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Newton Robinson piano fundraiser featuring 'who's who' of local music

The event, sponsored by the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute, has drawn on talent from around South Simcoe – poets and storytellers, singers and musicians
Meade Helman, left, and Joe Pipino, seen here on ukeleles, will be among the headliners at the April 6 Talent Show. Miriam King/Bradford Today

Residents of the hamlet of Newton Robinson have a tradition of getting together for old-fashioned entertainment and events that strengthen community bonds.

They also have a long history of raising funds for the maintenance and improvement of the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute Hall.

So, it’s not surprising that Newton Robinson is hosting a South Simcoe Talent Concert at the Tec-We-Gwill WI Hall – not only an evening of entertainment, but a fundraiser to pay for repairs to the hall’s piano.

The event, sponsored by the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute, has drawn on talent from around the region – poets and storytellers, singers and musicians. The list of performers reads like a who’s who of local artistic and musical scenes.

Everyone is invited to come out on Saturday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m. to hear violinist David Chambers, poet June Chambers, musicians Meade Helman and Joe Pipino, Patti Ellis, Heather and Serenity Massey, George and Rick Phillips, Cael Cohen, pianists Anneke te Bokkel, Clay te Bokkel, Emmeline te Bokkel, and the te Bokkel and Janssen Family Choir, and more.

There will be a Meet the Artist reception following the talent show, and a silent auction of items donated by local artisans.

Admission is only $5 per person, free for kids 16 and under. Tickets are available in advance from organizer Mark Burchell. Call 705-458-8964 or email [email protected]. But don't delay - only 60 tickets are available!

The hall is located on Line 10 at County Rd. 27, in Newton Robinson. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the talent show beginining at 7 p.m.