Ministers Island (Melissa Haddon/The East)

Concert Series Kicks Off In Ministers Island Bathhouse

Fridays on St Andrew’s Ministers Island just got a lot more musical.

This Friday, June 3rd, St. Andrews’ own singer/songwriter Owen Steel will be kicking off a new summer-long music series at the Bathhouse on the island’s Van Horne Estate.

Concert organizer James Steel of Periwinkle Productions tells us that the series will consist of six shows between June and September, all taking place on a Friday and in different locations around the island.

So far, five of the six concert performers have been confirmed.  Besides Owen Steel, concert goers will have a chance to hear Chamber folk group The Olympic Symphonium, playing June 17th, The Saint John String Quartet on July 22nd, bluegrass player Alan Jeffries August 5th, and Montreal-based David Simard September 2nd.  One more concert, to take place on August 19th is still to be confirmed.  Tickets for all concerts will be $10 each, not including admission to the island.

Ministers Island is the 500 acre former property of Sir William Van Horne, credited as the founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Numerous buildings span the property, including the sprawling fifty-room summer home, Covenhoven, a windmill, and a bathhouse boasting panoramic views of the Bay of Fundy.  The Island is only accessible by crossing over the ocean floor at low tide, making this a unique concert venue.  James Steel says “The Island is a magical place and we’re hoping the concerts not only add to that magic but give reason for those who have never visited before to come and explore it a bit before or after each show”.

Shows start at Friday 5:00pm throughout the summer, but please keep in mind that this party is bring your own chair (BYOC). Advance tickets can be purchased in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea at Cockburn’s Drug Store, by calling (506) 529-4585 or online at Salty Towers .