Creative Current – Let the Bells ring out!

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly round up of arts and entertainment from around the region.

Oscar winning Movie ‘Life of Pi’ Apr 12

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall. This month is the Oscar Award winning movie for Best Picture, Life Of Pi. Bring the whole family to see this wonderful movie on Friday, April 12. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the Movie starting at 7 pm.

There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council. No outside food or drinks, please. Children must be supervised and remain seated and quiet during the movie please.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the Movie is about; A 16 year-old Indian boy’s passage to a new life in America aboard a freighter ends in a shipwreck in the Pacific. He is left to fend for himself on a life raft with an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger.

Spring Concert this weekend with new Bells, Choir and school band

Winding River Arts and Performance Society along with the Sage Sound Singers and The Desert Bells Bell Choir invites you to join a Community – Spring – Extravaganza featuring five local community musical acts. The performance will be at Cache Creek Community Hall on Saturday April 13, doors open at 7 pm and performance starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation with desserts, coffee and tea served during intermission.

Bring the whole family and support music in our schools and community. The night will feature the Ashcroft High School Band, the Desert Bells Handbell Choir, the Sax Appeal trio featuring Carmen Ranta, and the Sage Sound Singers with pianist Dimiter Terziev. Musical Director Michelle Reid and Conductor Carmen Ranta are excited about both choirs’ performances. Get there early for a good seat! For more info call (250) 453-9100.

Amazing Grace, Amazing Story

For those who have followed the story of our local Handbell Choir, you may know that the bells the choir have been using are a borrowed set of bells owned by the School District in Kamloops. The Desert Bells Handbell Choir is an inter generational handbell choir, with members from age 9 to senior, who practice weekly through the fall and spring at Cache Creek Elementary School.

Last year the Handbell Choir was fortunate enough to receive a legacy gift of an entire collection of Handbell Choir music, including many original works and arrangements, donated by Lynn Albertson, a retired teacher from Lillooet. This music was from her deceased mother, Helene Albertson, a former handbell director of the Silver Harbour Bells or Ringers from the lower mainland. In this collection of music, a lovely version of Amazing Grace was found.

Last month, more great news. The Desert Bells handbell choir was informed by the B.C. Guild of English Handbell Ringers that there was the rare opportunity to purchase a set of used good quality handbells from an organization in North Vancouver. Within a week the bells were purchased through a loan, and brought home to Cache Creek. The bells were the same set of bells that Helene, Lynn’s mother, directed, wrote, and arranged music for in Lillooet. The building her choir practiced in was called the Silver Harbour Centre and the handbell choir was named Silver Harbour Bells or Ringers. On May 5 at 2 pm, the Desert Bells will also be performing in Lillooet in recognition of these very special circumstances and with a dream to ignite interest for a community handbell choir in Lillooet.

Art Show in its 46th year!

Don’t miss the 46th Annual Ashcroft Fine Art Show & Sale presented by the Ashcroft Arts Club from April 19-23 at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink Street, where art lovers will gather to get a taste of what local Artists have to offer. Opening Night is Friday, April 19 (adults only) from 6-9 pm. This year, there are 31 artists exhibiting 192 pieces including sculptures, photographs and paintings in water colour, acrylic and oil paint. Admission is by donation.

Enjoy beautiful paintings and drawings by many local talented Artists. Saturday to Tuesday from noon to 5 pm for all ages. The show also gives the artists a chance to showcase their work and meet with other artists and people from the community. Choose your favourites, support local Artists from the area. Refreshments will be served. The Arts Show and Sale would also like to thank their sponsor, Valley First Insurance Services. Local Artists paintings, photography and exhibits can also be purchased. Should you become the proud owner of one of these works of art you must pick it up at the close of the show on Tuesday.

Sassy and Swingin’

Dust off your dancing shoes and enjoy the vintage harmonies of Company B Jazz Band! They are a vintage vocal harmony swing band playing classic renditions of tunes from the 1920s through 1950s. Loaded with personality, the harmonies of the female vocal trio are well-complemented by an instrumental trio of clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass. Company B is also known for its witty musical creativity and catchy phrasing, incorporating a keen knowledge of the eras they focus on.

If you are a fan of old vintage vocal harmony acts such as the Andrews Sisters and the Boswell Sisters, and great singers ranging from Edith Piaf to Sophie Tucker to Patsy Cline you are in for a great show as all these stellar acts from the past are among the band’s major influences. They also count Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman among their inspirations.

Step back in time to the golden age of jazz with the Company B Jazz Band at St Albans Hall on April 27. Doors open at 7 pm with music starting at 7:30pm. Tix in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts and the Ashcroft Liquor Store or by calling (250) 453-9100 to reserve. For more info and you tube video of Company B ‘live’ go to

Artists celebrate second Plein Air paint-out

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society cordially invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint-Out in Ashcroft on May 22-23. Ashcroft and the surrounding area will once again see painters creating works of art from various vantage points around our community. The event saw 34 artists visit our community last year and more are expected this year.

The Society looks forward to welcoming those from near and far to celebrate the beauty of what is often described as a “stunning and unique landscape” where inspiring views and vistas abound. Artists of all levels of experience are welcome. Once again, the focus will be on gathering like minds to enjoy the sheer pleasure of painting. There will be plenty of opportunities to paint as well as gatherings for meals and conversation.

At the First Annual Plein Air Paint-Out last year, award winning artist John H. Burrow states, “While the scenery was beautiful and inspiring, the thing I will always remember about that weekend was the warm welcoming reception from the people of Ashcroft.”

Incomparable scenery, gracious hospitality and fellow artists await you! To register or for more info please visit or email or to register email

Nadine Davenport

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