Jim Ryan and Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan were busking outside the credit union on Saturday night as part of the Wellness Festival’s entertainment. The street was filled with music

Jim Ryan and Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan were busking outside the credit union on Saturday night as part of the Wellness Festival’s entertainment. The street was filled with music

Comings & Goings On – Headliners announced for Desert Daze

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly column of news and community events in Spences Bridge.

Clemes Hall has a stage

The Spences Bridge Community Club renovations grant project is almost completed now, just a few things to wrap up with the greening project. Thanks so much to the TNRD and our director Steve Rice for assisting the Club in securing this grant for the much needed improvements on our beloved Clemes Hall. The improvement NDI grant project is now underway, and I’m very pleased to say that the stage has arrived!

Desert Daze is back, Aug. 9-10

Yes, the stage is here in time for Desert Daze Festival 2013! Desert Daze presents over 15 musical performances, a child-friendly zone, summer fun activities like apple bobbing and seed spitting, pickling seminars, guitar workshops, First Nations demonstrations, agricultural displays, musical jam sessions, and vendors.

This year’s headliners are: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Miss Quincey and the Showdown, The River and the Road, and Saturday’s local dancing band – Richie and the Fendermen, and lots of other local talent will you keep you entertained throughout the two days.

Friday, Aug. 9 from 1 pm – midnight. Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 pm – midnight. Tickets at the gate. Cash Only, please. Children 10 and under admitted free.

Thanks again to all the fans, volunteers, artists, vendors, sponsors and the community of Spences Bridge, and Spences Bridge Improvement District for all of your support and hard-work over the past three years and for this our 4th annual!

Thanks to our sponsors: TNRD, CP, CN, B.C. Hydro, Belkorp, WRAPS,  H.E. Mining and Excavating, Highland Valley Coppper Teck, Frontier Power Products, ASC Automotive, Cook’s Ferry Band, Packing House Heritage Coffee House, and  M.E. Media Electrics.

Please check out our website www.desertdaze.ca We’re also on Facebook! Interested in volunteering? Vending? Please go to the website for more information.

Elders Council making plans

Although summer is in full swing and folks are busy in their gardens or on holidays, the New Horizons Elders Council continues to meet and plan for events for the community.

The latest was a meeting at the riverside. Wouldn’t you know, the only rainy day in three weeks I think! But several of us met and enjoyed a camp fire and shared some food and stories and took the time to voice our appreciation of each other.  Watch for posters or information in the mail for the next event!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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