Creative Current – Art Show this weekend, Packing House music

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of arts, music and theatre in the area.

Fun with Pictionary

UniTea will be hosting another fun and hilarious night of Charades at our Family Fun Games Night on Thursday, April 16 from 7-9:30pm.

More board games available! Bring down the whole family, challenge your neighbours to some fun! Lots of toys as well. A free event at UniTea Tea Room 100-210 Railway Ave in Ashcroft. Call (250) 453 9345 for more information.

Annual Art Show and Sale coming

The Ashcroft Arts Club will be hosting the 48th annual Fine Art Show & Sale from April 17-21. Last year’s show featured almost 200 works of art from local artists. The Show gives the public the opportunity not only to view, but also to purchase, if they wish, many of these beautiful paintings, photographs and sculptures.

Opening Night will be from 6-9pm and is adults only. From Saturday the 18th to Tuesday the 21st the show will be open from noon to 5pm The show is located at St. Alban’s Anglican Church Hall.

The Arts Club mission is to promote fine arts in Ashcroft and surrounding area and is open to artists of all skill levels residing in our region. For more info, visit

Packing House Dinner Show with ‘West My Friend’

The Packing House in Spences Bridge presents ‘West My Friend’ on Saturday, April 18. Take the cozy confines of the historical Packing House, settle in to a soup or salad starter, chase it with an incredible entrée and let the music begins. Dessert then follows as the first set ends. The band joins in, talking, sharing, answering question and they also get the decadent dessert. A second set follows – oh, what a night!

Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, ‘West My Friend’ acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. Songs are created through a collaborative process: well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion combine as every member brings forward their own ideas and experiences.”This band will knock off all your socks. They are so talented, so unique, so wonderful. Of all the artists we’ve hosted, we listen to West My Friend CDs more than any other.” Reservations for Dinner (5:30pm) and Show (7:15pm) call (250) 458-2256.

Jam Night at UniTea

Music Jam Night at UniTea Tea Room on Railway Street is a fun, all-inclusive night of song sharing that happens every fourth Thursday of the month from 7-9:30pm. Next Jam night will be Thursday,  April 23.

Bring your guitars, drums and song books. We’ll have lots of great organic tea and coffee on the brew. All welcome – including listeners!

Author & Songwriter Tom Coles April 25

The night will celebrate both the release of Tom’s new book Spirit Talker – The Legend of Nakosis as well as his great gift of music and songs. Come an enjoy songs and stories that will open your heart on Saturday, April 25.

Spirit Talker tells the fantastical story of one young man’s induction into the mystique and magical world of the Shaman.

Tom’s music has been described as “Gordon Lightfoot meets Doc Watson”, citing two of the major musical influences in his life. Yet his style is uniquely Tom Coles. Growing up in Toronto during the folk music heyday of the 60’s and 70’s gave Tom the opportunity to experience first hand some of folk music’s true legends – experiences that would have such a great impact on his musical direction. Tom recalls as a teenager and novice singer/guitarist seeing the likes of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Ian and Sylvia, Joni Mitchell and, of course, Gordon Lightfoot and Doc Watson to name a few.

He started playing professionally as a folk singer at coffee houses in and around Toronto in the early to mid 70’s but the popularity that folk music had enjoyed was waning as discos had began replacing the folk venues. Although he had by now studied commercial art and graphic design, he decided to continue with music making the move to country and country rock and from coffee houses to clubs and bars. A road that he was to travel on and off of for the next almost 15 years.

He moved to B.C. around 1979 and except for a few interludes (the US, India and Nepal) he has called it home ever since. He toured with a multitude of bands and duos over those many years on road tours that literally went from Inuvik to Southern Arizona. He and his wife, Sandy, moved to an acreage above the picturesque Thompson River near Clearwater where they enjoy the simple country life.

Doors at 6:30pm – shows starts at 7pm with Nadine Davenport opening. Limited to the first 30 people only. Tickets at the door or in advance. Drop by UniTea to buy your ticket or phone (250) 453 9345 to reserve.

Next Family Movie Apr 25 with Paddington Bear

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall.

Paddington Bear is this month’s feature on Friday, April 25. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6 pm, Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

Popcorn and snacks available at the Cache Creek Elementary School Parent Advisory Council concession.

