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CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland TodayColdwell Banker RMR Real Estate Brokerage sales representative Al McLellan of the Cobourg office is one of three magic acts in the world selected to perform at the company's international Gen Blue 2017 conference in Las Vegas ― and the only Canadian one. The amateur prestidigitator will perform for an estimated 6,000 people from the main stage of the MGM Grand Hotel.

Cobourg magician heads to Vegas

COBOURG -- Next week, amateur magician Al McLellan goes entertaining a handful of associates to the main stage at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Hotel to perform for an audience estimated at 6,000.A sales representative at the Coldwell Banker RMR Real Estate Brokerage Cobourg office, McLellan was sort of razzed-and-ribbed into submitting a two-minute auditi

SUBMITTED PHOTO Author-actor-playwright Mark Finnan (second from left) leads an exceptionally talented cast in his production of The Ballad of D'Arcy McGee, which will be performed in Grafton Oct. 15 as a benefit for the Alnwick-Haldimand Township libraries.

'Tis the Ballad of D'Arcy McGee

GRAFTON -- Canadian historian Mark Finnan is bringing his production of The Ballad of D'Arcy McGee to Grafton Oct. 15 in support of the local library.The former Victoria Hall Concert Hall manager has indulged his love of the nation's history in both books and historical programming at such venues as Lang Pioneer Village.At the historic town hall in

Submitted Photo Enjoy the magic of Christmas to the fullest with the gift of music and fellowship in the Northumberland Chorus eighth annual Christmas Chorus program.

Seeking singers for the Christmas Chorus

COBOURG -- Following their recent a cappella mini-series, the Northumberland Chorus has been focusing on its eighth annual Christmas Chorus program.Past participants and newcomers alike are welcome -- any woman of any age who would like to try her voice at singing in the six-week program, which is followed up by a Nov. 18 Christmas tea and show cal

Submitted Photo Michiko Nakamura, seen with one of her latest ceramic pieces, is half the team behind the mini-studio tour called Art Connection, which runs Oct. 14 and 15 in rural Port Hope.

Artists open their doors for Port Hope studio tour

PORT HOPE -- Port Hope artists Michiko Nakamura and Pamela Tate are collaborating on a mini-studio tour that involves their two studios on Oct. 14 and 15, a partnership they are calling the Art Connection.Nakamura is a ceramics artist, whose sculptural pieces will be complimented by guest Peggy Mersereau's unique fabric art. Among other things, the

Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums Pipe Major Mary Ito participating in the Beat Retreat ceremony in downtown Plattsburgh, N.Y. last month. Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums is holding a Maple Leaf Forever Ceilidh Oct. 14 at the LiUNA Local 183 Training Centre. Pete Fisher Photography

A Celtic celebration

COBOURG — You are invited to join in a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this time with a decidedly Celtic connection.

SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER Peterborough's Trebor McNevan (centre) fronts Thousand Foot Krutch. The acclaimed rock band has a new live album, Untravelled Roads, available now.

Thousand Foot Krutch heads down untravelled roads

Thousand Foot Krutch has never forgotten where it all began, the founder of the Christian rock band said as the group releases its second live album.The band was founded in Peterborough in 1997 by Trevor McNevan, who still splits time between the city - where he met his wife - and another home near Nashville. The couple bought a house in Peterborou

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Northumberland Players' presentation of Quartet, directed by Christopher Worsnop, features (left to right) Kim Brouwer,Gary Potter,Mary Doig and Chris Sharp. Quartet will be showcased in Cobourg's Firehall Theatre. Night shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. and day shows (Sept. 30, and Oct. 1) beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22. For more information, call 905-372-2210

Quartet is a fun, fast-paced play

The first play of the 41st season of the Northumberland Players is a comedy about decrepitude. Quartet, by Ronald Harwood, tells the story of four aged, retired opera singers stashed in a nursing home. They are living out their final days obsessing over sex, doctors and breakfast while trying mightily (and unsuccessfully) to forget their past glori