Creative Current: Dinner and dancing, and great musical events around the region

Coming up: Dessert Concerts, Valentines' dinners and dances and International Women's Day in Walhachin.

Darrell and Saskia in Ashcroft on Feb. 8.

Darrell and Saskia in Ashcroft on Feb. 8.

House Concert with Saskia & Darrel

Folk/roots song-crafters Saskia and Darrel will be returning to the Ashcroft area for a House Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 8 hosted by Creative Cow House Concerts in Barnes Lake. Tickets are going fast so call to reserve your seat soon.

The show starts at 7:30 pm and the house location is at 3820 Barnes Lake Rd, just past IG Machine. Call Nadine or Andrea at (250) 453-9100 to reserve your ticket. Hope to some new faces at this very enjoyable community event – coffee, tea and sweets provided. Sure to be a great show !

Saskia and Darrel say they are looking forward to be coming back to the Ashcroft area, where they have performed quite a few times, either with Juno Award winner Gary Fjellgaard or as a duo. They report they have always come away with a wonderful sense of welcome and belonging and are looking forward to seeing their old friends and meeting new ones.

Although they call B.C. home, these gifted folk/roots song-crafters live mostly on the road, performing to an ever-widening fan base. They are skilled and versatile musicians; considered by their peers and fans alike to be in the “journeyman” class of their trade.

Saskia hails from The Netherlands and Darrel was born on the Great Plains. Recently they spent four years living in Saskatchewan and it was a huge creative landscape for their songwriting. They write about Canadian life and culture; stories of Louis Riel, war brides, prairie towns, voyageurs and rodeos; all set to intriguing melodies and backed by some of Canada’s finest musicians.

They have toured extensively with Gary Fjellgaard for the last 10 years, opened for the Good Brothers, Stampeders, Emmerson Drive, and folk legend Roy Forbes (also known as Bim). They have notables like Daniel Powter, Darby Mills, Steve Dawson, Ken Hamm, Bill Hicks, and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly) appearing on their eight CDs. They were awarded Top Folk /Roots Album in Holland; Artist, Album, and Songwriter of the year from SCMA, received Top Five People’s choice awards, and have enjoyed many years airplay on the top indie folk/roots charts in Europe and Canada. The couple is currently touring to support their latest CD “Songbirds”.

Curling Club Bonspiel Dance

Everyone is welcome to attend the Ashcroft Curling Club’s Annual Bonspeil Dance at the Club (next door the Arena) on Saturday, Feb. 11. Live Music by the Daniels & Wong Band starts at 8 pm. Full service Bar, Snacks Designated Drivers available. For more info call Barb Hodder at (250) 453-9286.

Valentine’s Day at The Packing House

Celebrate a Packing House Valentines with a special Dinner and Concert in Spences Bridge on Feb. 14. The talented local ladies of ‘Flat Busted’ are planning a special evening of beautiful harmonies and music to help romance the evening. Dinner seating starts at 5:30 pm with music soon afterwards. Bring your sweetie, your best friend, your mother. Heck, be your own Valentine. For more info or to reserve your tickets call (250) 458-2256.

Sadie Hawkins dinner and dance in Lytton

Who doesn’t love a Sadie Hawkins Dance? On Friday, Feb. 24 join in on the fun for a good cause with a ‘Sadie Hawkins Dinner & Dance’ in Lytton at the Legion at 141 4th St. (19+). The night includes a buffet dinner, live music, a silent auction and door prizes. Doors at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and music starting at 8pm.

Three great bands are featured throughout the night, so bring your dancin’ shoes! Performing will be Big George & the Gang (of Richie and the Fendermen), The Melawmen Collective and The Ghengis Gandhi’s.

For the curious, a Sadie Hawkins Dance is a North American folk event – Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp’s classic hillbilly comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934–1978). This inspired real-world Sadie Hawkins dances, where girls ask boys out.

Combination Dinner/Dance tickets or tickets just for the Dance are available at the door or by phoning (250) 455-2724. Hope to see you there!

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Ourselves

‘Celebrate Ourselves’ is the theme to celebrate this years International Women’s Day.

Come and enjoy the day and be inspired by an array of creative women sharing skills and stories. The 4th annual Celebration in Walhachin will be held on Saturday, March 3 at the Walhachin Museum Hall from 1-6 pm. Snacks and Ethnic Dinner (veggie available)  at 5 pm. Admission and food by donation.

All donations go to the Walhachin Museum fund.

Come out and support local Women Artisans and Performers. Bring a picture and a short bio of an Inspiring Woman: past or present. Music and dance is scheduled throughout the day. Performers include Meeka Noel Morgan (reading), musicians Llynn Kellman, Nadine Davenport, Sandra Hall, Su & Jahnavi, the Tapia-Benner Family trio, Tracie Model, and Karla Kummins, the Caravan Belly Dance troupe and many more. Particpate or just watch our local area women create their wares.

Booths will feature soap making, a group collaborative canvas, face painting, henna tattoos, tarot readings, foot massages, tai chi demos, karaoke plus a whole lot more!

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate what it is we as women can, have and do create. It’s a time to celebrate what makes us who we are as individuals and the power that we can generate when we come together.

International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event in the West after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

There will be many gatherins of women during this week. Our creativity as women is one of our greatest gifts. It’s that very important and a magical part of ourselves that is the expression of our divine feminine.

For more information or to register for booth space (deadline Feb. 23) please call; Val at (250) 457-6678.

Flamenco guitarist comes to Ashcroft

Acclaimed Flamenco guitarist, John Gilliat will be returning to Ashcroft on Saturday, March 10 at St Albans Hall. Be prepared for a Passionate Flamenco Saturday Night when this Langley based rumba Flamenco guitarist comes to town. John Gilliat is ready to let his fingers fly. John’s trademark style is a fiery, world beat fusion of rumba Flamenco and Latin jazz. He will be travelling with two of the best side musicians in Canada that make up the John Gilliat Trio; Brent Gubbles on Bass and Lyndon Dewitt on Drums and Percussion.

For three decades, this Westcoast Music Award nominee has toured throughout North America and Japan, while his recordings have been used for radio, documentaries, television and film. Widely recognized as one of Western Canada’s premier Flamenco guitarists, John has toured all over the US, Canada and Japan and has backed up such notable performers as Cirque du Soleil, Mae Moore and Strunz and Farah. He is also Rolands 2009 National Loopstation Champion.

The evening will also feature delicious desserts, coffee and tea. Tickets are available now at The Ashcroft Bakery and Natures Gifts. Buy your tickets early to make sure you get a seat. For more info call (250) 453-9100 or visit www.windingriversarts.ca to purchase via paypal.

Live Music makes a great gift, anytime of the year – contact Andrea to purchase a WRAP Gift Certificates for any future dessert concert performance. If you are interested in volunteering with WRAP, send an email to windingriversarts@gmail.com or phone (250) 453-9100. You can also check out their website at www.windingriversarts.ca .