Sing along with the Christmas Choir

Arts and entertainment news from around the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

Valdy at the Ashcroft Opera House in 2005

Valdy at the Ashcroft Opera House in 2005

Movie Night in Cache Creek

The Village Of Cache Creek next movie night will feature “HOP” on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm.

Hop is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. (Rated G)

Proceeds from the popcorn and goodies at the concession go to the Cache Creek Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council so please, no outside food or drink.

Spences Bridge community activities

Everyone is invited to come to the old school in Spences Bridge every other Thursday (the first and third) to play cards, chess, checkers, backgammon and the try out the piano. There is no need to get cabin fever – come out and socialize and exercise the brain!

Through a Community Access Program grant, the Spences Bridge Community Club now has state of the art audio visual equipment available to members of the community! Dwayne Rourke, the SB site co-ordinator, is available to teach you how to use it all on Wednesdays from 2–4 pm or by appointment. The equipment is also available to sign out – go make a movie!

Don’t miss Christmas Turkey Bingo on Friday, Dec. 9. Come on out and win a Turkey – and have the fun of playing bingo while you’re at it! Early Bird games at 6:30 pm – regular games at 7 pm. At Clemes Hall on Hwy 8.

Snowflake Ball kids fundraiser

Don’t miss an Ashcroft Family Christmas ‘Snowflake Ball’ on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 6:30 pm at St. Albans Hall with a dinner. Wear your best duds and come dance! The kids will be selecting the music.

Admission  is by donation to Mrs. Eaglestone’s Grade 6/7 field trip to Victoria. See you there! All are Welcome!

Community Choir Sing-Along

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents a Seasonal Choral Performance by two local Choirs: The Sage Sound Singers and a Bell Choir. Enjoy an evening of harmony and community at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink St. in Ashcroft. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Come early for hot chocolate and  desserts. Concert begins at 8 pm.

The Concert will feature two local choirs – a traditional Vocal Chorus and a Bell Choir, both directed by Carmen Ranta. The Sage Sound Singers is a 21 piece choral group with accompaniment by pianist Gail Koop. They have prepared five seasonal pieces that will surely get you into the Holiday Spirit.

The local six piece Bell Choir are excited to be an addition to this evening. They have borrowed a set of bells from the School District which are worth approximately $20,000. There is only one set in Kamloops, with two groups sharing it. Due to the cost, new handbell groups often have to fundraise for years to purchase a set. We are very fortunate to have these bells in our community right now.

Free desserts, Coffee and Tea during Intermission. Admission is by a food donation to our Christmas Hamper on site. Happy Holidays!

New stage play in the works

More from Winding Rivers – plans are in the works for a theatrical kids’ play to be directed by local actress and director Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan. Preparation for the March performance begins in early January with auditions and rehearsals soon after. Look for posters in the new year.

For your musical enjoyment

Don’t forget about the last two Dessert Concerts which will take place on Saturday, March 10 with John Gilliat (flamenco guitarist), and on Saturday, April 14 with Linda McRae (old time country).

Live Music makes a great gift! Contact Andrea to purchase a WRAP Gift Certificate for any future dessert concert performance.

WRAP is looking to expand its working volunteer base, so if you would like to volunteer or lend a hand in any way, send an email to or phone (250) 453 9100. You can also check out their website at

Holiday Train features Valdy!

North America’s longest-running rolling food bank fundraiser is once again making its way across Canada.Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program, powered by an army of employee volunteers, has raised $5.6 million and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.

The Holiday Train has 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of festive lights. Included is a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.

Canadian folk legend Valdy will headline this year’s Canadian tour, joined by vocalist Tracey Brown of Canada’s most awarded Country group Family Brown.

The CPR Christmas Train rolls into the area on Friday, Dec. 16. It will be in Ashcroft from 1:30-2:30 pm, stopping on Railway St at the CP Station next to the bottle depot. Next stop – Lytton from 4:30-5:30 pm in area of CP facility on Station Road.

Bring a non-perishable food donation for our local Food Bank in support of the many folks and families that need a little help over the holidays.

A whole lot of counry swing!

The Packing House in Spences Bridge presents a special Christmas show on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with Dave Lang & the Black Squirrels.

Dave Lang writes perfect songs. He’s a master storyteller with a sly, incisive wit. Not only are the songs as humourous as they are rocking, but he is also an amazing showman. Along with his six piece dynamo, featuring three horns and a whole lot of country swing, the night is sure to include some songs of their own – and some classics.

Reservations required as there is limited seating available (250) 458-2256 or visit the Packing House in Spences Bridge.