Open Mic at The Hall

Open Mic Nights have become a regular feature at The Hall, being held on alternate Friday nights from September through May.  Initially begun on the evenings when Diligent River was unable to host their OM nights during the winter, the OM nights at The Hall rapidly became one of the most popular open mic nights in the county, with as many as 18 - 20 entertainers coming out to lend their talents and their time to support the revitalization of this iconic building.

The funds raised from the Open Mic nights are all directed to various projects which maintain or improve the facility.   A large portion of the funding to replace the main roofing on the West side of the building was realized through the donations received at Open Mic nights.    Currently the funds are being directed exclusively toward the purchase of a permanent fixed sign to be placed near town hall on Main Street to advertise both the location of The Hall and upcoming events.

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21 October 2018

(The Singing Scrappers had the audience both laughing and tapping their toes)

Friday saw one of the best Open Mic's of the season, with 29 entertainers on hand, performing for an almost packed house.   New faces, old friends and a terrific variety of music kept the show going until almost 11:00 pm.  

(Lisa and John provided some memorable harmonies)

The Open Mic nights provide a steady source of donations, the proceeds of which assist the Association in the continuing effort to revitalize The Hall, funding a wide variety of projects which otherwise would not be achieved in the timely manner which they have.
(Jim paid 'homage' to the new recreational pot legislation with two amusing tunes)

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06 October 2018

(Donna and Shirley, assisted by Wendy, provided some lovely, tight harmonies)

In competition with several other events occurring during the 10 Days in October Art Festival, the turnout of both audience and entertainers was a bit lighter this evening at the Open Mic but for those who were there, it turned into a great evening.   A couple of new faces up in front the microphones, along with some visitors who enjoyed the night

(Glen McElroy who was just visiting performed two of his own original tunes to the delight of all)

The next Open Mic will be held in two weeks, October 19th.

(Jim Galway closed the show with two powerful performances)

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22 September 2018

(Dave Filmore's brother Peter joined him for a couple of rousing 'maritime' tunes)

Music of all kinds echoed through The Hall last night as the Open Mic night saw a great audience entertained by a wide variety of entertainers, both well known and familiar faces and several new visitors.  It was particularly great to have Bruce Gibson back with us.  The music ranged from country to blue, fiddle to accordian so there was something to appeal to all musical tastes.

(Jim Chambers, born and raised here in Parrsboro, paid a surprise visit and took over the keyboard for two great songs)

These nights have become a welcome addition to the entertainment locally and the audience gets larger as the word of how much fun they can be spreads.   The next Open Mic will be held will be held on 05 November so we look forward to seeing you all there.

(Casey Hamel paid a visit and was, as usual, fabulous)
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08 September 2018

Gloria Norton visited with us for the first, but hopefully not the last, time. 

Open Mic night returned to The Hall last night with a terrific show. Lots of variety, lots of laughter and great seeing friends returning after the summer hiatus. One entertainer made it back after a far too long absence, and two new ones came out and we hope they enjoyed themselves and will be back. Open Mic will return to The Hall in two weeks, September 21st and will continue every two weeks thereafter. Hope you see you all come out and enjoy these great nights and help support the revitalization of The Hall.

Always good to have Bucko Dawson and 'Molly' back to perform

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(We were pleased to have Rocklyn Warren join us from Moncton to provide some terrific guitar support and amazing vocals)

Last night saw The Hall rocking to every genre of music you could imagine with 23 entertainers providing an almost full house with a great night to end the season.

(David Milner added to the occasion with his violin)

This was the last open mic at The Hall until September 7th when the season will start up again.   For the summer of course there will be concerts in the park beginning on the first Sunday of June at 7:00 pm where weekly a wide variety of musicians will entertain and pass the hat for their favourite charity.

(Martha and Harriet provided a beautiful duet on a gospel song)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who makes these open mic night so successful to the continued operations at The Hall.   They would not be possible without the efforts of Trish Burke and Sharlene Lake who run the canteen and draws, or Rob Bentley and Bob Jamieson who put in so many hours setting up and then breaking down all the equipment.    And of course we would be terribly remiss if we overlooked the contributions of all the entertainers who donate their time and talents to making these nights so successful.

(Up Shore, Down Shore and Knot Sure once again covered the spectrum with their great tunes)

Have a great summer, take in the entertainment at the band stand on Sunday evenings and we will see you all back at The Hall in September.
(Patrick Hanlon closed the season with a blues number that featured almost the entire 'band' with solo work)

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4 May 2017

(Once again Ron Byers occupies the back row soloing and providing backup on three different instruments)

Another fun and sound filled Friday night at Open Mic at The Hall.   A great crowd was entertained by 21 talented individuals in a three hour show that featured a tremendous variety in music and contributors from as far away as Truro and Moncton.   We can not thank enough those who contribute their time and talents to the support of the on going restoration of The Hall.   And a huge thanks to the audience which comes out to enjoy and give their support as well.

