Community-minded artists gather to support Glenwood

Glenwood cemeterian and grounds manager Helma Oonk stands over a couple of the toppled markers. (Chad Ibbotson/Gazette staff)

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

While the community continues to mourn over the senseless destruction of monument stones at Glenwood Cemetery, some of Prince Edward County’s best musical artists are stepping up to help cover repair costs.

Glenwood Live! Is a benefit concert being organized by Sid Wells and performer Lenni Stewart scheduled for Sunday, July 22 at the Regent Theatre.

Show time is 2 p.m.

Wells said Glenwood Cemetery holds a special place in Stewart’s heart.

She’s been visiting Glenwood Cemetery since she was in high school at PECI. She used to walk over and do her home work there,” Wells said. “It’s so personal to her and we wanted to help so this is what we do best-throw concerts.”
Late last month, an unknown number of vandals toppled a number of aging gravestones and the cost to repair the monuments is conservatively estimated at $150,000.

Among the artists scheduled to perform on Jul 22 include The Reasons, Little Bluff, Lenni Stewart Trio, Rita DiGhent, Harry Ellis, Mark McGreevy & Ryk, Celine Papizewska, Suzanne Pasternak, Astrid Young & Ray, Telegraph Narrows, Tibor Czaszar , Caleb Hutton

and Judy Fraser-Sanders.

Such a star-studded local lineup will ensure a great cross section of Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Opera, Folk, Pop, East Coast, Jazz and Broadway music.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will go to the Glenwood Cemetery repair fund.

There’s 100 year old stones where the families aren’t in Prince Edward County any longer and there’s really no one to ask to help pay for the repairs,” Wells added. “Whatever darkness that caused whoever to to do this, we’ve got a positive light that can shine all over the community and we can help fix this.”

The event is sponsored by Huff Estates.

For advance tickets, please call 613-476-8416 or visit www.theregenttheatre.org/tickets