Creative Current – Sunflowers and Mad Hatters add some spice

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

Hat Creek Ranch Community Day

Hat Creek Ranch offers a free Community Day on Sept. 20 from 9am – 5pm. Free Admission for local residents of Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Clinton and Loon Lake. Vendors are needed and encouraged to participate. Sell your homemade crafts, canning, baking. For more info, email

Ashcroft Art Club Open House

Come and join fellow Artists in town on Sept. 23 at the annual Art Club ‘Open House’ from 10 to noon at the St Albans Church Hall. Learn about weekly art sessions and special events offered and presented throughout the year!

The Ashcroft Art Club was formed in 1967. Membership is open to all residents of the Ashcroft area and environs. We welcome all skill levels of artists, from beginner to advanced, including those who just want to support the arts in our community. Our current membership includes residents of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Savona and Clinton. Club members use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, sculpture and photography.

Members meet every Wednesday from September until the end of April in St. Alban’s church hall at the corner of Brink and 5th Street in Ashcroft from 10am to 2pm. Our weekly sessions are informal gatherings where members work on their individual projects. As well, we conduct occasional workshops and demos to expand our knowledge and skill in various techniques and media. Business meetings are held at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. They have a five day art show and sale every year in April, and an Art Walk in July and August.

Fall Sunflower Festival

The Village of Cache Creek presents Creek’s First Fall Festival, Oct. 3 from10am to 2pm at the Cache Creek Recreational Park.

Come and enjoy the Games, Soap Box Derby, Face Painting, Vendors Market, Corn Feast, and Temporary Thrift Shop Fashion Show! Prizes for the largest Sunflower, small Sunflower, Best Bouquet and People’s Choice Award! For more Info or to book a table call Marcie (778) 207-6957.

UniTea’s Mad Hatters Tea Party

UniTea Tea Room will be hosting a fabulous, wonderful, marvellous, delicious, crazy, creepy Halloween Mad Hatter Tea Party on Saturday, Oct. 31. We’re all mad here! Fall down the rabbit hole straight into UniTea’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – where nothing is as it seems.

Limited seating so get your tickets! Fingers food (fingers not included… promise) and tipsy teas and great Hallows Eve dance music is on the menu. Prizes and Mad Ghoolish Fun for All.

Dress up is encouraged. Be Bold and don’t forget your HAT!! More info soon – look for posters around town.

My Fair Lady and Concert Series

WRAPS has a lot of great entertainment coming up for the Fall and Winter seasons including the presentation of a classic musical theater production of My Fair Lady in November.

The Nautical Miles, a rollicking seven piece folk/rock band from Vancouver will be here in January. Whether collaborating with jazz artists for mash-up performances, with visual artists for a year-long song-blog, with bluegrass bands or brass quintets, The Nautical Miles continue to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian folk music.

Caroline McKay, Celtic Harpist from Kelowna, will perform in March. She creates a space where the mystery of harp and the magic of voice become one.

Cayla Brook presents a Vegas-style tribute to an incredible vocal stylist  with “Eva Cassidy – How Can I Keep From Singing” in April. Cayla is a versatile singer, actor and songwriter from Vancouver.

Sarah Hagen, Classical Pianist, will be here in May to give a virtuoso presentation of classical piano music. Sarah has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive,” performed with “infinite skill.” A visionary and an idealist, Sarah’s performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and spoken word.

WRAPS will also be reaching out to the citizens of Cache Creek by hosting two of these events in their town. WRAPS has entered into an agreement with the Elders and congregation of the Crossroads

Pentecostal Church to present two musical shows in their wonderful facility. For those who have not been in this building, it is an ideal venue for presenting music and artistic performances – with a large stage, stage lighting, musicians green room, an overhead AV display, and 32 channel sound board along with seating for up to 300 souls, a large kitchen/dining area and spacious lobby.

They are absolutely stoked about the upcoming play and the Winding Rivers Concert Series. Please check out this website ( and our Facebook page for more information. As Eliza Doolittle would say – it will be loverly!

For more info or find them on Facebook.

Nadine Davenport