Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Prairie Spirit Chamber Singers, an auditioned choral ensemble in Swift Current directed by Marcia McLean, hosted the Song of Faith concert at the Zion Mennonite Church, May 6. The program of sacred music was arranged to provide a feeling of joy and hope to audience members and a sense of growth and renewal that goes along with the arrival of spring on the prairies. The program included musical performances by the Israelson and Regier families, and audience members joined in the singing of a verse of the hymn How Great Thou Art.

 

The Southwest Quilters Guild displayed about 200 colourful quilts at their biennial quilt show in Swift Current. The two-day event took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 5 and 6. The event showcased the quilts that were made by guild members since the previous show two years ago. The show was also an opportunity for the guild to present charity quilts to a number of organizations. A presentation of quilts to 17 Canadian Armed Forces veterans took place on May 5. This was done in association with the national charity organization Quilts of Valour. On the second day of the show the guild made a presentation of 12 large and nine smaller quilts to Southwest Crisis Services, which provides a safe haven to about 100 women every year at a shelter in Swift Current. Guild members as well as community members have also made around 25 quilts in response to the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident. These quilts, which were on display at the show, was scheduled to be shipped to Humboldt after the show for distribution to the families of players, billets and first responders. The Southwest Quilters Guild is an enthusiastic group of about 25 quilters. They meet once a month to share ideas and to learn from each other. New members are always welcome. The monthly meeting takes place on the second Thursday of the month at Fresh Start in downtown Swift Current, starting at 7 p.m.

 

The first two games in the WHL championship series between the Swift Current Broncos and the Everett Silvertips took place at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current, May 4 and 5. The Silvertips edged the the Broncos 2-1 in the first game during a tight battle in which shots on goal were 35-25 in favour of the Broncos, but Everett goalkeeper Carter Hart was solid between the pipes. The Broncos made a big comeback in the second game after trailing 3-0 at the end of the first period. The home team forced overtime with three unanswered goals, and Giorgio Estephan scored the winning goal halfway through extra time to give the Broncos a 4-3 victory. The next three games in the championship will take place in Everett. Games six and seven, if necessary, will be in Swift Current on May 13 and 14.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted an outdoor party and barbecue to celebrate the library's 100th anniversary in the community, May 5. The event was well attended and there was a variety of fun activities during the day. Local musicians Paula McGuigan, Mark Penner and Mike Tetrault provided musical entertainment, there was a bouncy castle and different games for children, library staff member Tekeyla Friday presented a puppet show based on the library's history, and storyteller Danica Lorer shared some interesting tales with the audience. There was also an official cake cutting after speeches by Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, Deputy Mayor Chris Martens, and Swift Current Library Manager Andrea McCrimmon.

“Our beloved library is a community achievement,” McCrimmon said. “Generations of people and community organizations have worked together for 100 years. The founding citizens recognized that when people have free and easy access to knowledge and culture, that it helps the whole community to thrive.” The first Swift Current Library board was formed on March 12, 1918 and the library officially opened in the basement of old city hall on May 14, 1918 with 440 books. Today the library is a very busy and vibrant place. In 2017 there were 103,000 in-person visits, the public computers were used almost 15,000 times, and people participated in library programs over 10,000 times.

 

The 89th annual Swift Current & District Music Festival concluded with a musical and awards program at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, May 4. The festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform and showcase their talent. The festival took place during March and April. The various categories of adjudication were strings and guitars, band and instrumental solos, piano, school music and speech arts, choral, voice and musical theatre. There were 278 solo participants and 964 participants in the school music and band categories. Three choral groups took part in the festival, involving about 60 people. The festival awarded over $6,000 in scholarships. Participants in the different categories were evaluated at adjudicated sessions and the festival concluded with the Xtravaganza, where award presentations were made to the category winners and a number of the winners performed to the audience. The following festival competitors received recommendations to participate in the finals for the provincial competition: Katherine Cacal (piano solo), Naomi Derksen (woodwind solo), Mandy Friesen (musical theatre) Anthony Merkel (brass solo), Jeremy Ponting (musical theatre), Dawnella Rude (musical theatre), Justine Sletten (vocal solo), Prairie Spirit Choir (choral), Meistersingers (choral), and Swift Current Comprehensive High School Chamber Singers (choral – national recommendation).

 

Maverick School's 12th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 2 and 3. Both nights were sold out and raised a total of $24,460 for the school's arts and outdoor education programs. This was the highest amount ever raised by the event through a combination of ticket sales, business sponsorship, as well as the live and silent auction of art works by student and professional artists on both nights. The winners of each night's 50/50 draw also donated the money back to Maverick School. Each evening featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. Many of them were first year performers at the event, but long hours of preparation were evident from the polished performances by all 22 students.

 

For the last show of the season, the Blenders Music Series is excited to present the Slocan Ramblers on Saturday, April 21 at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current.

A creek bank stabilization project along the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current will prevent any damage to the trail.

Some careful planning is taking place to come up with a design solution for the repair work on one of the oldest permanent structures in Swift Current.

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is celebrating 45 years of making music in Swift Current, with a special performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday April 15.

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