Days of Summer”, a three week period of music, art, entertainment and more taking place all over Queens County. It encompasses more than 50 musical performances, and many entertainment options. The grand opening ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. on June 21.
“To see this historic building reinvented as an innovative centre supporting arts, history and culture is a very positive development for Liverpool’s cultural and creative communities, the business district and the public,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The Liverpool Town Hall is a focal point in Liverpool and for Queens County, and now it will be open year round for community use and enjoyment. As well, the “21 Days of Summer” roster of events and entertainment is an exciting three weeks to be part of. Our volunteers deserve credit for making an exciting start to summer.”
As the opening day also coincides with National Aboriginal Day, there are celebrations of the First Nation culture as part of the opening event, including a smudging ceremony, the Mi’kmaq Honour Song, drumming, and hoop and jingle dancers.
“In Queens, we’re known to take celebrations seriously,” said Norm Amirault, Director of Recreation and Community Facilities for the Region of Queens Municipality. “The re-opening of the Town Hall is the start of a full week of events to mark the occasion. There are live musical performances, including a 40 year retrospective of musicals performed by the Winds of Change Dramatic Society, as well as children’s events, a historical photography show and author readings. And that’s just the start! The community has a jam packed schedule of events for the “21 Days of Summer”. Privateer Days festival, drag racing, and over 50 live musical performances are all part of the fun. This 21 day celebration features concerts by Rawlins Cross and Blue Rodeo. Liverpool and communities in Queens County are an awesome place to be this summer, and it all starts on the Summer Solstice.”
Gavin Raddall, Summer Ambassador for the Region of Queens Municipality will be live tweeting updates about these events at @regionofqueens. Details about the opening week activities can be found on the “Liverpool Town Hall and Astor Theatre” Facebook page. Events during the “21 Days of Summer” are listed at www.queens.ca.
The Liverpool Town Hall is located at 219 Main Street, Liverpool, and with the grand opening slated to start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.