Creative Current – Plenty of ghoulish treats in the bag

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of arts and entertainment in the local area.

Tiki Lounge Open Mic this Friday

Come on down and show your talent at the Tiki Longe Open Mic night ! Are you a Musician, Comedian, Singer, Guitarist, Juggler? The Tiki Lounge is back at the Riv with an ‘Open Mic’ with your host, Nadine Davenport this month on Friday, Oct. 25. Listen to some great live local music…why not come down early and order dinner or appetizers from The Riverside Restaurant. Pass the hat donations encouraged. For more info and to sign up call (250) 457-1145 or visit them on Facebook.

The Riv in Ashcroft will also be holding a Skary-Oke on Friday, Nov. 1 with Tracie Model helping you howl out some ghoulish songs into the witching hour. Costumes encouraged – the fun starts after 8 pm.

Family Halloween Dance in Cache Creek

The Village of Cache Creek presents a Family Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. DJ Tom Moe will be spinning some fun and ghostly music for kids of all ages. All the ghosts and goblins are welcome to gather. Bring your friends and ghoul friends! Make sure the family dresses up as prizes will be awarded for best family and individual costumes. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Dance starts at 7 pm. There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

Skary-Oke at The Log Cabin..a ghoulish singers dream

Every Halloween, The Log Cabin in Spences Bridge holds a Skary-Oke Party. Co-owner John carves the jack-o-lanterns and the pub is decorated with a fabulous Hilltop Gardens display of giant pumpkins, fancy gourds and broom corn.

Join in on the fun on Oct. 26 from 9 pm – costumes encouraged and get your best ghostly vocal chords in order for lots of monster Skary-Oke songs. The Log Cabin is located at 4857 Chucker Crescent in Spences Bridge. For more info call (250) 458-2215

Halloween Bingo at the Legion this Saturday

The long lost BINGO at the Ashcroft Legion is back for one night on Saturday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 6 pm, Bingo starts 6:30 pm. This is a Joyce Buckland production so ANYTHING may happen!

It’s Halloween BINGO, so come in costume and maybe win an extra prize. The more people attending the better the prizes, so bring a friend or two. There will be door prizes and a concession. Proceeds to the Sage Sound Singers. B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o ! See ya there!

Clinton Fall Craft Sale

The Fifth Annual Clinton Fall Craft Sale happens on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Memorial Hall. If there are any local crafters who would like to take part, there are still a few tables available – email for information.

Miss Quincy & the Showdown ..not to be missed!

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents another fabulous Dessert Concert on Friday, Nov. 8 at St Albans Hall in downtown Ashcroft. The second show of the season will feature the Vancouver-based blues, rock trio, Miss Quincy & The Showdown. Tickets are now available at the Ashcroft Bakery, Natures Gifts and our new location in Cache Creek,  The Jade Shop. Take advantage of our Family & Student rates or help out as a Volunteer to get a discounted ticket..well worth it for just a few hours work! For more info, call (250) 453-9100 or email .

Miss Quincy & The Showdown is an all-girl dirty blues and rock n’ roll band based out of Vancouver. You’d better hide your sons and lovers when MISS QUINCY and her all-girl rock n’ roll band THE SHOWDOWN come to town. Channeling Joan Jett and the early Stones spending the night together in a Tarantino movie, Miss Quincy doesn’t fit the classic girl singer/songwriter mold and The Showdown isn’t your average all-girl band.

You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them starting a party everywhere they play by getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots and blues and straight up rock n’ roll.

Miss Quincy has recorded three full-length albums and spent five years touring non-stop across Canada and Europe. Many musicians claim to be road-tested, but Miss Quincy & The Showdown actually are –  I’m talking two years, 200 shows, 15 festivals, seven countries, and over 100,000 km in a mini van.

With a rockin’ new record produced by Matt Rogers from The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer that will be released in the spring of 2014, Miss Quincy & The Showdown are primed to be the next festival favourites.

Past festivals highlights include: playing North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Trout Forest Music Festival, and backing up C.R. Avery at Interstellar Rodeo (a collaboration that resulted in C.R. recording a remix of Making Money, one of Miss Q’s songs, for his upcoming record).

Local Dinner Theatre ‘Murder Mystery’

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society presents ‘Dinner Theatre’ in Ashcroft. Mark your calendars for Nov. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. Enjoy a hilarious murder mystery. A host will greet guests and provide all the information they will need to enjoy their evening and try to figure out “whodunit?

The clues will be plentiful and authentic and the prize worth the hunt. Plus, you will enjoy a delicious meal while murder and mayhem happen sporadically around you. There will be a total of six great performances, with different cast members for each performance, including several performances by a kids only cast!

Rosemary Saint-John is a loud, annoying hypochondriac convinced she is allergic to water. Celebrating her birthday at a restaurant with her four kooky sisters – a hippie, a valley girl, a trucker and a banker, Rosemary makes enemies with everyone around her.

When she disappears and is presumed murdered, the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are the audience members, who must cast their vote. Was it one of Rosemary’s sisters? The self-taught detective? The passionate French chef? The polite and proper mâitre d’? The sarcastic waiter? No one is above suspicion in this delightful dinner theatre murder mystery!’

Stay tuned for more info on where to buy tickets or make your reservation and watch for posters for more information or go to

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Ashcroft Branding committee invites the Community to a family spaghetti supper/fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Ashcroft Community Hall from 6-8 pm.

Come together with neighbours and friends for a fun night of great food and auctions to raise money for next year’s Wellness Festival – July 18-20, 2014. Tickets are available at Community Futures and Ashcroft Bakery in Ashcroft, at The Jade Shop in Cache Creek, and from committee members.

Any donated Auction items may be dropped off at Community Futures.

Nadine Davenport