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Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:57

Lyric Theatre will be busy this weekend

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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The Lyric Theatre will deck the halls this weekend to welcome Santa Claus - an annual tradition that started in 1912.

This year’s Christmas Matinée features a short film, storytelling, carol singing, crafts and of course, a visit from jolly old Saint Nicholas.

In the early days, the children in attendance would bring a potato for a local family in need. Today, we kindly ask patrons to donate a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army’s food bank.

We also encourage folks to buy local this Christmas and consider some of the special Lyric gifts that are available: fleece blankets, Lyric aprons and beautifully framed prints provided by artist, Jean Cyca.

The business community has also shown its support for this Lyric during the holidays. Pharmasave has been hosting busking musicians at their downtown location.

Glenna Switzer, Denise Wall, Paula McGuigan and Eliza Doyle have all volunteered their time to share their music and raise some funds for the theatre.

If you’re interested in donating more than pocket change, our incredibly dedicated treasurer, Gwen Uher, reminds us that the Lyric is a non-profit organization that gladly provides charitable receipts.

While the Christmas Matinée will undoubtedly delight local children, there’s another holiday tradition that is sure to please the adults.

Boxing Day is Swift Current’s winter homecoming – a chance to see old friends and toast the New Year.

During the Lyric’s nightclub years from the 1980s to the early 2000s, you would see long lines of people on Central Avenue waiting to get inside. A former bartender once told me that the giant sales on Boxing Day would pay for the bills for the following year.

For this December 26 fundraiser, local music sensation, Eliza Doyle will grace the stage, along with Corbin Switzer and Kill the Lights. There will also be hosted jams throughout the evening. Doors open at 6:30pm.

For more information about upcoming shows, visit our website, or call 306-773-6292.

(Joey Donnelly is a journalist, folklorist and Lyric board member.)

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