Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:41

Culture Days in Swift Current, Sept. 25-27, 2015

A variety of activities took place in Swift Current from Sept. 25 to 27 to celebrate Culture Days. The Art Gallery of Swift Current had a walk and talk tour with the artists participating in the new sculpture exhibition at the gallery. The four artists are wood carver Milan Gerza of Kyle, stone carver Allan Wiederhold of Swift Current, Sylvia Thompson of Pennant, who works in carved wood and mixed media, and Gladys Wozny-Siemens of Rush Lake, who works in cast and carved plaster. The Swift Current Branch Library hosted a Makerfest where participants were able to visit with members of the local Maker community, learn more about 3D printing and engage in fun, hands-on activities such as creating their own brushbots and making music on a banana piano. The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre had crafts, a dress-up photo booth, storytelling and an opportunity to make new friends through learning to say hello and goodbye in seven different languages. Culture Days is an annual three-day event that takes place every September across Canada to raise the cultural awareness of Canadians and to encourage them to participate in cultural activities in their communities.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has launched the largest ever fundraising campaign in the organization’s history to raise about $8 million to fully equip the new long-term care facility in Swift Current.

A wide variety of vehicles were on display at Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Sept. 19 during the 4th annual Show and Shine. A total of 75 entries were received, which was the the largest number ever for the Cruisin' Day theme day at Market Square. Participants stood a chance to win prizes in a variety of categories and people had an opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicles. The category winners were: Best in Show – Garry Redekop, 1954 Chevy Belair; Classic car or truck – Terry Carleton, 1934 Ford pickup; Muscle car 1963-74 – Darren Jensen, 1969 GTO Judge; Best Motorcycle – Ed Fonger, 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide; Vintage Motorcycle – Don McKay, 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead; Voter's Choice – Jessie Lee Lacher, 1958 Thunderbird.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:55

Go Green Friday in Swift Current, Sept. 18, 2015

Volunteers were hard at work to make Swift Current a greener place during the 7th annual Go Green Friday, Sept. 18. The initiative is coordinated by Stark & Marsh Chartered Accountants LLP in association with the City of Swift Current. It provides an opportunity for individual and corporate volunteers to help out with the beautification of open spaces around the city through clean-up projects and the planting of trees and shrubs. The TD Green Streets program again provided additional support for the tree planting activities that took place during Go Green Friday with a $15,000 grant.


A large crowd attended the “Thursday Night Lights” football game between the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts and the visiting Moose Jaw Central Collegiate Cyclones, Sept. 17. This was the second year the Colts hosted a game under lights and they received enthusiastic support from local fans. The Colts were trailing 21-0 at half-time and the Cyclones extended their lead to 34-0 in the third quarter, but the home team continued to push back and made two touchdowns during the fourth quarter for a final score of 34-12.


Participants in the Saskatchewan Women Warrior Walk arrived in Swift Current on Sept. 14. They were walking along the Trans-Canada Highway to the Saskatchewan-Alberta border to raise awareness about missing and murdered people in the province. They spent an extra day day in Swift Current due to inclement weather before continuing their journey on Sept. 16. During their time in Swift Current they set up a display on Market Square to highlight the importance of remembering those missing and murdered people, and they also participated in a talking circle at the Salvation Army. The Saskatchewan Women Warrior Walk participants pictured with their van in front of the Salvation Army in Swift Current, where they participated in a talking circle, Sept. 15, are, from left to right, Roxanne Kakakaway, Sharon Wesequate and Star Andreas.


The 2015-16 Write Out Loud season at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current started on Sept. 16 with an appearance by popular Regina mystery novelist Gail Bowen. She read from her latest work, 12 Rose Street, the 15th installment in the popular Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. She also provided audience members with a glimpse into what they can expect from the next title in this series that will be released in March 2016. The evening's musical entertainment was provided by local area musicians Paula McGuigan and Mark Penner, who has been performing as a duo in recent months. The Write Out Loud series is an opportunity for patrons to listen to readings by acclaimed Canadian authors and to enjoy musical entertainment provided by local musicians as the opening act. The essayist, poet and fiction writer Ted Dyck, who currently resides in Eastend, will be speaking at the next Write Out Loud on Oct. 21. His fifth book of poetry, Cutthroats & other poems, reflects on fishing in Canada's wilderness and the links between humans and nature.


Thursday, 10 September 2015 16:55

Doc's Town hosts a harvest dance, Sept. 6, 2015

The summer program of the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current concluded over the Labour Day weekend with a harvest dance in the Airmen's Billet, Sept. 6. Old-time dance fans filled the hall and danced the afternoon away to the sounds of the popular local band Arnold and Friends, with band members Thelma Wallace (piano), Arnold Schroeder (accordion), Marlene Abell (vocals), Mary Couture (guitar and vocals), Carl Anderson (guitar) and Floyd Currie (bass). The Doc's Town tea room will still remain open every Friday to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. until the end of September.



Trevor Peterson, the federal NDP candidate for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, held an election rally at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 5. The event was well attended with all supper tickets sold out and more people came to listen to his speech after supper. He spoke about the Conservative Party's record in government over the past nine year and the need for political change in the country. Hailey Clark, who will be the Saskatchewan NDP candidate for Swift Current in the 2016 provincial election, was the emcee at the rally. Singer-songwriter Megan Nash entertained the audience with her folks/roots style music after the political speeches were over. It was a busy Labour Day weekend for Peterson, who had a grand opening of his campaign office in Swift Current on Sept. 4 and he was also canvassing in the city during the weekend. 


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