Creative Current – Desert Daze fundraiser promises night of fun

A roundup of music and entertainment from around the Ashcroft-Cache Creek region.

Jam at Monkey In The Garden Organic Bistro

There will be an Acoustic Music Jam at Monkey in the Garden Restaurant Bistro on Sept. 23 from 1-4 pm.

Nestled in the canyons of the Nicola river, Monkey in the Garden is a farm-to-plate, organic food experience. Just a short 15 minute drive south from Spences Bridge on scenic Hwy 8, Monkey in the Garden offers delicious, homegrown, wholly organic, vegetarian food and delicious, handmade desserts and coffee creations.

They are open year round by reservation for catered events, private parties or even a romantic dinner for two. Be sure to drop by and say hello if you are in the area. Call (250) 458-2420 or email

Desert Daze Fundraiser at Clemmes Hall

The hard working Committee of last month’s Desert Daze Festival has one more important bill to pay – help them break even and come to their fundraising event on Sept. 29 at Clemes Hall in Spences Bridge. The event runs from 6 pm to 1 am.

Make sure you don’t’ miss this 19+ great night of music, food and some great auction items! Live music performances by Flat Busted, John Kidder, Nadine Davenport – and more. Then DJ dancing to the tunes of Desert Daze Festival bands like Dustin Bentall, Romi Mayes, Boom Booms, Maria in the Shower, Andrea Ramola… You get the idea.

Supper is available for a great deal and will include your choice of cheeseburger, veggie chili, or beef on a bun served with choice of side salad and Spences Bridge melons for desert! Beer, wine and coolers are available.

The cost to enjoy this fine evening is is by donation, but remember, dig deep if you can – this is a fundraiser after all. There will also be the auction of many fantastic items: music cds, a Canucks couch throw, Lavender Basket, gift certificates for restaurants, haircuts, and much more. See you there!

Classical Piano, Harp and Cello

The 2012/13 Dessert Concert season organized by Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society begins its 3rd Season this month of at St Albans in downtown Ashcroft.

WRAPS is happy to announce a unique show that many will no doubt want to attend: Classical Pianist Dimiter Terziev and a cello/harp duo called Crossbow will share the bill, as WRAP presents a classical Sunday Matinee presentation on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 pm.

WRAPS is offering five Dessert Concerts this season, with a cost-saving package deal to buy all five shows at once. You can buy your seasons tickets right up to the second show on Nov. 4 or by phoning (250) 453-9100.

Originally from Bulgaria now residing in Kamloops, internationally acclaimed Dimiter Terziev has performed numerous piano and chamber recitals in Canada, USA, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is, as well, pianist for the local Community Choir in Ashcroft.

Also from Kamloops, Crossbow are Neil Burnett (Celtic harp, penny whistle, etc.) and Christina Zaenker (cello and voice) make music from a new recipe for 38 strings, ringing timber, and assorted sonic spices.

Check out for info on all the upcoming artists and their music.

WRAPS’ just completed local auditions for the upcoming Community Play called ‘Midsummer’s Nights Midterm. If you would like to be involved backstage or as an actor – parts might still be available – send us an email or phone (250 ) 453-9100.

Don’t forget in January and February WRAPS will be presenting a comedy improve weekend workshop, followed by four Wednesday night performances of improv and stand up comedy. Step out of the winters blues and get your improv boots on!

WRAPS will also be holding a Halloween dress up masquerade evening Dance with live music by High Society on Oct. 27 at St Albans Hall.

Look for posters and leaflets around town soon. 19+ event.

Log Cabin Music Jam in Spences Bridge

Spences Bridge Log Cabin Pub Jam Nights have started up. You never know what you’re going to find at these jam sessions on Wednesday nights – (not Thursdays as previously reported).

Check out a variety of amateur and professional entertainment every Wednesday night from 8 pm on.

There’s a full drum set always waiting for a drummer, next to the Hammond organ (also waiting). There’s a PA system, too! Bring your music maker and help fill the room with harmony or just sit and take in the tunes. For more info call (250) 458-2215

Get a belly full of moves

Try something new and bring out your inner goddess. Belly dance classes are starting again in Ashcroft. The classes are taught by Denise Tapia-Benner and are a great way to connect with your body and have fun.

Beginning belly dance starts Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5:15-6:30 pm in Ashcroft Elementary School. Denise will also be teaching school-aged girls on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm beginning Sept. 25. If you need more info call Denise at 250-453-9044, evenings.

Desert Bells Handbell Choir still looking for members

The Desert Bells Handbell Choir practices on Thursdays starting Sept. 20 through to mid-December. New ringers are needed. The practices will include instruction on music reading and basic theory, ages 10 years to seniors – an intergenerational dynamic group!

The Choir meets at Cache Creek Elementary, evenings. There will be a very small fee for fall term. Please call Carmen Ranta for more information (250) 457-9119. They are close to full, please call very soon if interested.

Clinton Art Show

The Clinton Arts and Cultural Society presents the annual Art & Artisan Show and Sale from Oct. 5-7. Opening Night is Friday night from 6-9 pm. Weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 1-6 pm. The event takes place at the Clinton Community Hall at 306 Lebourdais Avenue.

Besides the art on display, there will be artisans selling crafts at tables. Musicians and dancers will be performing intermittently throughout the show. Sundays can tend to be a little quiet so if anyone wants to come and perform, feel free.