Creative Current – Ol’ Time banjo pickin’ this Friday night

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly round up of arts and theatre in the area.

Dessert Concert with banjos, guitars and sweet harmonies

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcroft. Don’t miss a great evening of old-time mountain music with beautiful harmonies and fine guitar and banjo pickin’ on Friday, March 15 with the man and woman duo of Pharis & Jason Romero. The performance is at St Albans Hall, doors open at 7 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm. Tix in advance at The Ashcroft Bakery, Nature’s Gifts and the Ashcroft Liquor Store.

Jason and Pharis met in 2007 at an old time fiddle jam after having played music for decades independently. Both are drawn to early country, old time, blues and blue grass. In 2012 the pair moved their home, along with their business, J.Romero Banjo Company, to Horsefly, Pharis’ hometown, where they build banjos, write, sing and play old time country.

Close your eyes and their sound is like they’re sitting on 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 ol’ time opry sound. They move from spacious, almost ethereal, old time folk songs to powerful country blues, with stories, an easy repoire, and a feeling that you’ve known them a long time.

Pharis & Jason released their second album, Long Gone Out West Blues, in February, to much critical acclaim, after collecting a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for New Artist of the Year and an Independent Music Award for Americana Album of the Year for their duo debut, A Passing Glimpse. Aside from building and performing, they also spend much of their year teaching at music camps and workshops including BC Bluegrass Workshops, Fiddle Tunes, Voiceworks, Fiddle Works, 108 Mile Bluegrass Camp, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, and others. www.pharisandjason.com

Family Country Dj Dance this Saturday in Cache Creek !

Seniors Fit For Life and the Village of Cache Creek invite you and your family and friends to a Family Country DJ Dance on Saturday, March 16 from 7-9 pm at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Have fun dancing the electric slide, Hog wild and more! Do your own, or learn some new steps as we have fun country dancing together. Dj Tom Moe, small  entrance fee per person at the door. Concession available. Contact Vicky for more info. 250 457-7038.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrate 75 years

Come and support this fun evening and help Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrate their 75th Anniversary of Conservation Excellence! The Ashcroft/Cache Creek Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. There will also be a great selection of 2013 merchandise items including commemorative 75th Anniversary items, limited edition prints, collectibles, home accent and outdoor living items. For tickets or more info please contact: Meghan at Safety Mart or Lorrie @ 457-1486.

Easter Egg Hunts

The Cache Creek Fire Dept. continues to offer their annual Easter Egg Hunt to the local children, aged 0-12. The free annual event takes place at the Cache Creek Community Park, beginning at 10 am on Easter Sunday (March 31). After the hunt, free hot dogs, juice and coffee for both children and adults.

In Ashcroft, there will be an Easter Egg hunt at the Ashcroft Pool Park starting at noon. There is a $5 registration fee and entrants are guaranteed a prize. There will be hot dogs, face painting and the Easter Bunny. To register your child contact Sherri Worthington at 778-207-7272 or Hayley Stefanek at 250-457-0487.

Next Family Movie with ‘Life of Pi’

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the Oscar award winning movie ‘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 all 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.

Nadine Davenport

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