The third in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, July 29. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. This event featured performances by the Creeland Dancers from the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation and the Swift Current progressive rock band The Moon Runners. Tinto Sebastian danced during a brief appearance at the event to give the audience a preview of her upcoming performance at the Southwest CultureFest events in August. The next two events in this festival series takes place at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre in Shaunavon on Aug. 11 and the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 12, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. The performers at both these events will be Tunde, the African warrior (a West African dance fusion project) and Tinto Sebastian, who will perform Bollywood and traditional Indian dances.

Young musicians had an opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience at the Lyric Theatre, July 27.  The Blenders summer concert concluded the weeklong Swift Current Music Camp for musicians between the ages of 13 to 18.  The students were able to learn from experienced musicians during the week with sessions on listening, techniques, performing, theory, group dynamics and stage presence that will help them to get ready to play in a contemporary band. The camp activities took place at Maverick School, the Lyric Theatre and outdoors at Gowan's Grove on a farm near the city. Canadian singer-songwriter Dagan Harding spent the final afternoon of the camp with the students and he also performed that evening at the concert. The ambient alternative rock band Bears in Hazenmore was the opening act at the music camp's summer concert, July 27. Band members were instructors at the Swift Current Music Camp. Four music camp bands performed at the concert.

 

The 23rd annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current, July 23. Visitors enjoyed slices of cold watermelon with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. The event was well attended and volunteers sliced 75 watermelons during the afternoon. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. The annual a cappella sing-along in the historic Sommerfeld Church at the village takes place Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 4.

 

People filled the pews in the old church building at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current to listen to cowboy poetry, July 23. Swift Current's Bryce Burnett and Brian Anderson of Hazlet shared their poetry about cowboy life with an appreciative audience. Swift Current resident John Klassen, an audience member, also read a poem at the event. The buildings at Doc's Town are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day, and special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of different crafts during the Made by Hand event on July 30, which will include a blacksmith's hammer-in at the William Ball blacksmith shop.

 

The Swift Current ACT/UCT Stingrays Summer Swim Club hosted swimmers from across the province at the club's swim meet, July 22. A total of 162 athletes from 14 teams competed at the event.  The Stingrays had the largest team of 31 swimmers, with 18 female and 13 male athletes. A number of Stingrays swimmers finished in the top three on overall points. Daphne Dyck was second and Talyah Cuthbert was third in the girls 7-8 category. Ace Brewer was first in the boys 7-8 age group. Ezra Lloyd placed second in the boys 9-10 group, while Luke Regier was second overall in the boys 11-12 age group. Ghrandozz Aguilar finished third overall on points in the boys 13-14 group.

 

Swift Current Minor Baseball and the Midget AA Swift Current 57's hosted the 2017 Midget AA Tier 1 provincial baseball championships, July 21-23. Eight teams competed for the provincial title. The Swift Current 57's was eliminated with only one win after three games in pool A. The Swift Current team lost their opening game on July 21 when they gave up a lead of three runs in the bottom of the final innings to give the Midwest Diamondbacks a 10-9 win. The Swift Current 57's made a comeback on July 22 when they won 11-0 against the Regina Buffalos, but the 57's then lost 12-3 to the Moose Jaw Canucks to finish third in Pool A. The Northwest Prairie Pirates won the provincial title after a 3-0 win against the Parkland Expos in the gold medal game, July 23. The Prairie Pirates reached the final after eliminating the Moose Jaw Canucks 12-2 in the semi-final and the Expos won 11-2 against the Midwest Diamondbacks in the other semi-final.

 

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