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2005.07.03John Johnston Historic Home Holds Grand Opening July 9

Songwriters Dave Stanaway & Susan Askwith with author Bernie Arbic

Songwriters Dave Stanaway & Susan Askwith with author Bernie Arbic

SAULT STE. MARIE—The Chippewa County Historical Society is celebrating the third season of having the historic John Johnston Home open by hosting a grand opening on Sunday, July 9. The event will be held from 2 to 4 PM on the lawn in front of the Schoolcraft Home on Water Street.

“The program will switch between Arbic’s storytelling and songs, written and performed by Stanaway and Askwith that emphasize the stories.”

The public is invited to enjoy a program of stories about the history of the Sault, told by author Bernie Arbic, and original songs performed by Dave Stanaway and Susan Askwith, about the lives of European settlers and Native Americans during the fur trade era.

For the grand opening entertainment, Arbic, author of the book, City of the Rapids, and co-author, with Nancy Steinhaus, of Upbound Downbound: The Story of the Soo Locks, has chosen some of the most interesting aspects of Sault area history to tell. The program will switch between Arbic’s storytelling, and songs, written and performed by Stanaway and Askwith, that emphasize the stories.

Concerts by Stanaway and Askwith are held through July and August each Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Johnston Home.

The Johnston Historic Home is located next to the US Coast Guard on Water Street. In case of rain, the program will be held July 16.

For further information, contact the Chippewa County Historical Society, 906-635-7082.

Information on the music of Dave Stanaway and Susan Askwith can be found at www.borderlandrecords.com.

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