(Barb and Blair were back with Barb performing under trying circumstances with a sore knee)

We will have one final Open Mic for this season in two weeks time, May 18th and then on the first Sunday of June, concerts in the Park will resume.
(No Open Mic would be successful without the terrific support from the 'back row')

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It was great having Evange drop in with a couple of terrific tunes
(Photo courtesy of Sharlene Lake)
Friday night saw The Hall alive with the sound of music, with a terrific variety of entertainment.   And we welcomed back some of our 'winter absentees' such as Barb and Blair and Ron Byers.     We were also thrilled by a visit from Evange Landry, a terrific entertainer who makes it far too infrequently.   And Casey Hamel provided another dimension to the evening with two haunting tunes that had the audience spellbound.

Martha Forrest added another dimension of music to the evening

Open mic nights are every second Friday night and everyone is welcome to stop by for a great evening of variety entertainment, and usually a lot of laughter.   The next open mic will be May 4th.   See you all there.

James Brown played a musical homage to 420 to the amusement of all
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07 April 2017


(Connie, wondering just where Dave was going with all this)

Friday evening once again saw The Hall rocking to the sound of great music and a lot of laughter as a terrific audience enjoyed the sounds of the open mic.   A wonderful variety of music, from folk to blues, country to gospel kept the audience tapping their toes and singing along.

(It is always a wonderful night when Kathy makes it to The Hall and belts out a couple of tunes)

Open mic nights have become an occasion that many look forward to, both musicians and those who come out to enjoy it all.

(We are always blessed when Bruce makes it to provide some incredible vocals, and talented guitar in the back ground as well)

Many thanks this evening to Jim Aylward for filling in on piano, bass and providing a couple of vocals to end the night in fine style.

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9 March 2017


A great way to start the evening

A surprisingly good, and very appreciative audience, braved the weather this evening for the Open Mic night.   With some inadvertent power flickers, making the lights do their own performance and knocking out one of the microphones, along with some difficulties in avoiding microphone cables, or walking away and forgetting one's guitar is attached to an amplifier, the atmosphere was definitely relaxed, in spite of the heavy, wet snow building up outside.

However the programme was pushed through, with no break and the evening ended early so all could get home safely.

See you all again in two weeks:  March 23rd

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24 February 2018


(Andrew not only hosted the evening but teamed up with Marg to provide some quality entertainment as well)

With the number of the 'usual' volunteers depleted by three last night by illness and vacation, the Open Mic still went ahead with the assistance of some of the wonderful supporters of The Hall.    Very special thanks to Andrew Lloyd for stepping up to host the evening, to Jim Aylward for sitting down at the keyboard, and Cheryl Goodwin for 'wrangling' the performers in order to keep things moving.
(Harriet was the only lady to enter the 'best hat' contest)

There was once again a full lineup of performers all willing to donate their time and talent to support The Hall, and the large audience were enthusiastic with their appreciation.   It was particularly great to have Evange Landry, Kathy Vansick and Donna Tait out.   Their appearances always add to the fun of the open mic nights.   Thank you making the trip and sharing your talent.
(But the hands down winner for 'best hat' just had to go to Jim Brown)
(Photos courtesy of Harriet McCready)
The next open mic will be held on the 9th of March.   We hope to see you all there.
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10 February 2018


Rob Bentley stepped out from behind the keyboard to provide two great performances

Friday night a small but enthusiastic audience braved the weather to enjoy a terrific evening of entertainment.   The music once again covered all genres, from country to blues, rock to folk liberally sprinkled with moments of good humour and laughter.

Andrew Lloyd performed two well known pieces by Bob Dylan

Open Mic will return to The Hall in two weeks.   Mark your calendar now and don't miss it.

Jim Aylward provided solid bass support all evening and closed the show with two great numbers
(Photo courtesy of Sharlene Lake)

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27 January 2018


It was great having Carl join us again after a too-long absence

Friday evening had The Hall filled once again with a terrific variety of music at the Open Mic night.  Eighteen entertainers brought their time and talent to cover a variety of musical genres from rock to blues, country to 'Scottish' fiddle to the delight of a great crowd.  
Mary and Laura had the crowd singing along to "Working Man"

Although it was a clear, cold night a good audience turned up to enjoy one of the best nights of music available, and all for just a free will donation at the door.  It is with many thanks to both the entertainers and audience that these nights prove to be so successful and entertaining.   Mark your calendar now for the next Open Mic at The Hall on February 9th

Dave Milner drove in from Amherst to have the crowd laughing and tapping their toes

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13 January 2018


We know we have a great night on hand when Bruce Graham drops by with his incredible talent

Open Mic Night returned to The Hall on Friday with a terrific variety of musical entertainment.   From old rock to gospel, from blues to Brazil, the evening was incredibly fun.   Starting by embarrassing one of the patrons with the crowd singing 'Happy Birthday', the family atmosphere carried on throughout the evening, with some dancing, some singing along and some very solemn appreciation of the talents displayed.

