Creative Current – High school hosts Coffee House fundraiser

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

Fun with Charades at UniTea

UniTea will be hosting another fun and hilarious night of Charades at a Family Fun Games Night on Thursday, March 19 from 7-9:30pm.

Other games available are dominos, Monopoly, chess, checkers, cards, crib and lots of fun and simple games for kids of all ages! 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. (250) 453-9345 for more information.

Old-time mountain music and comforting cuisine Mar 21

Join co-hosts Creative Cow Productions and The Grand Central Station for a Dinner Concert featuring the fabulous acoustic duo of Jason & Pharis Romero on Saturday, March 21 at Ashcroft’s newest eatery – The Grand Central Station restaurant on Railway Ave. This co-production is the first of many in  collaboration with Nadine Davenport Owner/Presenter from UniTea Tea Room. Doors open at 5:30pm with music starting at 7:30pm. Tix are available for the Dinner/Show and just for the Show and are now available in advance at UniTea Tea Room and The Grand Central.

Close your eyes and let the music take you to the front porch of some Appalachian cabin, kicking back with a banjo and guitar and some sweet tea. Rooted in the old-time mountain music of  Virginia and Tennessee, their approach is an unpretentious and simple with one single microphone  between the two – for that Grand Ol Opry sound.

What’s better for a bluegrass and folk enthusiast than handcrafted banjos made out of gourds and specially selected wood? Hearing them played by the people who made them, especially when those people also happen to be one of B.C.’s most beloved folk duos. The duo has just returned from an extremely successful overseas tour, as well as some busy stopovers throughout B.C. and Alberta, performing with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café tour.

It is clear listening to the new album that the Romeros have grown musically together in such a way as to create a masterpiece of soulful bluegrass. From traditional ballads to blues driven and swinging  tunes, the duo have crafted music that evokes the old soul of Americana.  This will be a show to remember folks – get your tickets now!

Jam Night at UniTea

This month Music Jam Night at UniTea Tea Room is on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30-9:30pm Bring your guitars, drums and song books. For more info (250) 453-9345.

Hang out at “The Vibe-Brary”

The Community is invited to check out some great local talent to raise funds for an amazing opportunity for a few budding Student Poets and performers.

Come and enjoy ‘The Vibe-Brary – a fine arts  Coffee House’ presented by the Students of Ashcroft Senior Secondary on Wednesday, March 25 from 7-9pm.

You’ll see; Students Poets and performers, student artwork and photography and local guest performers. All proceeds will go towards sending the school’s Creative Writing Team to a Slam Poetry Competition in Vancouver. Let’s support the kids on this amazing creative adventure!!

Rick Scott comes to Ashcroft

Get your tickets in advance for Singer, Songwriter and Dulcimer Ace Rick Scott, an award winning singer, songwriter, storyteller and actor who combines music and laughter in lively, participatory concerts for all ages.

His gift for combining wacky humour and poignant human commentary has earned him a devoted following from four generations around the world.

The performance is part of WRAPS’ concert series. Scott will be in Ashcroft on Sunday, April 12 for a 3pm Matinee show. Tix available at UniTea, The Bakery and Natures Gifts.

Spring Interlude Jam Session in Cache Creek Apr 12

Enjoy a night out and meet local musicians! If you play, sing or just want to dance come and enjoy an incredible night out on April 11 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm, bring your instrument and your musical talent! Drum kit will be set up.

Refreshments, tea and coffee. Admission by donation to CCES PAC. All ages welcome. For more information contact Marcie Down (778) 207-6957 or see Cache Creek Activities on Facebook. All proceeds go to support the Cache Creek Elementary School Music Program! Support our future musicians!

Author & Songwriter Tom Coles at UniTea 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.

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

Enjoy songs and stories that will open your heart on Saturday, April 25. Doors at 6:30pm – shows starts at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door or in advance. Drop by UniTea to buy your ticket or phone (250) 453-9345 to reserve. Limited to the first 30 people only.

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. The feature movie this month is ‘Paddington Bear’. Bring the whole family to see this wonderful movie on Friday, April 25. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6 pm with the Movie starting at 6:30 pm. There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

Follow the journey as a bear living in the Peruvian rainforest is forced to leave his home following an earthquake. Dubbed ‘Paddington’, he makes his way to England to begin a new life and finds himself a new home with Henry and Mary Brown. Just as he begins to get use to life in London, and his new home with the Brown family, things take a turn for the worse.

Desert Bells Handbell Concert on May 3

The Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir will return for a Spring Concert at 3 pm on Sunday, May 3 at the Pentecostal Church in Cache Creek. The concert will feature the Bell Choir and other local ensembles and soloists.

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

Community Band

The Community Band meets every Sunday afternoon at Ashcroft Elementary School under the direction of David Dumont, the school district’s music teacher. Haven’t picked up your instrument in years? No problem – most of the band is in the same boat. There’s no pressure to perform like a professional.

The band is still young and is looking for flutes, clarinets, trombones, trumpets, tubas, French horns, oboes and more. Music is provided, please bring your own instruments. Every Sunday, 2-4 pm in the band room near the back of the school. Use the side entrance.

Nadine Davenport