Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:20

Lyric Theatre Open Stage, Aug. 15, 2014

Local musicians had an opportunity to showcase their talent at the Lyric Theatre's popular Open Stage on Aug. 15. Swift Current alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore headlined the event. It was a busy weekend for the band, as it also hosted a release party at Gowan's Grove, south of Swift Current, on Aug. 16 to officially launch their debut EP. They played an opening set at the start of the Open Stage and returned at the end to play a few more of their new songs. The other artists (in order of appearance) were Neville Nicol, Doug Radicki, Adrianos Proniaris, Jason Gilbert, Airbears, Kurtis Pratt and Maddisson Andrzejewski, Colter Wall (solo and also with Adnan Ahmed and Gordon Nodge) and The Moon Runners.

 

People took to the dance floor during a well attended country music jam session in the Airmen's Billet (H-hut) at the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current, Aug. 10. The eight musicians who brought their instruments to the event played a variety of popular old-time songs during the afternoon and three audience members joined them to perform some songs.

 

Families enjoyed the outdoor play Saskatchewan Outdoors by Saskatoon's Embrace Theatre in Swift Current's Riverside Park on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10. This touring play, which is supported by Saskatchewan Parks, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, is travelling to locations across the province this summer. The 40-minute play celebrates Saskatchewan's outdoors with a story about a family discovering the simple pleasures of a camping trip after their initial reluctance to leave behind the comforts of their urban lifestyle. An interactive workshop for young audience members took place after the performance of the play.

 

The “Planes, Trains and Spaceships” theme day took place at Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Aug. 9. People had an opportunity to pose with the members of the Star Wars costume club, the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion. There were five entrants in the the costume contest - Ethan Butterworth, Ethan Peters, Julie Parker, Joshua Turmel and Graham Milligan. They wore Stars Wars themed outfits and they all were judged to be worthy of a first place finish. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science summer outreach program attended the theme day with their travelling exhibit that makes science interesting and fun in an interactive way. Members of the Speedy Creek Model Railway Club displayed their model train sets.

 

Dogs and their owners enjoyed a pleasant afternoon at the Swift Current off-leash dog park on Aug. 3 during an open house hosted by the Swift Current Dog Park Committee. It was an opportunity for people to see the recent progress with the development of the 26.6 acres park, which includes a completely fenced area of 8.32 acres, and to learn about future plans for the area. The activities during the afternoon included a police dog demonstration by RCMP police dog handler Cpl. Jason Goodfellow and his dog Mako.

 

The 100th anniversary celebration for the William Ball blacksmith shop at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current took place on Aug. 3. William (Billie) Ball started his blacksmith shop in Valjean, Saskatchewan, in 1914 and his son Bob donated the blacksmith shop to Doc's Town in 1981 in memory of his father. William's grandson Dennis attended the 100th anniversary celebration for the shop. The afternoon celebration included a brief program where Dennis spoke about the building and his memories. Five blacksmiths participated in a hammer-in to demonstrate their skills. They are Stephen Philp, Aird Romich and Aaron Schultz from Swift Current, Mike Dickie from Pennant, and Don Fox from Moose Jaw.

 

Swift Current residents might sometimes question the sense of having the City of Swift Current Light and Power Department distribute the electrical power generated by SaskPower, but those doubts might be slightly less as a result of the current debacle at the Crown Corporation over smart meters.

The annual Historic Trades Day at Fort Walsh National Historic Site on Aug. 2 provided a day of historic fun for families. The event provided visitors a glimpse into daily life at the fort during the 1880s with demonstrations of different historical trades and cultural activities, wagon rides and children's activities. The Medicine Hat Desjarlais Métis Dancers entertained visitors with traditional dances at the Métis cabins. There were also military displays throughout the day, including the firing of  cannons and rifles from the era and skirmishes. The military displays were under the command of the Parks Canada Military Curator from Winnipeg, Inspector Grant Tyler, and participants included members of the North West Mounted Police Commemorative Association out of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Horse Artillery from Medicine Hat as well as Parks Canada staff from Fort Walsh, Fort Battleford and Batoche.

 

The 20th annual Mennonite Heritage Village Watermelon Festival took place in Swift Current on July 27, 2014. Visitors enjoyed  slices of cold watermelon in combination with “roll kuchen”or rolled cookie, which is a deep-fried pastry prepared in large vats of boiling oil. The festival is the main fundraising event for the village and funds are used for the upkeep of the homestead and church. A special event to celebrate the centennial of the Sommerfeld Church, which is located on the grounds of the Heritage Village, will take place on Aug. 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. The Mennonite Heritage Village, which is situated next to Kinetic Exhibition Park, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the first drag races of the year at the Swift Current Airport on July 26 and 27. There was a good turnout of competitors from across the prairies with 95 racers on Saturday and 75 competitors on Sunday. The weekend included a special event with the presence of 35 high performance street legal cars that participated in Saskatchewan's Fastest Streetcar Shootout. The next drag racing weekend is Aug. 9 and 10, and a race is also scheduled for Sept. 6 and 7 to make up for the rained out event in June.

 

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