We held our second ever Kitchen Party on March 6th and it was a splendid success. Led by Jim McNabb, our Events team transformed the hall of Glebe St. James United into a cozy cabaret. Old and new friends across the arts community met up, and everyone revelled in the varied entertainment. How lucky we are to have such talented friends and supporters! We heard the rootsy stylings of Mark J. Nyvlt, the vivacious Holly Laroque accompanied by the suave Mark Ferguson, and we were simply charmed by Barbershop Therapy, a vocal quartet from the Music Department at Ottawa U.

Singer-songwriter Mark J. Nyvlt

Singer-songwriter Mark J. Nyvlt

Holly Laroque lighting up the place with Mark Ferguson

Holly Laroque lighting up the place with Mark Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A definite highlight of the evening was Maria Hawkins’ blues set. Between her rollicking vocal numbers, Maria updated us, with her usual comic flair, on the state of her eye surgery – so far so good! – and on the support she has received from PAL Ottawa’s Supporting Cast program.  Maria’s story certainly moved us in the audience, and moved some of you to join as members – welcome, new PALs! We couldn’t be happier to have you aboard.

Maria Hawkins with her guitarist/ co-writer Michael Thibeault

Maria Hawkins with her guitarist/ co-writer Michael Thibeault

So, when’s the next Kitchen Party?

Thanks to Glebe St. James United Church, Robert Palmai, Pat Shapiro, Gary and Marlene Morton, Bekah Shirey, Jean-Guy Brault, Joe Turner and members of the Board.  And more applause for the talents of Brad Denys, Pierre Brault, Mike Heffernan, Sally McIntyre, and the great Craig Kennedy.