A beautiful and moving Brazilian song performed by Thain

Open Mic will be back in two weeks and if you have not come out to The Hall for one of these nights, mark your calendar.  This is truly the finest variety entertainment in the county.   The music ranges from country to soul, rock to blues and occasionally a poet or a comedian will add to the fun.   A night of entertainment not to be missed.   Come out and give it a try.

See you in two weeks, January 26th.

It is always a pleasure to have Ron and Martha Forrest stop by with their moving music

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02 December 2017


The fall Open Mic nights at The Hall came to a festive conclusion on Friday night.   Starting a bit later due to Santa's visit with the children, the evening kicked off with a surprise visit from 'the chipmunks'  (as Rob once again worked his sound magic to recreate the sound of the comedy favourite)

A good crowd was on hand to enjoy yet another night of variety entertainment, this time with a Christmas theme.

It has been a terrific season of Open Mic nights at The Hall and the Board wishes to thank everyone who supported them by coming out to perform, or to listen, or to volunteer their time setting up, breaking down, tending the canteen and all the other small unseen tasks without which this fundraising effort would not be possible.

See you all in 2018

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18 November 2017


Patrick once again impresses with his terrific blues performance

It was Friday night so of course the place to be was The Hall, at the Open Mic.   And what a great night it was.   Terrific entertainment, covering all genres of music, by some talented volunteer musicians who all come out to support the activities at The Hall.

Up Shore, Down Shore and even not sure...the music is terrific

The audience appreciated their talent and efforts and raised the roof when the new solar power project was announced,

The next open mic night will be held on December 1st and that will be the last one until the new year.   Mark it on your calendar now but note that it will not begin until 7:30 as Santa will be making his annual visit to The Hall after the Santa Claus parade.
(Photos courtesy of Sharlene Lake)

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04 November 2017


Dilly MC'd tonights open mic with humour and of course her tremendous talent

Open Mic Night returned to The Hall again this evening, featuring some amazing talent and seeing the return of some old friends.
And she brought along some close friends to provide some absolutely amazing entertainment

Open Mic nights have become a fixed feature at The Hall, with some of the best variety entertainment in the county, thoroughly enjoyed by both the audience and the entertainers who come out to share their talent with the community.
(Photos courtesy of Donna Benjamin)

07 October 2017


It was great to have Barb and Blair back

Last night saw The Hall ringing to the sounds of another great open mic with the return of some old friends to help entertain the audience and the appearance of a couple of special entertainers we would love to see back, again and again.

Ron and Martha performed a couple of old gospel songs that had everyone singing along

Long time supporter of The Hall, and staunch open mic supporter Bob Jamieson was put on the spot when it was announced that yes, he was indeed getting married to Lori, whereupon the audience broke into a spontaneous rendition of "Going to the Chapel".

It is always a pleasure to have Wayne come out and entertain

These truly are remarkable evenings of entertainment which feature a variety of music and often other brands of entertainment, so don't miss the next one on October 21st.    Come on out for a great evening.
(All photos courtesy of Sharlene Lake)

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23 September 2017        


Dave Baker at his finest

The Hall was alive with the sounds of music and laughter Friday night as the audience was treated to another terrific evening with a variety of musical entertainment.   Plenty of laughter resulted when Bob Jamieson reluctantly drew the name for the door prize, and drew his own name.   (No the draw was not 'rigged')

"Squeezy Bob" arrived for the first time and performed two of his own composiotions to the delight of the audience

Open Mic takes place at The Hall every second Friday at 7:00 pm.   See you all there October 6th!

"Two Pressed Men" made a final, final appearance

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09 September 2017


Andrew started the evening off with humour and a couple of great songs

The fall/winter season of open mic returned to The Hall last night with a vengeance.   An amazing musical evening with an enthusiastic audience who fully enjoyed the quality of the entertainment.   From country to blues, rock to soul the place was jumping.   What a great start to the year!
It was great having Bucko back, accompanied as ever by his faithful companion "Molly"
Open mic nights provide tremendous support to the ongoing activities to revitalize The Hall and the support by the community and the talented musicians is greatly appreciated.   See you all there again on September 22nd.

