SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Tantramar Heritage Trust's (THT) Festival Under The Stars kicks off on tonight (July 16) with Marshwords, an outdoor evening of music and poetry from in and around the Tantramar at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum.
Sackville Poet Laureate Marilyn Lerch and Mount Allison University's Robert Lapp, among others, will read from a varied selection of poetry, interspersed with the stringed stylings of local musicians.
The evening kicks off at 7 p.m., and will include the works of Tantramar locals Douglas Lochhead, Marilyn Lerch, Gérald Leblanc, and Lilliane Welch, and many more. The readings will be accompanied and interspersed with guitar and banjo music.
“We want to showcase the Tantramar's incredible literary and musical heritage,” says Bernard Soubry, the THT's Crake Education and community programming intern. “And the Carriage Factory's the perfect place to do it. Listening to poetry aloud, in the very place where it was written —it shows you just how close it is to all of us.”
And you don't have to have a degree in literature to appreciate it, either. “These poems, these songs—they were written by people from here, and they talk about our lives,” adds Poet Laureate Marilyn Lerch. “We find ourselves in these retellings of the Tantramar.”
Seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own if they're so inclined.
Refreshments will be available, and donations gratefully accepted.
In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum (19 Church St, Middle Sackville). For more information, please call 506–536–2541 or visit the THT website at www.heritage.tantramar.com.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Town of Sackville, the Province of New Brunswick's Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and Canadian Heritage.