Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to musicians to showcase their talents during the Open Stage event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month. The audience enjoyed performances in a variety of musical genres at the most recent Open Stage, July 13. The next Open Stage will take place on Aug. 10. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A blessing ceremony for a full-size replica of a Red River cart took place at Lac Pelletier Regional Park, July 13. Swift Current resident John Froese built the cart and donated it to the park. The cart is mounted on a cement pad in a visible location near the Meadows campground next to the main road through the park. The dedication ceremony was arranged by Métis elder and Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke.

 

The Lyric Theatre hosted the 10th annual Chautauqua Performing Arts Festival in Swift Current, July 6-8. Four diverse productions were on stage at this year's event while local performers provided entertainment as opening acts. Festival patrons were also able to enjoy music by local musicians on an outdoor patio set up by the Lyric Theatre during the festival. The Chautauqua Festival recalls an important part of the Lyric Theatre's heritage. The theatre was originally used for Vaudeville shows, which was a series of unrelated theatrical acts and performances.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library celebrated the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, a program of Canadian public libraries, with an opening party, July 6. Children participated in a variety of activities during the afternoon, including different pioneer games such as hoop roll and ring toss, as well as milking a cardboard cow. The goal of the TD Summer Reading Club is to encourage children to read over the summer. There are different TD Summer Reading Club activities for children between the ages 2-13 at the library on every Tuesday at 2 p.m. from July 11 to Aug. 8. The summer program will conclude with a wrap-up party at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11, when children can read a story to Shimmer, the literacy donkey. For more information about the summer program activities, contact the Swift Current Branch Library at 306-778-2752 or visit the library website at http://swiftcurrentlibrary.ca

 

Soap box racers continued a long-time Father's Day tradition in Swift Current when they raced downhill along Central Avenue North in their colourful race cars, June 18. There were 19 participants in this year's event, with 10 junior and nine senior racers. Below are the Swift results for the Current Soap Box Racing Association's 35th annual race:

Senior A side: 1st Cassandra Katorynych, 2nd Jacob Dickson, 3rd Joshua Laverdiere, 4th Caeden Ivey.

Senior B side: 1st Serenity Laverdiere, 2nd Aiden Jahnke, 3rd Caden Kenny, 4th Amisha Hockridge.

Junior A side: 1st Nicole Pelletier, 2nd Lucas Ivey, 3rd Conner Jesney, 4th Jonas Schultz.

Junior B side: 1st Ayden Snyder, 2nd Aidan Cox, 3rd Sophia Laverdiere, 4th Kate Klonarakis.

 

The popular Market Square in downtown Swift Current opened for a new season on June 17. The event has become an important part of the summer activities in the city since 2011. This season's opening day was well attended. People enjoyed live music, shopped for fresh produce at the farmer's market and visited the many food and other vendors at the market. A local band, the Country Strings, was the opening act on the entertainment stage. The other performers during the day were the Regina band Boomtown and another Swift Current area band, Creek City. Market Square takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sept. 30.

 

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