Will fishing and fiddling mix?
Organizers of the first music jamboree and camping weekend at Lake Pofianga Sept. 18 to 20 hope so.
The music weekend is a joint initiative for two Ponoka community groups — the Klaglahachie Fine Arts group and the Ponoka Fish and Game Association. The fish and game association will provide its fine facility at Lake Pofianga for a venue and the Klaglahachie Fine Arts will provide the performers and organize the event.
There are several objectives for the function, including the most obvious one of providing a lot of good entertainment and giving a number of local musicians and groups a chance to showcase their talents. We also hope to attract enough income from campers and paid attendance and food service to be able to generate a profit jointly shared by the clubs in support of their work.
The Ponoka Fish and Game Association promotes through its youth education programs, the preservation of habitat for wildlife and responsible stewardship of resources. The Klaglahachie Fine Arts group is dedicated to providing performing arts opportunities in Ponoka particularly for live theatre. Both groups directly offer worthwhile learning and recreation opportunities to youthful and older participants in their activities.
What we like to call or first annual music jamboree will be held at Lake Pofianga starting on Friday evening, Sept. 18 and progressing through all day Saturday, concluding Sunday, Sept. 20 at noon. There will be a good line up of music performers of many styles and other family-oriented activities for young and old. It will be a folk festival-style program with some open mike and jam sessions opportunities. See our advertisement in this issue of the Ponoka News and posters around town. For more information, please call 403-783-4087 or 403-783-2202.
Following are some of the line-up of performers confirmed for attending the event at Lake Pofianga .
Passion and Grace from Ponoka – Mr. Bill Tozer and Rema Marney, four-piece country, light rock and easy listening band . Some original compositions.
Jessica St. Dennis from Blackfalds – Traditional country singer and guitar player Rising Star performer of 2009 by Alberta Men and Women of Country Music.
Rural Route Four from Rocky Mountain House – Pat and Tim Frayn, Hugh Kelly from Lacombe, traditional and modern country and western pickers and singers.
Ben Wilson from Bashaw – Folk and contemporary music singer and guitar player. Some original compositions .
John Jacobs family from Ponoka – Show tunes and ’40s classic pops, singing with trombone and trumpet.
Nuggets Dance Band from Haynes – Chester and Doris Black, Fred Hiebert, old time and modern dance music .
Don Swift from Ponoka – Singer, guitarist and drummer.
Airyn Street from Ponoka – Singer of Broadway show tunes .
George Jason from Ponoka – Pianist and guitarist playing jazz to jive and ragtime to Rachmaninoff.
Fred Hiebert from Ponoka – Singer/guitarist/saxophonist playing folk, country and contemporary music.
Charlie Britain from Innisfail – Traditional country and bluegrass .
Any individual or group performers who would like to join the fun, please contact Fred Hiebert at 403-783-5900 .