Kiwanis Band and Majorettes perform in Ireland

first_imgA group of about 70 people – 33 musicians from the concert and jazz ensembles of the band, 10 members of the Majorettes dance group and about 30 associated “groupies” – left Dawson Creek on Sunday for a two-week stay on the Emerald Isle. The group will be performing in about a dozen different concerts and two music festivals, as well as visiting many different historical sites along the way.The group will be staying at a lodge in Tipperary, a town in southern Ireland, and will use two buses to tour around the southern part of the country. For example, they have been billeted (permitted to stay with local residents) in Mitchelstown, where they will take part in a parade and perform in a local church the next morning.”They have a community band there too, so we’ll be playing with their band and we will be playing songs like ‘It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary’ with them,” said Mary Beaulne, a trumpet player in both the concert and jazz ensembles and a member of the band for nearly 20 years.- Advertisement -The performers will take part in the internationally-renowned Galway Arts Festival in Ireland’s “cultural heart” – the City of Galway – and perform at the country’s largest traditional music summer school, the Willie Clancy Festival, in Milltown Malbay.They will travel to Dublin, Waterford and Wexford, to name a few stops, and visit landmarks like the Rock of Cashel (St. Patrick’s Rock) and the port city of Cobh, where the RMS Titanic launched from on its ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic.Beaulne said she visited Ireland in 2002 on a personal trip, and remembers a vibrant country with some wonderful scenery – rolling hills, awesome cliffs, and lots of green fields lined with stone fences and dotted with sheep, donkeys and other animals.Advertisement “One of the the groups there is trying to raise money for some facility – maybe like what were doing for the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts – and so they’re raising money with the concert we’re playing.”As a city councilor, Shuman said she is an eager ambassador for Dawson Creek, adding the group is bringing lots of Dawson Creek pins and anniversary books to hand out while in Ireland.She said she joined the band several years ago as a busy parent looking for something she could enjoy for herself, and remembering enjoying being in a band as a young person.”It’s fun to play the music, but also to be part of a multi-generational organization. Our youngest member is nine and our oldest member is 80, so you have this whole breadth of experience and differences. I think it’s one of the most amazing groups I’ve ever belonged to.” “You think of Ireland being green, and yes, I do remember it being very green and very scenic,” she said.”Of course, in the pubs there is lots of good music, and a lot of time they will have local people playing in the pubs,” she added.She said she is looking forward to meeting other musicians, adding some friends they’ve made on other trips abroad are coming from elsewhere in British Columbia, and from other countries in Europe, to join them in Ireland.”I would say what I’m probably looking forward to more than anything is meeting other people and being involved in their way of life,” said Beaulne.Advertisementcenter_img She said she and her husband, who also plays in the band, both recently retired and really enjoy the lifestyle they have now.”This is a nice change, and I enjoy the music and the band …not the marching quite so much!”Cheryl Shuman, a flutist and president of the community band, said she has never been to Ireland and has purposefully not done any research on the country so that the experience will be completely new and fresh. However, she said she has been told she must kiss the Blarney Stone, located at Blarney Castle near Cork, as it is legend that the stone endows the kisser with the gift of eloquent speech.”If you think I talk a lot now, just wait until I get back from Ireland after I kiss the Blarney Stone!” she joked.She said she is also excited to meet and perform with the local community bands, and to immerse herself in the local cultures and cuisines. She added one of their performances in Ireland will be for a charitable cause.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe spectacular hills of Golan and High Glen was the setting for the 2012 Castle Cycles Bogman mountain biking race that took place on Sunday past (15th July). The sun shone brightly all day as almost sixty competitors tackled the tough climbs and the challenging descents.The race started with an initial climb that would test the best of athletes amounting to almost 1,100ft of climbing and 17% gradients at times. However, at the top of the first climb, everyone was treated to some of the finest views in the country prior to a flowing singletrack descent to the Lough Nacreaght reservoir.An undulating mix of double and singletrack then presented competitors with an opportunity to stretch the legs prior to commencing the long and technical ascent to almost 1,100ft once more. Encouraged by the fantastic marshalls, all competitors made it up the final climb and were presented with some of the most enjoyable singletrack to the finishing line.Paul McCarter crossed the finishing line in first position to win the Senior Mens Category in a spectacular time of 48 minutes and 49 seconds. Clive Caldwell followed closely in second with Darragh McCarter in third only a minute or two behind.The Senior Womens category was won by Siobhan McLaughlin and Danielle Toal came in second position.Ciaran Coyle was first across the line in the ‘Bitta Craic’ category, finishing a very impressive tenth overall, despite having succumbed to a fall off the bike caused by the legendary Bogman. Alan Lyttle finished in second position with Paul Nash finishing closely behind in third.It was clear that all competitors, whether experienced athletes or novices really enjoyed the sense of achievement that came with participating and completing the event, with smiles and tales of their fortune (or misfortune) that occurred along the route.The Donegal Mountain Biking Club would like to extend our sincere thanks to all competitors, marshalls, support staff, landowners and nearby residents for their support. The Club would like to pay a special thanks to Castle Cycles of Raphoe for their ongoing support and to Sports Foods Ireland for providing competitors with pre and post cycle nutrition. The next round of the Castle Cycles MTB XC Series takes place in Malin in September.DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE was last modified: July 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGElast_img read more