Young musicians had an opportunity to play on stage in front of an audience at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current as part of their five-day music camp, July 19. Seventeen musicians between the ages of 13 and 17 participated in the Blenders music camp from July 16-20. The camp activities took place at Maverick School, the Lyric Theatre and outdoors at Gowan's Grove on a farm near the city. The camp prepared them to play with a rock or pop band and they learned about techniques, group dynamics and stage presence. Experienced musicians provided instruction during the camp, including members of the alternative rock band Bears in Hazenmore and Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Kara Golemba, who was the headlining performer at the final concert.

 

Summer is a busy time at the Swift Current Branch Library with various activities for children and youth. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science outreach program visited the library on July 19 for an afternoon of learning and fun. Participants used different materials to create structures and they also built robots. Pictured, children created structures that were then tested by J.P. Belanger, an outreach educator with the Go! Science program, with a foam ball shooting blaster and a leaf blower. For more information about events at the different libraries in southwest Saskatchewan, visit the Chinook Regional Library website at www.chinooklibrary.ca

 

Two cowboy poets shared their observations about rural life with an appreciative audience at the cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, July 15. People filled the pews of the old church building at Doc's Town to listen to Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Brian Anderson of Hazlet. The heritage village is open to the public throughout the summer and admission is free. Hours of operation are from Friday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 1-5 p.m. Various program activities take place every Sunday afternoon. There will be an antique tractor and classic car display on July 22 from 1-5 p.m., including a parade of vehicles.

 

Every Saturday throughout the summer the popular Market Square in Swift Current attracts a lot of people to the downtown area. There is always an interesting mix of live music entertainment on the main stage, and on July 14 people were treated to a performance by the Celtic folk duo A New Ground from Kitchener, Ontario. Claryssa Webb on fiddle and vocals, and Ryan Dugal on guitar and vocals have just released their debut vocal album Forge the Sky. They are performing at various venues around southwest Saskatchewan and southeast Alberta during July as part of their 2018 summer tour. They concluded their performance at Market Square with a jam session involving local musician Al Hudec.

 

A major downpour of about 30 minutes over Swift Current during the early evening on July 10 caused localized flooding around the city. Some streets were closed due to high water levels as storm drains were unable to cope with a deluge of water. The flash flood was the result of a severe thunderstorm that moved through the area and there were also power outages in the city due to the weather.

 

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