Remco stunned the audience with his amazing skills and solo performances.

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14 August 2017


Andrew Lloyd, Marg Fisher, and Patrick Hanlon of High Tide were Sunday nights (Aug. 13) guest entertainers at the Parrsboro Bandstand! A dull overcast evening most certainly brightened up with the trio's sunny sounds, smooth vocals and pleasing music. Thanks High Tide for bringing a little of your musical sunshine to the park!

(Photos and text courtesy of Tommy Strutz)

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20 May 2017


An amazing array of talent occupies the 'back row' forming a 'house band' that can follow any entertainer who performs

The open mic season at The Hall came to a rollicking end last night, with over twenty entertainers giving of their time and talent to provide an almost full 'house' with three hours of an amazing variety of entertainment.   These evenings of just pure fun have become a staple of the entertainment scene in Parrsboro throughout the winter months and will return again on September 8th

What a pleasure to have the infectious enthusiasm of Dilly and Ray entertain

Donna and Shirley provided some beautiful harmonies in their duets.
Although this was the final open mic until the fall, Concerts in the Park, at the band stand each Sunday at 7:00 pm, will begin on June 4th.   With the good weather now here, come out and spend an hour with friends enjoying a wide variety of entertainment each Sunday.  See you all there!
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08 May 2017


The Parrsboro Citizens' Choir 'backing up' Rob Bentley on his opening number

A large crowd was treated to a great evening of entertainment at The Hall as we held our second to last Open Mic of the season.   The evening started with a surprise visit from the Parrsboro Citizens' Choir which arrived to 'back up' Rob Bentley on his opening number.  Possibly the largest number of entertainers on stage at one time at an open mic ever seen in The Hall and when they performed a second number, most of the audience enjoyed singing along.

A genuine pleasure to have Evange join in with her beautiful vocals

However the fun did not stop there as others joined in at various times to provide accompaniment.   Rob's interjection of "way up North" had Andrew just about losing it and the audience loved it!

Helen, Aggie and Connie performed some great, popular trios

Once again The Hall proved that Open Mic nights can be great entertainment, full of laughter and great entertainers.   It was a special pleasure to have Evange and Kathy join in.  Two terrific vocalists and lovely people who do not visit nearly enough.

Alexander proved that Open Mic is not all just singing when he regaled the audience with some amusing 'stories'

However the next Open Mic, on May 19th, will be our final one of the season.   The summer Concerts in the Park will begin again on Sunday evenings in June.   Stay tuned for further details.

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22 April 2017


Not only did Ron solo, he added great backup on the fiddle, mandolin and harmonica truly adding to a great sound from a great back row of musicians

Oh what a night!   The Hall was full, the sounds were fantastic and new entertainers arrived to add to the mix of an already great night of entertainment.   With music ranging from amusing to sad, country to soul, blues to rock there was once again something for everyone.   And frequently audience members were singing along, tapping toes and clapping as every entertainer managed to perform someone's favourite.
Donna was one of seven entertainers who made their first appearance at The Hall.   And we hope to see and hear more from her

And we get to do it again all over again in two weeks on May 5th.   Have not come out to one?    Drop in and give a listen.   Admission is by donation, and it is an informal evening of fun so no need to feel compelled to stay for the entire night, or even to stay in your seat if you feel like dancing.    Come out and have fun!

Joyce and Mike added even more to an already wonderful evening.   Hope to see them back soon!

See you in two weeks.

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08 April 2017


It was great having Jim back with his always entertaining choice of music

It was another fabulous night of music at The Hall last night when over 70 people turned out to hear a wide variety of music from a tremendous range of performers, all of whom donate their time and talent toward supporting the ongoing restoration of The Hall as a center of 'culture and community' for Parrsboro and area.

An amazingly talented group of musicians provide 'back up' for all performers

These nights would not be possible without the participation of these talented people, nor without the tireless efforts of the volunteers who put it all together and make it all happen.   The proceeds from the open mic nights are for now being directed toward the renewed wiring which will be necessary when the kitchen receives its long overdue overhaul.   Watch for news and progress on this in the near future.
Bob brought the house down with his rendition of a 'sing along' number from "Dirty Dancing"!

Plan now on coming out to the next open mic at The Hall on April 21st.

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25 March 2017


Connie Ells and Dave Baker played some great duets

A great turnout, a great show.    It was Open Mic night at The Hall and once again the audience was treated to an incredible variety of music, featuring some amazingly talented musicians and performers.    We were even privileged to host several new performers who heard about our evenings, and decided to give us a try.  