You Can Heal Your Life showing

UniTea Tea Room will be hosting another Video/Discussion Night that features a range of Spiritual/Environmental Documentary style Videos for mutual enjoyment and conversation. The evening will include a portion of the night dedicated to discussion and reflection on the Video presented at each evenings Video Circle. This is a free event. This month’s inspirational video feature is ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ showing on Thursday, April 30 from 7-9pm.

This entertaining and inspirational movie based on the best-selling book of the same name is hosted by author and teacher Louise L. Hay. This film gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.

A number of luminaries in the fields of self-help, philosophy, health, spirituality, and New Thought join Louise, giving their take on success, happiness, and the myriad ways in which people can heal their own lives. And there are also gripping first hand accounts from others who have been positively affected by Louise’s work.

Also showing is a 30 minute short, Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 3 of 4 The Serpent and the Lotus. The spiral has often been represented by the snake, the downward current, while the bird or blooming lotus flower has represented the upward current or transcendence. The ancient traditions taught that a human being can become a bridge extending from the outer to the inner, from gross to subtle, from the lower chakras to the higher chakras’.

This four part video is the single best exposition on the spiritual ‘arts and sciences’ that I believe or know to exist in the world.

Mothers Day Afternoon Tea and two cello/harp performances with Crossbow

UniTea  Tea Room will be transformed into an English style Tea Room on Sunday, May 10. The afternoon will offer you delicate finger sandwiches, pastries, crumpets and scones and a choice of the many organic Herbal or black teas such as Lavender Mint, Earl Grey, Cream Earl, Earl Grey Lavender and many more. UniTea is also breaking out the good china with various unique tea cups, saucers, tea pots and serving plates.

Entertaining for a short set will be the Celtic / Classical duo from Kamloops, ‘Crossbow’. The afternoon event takes place from 1-3pm, with tickets available at the door or in advance – a set price per person.

A special evening event will feature a longer concert performance. ‘Crossbow’ are Neil Burnett (Celtic harp, penny whistle, etc.) and Christina Zaenker (cello and voice) who make music from a wild new recipe for 38 strings, ringing timber, and assorted sonic spices. These well-seasoned musicians serve up original compositions using traditional Celtic forms and hints of jazz, creating music that is uplifting, at times melancholic, and always enchanting. Doors open at 6:30pm with the Concert starting at 7:30pm. Tickets in advance only for either event, they can be purchased at UniTea Room or by phone (250) 453 9345.

Wine Tasting and Cafe Murder Mystery Theatre

Join WRAPS and the Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek for a co-presented evening of wine tasting, appetizers, dessert and an interactive murder mystery play! The Wine Tasting and Cafe Murder Mystery Theatre will take place May 2 from 7–9pm at the Ashcroft Community Hall.

Along with the alcoholic beverage tasting (wine, sparkling wine, ales, ciders), there will be coffee by Beans Roasted Right, appetizers, desserts and an interactive, comedic murder mystery performed by WRAPS! Tickets are available at Interior Savings Ashcroft and all Rotarians.

Cafe Murder is a hilarious murder mystery comedy. Rosemary Saint-John is a loud, annoying hypochondriac convinced she is allergic to water.  Celebrating her birthday at a restaurant with her four kooky sisters – a hippie, a valley girl, a trucker and a banker–Rosemary makes enemies with everyone around her. When she disappears and is presumed murdered, the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are the audience members, who must cast their vote. Was it one of Rosemary’s sisters? The self-taught detective? The passionate French chef? The polite and proper mâitre d’? The sarcastic waiter? No one is above suspicion in this delightful dinner theatre murder mystery!

Desert Bells Handbell Concert

The Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir will return for a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3 at the Pentecostal Church in Cache Creek.

This afternoon show will feature the Bell Choir and a variety of other local ensembles and soloists. Admission by donation.

The Desert Bells Handbell Choir, an intergenerational group that rehearses on Thursday evenings in Cache Creek Elementary School.

Plein Air Paint scheduled for May

WRAPS and the Ashcroft Art Club will be holding their annual Plein Air Paint-out on May 22-24. The Plein Air Paint Out takes place in Ashcroft which many visiting artists and local art club members participate in.

This annual  event allows artists to explore and paint the area’s scenery and concludes with a show of paintings and awards presentation. Registration closes at the end of this month and is limited to 50 artists.

For more information or to register, go to the WRAPS website or contact

Nadine Davenport