Dixie and Paulette Rice kicked off the Music in the Park season in Ashcroft last week.

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Arts and theatre from around the region

House Concert with Brandon Isaak

Creative Cow House Concerts in Ashcroft presents Brandon Isaak on Monday, June 20.

Brandon has a vintage swing style and will take you on a journey through Blues, Swing, Ragtime and even a little R’n’B, Funk and Gospel on the side.

The location for this summertime concert will be at the Creative Cow Farm House at 3820 Barnes Lake Rd. and hopefully will be an outdoor affair, weather permitting.

For reservations (250) 453-9100 or email creativecow@telus.net.

Music In The Park takes off on the right note

Music in the Park last week competed for time spent watching a game that spurs on riots. We did fairly well, can’t say very much about my old ‘fun city’ but approximately 60 folks showed up to hear the sister act of Paulet and Dixie Rice (Thanks! Ladies). Thanks also to those who took in the fine evening.

Throughout the summer, keep the second and fourth Wednesday nights free as Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society continues to offer evening concerts at the Gazebo in Heritage Place Park on Railway Ave. from 7-9:30 pm.

Under the Gazebo June 22 will be Country/Folk act Willy Blizzard. The Trio plays upright bass, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars and great three part harmony. Giving a nod back to classic country instrumentation, while tapping into the more contemporary sound of electric, what really sets their repertoire apart is the songwriting. It’s all about the lyrics, and the music speaks for itself.

Under the Gazebo on July 13 is Dana-Marie Battagalia with tour mates, Sound Refuge. Dana-Marie is refreshing, playful, creative, quirky, original and mysterious! She has a captivating vocal style that will rip your heart out and gently sew it back in.

On July 27 don’t miss, Linda McRae. From Dear John to John Deere. Linda plays old time country roots music and is one of  the best claw hammer banjo pickers around.

On Aug. 10, The Masonettes. This local Ashcroft duo of Leslie Alexander and Llynn Kellman offer up some sweet harmonies and a laid back ukulele strummin’ style with a country flair.

Our Summer Season Finale is on Aug. 24 with the Bargain Basement Band. Grab your dancin’ shoes and join in on the fun, the local boys are at it again. From old time Rockin’ Roll to the sounds of the 70’s, the Bargain Basement Band will take us into the sunset.

Bring your favourite lounge chair or a blanket. Concession and public washrooms will be available. Pass-that-hat donations encouraged. Come early – the park fills up fast!

The WRAP Society would also like to thank and give a shout out for Jan Schmitz for his passionate effort, not to mention the countless hours he has put into developing the new website and social pages network.

Why not be one of the first to join the new Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society community network? Like Facebook with a local focus. Submit a profile, update your status, post photos and videos, create special interest groups and make new friends who all share the same interest – the promotion and support of music, the arts and culture in the South Thompson region. Simply go to www.windingriversarts.ca, click on Our Community and sign-up!

The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society is a group of dedicated individuals based in Ashcroft British Columbia working to promote and produce projects of artistic merit – including music festivals, house concerts, theater productions and workshops, visual art and dance and much, much more.

Celebrate Aboriginal Day

A local Aboriginal Day of Celebration is on June 21 in Lytton. The Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council would like to welcome everyone to join their Aboriginal Day Celebration with your families, friends and community members in Lytton! Bring your chairs and dress for the weather. Many activities are planned from 10:30 am to 7 pm such as;

Aboriginal Day Parade, Drumming and Singing by Pauline & Ernie Michell, Lil’ Drummers by Nzenman Daycare, Name giving, Storytelling/Indianjokes, Chili & Bannock Contest, Family Photos, Hair Braiding, and Fish painting, Kids’ games and prizes, Stein Valley Pictograph Presentation by Chris Arnett, ‘Broken Arrow’ Band performance by Frank Wallace & Brother Willard Wallace, plus a Talent Show during breaks.

The afternoon also includes a free swim at the Lytton Pool, Rock Wall Climbing and The Farmer’s Market will be happening throughout the day as well as Native Craft vendors and lots more. Come Celebrate!

Jamin’ at The Riv

The River Inn Pub hosts a ‘Jam Night’ on Friday, June 24 starting at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome. Singers, Musicians, bring an instrument, borrow ours. Listeners – just sit and enjoy the sounds. The Jam is every two weeks. For more info (250) 453-9124.

Desert Daze planning meeting

On Wednesday, July 6 at 10 am there will be another Desert Daze planning meeting. Come on out and join the Desert Daze Festival committee, they are always looking for volunteers to help out. The meetings are at the Packing House in Spences Bridge.

The 2nd Annual Desert Daze Festival runs from August 19-21 and will feature a stellar music line-up, family-friendly activities, and great people will mix it up in the little town of Spences Bridge. The magnificence of the desert surroundings and the Thompson river nearby lend itself perfectly to a festive atmosphere.

For details on Desert Daze Festival, please visit their website www.desertdaze.ca Hope to see you there!