Kick-Off to Summer in Perth! - theHumm June 2019
Kick-Off to Summer in Perth! - theHumm June 2019
By John Pigeau
June comes unhurried, all barefoot and breezy. The cat’s lazing in a patch of sunlight in the window. On the clothesline, sundresses catch punches of wind. Nearby a bumblebee drones about the English daisies. The neighbour’s mowing her lawn and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass hangs in the air, tickling your nose. Oh, you could down a tall, tasty glass of homemade iced tea right about now, and so you head inside and pour yourself some; with a slice of lemon and a scattering of ice cubes, the taste is succulent. You pine for a day at the beach, not far off now, the earthy feeling of hot sand between your toes, the swish of the lake water kissing the rocky shoreline, and refreshingly clean and cool through your fingers.
Ah, yes — June, a farewell to spring, a welcome to summer. There are so many lovely things to do in June in Perth — take that first swim in a lake, cycle around town, or take an easy stroll through a fragrant community garden or beneath the majestic trees in Stewart Park. What better place to find yourself a four-leaf clover? And you should try. It’s the magic and delight in those seemingly little things in life that are often the best, isn’t it? I think it is.
There are some wonderful events happening around town too. Case in point: on Sunday, June 9, Shelley McLaren’s Women & Men of the Tay perform in concert at St. James Anglican Church. If you’ve never heard this choir sing, they are magnificent. Accompanying them for this performance will be special guests Pamela Newton and Raphael Shaw. The concert begins at 2pm, and a freewill contribution to the choir may be made at the doors.
In June, there’s once again fine jazz at the Perth Manor. Their first concert, as part of their new Jazz at the Manor series, was a sell-out. Their second, on Thursday, June 13, featuring the jazzy pop and poppy jazz of the Taylor Angus Duo, promises to be another marvellously entertaining night. After the concert Taylor Angus and Logan Brown will be available for a chat and a mingle. Tickets are $35 and include the concert and hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Perth Manor at 264–0050 or dropping by the Manor in person at 23 Drummond Street West.
On Saturday, June 15, you can go back in time and enjoy the soothing sounds of The Carpenters as Perth’s Studio Theatre presents Close To You: Celebrating the Music of the Carpenters. Janice Wilkins and Darrell Bryan — backed by their all-star band — will be performing the tunes of The Carpenters, who created some of the most memorable love songs of the seventies, and they’ll be playing not only album favourites but deep tracks as well. Tickets for this concert are $24. They are available at jansingskaren.com or at door at the Studio Theatre. Showtime is 7:30pm.
Sunday, June 16 is Father’s Day. Just a simple reminder to those of us who are fortunate to need it. And perhaps a reminder to grill up something smoky and delicious on the BBQ, and make sure Dad’s favourite cold beverage is chilling in the cooler. Also, he doesn’t need anything, he has everything, so don’t get him anything. Or is that just my dad?
Now, that said, who’s ready to celebrate the start of summer with a fantastically fun, tropical-style party? The Stewart Park Festival and the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA are kicking off the summer in exuberant fashion with the party of the season — Welcome to Margaritaville. Taking place on June 22 at the Crystal Palace, the evening’s celebrations begin with a tailgate party at 5pm featuring games, giveaways and a deliciously fun Cheeseburger in Paradise contest, when party-goers get to decide who makes Perth’s best cheeseburger. Yum!
Then at 8pm it’ll be time to dance to the sweet summer sounds of Brian Neale & Northern Harbour, one of Canada’s première party bands playing the best of Jimmy Buffet, The Eagles and The Beach Boys. “Whatever shall I wear?” you may be asking. Your most colourful attire, of course (think tropical: hula skirts, Hawaiian shirts, surfer shorts, and seashell and coconut bras). All are invited to do so. There will be prizes, in fact, for the most original parrot head hat. That’s right. This event is, after all, presented in conjunction with the Northern Landshark Parrot Head Club. And as a kindly welcome to “Margaritaville”, downtown restaurants will feature special menu items all weekend, and there will be some amazing sales in Perth’s excellent retail shops as well, so watch for those.
One ticket covers both events. They are $30, and available at Shadowfax (67 Foster Street), by calling 267–6817, or online at shadowfax.on.ca . From atop my humble soapbox, I enthusiastically recommend you get your tickets early, because this is going to be the non-stop, feel-good party of the season. Enjoy!
Now, for many years the Perth Kilt Run has taken place in June, so this is a reminder to those expecting it this month: this year’s Kilt Run, the 10th annual, will take place on August 17. Registration for participants will remain open until June 21. The Kilt Run is now part of a new festival called Freedom Fest (you can find out more about it and also register to run at freedomfestperth.com ). The festival runs from August 17–18 and will feature Juno award-winning artists at a welcoming concert, free to the public, in Stewart Park.
The last event on tap this June is an exciting one — another kick-off to summer but this one at the MERA Schoolhouse, a dazzling triple-bill evening concert featuring James Keelaghan, Tripod (Terry Tufts, Kathryn Briggs, and their daughter Beth), and the Long Sault Trio. Starting at 7pm on Friday, June 28, this is a fundraiser designed to assist MERA’s continuing efforts to promote community involvement through the arts. Tickets are $25 and are available at Tickets Please (11 Gore Street East, 485–6434, ticketsplease.ca.
Enjoy your summer, everyone.
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