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Amherstburg Freedom Museum holds annual Christmas concert



By Christian Bouchard


The smooth sound of jazz music echoed through the church of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum last week.

According to Mary-Katherine Whelan, curator/administrator at the Freedom Museum, the annual Christmas concert is the perfect way to “ring in the season.”

Brynda (right) from Brynda & Company and her sister sing at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum’s annual Christmas concert Dec. 12. It was held inside the Nazrey AME Church.

“This is one of our signature events,” said Whelan. “It’s a fun way to bring money to the museum and everyone looks forward to it because it gets everyone hyped up for Christmas and the joy of the season.”

The Dec. 12 event had Brynda and Company perform for the packed crowd. The four-person band consisted of lead vocals, a keyboard, drums, and a saxophone. The program featured traditional Christmas hits such as “Deck the Halls,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “All I want for Christmas is You.”

Despite having a new band every year, Whelan said there is always a reason for people to come back every year.

“There’s also that element of the church being a natural historic site and being a terminal point of the Underground Railroad,” said Whelan.  “Having that space being used for music always gives me goosebumps.”

In addition to the concert, Whelan also stressed the importance of the history behind the museum itself.

Dan Woods performs on his saxophone during the Christmas concert at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum Dec. 12.

“The museum is a welcome space and it’s an important piece of history to learn from,” added Whelan.

For those interested in learning more about the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Whelan encourages them to visit their website at to see a list of upcoming events.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum hosting “Christmas at the Museum” Dec. 12



By RTT Staff


The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is encouraging people to ring in the holiday season with them.

The annual “Christmas at the Museum” concert is returning Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., in the Nazrey AME Church National Historic Site.

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum invites the community to “join us for a warm and friendly celebration of the Christmas Season with special musical guest Brynda and Company! The hour and a half program is sprinkled with traditional songs of the season and heart warming carols to start the holiday season off right!”

A dessert buffet will be served following the Wednesday night concert. The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is also asking people to bring a canned good which will be donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The public is asked to purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by contacting the Amherstburg Freedom Museum by phone at 519-736-5433 or on

The museum is also thanking the event sponsors, which include Detroit Memorial Park Association Inc., Dollars and Cents Investments Inc., and James H. Sutton Funeral Home.

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is located at 277 King St. Their website is