Dave Dunlop was one of five entertainers making their first appearance at The Hall

The result was a three hour show, full of tremendous music, a lot of laughter and even a spontaneous audience 'choir' at one point when everyone broke into song!    And sounded fantastic!

Bruce Gibson blew the windows out with his tribute to Chuck Berry

Open Mic is back with a vengeance at The Hall and simply gets better every week.   Proceeds from the Open Mic nights is now being directed toward a major electrical upgrade for the annex/kitchen.   Not as glamorous a project as some but the support received from these nights permit the Association to continue the rejuvenation of The Hall as a centre of culture and community.
Once again Donna Benjamin put her heart and soul into her music

Many, many thanks to the musicians, audience members and the volunteers who make these nights of magic happen.

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11 March 2017


The sound of music and laughter filled The Hall Friday night as another fabulous open mic night had people laughing, clapping, singing along.    We are so fortunate to have such a variety of talent who come out on a regular basis to share their abilities and help support the ongoing restoration efforts.

Every two weeks we have fortunate to have such talented musicians providing 'backup'

With a wonderful variety of musical choice, the sound ranges from country to soul, blues to folk every evening.   The crowd appreciates those who perform and provide such a terrific night of entertainment, and all for only a donation.   

Andrew is one of the consistent performers at The Hall.   Always appreciated by the audience

Harriet treats the audience to a couple of old favourites

Thank you to all the performers, back up musicians and volunteers who combine their donated talents to make these events the success they are
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25 February 2017


It turned into an incredible evening at The Hall last night as a fantastic variety of entertainers put on a show that was second to none.   From Rob Bentley's incredible opening blues number, featuring Patrick Hanlon on guitar and Bob Jamieson on back up vocals through the sounds of fiddle, recorder, accordian and vocals, with a couple of poems thrown in for good measure, the crowd was treated to a night to remember.
Bruce Gibson returned to provide some amazing vocals and fabulous back up for the rest of the evening

Todd McCall on recorder had toes tapping to some lively Celtic tunes

Open Mic night takes place at The Hall every second Friday night without fail so we look forward to seeing everyone back on March 10th.  If you have not been yet, come out and enjoy a great evening of the best variety of entertainment in the county.

Having Carl return to perform was a special treat for all

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11 February 2017


The 'back up' band settles in for another evening of great music, and dubious key choices

After a nearly two month hiatus for the Christmas break, and of course the massive seat renovation, Open Mic night returned to The Hall with a terrific show.   While attendance was a bit low (understandable because of the weather and the long break between shows), those who came out were treated to a wonderful variety of entertainment, with a couple of special surprises.

One of our strongest supporters, Wayne Cormier delighted the audience with his vocals this evening

But Open Mic is now back at The Hall and features some of the best variety entertainment in the county and will be held every second Friday without fail between now and June, when the performances on the band stand take up for the summer months.

A surprise appearance by David Howe had the audience chuckling with his tender 'Valentine's song'
(Photo by Sharlene Lake)

If you have not been to an Open Mic, come out and give it a try.   Admission is by donation.   There is always a 50/50 draw; door prizes are given out every evening and now there is a special 'patrons' draw for those who attend regularly.   We'll see you all there on February 24th.   Don't miss it.
Casey returned to the mic after an absence of far too long and delighted the audience with her pure vocals

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17 December 2016


The final open mic of 2016 was held last night and featured 'seasonal' music, along with a great deal of hilarity.   Rob was at his absolute finest with his rendition of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" which had the entire audience roaring with laughter.  And of course he was one of the featured performers when "The Chipmunks" paid a visit.

A good crowd of hardy souls braved the frigid night to take in this final open mic and the special treats and snacks at the end of the night, courtesy of the Board of the Association. 

There will be no open mic nights during the month of January as the fixed seating in The Hall will undergo a major renovation to regularize the seating, install under floor heating, fixed walls, lighting and increase the number of seats available for audiences.   A full description of the project will be posted once the work commences in the new year.

The Board of the Association wishes to take this moment to wish everyone the very merriest of Christmases and joy and peace in the new year.
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08 October 2016


The open mic night at The Hall on Friday night filled the room with entertainers and great sounds.   A wide variety of music once again was presented to a somewhat reduced audience.    Some nights are like that when other special shows are in town but those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the efforts by all.

The next Open Mic will be held on November 4th as the Parrsboro Film Festival takes over The Hall for the weekend of the 21st of this month.    This is another event that simply must be on your 'to do' list.    Check out the schedule of incredible film entertainment here.

See you all at the next Open Mic.    The finest variety entertainment in the county and all for the price of what you can pay.

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