Creative Current – Walhachin celebration honour’s women’s spirit

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly wrap up of arts and entertainment from around the region,

5th Annual Celebration in Walhachin on  March 8-9

Come out and support this year’s Women’s Celebration in Walhachin, a local celebration of International Womens Day held on March 8. Enjoy an evening and afternoon of music, dance and workshops at the 5th Annual Celebration that begins on Friday, March 8 from 6 pm onwards and Saturday, March 9 from 11 am – 4 pm, both at the Museum Hall. You’ll see an array of creative women sharing skills and stories and their wares.

There will be booths, demos, music, dance and a Mandala Workshop (sliding scale – extra cost). Please bring snacks and goodies for a shared Potluck (veggie and meat) for both Friday night and Saturday. Admission and food by donation to goes towards event costs. The music and dancing on Saturday begins at noon and continues until 2 pm. Artists performing are Karla Cummins, Nadine Davenport, Subhadra Nelson and the Desert Moon Tribal Belly Dance Troupe – plus many more.

From 2-5 pm take in Kathleen Kinasewich’s Manadala workshop. Come Celebrate the Goddess within each of us and the balance between Masculine and the Feminine. Join Soul Circle Mandalas For a Mandala workshop. A special senior, student or low income rate available. All Art materials provided – please bring cushion for sitting, a deity, crystal or powerful divine feminine image. No artistic experience needed. Please reserve your spot by Sat., March 2 – call Kathleen 250-458-2489. www.soulcirclemandalas.com.

Other activities will also being taking place during the workshop such as facepainting, a group walk about, and art rock painting. Our creativity as women is one of our greatest gifts. For more information or to register for booth space or if you would like to perform – please call Val at (250) 457-6678. Encouraging men are most welcome!

Cache Creek Family Movie Mar 2nd

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie Night at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The pre home DVD feature movie this month is Rise Of The Guardians. Bring the whole family to see this wonderful animated movie on Saturday, March 2. Admission at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the Movie starting at 7 pm.

There are popcorn and goodies available for purchase at the concession, supporting Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council. No outside food or drinks, please. Children must be supervised and remain seated and quiet during the movie please.

Sneak Preview: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

‘Two funny old boys who can really sing’ at the River Inn

A entertaining and funny tribute show duo of Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple will be coming to Ashcroft on March 9 at the Ashcroft River Inn. Advance tickets available at the River Inn or at the door. Showtime is 7:30 pm with trivia contests and prizes.

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. They continue to perform in Western Canada at corporate functions, special events, theatres, and private events. “One of the finest 60s tribute shows in western Canada” Comedy and Classic songs from the time when Rock and Roll was fun! www.kennyshaw.ca

Time for some old-time mountain music and sweet harmonies

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society hosts another fabulous Dessert Concert in downtown Ashcroft.

Mark your calendars for their March Dessert Concert event on Friday, March 15 with a husband and wife duo of Pharis and Jason Romero. The performance is at St Albans Hall, doors open at 7 pm with music starting at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased for a reduced rate at The Ashcroft Bakery, the Ashcroft Liquor Store and Natures Gifts and also at the door for an additional cost.

Pharis and Jason reside in Horsefly, where Jason also makes his own guitars and banjos. You can expect some beautiful, striking duet singing with acoustic and National guitar and banjo on originals and well-loved songs from others.

Close your eyes and their sound is like they’re sitting on the front porch of some Appalachian cabin, kicking back with a banjo and guitar and some sweet tea. Rooted in the old-time mountain music of Virginia and Tennessee, their approach is an unpretentious and simple with one single microphone between the two – for that Grand ol’ Opry sound.

Writing songs about ageless characters, hard living, loss and love, Pharis’ songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a “historical treasure” by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family’s country music band.

There latest CD – A Passing Glimpse, released in 2011, put them at the forefront of the Canadian folk music scene, earning them New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

They met at an old-time fiddle jam and admit, it was love at first sight. Jason is from California and Pharis grew up in the B.C. Interior. Together they make the kind of team where one feels she’s the left hand and he the right, or the other way around; they’re simply the best compliment one can imagine for one another, in life and musically, both seeming to have walked out of another era.

To reserve your ticket or if you are interested in volunteering (concert discounts available) please call us. We sincerely thank our Concert Sponsor, REMAX Golden Country Realty (www.goldencountry.ca) . For more info (250) 453 9100 or go to WRAP Society website www.windingriversarts.ca

Spences Bridge Desert Daze Music Festival dates announced

It’s official! The 4th Annual Desert Daze Festival will be held at the Spences Bridge school grounds, where it has been held for the past three years, on Aug. 9-10, 2013.

A big thanks to the Spences Bridge Improvement District for letting the Festival use the grounds once again, and to the Spences Bridge Community Club for believing in the spirit of this festival. Now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to some Community fun.

The next Planning Committee meeting will be held at The Packing House on Monday, March 25 from 9-11 am. New members are always welcome!

The Commitee would also like to encourage anyone and everyone to assist them and the Festival to develop a solid core volunteers base this year. The more everyone can lend a hand in spreading the word –  and, of course, spreading the workload, the more it will ensure that this year’s Festival is a success.

For updated information as the festival gets closer, check out the website at: www.desertdaze.ca

Nadine Davenport

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