Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Swift Current ACT/UCT Stingrays Summer Swim Club hosted the South Semi Finals swim meet at the Fairview Pool, July 18. The A.C.T./UCT Council of Swift Current presented a sponsorship cheque of $8,000 to the Stingrays Summer Swim Club at the start of the event. A total of 163 swimmers from eight teams competed in the event to qualify for the provincial summer swimming finals in Biggar on July 25 and 26. The 31 Swift Current swimmers had a successful event and finished in second place in the team competition with 384 points with the Estevan Golden Eels in first spot with 557 points and the Regina Piranhas in third place with 276 points.


It was another busy Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current on July 12 with a traditional country dance in the Airmen's Billet. The music was provided by Arnold and Friends, who entertained dancers and onlookers with a variety of old-time favourites. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village during the summer until Labour Day. Upcoming events include an antique tractor and classic car display on July 19 and the Down on the Farm event on July 26 with a variety of farm animals on display.


Audiences were treated to quality entertainment during the Chautauqua Festival, the annual summer theatre festival hosted by the Lyric Theatre. This year's event featured six award winning one-act plays from the Canadian fringe circuit along with appearances by local performers as opening acts during performances over four days at the Lyric Theatre from July 8 to 11. Pictures are scenes from two plays presented at the festival. Ingrid Garner's one-act play Eleanor's Story: An American girl in Hitler's Germany is an adaptation of her grandmother's autobiography about her youth in wartime Germany. Swift Current resident Joan Williamson and family members lead the audience in a sing-along of popular Second World War songs before the start of Garner's play on July 10. Theatre Howl, an independent Saskatoon-based theatre company, presented the one-act play Aiden Flynn lost his brother, so he makes another at the festival. The two-member cast of Morgan Murray (as Aidan) and Danielle Spilchen (as the brother) tell this Frankenstein inspired story of love, loss and acceptance through music, movement and shadow puppets without any dialogue.



The annual Southwest Open, a non-curated exhibition for semi-professional and amateur artists, is currently taking place in Swift Current. The exhibition at the West Wing Gallery, located in the Airmen's Barracks at Kinetic Exhibition Park, started on July 3 and artworks will be on display until Sept. 7. An opening reception with a walk and talk tour took place on July 11, with artists in attendance to talk about their works.


Dirt oval racers were back in action at the Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current on July 10 and 11. An added attraction for race fans was the appearance of the Can Am Late Model racers on both nights in addition to regular racing by cars in the Hobbies, Streets and Modifieds divisions. Ten cars from the Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models racing series at the Castrol Raceway in Edmonton and four cars from Estevan participated in the CanAm Late Model Shootout in Swift Current. The feature race winners on June 10 were Dave Smith (Late Models), Carson Crowe (Hobbies), Kevin Schafer (Streets) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds).The feature race winners on July 11 were Stu Haywerd (Late Models), Rene Panasiuk (Hobbies), Mike Dionne (Streets) and Kelly Baumann (Modifieds). The next regular race day in Swift Current will be Aug. 15.


The Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC) is currently hosting an international art exhibition that resulted from a collaborative visual art project between the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. The gallery held an opening reception for the exhibition Antipods: Magical creatures with backward feet on July 8.


The Friends of the Walkway hosted a memorial gathering for donor families at the rose garden in Swift Current's Kiwanis Park, July 8. Pastor Bob Cappelle of Bridgeway Community Church opened the gathering with scripture reading and prayer. Friends of the Walkway member Anthea Loran spoke briefly about the memorial rose garden before those in attendance enjoyed refreshments. The Friends of the Walkway started the rose garden about 10 years ago as a quiet space for meditation in memory of deceased Swift Current residents. Financial contributions from donor families are used to purchase hardy roses from the Morden Arboretum Research Station in Manitoba. A memorial plaque with the names of those who are remembered through this garden of about 63 roses will be installed later this year.


The Swift Current Library celebrated the start of the TD Summer Reading Club, a program of Canadian public libraries, with a kick-off party on July 7 that was attended by over 100 people. Children participated in a variety of Alice in Wonderland themed carnival games and they had the opportunity to meet Jan Loeppky-Mackay's miniature donkey Shimmer. The goal of the TD Summer Reading Club is to encourage children to read over the summer while they are out of school. Participants receive free packages to track their reading at home. There will be TD Summer Reading Club activities for children between the ages 2-12 at the library on every Tuesday at 2 p.m. from July 14 to Aug. 4 and the program will conclude with a wrap-up party at 1 p.m. on Aug. 11. The library is also hosting TD Fun for Babes and Tots on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. from July 17 to Aug. 28 for children aged 0-4 to encourage pre-literacy and early literacy skills.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:31

Cowboy poetry at Doc's Town, July 5, 2015

Three poets entertained people with their observations about rural and cowboy life during a cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current's Kinetic Park, July 5. Bryce Burnett, Brian Anderson and Bev Currie took turns to read some of their poetry to an appreciative audience of about 20 people. Burnett and Currie also had their published work available for sale. Currie's collection of short stories about life in a rural Saskatchewan community is titled Sleepy's Revenge. Burnett's first collection of poetry, Homegrown and other poems, was published last year and is currently a 2015 cowboy poetry finalist for the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award. The cowboy poetry in the old church building was the first event in a full program of activities every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town, including a country dance on July 12 and an antique tractor and classic car display on July 19. Doc's Town will also be hosting two Friday afternoon line dance parties in the H-Hut at 2 p.m. on July 10 and Aug. 7.


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