Culture Days to promote Stettler-area talent

As activities are finalized for Culture Days in Stettler on the final weekend of this month, organizers still welcome musical talent

As activities are finalized for Culture Days in Stettler on the final weekend of this month, organizers still welcome musical talent to perform for a Cultural Café on Saturday night and a Gospel Café on Sunday afternoon.

Local performers will take centre stage at Culture Café at Stettler Recreation Centre for an evening of music and dance from 7 to 10 o’clock.

“We will have a little of everything, from old-time music, county, bluegrass and blues, to rock and dance,” said Belinda Saige, who’s organizing the event with Rhonda McCullough.

Young dancers from Danceology will take centre stage to perform a variety of international dances, including Highland, fan Oriental and even hip-hop, Saige said.

Stettler country singer Joe Van Straten, who was a big hit at the Festival of Stars in Bashaw last May, will make a special appearance at the concert.

Saige herself will be among local musicians who plan to come together for an entertaining evening.

“We’re a group of musicians from the community who will perform popular songs that people can join in and sing along,” Saige said.

Donna Kelm, female singer Chris Nichols and Wayne Carstairs are scheduled to join Saige for multiple songs, while many of these musicians are slated to perform on their own. Carstairs and Jeff Lee will team up to play some rock.

While the concert is set for three hours, people are invited to come and go as they wish.

The Gospel Café of heavenly music rounds out the musical menu Sunday at 3 p.m.

“This will be an informal and relaxed time to enjoy music, friends and fellowship,” said organizer Ross Helgeton.

Churches and musical groups and choirs are invited to participate in an informal afternoon of music and fellowship.

Helgeton hopes more groups will perform, besides the worship team of the Evangelical Free Church of Erskine, where he serves as lead pastor.

“The door is open for more groups and musicians to join us,” he said.

Groups or individuals interested in performing are asked to phone Helgeton at 403-742-9507.

For a different flavour, a Red Solo Cup Party is open for those 18 years and older at Social Bo’s on the Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

“Red Solo Cup is the latest socio-cultural phenomenon to spread across North America,” said Stacey Benjamin, manager of Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development.

Toby Keith released the song off his newest album, Clancy’s Tavern, and the catchy song “spread like wildfire.”

The song has brought joy and unity, as many people are able to join in and sing along to celebrate good times with friends, Benjamin said.

For more information on Culture Days, phone the board of trade at 403-742-3181.