Tuesday, August 4, 2015

‘Soldiers of Song’ tickets still left

What are you doing next Wednesday evening?
Why not travel back in time for some World War I-era entertainment?

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Fort Frances Museum are hoping to sell more tickets to “Soldiers of Song,” a tribute to the “Dumbells.”
The show, which will take place Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, will celebrate the renowned comedy troupe that originally was made up of soldiers from the Canadian Army’s Third Division, who entertained troops during the First World War.
They were such a hit, in fact, that they continued for 12 years after the Great War.
The travelling group, led by Canadian Juno-nominated musician Dr. Jason Wilson and his cast and crew, will perform skits and songs.
Museum curator Sherry George said she’s looking forward to going to the show with her husband and family members.
“I think it’s supposed to be geared for just about anybody,” she noted.
“It’s supposed to be good.
“It’s a variety-type show,” added George, noting “Soldiers of Song” ties into the upcoming museum exhibit, “We Remember Them.”
“It sounds like it’s a great little show which is quite popular wherever it goes,” she remarked.
“I think it’s going to be entertainment that’s suitable for the family.
“And it’s a good price . . . and it’s an opportunity for people to get out,” George added.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and veterans/spouses, which are available at Green’s Brand Source, Fort Frances General Supply, Einar’s Foods, Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, McTaggarts, Taggs Source for Sports, and West End Motors.
They also are available from Legion and ladies’ auxiliary members, as well as the museum.
Upcoming exhibit
“We Remember Them,” which will open with a wine-and-cheese reception Sept. 18 that’s open to the public, will focus on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and 75th anniversary of World War II.
“We’re gathering up information on anybody that had anything to do with the wartime—not just veterans but people that had to do jobs because of the war,” said George.
“A lot of people have been bringing in stuff,” she noted, adding a fairly good group of people from the Legion are trying to track down background information.
“We have a lot of photos so we’re trying to get the information that goes with those photos,” she explained.
“The Legion fellows brought over a bunch of things today [Wednesday], a bunch of artifacts,” George added.
“I think it’s going to be a good exhibit.”
George also said it’s not too late for other members of the public to bring her items for the exhibit.
Those who would like to contribute can drop by the museum from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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