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Melvin Ford and Dawn Sadoway are excited about the music series happening this season at the Georgetown Inn on Saturday nights. Georgetown’s Barry O’Brien will kick things off on June 7.
Georgetown Inn’s music series kicks off June 7 with Barry O’Brien
Known for its hospitality and chef-created menu, Georgetown Inn is a popular place for people in Kings County.
And, this season, the managers are heightening the hometown experience for guests and visitors at the inn.
Once a week, on Saturdays, they are turning their dining room into a music venue and inviting P.E.I. performers to entertain.
“I really wanted to honour the musicians in a way that people would be committed to listening to them. We also wanted to organize it in a way where people would, perhaps, dine with us. And then sit and enjoy the musical experience afterwards,” says Dawn Sadoway of the new P.E.I. music series that kicks off June 7 at the Inn at 8 p.m.
That night, Barry O’Brien will be performing.
“A country singer with incredible talent, he’s our first choice. He’s local. He’s Georgetown. He has a great following,” says innkeeper Melvin Ford, noting the singer-songwriter also suggested names of other people who would fit naturally into this intimate setting.
With its 12-foot ceilings, the inn is a perfect venue for house concerts.
“The room has great acoustics. And, because, no microphones will be used, it will be easy for the performers to interact with the audience or take son requests. And, as always, the audience will be invited to sing along,” says Ford.
The musical evenings will unfold in this way:
“We’re hoping that with reservations coming in that we’ll have guests dining at 6:30 p.m. Then, by the time 8 p.m. arrives, the tables will be cleared, the dishes will be washed and everyone can sit back and enjoy the entertainment.”
So far, the following performers have been confirmed: Dylan Ferguson, June 14, Katie McGarry, June 21, Tammy Laney, June 28, Barry O’Brien, July 5, Katie McGarry, July 12, Amanda
Jackson, July 19, Dylan Ferguson, July 26, Katie McGarry, Aug. 9, Tammy Laney, Aug. 16, Dylan Ferguson, Aug. 23 and Amanda Jackson, Sept. 13.
The idea for the music series was inspired after a brainstorming session, last fall.
“One night while we were sitting around, taking about the upcoming summer, I said, ‘I always wanted to offer some entertainment in the dining room,” says Sadoway.
Although the inn had offered something similar in the past, it was only background music, while people dined.
But now, with a separate show, people will get to experience something special.
“This way we get to spend a whole evening at the Inn. They don’t have to rush off anywhere, plus we get to be entertained,” adds Ford.
The program complements the lively theatre program at the Kings Playhouse.
“We picked Saturday as our night, because they have nothing slated for that night. We’re trying to work hand in hand with what we have in Georgetown,” says Ford.
“If we can keep people here longer by providing something they don’t have to go to Charlottetown for, that would be terrific.”
Admission is $10 for the concert and the inn isn’t keeping any of the proceeds.
“That money will go directly to the artist. For many of our guests, who are from Ontario, Quebec and the United States, it’s a great way to experience the Maritimes. People have expressed a great interest in this,” he says.
Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.
Just The Facts
- What: The Georgetown Inn.
- Where: Georgetown, P.E.I.
- Owned by: Chef Joel Short and Dawn Sadoway.
- Kudos: Recipient of 2014 Trip Advisor award of excellence.
- Reservations for dinner and a show: May be made by calling 652-2511.
- Website: www.peigeorgetownhistoricinn.com.