Arts Days in Rimbey promises great family entertainment


By Treena Mielke

Alberta Arts Days to be celebrated in Rimbey Sept 30 to Oct. 2 will offer a potpourri of activities and events sure to provide fun and entertainment for the entire family.

The entertainment scale tips toward culture on Friday with semi-classical musical entertainment at the Rimbey United Church.

The entertainment, to begin at 7:30 p.m. will feature Andrea and Reagan Tarves and Sheldon Jordan who will perform on the piano, cello and violin.

“These are gifted local musicians. Andrea and Sheldon are brother and sister, the children of Wes and Elizabeth Jordan,” said Florence Stemo from the Beatty House. “Reagan, Andrea’s husband, is from Cranbrook, B.C., but now the couple live in Rimbey with their three children.”

Stemo encourages the public to also take the time to enjoy the musical talent of The Peacocks, a Celtic folk trio who will perform at the Beatty Heritage House on Saturday at 7:30 p.m..

The trio consists of Talitha and Rachel Peacock, daughters of John and Marlene from the Rimbey area and Cassia Schramm from Olds.

The sisters play the Celtic harp and Cassia plays guitar and all three sing, said Stemo.

The group, based in Rosebud, have launched their CDs at the Beatty House and were well received by the community, said Stemo. “It’s just the most soothing music. They are very talented musicians.”

Admission is free to both events.

For those who want to experience the fun of watching a drive-in movie, Moondance Alexander will be shown at Pas ka Poo Park beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

A concession will be available during the movie.

The park is a happening place on Saturday with activities on going all day.

Following the Farmer’s Market, The Great Recycled Art Challenge will begin and everyone is encouraged to set up their own creative art project made out of the recycled material of their choice.

“There is no limit as to what you can chose to do,” said Cheryl Jones, park administrator. “It can be big or small and made out of nothing at all.”

Also on Saturday, an Artability Expo will be held at the Rimbey Community Centre featuring a show and sale of local artists and opportunities for children to create their own art.

Family fun and games at Pas Ka Poo Park in the afternoon include donkey rides, hay rides, barrel train, chainsaw art and roping demonstrations will all be happening at the park on Saturday afternoon.

At 7 p.m. it’s time to settle down for some cowboy poetry and a jam session in front of a bonfire.

Jones said everyone is welcome to bring their tent and sleeping bag and spend the night in the park if they wish.

The fun continues on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by a horseshoe tournament.

At 2 p.m. Sunday Centre-Stage Theatre Company, a professional group from Calgary, will perform Munsch-a-palooza and Munsch-a-mia at the Rimbey Community Hall.

“These plays both promise to provide great family entertainment for children of all ages,” said Jean Keetch, Rimbey librarian.

Keetch said funding for the classical musical entertainment, the Artability Expo and the cowboy poetry came from a $5,000 provincial grant received by the library.

Alberta Arts Days is sponsored by Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.

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