Fiddling, singing, choir, skits, poetry, piano, story-telling, and band performances were all part of a dynamic Honours Concert wrapping up the month long Cariboo Festival 2015 Saturday evening at Cariboo Bethel Church.
The evening featured 37 gold standing winners. To win gold the adjudicator for the particular entry section gave each of the performers or groups a mark of 85 per cent or higher.
Just before the break and again at the end of the evening more than 37 trophies and awards were presented, with many of the business and community group sponsors there to present the awards themselves.
From performances by big groups such as the Lake City Secondary School Senior Concert Band and the Cariboo Youth Fiddlers, to little Caitlin Khong reciting the story she wrote about The Titanic, from the Titanic’s point of view, to Mary Trott nervously taking to the stage to recite Women’s Work by celebrated poet, the late Maya Angelou, to Natasha Castro singing A Lovely Night by Hammerstein, and all the performers inbetween, it was indeed a lovely night.
Harry Jennings kept the ball rolling with good humour when his introduction sheet didn’t quite line up with the program.
He opened the night in dark glasses, he said in Oscar style, wearing a fancy tuxedo he was proud to say he found for $10 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, a great place to shop.
At the very end of the evening the adjudicators’ recommendations for the provincial festival of arts taking place in Powell River May 26 to 30 were announced.
Paul Noble who recited Anthony’s Speech by Shakespeare is recommented to compete in intermediate speech arts.
Theresa Stirling, who performed Notturno by Grieg, was recommended to compete in senior piano.
Anna Mitchell, who sang Believe by Ballard/Silvestri, was recommended to attend the provincial festival as the junior vocal observer.
Keziah Froese, who sang Pretty Funny by Pasek and Paul, was recommended to attend the provincial festival as the intermediate vocal observer.
For the complete list of festival winners and awards presented along with a few more pictures turn to Page A11.