2017 Cariboo Festival begins

Alligator pie, alligator pie. If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die.

Betty Dryden

Special to the Tribune/Weekend Advisor

Alligator pie, alligator pie.

If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die.

Give away the green grass, give away the sky,

But don’t give away my alligator pie.

…By Dennis Lee

If this poem brings back some childhood memories then you will be happy to know that you can hear this as well as many other selections at the Cariboo Festival which is set to start on April 19 and run until April 27.

The festival will showcase our local talent of all ages, performing in a variety of disciplines.

As in other years

the  at committee has invited some extremely talented adjudicators to attend our festival and give feedback and advice to each performer.

The festival will begin on April 19 with the speech arts portion of the festival.

Speech arts will be held at Williams Lake Evangelical Free Church on 11th Ave., starting at 9 a.m.

You will be treated to a variety of performances from categories such as humorous, Canadian and original poetry. The adjudicator is Susan Bertoia from Vancouver.

On April 20, day two of the festival, there will be performances by our school bands at Lake City Secondary, Columneetza Campus beginning at 2:30 p.m., followed by a band concert at the Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus on Carson Drive.

This concert will feature the school jazz and concert bands as well as the Williams Lake Community Band. Susan Aylard from Sorrento will provide the adjudication. The concert is set to begin at 6 p.m.

The week will come to an end with the instrumental portion of the festival which will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Hodgson Road, Friday, April 21 beginning at 9 a.m.

The performers will surely delight the audience with selections from such classes as traditional Irish, folk and reels.

Week two of the festival is packed with performances beginning with vocal and choral on Monday, April 24 at the Williams Lake Evangelical Free Church on 11th Ave. continuing until April 26.

The performances begin at 9 a.m. and will feature our young performers as well as a number of community adult choirs.

Selections will be performed from categories such as contemporary, folk, jazz, pop and musical theatre.

The adjudicator for this event will be Alexandra Babbel who hails from Kelowna.

There will be a concert at the same venue on the evening of April 24 at 7 p.m., which will feature the choirs.

This is always an entertaining evening which you won’t want to miss. Piano is set to begin on the afternoon of  April 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Calvary Church on Carson Drive.

Piano will continue on April 27 and 28 beginning each day at 9 a.m. Catherine Bundt from Surrey will adjudicate performances from a variety of categories such as Canadian, jazz, modern, classical and romantic. There will be duet performances on the evening of April 27 followed by the Intermediate/Senior Championship Playoffs.

As in past years, admission is by donation. Festival memberships may also be purchased at the door which allows entrance into all events as well as providing support for the festival. We welcome attendance at the performances as well as the adjudications.