Creative Current – Sweet music in the summer night’s breeze

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

Joe Charron this Wednesday at  Ashcroft Music in The Park

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket to Heritage Park Gazebo on Railway Ave. Joe Charron will be bringing his country folk songs and stories to Ashcroft on Wednesday, June 25. Opening the night will be local singer songwriter Nadine Davenport.

The concerts are starting earlier at 6:30 pm for the local opener and 7 pm for the feature act. Donations are appreciated as the musicians come a long way to share their talent with us.

Music writer Rick Dennis once described Joe as having “a novelist’s eye for detail and the soul of a honky-tonk poet.” He has recorded four albums (two with The Laws) and produced a music talk show for Shaw Cable called “Canadian Songsmith” that featured interviews with Canada’s touring singer/songwriters. His song “Providence Ferry” has been recorded by five different artists, most recently by Montana Blackfeet troubadour Jack Gladstone whose album won a Native American Music award.

Joe says, “I treat songwriting like art. I love Tom Waits comment, ‘Vocabulary is my instrument. I really like the way writers like Waits and Guy Clarke use language. I have always been taken by Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx for that reason and recently I have been reading some essays by robert  Jame Waller (Bridges of Madison County). Those folks are all amazing. You can smell their language and you can taste it. You can feel it in your gut. That’s how I try to write songs.”

The concerts in the Gazebo at Heritage Place Park are held in June, July and August every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night from 6:30-9:30 pm. On July 9 Juno winning multi instrumentalists – Pugs and Crows; July 23 – Saskia and Darrel; on Aug. 13 our friends Willy Blizzard will entertain us with their country folk; and the Grand Finale on Aug. 27 will feature hometown faves, Spiritus Mundii and the The Melawmen Collective. Should be a great summer!

Check out www.windingriversarts.ca for info on all the upcoming artists and their music.

Darrell & Saskia in Clinton

The Village of Clinton is hosting Music in the Park again this year. The concerts are free but bring your own chair. The series starts on Saturday, July 5 with Darrel & Saskia. Show time is 7pm in Reg Conn Centennial Park! If you’d like to be a vendor, contact David Park (250) 457-0123 or drop by Clinton Coffee House for details.

Celebrating the Cache Creek New Playground

Cache Creek is holding a family fun day on July 13 to celebrate the New Playground at the CC Park from 10am-2pm with games, and a few prizes, official ribbon cutting to open the new playground. Then a special Hot Dog Family Movie Night at 5:30pm.

Next Family Movie July 13 with The Lego Movie

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall.

The feature movie is the pre-release DVD of The LEGO Movie. Bring the whole family on Sunday, July 13. Admission at the door. Doors open at 5pm, Movie at 5:30pm. The concession will offer hotdogs along with popcorn and other goodies available for purchase to support the Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

Here’s a sneak peek – an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Canada Day in Ashcroft at the Pool Park

Come celebrate Canada Day in Ashcroft from 10am – 4pm! Kids activities start at 10am at the pool park. Decorate your bike for the bike parade! Ceremony and Cake, Entertainment by Blu & Kelly Hopkins with a free swim starting at 1pm. This event is organized and presented by Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society.

Canada Day in Clinton

Celebrations get underway at 11 am in Reg Conn Centennial Park with a flag raising by the Legion and singing of O Canada led by Daniella Dyck. The Lions Fishing Derby starts at 11:30 along with activities such as face painting and games. At 12:30 come and enjoy the Andrew Twisty performance with twisty balloons.

Cache Creek Family Dance in Cache Creek

Let’s Celebrate Canada! The Village of Cache Creek presents a Family Dance. Doors open at 5:30pm. Music by the DJ talents of Tom Moe. There will be ice cream cake provided by Dairy Queen, refreshments and hot dogs! FREE! Bring the family and let’s celebrate this great country we call home!

Nadine Davenport

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