Rhymes, Rants & Accolades from North Central BC

Archive for March, 2017


I wrote the following poem in August 2015. I wanted to commemorate the minor miracle of how a group of “artsy” folk in the Village of Fraser Lake was able to pull off the first successful Fraser Lake Festival of the Arts- in the pouring rain yet!

There’s a long rough road ‘tween hope and change
When you are all alone.
But with a roomful of folks from various walks
And a positive correlation of talks
Similar passions and interests arise
To rearrange, change and prioritize.
Hope for the future begins to unfurl
A group of like-minded can change the world!


Music’s the language of the soul
Whether it be Tchaikovsky
Hank Williams or
“Old Black Joe”

Music’s the language of the soul
Reliving thoughts
And feelings
Experienced long ago.

Music’s the language of the soul
Lyrics and melodic
Intrinsically enrolled.

Music’s the language of the soul
Elvis Presley and
Michael Jackson
Universally known.

Music’s the language of the soul
In fellowship
We process
The language we all know.


From Fraser Lake Village Office News: “STILL STANDING [CBC show] will produce an episode of “Still Standing” in Fraser Lake. This production will showcase our many positive attributes. The program highlights small Canadian towns that have experienced economic challenges but are working to revitalize. The story of our community is told through the interview of community members by the show’s host; comedian Johnny Harris…”

Oh my! Many of us are busily searching through reruns of old TV shows to discover who Johnny Harris really is. We’ve watched him on Murdock Mysteries but the show doesn’t feature Johnny’s comedic talents as much as Still Standing does. An episode from a show produced in Telkwa a year or so ago is on cbc.ca and it’s hilarious! Can hardly wait for the hilarity to be here during the week of April 3rd to 7th!

And the month of March (which is coming in like a lion weather-wise) also promises to be a fun month. Especially for music lovers! Here’s the schedule for Legion Events – so far.

Friday, March 10: Home Routes concert sponsored by Fraser Lake Arts Council. 7pm. $20 at door. Performers are All Day Breakfast String-band from Montreal.

Friday, March 17 [St Patricks Day]: 6pm – 9pm. Cops For Cancer Fundraiser. Local residents Cathy Scott and Craig LePoidevin will be biking the distance between Williams Lake & Dawson Creek – 850 kms and are in need of support. (CFC supports children afflicted with cancer). Tickets for $20.00 available at Legion for a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread/ dessert. There will also be a Silent Auction (donations of items gratefully accepted!) Everyone is welcome to listen to local coffeehouse entertainment!

Thursday, March 23: Steve Hillis “Voices of Legends” Showtime @ 7pm. $10 dollars at door. Show is followed by a dance with requests welcome. Music is Classic Rock & Country Rock.

Friday, March 31: Musician Jay Myers and his neighbor and musical friend from Fort Fraser will each be performing Classic Country musical routines.

Saturday, April 1st. Dance with popular MUSTANG HEART band. $10 dollars at the door.

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