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Creative Current - Walhachin celebration combines song, dance and more

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column about music, theatre and art in the surround area.

6th Annual Women’s Celebration in Walhachin

Come Celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day Celebration in Walhachin. The 6th Annual Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Museum Hall from noon – 5 pm. There will be a few booths, demonstrations, plus music and dance featuring Desert Dawn Belly Dance Troupe, Spiritis Mundii, Nadine Davenport, Karaoke with Anita & friends, and Karla Cummins.

A special note and request in regards to Val Carey’s absence this year (she’s doing well, last report - we’ll have an update on the day), please bring a candle and wear something purple (Val’s favourite colour) or tie dye (Val’s favourite kind of clothing)

It’s a Potluck!! so please bring Snacks and Goodies for shared Potluck (vegetarian and meat) and a donation to go towards event costs would be appreciated. Our creativity as women is one of our greatest gifts. For more information or to register for booth space please call; Nadine at (250) 453-9100. Encouraging men most welcome!

Bluegrass group cancels Ashcroft performance

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society has announced the cancelation of the Dessert Concert on Friday, March 14. The Moonshiners, the bluegrass band from Victoria scheduled to perform in Ashcroft have unfortunately disbanded and will not be able to perform. But all is not lost - as it will free up another night for WRAP’s theatrical presentation of Switching Principals on that Friday.

Community play Switching Principals March 12-15

Switching Principals is the next Community theatrical production presented by the fine folks of Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society. The production scheduled to take place from March 12-15 at the Ashcroft Community Hall. Admission will be by donation. Check out a special themed poster - with artwork done by one of the cast members, Vivian McLean.

The play is a fast-paced farce set at Marvin Gardens High School, which is stuck in a rut. School spirit has never been lower, and everyone hopes that the new principal will be a breath of fresh air. What they get, however, is a pair of fast-talking con artists who sneak into the school to hide out from the police. When one of them is mistaken for the new principal, he decides to play along.

But how long can he keep everyone fooled? Can he and his partner dodge the FBI agent on their tail? And what happens when the real principal finally shows up? The farcical fun never stops in this wacky comedy!

Rehearsals are going really well, the cast are now ‘off script’ and having fun with their on stage personas. The sets are being built and it’s two weeks until ShowTime! The Performances will be; Wednesday thru Saturday - with two performances on Saturday, an evening performance and matinee at 1 pm. All evening shows start at 7 pm. Admission is by donation. There will be a Concession as well. WRAPS would like to thank Literacy Now for their kind donation, a special thanks to Director, Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan and to all the many Volunteers it takes to put on a Community Play.

Spring Choral Concert at St Albans Hall

The Sage Sound Singers are in preparation for another beautiful celebration of harmonies which will be co-presented again with Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society on March 29 at St Albans Hall in Ashcroft.

The Spring performance will include some popular songs of today and yesterday. The night will also feature a good number of soloists from the choir and a solo performance by the ever talented, Carmen Ranta on saxophone.

The Sage Sound Singers would like to thank; Conductor, Carmen Ranta; Musical Director Michelle Reid and Pianist Dimiter Terziev for their commitment and passion to our musical community. The performance starts at 7 pm with doors at 6:30 pm. Admission is by donation. Stayed tuned for more information and look for posters around town.

Comedy Duo Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple

The River Inn Pub presents the Comedy Duo of Kenny Shaw & Brian Temple on March 29. The show is a combination of Country Comedy and Sixties Music Tributes for Baby Boomers. An unexpected compatibility of harmony, musical preferences and humour.

You’ll never remember the harmony duos of the Baby Boomer generation the same way again. They are a high-powered comedy duo aimed directly at the funny bone of baby boomer audiences. Their musical tributes, unpredictable and zany antics, and high calibre musicality are gut achingly funny.

Kenny has received the BC Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year Award” for four consecutive years, Brian is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing percussion, bass, or guitar and they both enjoy performing: parodies, skits, and hits by the harmony duos of the fifties and sixties.

This fast paced comedy/music show has a barrage of one-liners, musical impressions, sound effects and honey smooth musical tributes to the great duos of the Baby Boomer era, such as The Everly Brothers, Peter and Gordon, Sonny and Cher and more.

Kenny Shaw is known for being outrageously funny and continuously is being asked to “sing more”. So he has buddied up with long time friend and multi-talented Brian Temple who is highly respected in music circles for being a precision vocalist. Brian’s career has taken him throughout the North Western United States with show bands, and on to Vancouver’s nightclub circuit. Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple are one dynamite entertainment package. For more info call (250) 453-9124.

Handbell Concert coming up in Cache Creek

Coming up on May 4 is a Spring Concert from the Desert Bells Handbell Choir. They will be performing in the Cache Creek Pentecostal Church. They don’t play often, so come out enjoy their music in the great acoustical setting of the church.

Nadine Davenport