They came to see a variety show and they got exactly that.
A jam-packed crowd took in the variety show held at the Parrsboro Band Hall on Feb. 17, witnessing a wide range of local talent. Among the featured performers was pianist Russell Githinji. The event was a fund-raiser for the Parrsboro Band Association and its campaign to convert the hall into a culutural and wellness centre.
PARRSBORO They came to see a variety show and they got exactly that.
More than 100 people packed into the Parrsboro Band Hall on Feb. 17 to take in an evening of winter entertainment from a variety of local talent. The event was a fund-raiser to keep the band hall in operation, and for its eventual conversion into the Parrsboro area Community Cultural and Wellness Centre.
It was wonderful for our first time, said campaign membership chairman Brenda Wheaton. Its been a long time since we did that sort of thing at the band hall, but we had a lot of entertainment. And, when you think about the area, thats just a few of the people that could have played, but we only had so much time.
Performers included Billy Graham (guitar and vocal); Jeannie Trider (piano and vocal); Todd McCall (Scottish dance); Carl Cameron (banjo and vocal); Yves Davidson (piano); Katrina Pretty (vocal); Presbyterian Quartet (Kerwin Davison, Frank Hartman, Bob Jamieson and Mel Richardson); PRHS drama students Cassandra Morris, Jacquelyn Smith, Maggie Cameron, Sidney-Lindsay Boyde, Paula Olynych and Danielle Davis (skit As the Stomach Turns); Russell Githinji (piano); Colin Curleigh (yo-yo pa); David Towns (guitar and vocal); Aron White and Ryan Willigar (guitar and vocal); Rebecca Bartlett (cello) and Dilly MacFarlane and Chuck Homewood (piano and vocals).
Wheaton promised an even bigger and better show for next time.
The show was the third large community event staged at the hall by the Parrsboro Band Association this fall/winter season, following the Oktoberfest Evening and the Christmas Concert. All three events filled the hall.
Over $1,000 was raised at the variety show from entry tickets, a 50/50 draw and fudge made by volunteers.
The 50/50 prize was won by Dave Pidge Morris, while door prizes donated by Geraldine Canning were won by former resident Peter Davison and new resident Karen MacGregor.
Mistress of Ceremonies was Dilly MacFarlane, assisted by Charles Hume.
Board of directors chairman Michael Fuller spoke to the audience on the plans for the future of the band hall, stressing it is a long-term project that will not happen overnight. He thanked all for offering their support.