Creative Current – Summer heats up with Music in the Park

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

Chakra Mandala Art Workshop

UniTea and Soul Circle Mandalas invite you to UniTea Tea Room on Thursday, June 11 at 6pm.

Create your very own Mandala. All art supplies and light dinner provided. No artistic ability  needed.

Brian Venugopola Benner leads us in Healing Chakra Chants and Kathleen Kinasewich guides us in Mandala Art to help us understand and open our Chakras on Thursday evening June 4 at UniTea #100 – 210 Railway Ave.

The mandala is a focal point for ritual contemplation and the invocation of deities. Creating a mandala with simple drawing tools can awaken the energetic essence of your luminous soul and catalyze profound healing.

Tickets in advance suggested. A light supper and all art material are provided.

Seats are limited to 16, please reserve your spot in the Sacred Mandala Circle and phone (250) 453-9345.

Family Movie Night features Cars 2

The next Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall is on June 12. Doors open at 6pm.

Kick off to Graffiti weekend and dress in 1950’s style! Mini Sock hop before the movie starts.

Concession by CCES Parent Advisory Council. Admission at the door. There will be popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession.

Cache Creek Graffiti Days

June 12-14 is the 28th Annual Graffiti Days Weekend. Come out and see classic cars and trucks from all over British Columbia.

The fun begins Friday night with the Poker Run. Saturday afternoon the cars form a parade and travel from the Motorplex through Ashcroft and down the highway to Cache Creek for the  Show n Shine in the park. Saturday evening is the ever so popular Smoke Show in the Community Hall parking lot, and then the Sock Hop Dance begins inside the hall at 9:30 pm. Tickets in advance only.

And check out the B.C. Old Time Drags at the Eagle Motorplex, organized by the Langley Loafers. Three days of nostalgic drag racing featuring vehicles from 1972 and older.

Flood Relief fundraiser in Logan Lake

Several Logan Lake businesses are holding a Dinner/Auction fundraiser on June 19 at the Black Bull Pub. The Silent Auction and Dinner Fundraiser is hosted by the Logan Lake Lodge, Old Village Cafe, Pick and Shovel Pub and Black Bull Pub. Five dollars from every dinner ticket sold plus all money raised by the auction will be donated to the Cache Creek Flood Relief. Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner commences at 6 pm. The auction closes at 9 pm. Call Tristan at 250 320-3597 to have your auction donations picked up, or drop them off at the pub.

Ashcroft Music in the Park performers announced

Once again music and song will ring out during the warm and lazy summer evenings in Ashcroft. WRAPS is happy to announce the line-up for its 6th season of live music in Ashcroft’s Heritage Place Park.

Here is a quick look at who will be entertaining us this year!

June 24 – Joe Charron and Friends will come up from the coast to entertain us with original songs and stories rich in the roots of Canadiana.

July 8 – Tanya Lipscomb from Vernon, has a spicy stage presence  marked with exuberance and  her three-octave voice sways from rich, deep and powerful, to soft, subtle and sensuous.

July 29 – The Jessica Stuart Few entertain with the Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), exceptional guitar work, and innovative songwriting.

Aug. 12 – Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard are a high energy bouncing boogey blues duo from Kamloops.

Aug. 26 – Paisley Groove ends the season in hyper-party mode with dynamic, groovy, entertaining, and highly dance-able performances.

Every season of Music in the Park also showcases the musical talents of many wonderful home-grown musicians, and this year is no exception. Opening for our feature performers this year will be: Flat Busted, John Kidder, Jennifer Ferguson, Brian Benner and Denise Tapia, Nadine Davenport and Kirk Watson.

Our summers are warm in Ashcroft, so be sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair and your friends and family every second Wednesday evening beginning in June. The days may be hot – but Music in the Park is really, really cool! (Admission is free, but a donation into the hat is warmly appreciated.)

The Ashcroft/Cache Creek Cast of “My Fair Lady”!

In late April and May WRAPS hosted a series of open auditions to select the cast for it’s upcoming community theatre project “My Fair Lady”. Many of the successful auditionees will be doing double duty by playing two of the 40 different roles! Now that is enthusiasm and commitment!

Those of you who have seen previous WRAPS theater productions may recognize many of the names appearing on the roster.  “Veteran” actors such as John Kidder, Nancy Duchaine, Jim Mclean, Jan Schmitz, Connie Walkem, Barb Roden, Andrea Bona and the wonderful Jean Burgess (whose performance as “Puck” in Midsummer Night Midterm stole the show!) all return to lend their talents to another challenging yet exciting theatre production.

WRAPS is happy to also welcome a number of new faces to our local stage – all with varying degrees of theatre and performing experience.  And since this IS a musical after all, we are especially thrilled with the inclusion of many members of the Sage Sound Singers Choir! Dave Gory, Kevin and Linda Lennox, Dan Collet and Marina Papais, Sharon Ambler, Kathleen Gunn, Pamela Ainge, Kirk Watson and Theresa Takacs – all will be lending their wonderful singing voices to make this show especially magical. We also welcome from Kamloops Mr. Gerald Young as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. And making sure all the voices come together in perfect harmony is Michelle Reid as the play’s Musical Director.

They are also are thrilled to have a number of young people join the cast!  Many of them are already amongst the ranks of the “veterans” of local community theatre productions. We all remember the great performances of the young “McLean Gang” – Cecelia, Vivian and Lieth – as well as Oriana Dubois. New youngsters appearing on stage in various roles will be Matthias Sampson, Jacob Aie and Sequoya Wiebe.

And of course, the Director of this WRAPS Theatre presentation will be the fantastically talented Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, whose skill, leadership and experience has been the guiding force behind the success of all of the past community plays that the residents of the Ashcroft/Cache Creek area have enjoyed over the years.

Kids summer Arts Camp returns

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Fine and Dramatic Arts Summer Camp will be bigger and better. It is designed for K-12 students. Elementary students will sing with Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard, paint with Jo Petty, play music with David Dumont and act with Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan! New this year. High school students will have the opportunity to work on a special week-long project with Gareth Smart!

It will be held at Cache Creek Elementary School Aug. 17-21. Classes run from 9:30-2:30 with a lunch break at 11:30. Students are required to bring a bagged lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Register by phone, email, or online by Aug. 7. Phone: 250 453-0036 or e-mail


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