By R Paul, Citizen Journalist
Laura Williams, twelve years old and a keen musician, is the winner of a guitar package raffled by the Deep Cove Folk Club. The package includes lessons and a Blueridge acoustic guitar autographed by all the featured performers appearing at the Folk Club during the 2011 – 2012 season, among them folk legend James Keelaghan.
Williams was “very pleased” that she had the winning ticket and is looking forward to learning to play a new instrument.
Half of the raffle proceeds are being donated to the Youth Group of St. John’s United Church. A main focus each year is the youth group’s trip to Mexico to build houses for families who live in poverty in Vicente Guerrero. They started in summer 2009 and have returned every year since to reconnect with the Mexican families they had met, and build new houses for other families. This coming year, the main focus is a working trip to the Dominican Republic. Youth Group member, Talia Greene said, “It feels great knowing that we have the support of the community. Everything that helps us, helps the families in need.”
The other half of the proceeds, along with a generous grant from the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, will be used to bring professional and developing musicians to the Peninsula.
Deep Cove Folk Club Director, Bob de Wolff, said “This raffle has been
outstanding on several levels: getting energy for our volunteers, fun for the folks who come to our events, providing a new instrument for our musical winner, and benefiting the Youth Group of St. Johns.”
The regular Deep Cove Folk Club evenings are held at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich Road, in the center of the Deep Cove entertainment district) at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of each month, September through June. Deep Cove Folk is an informal group that has operated for more than 20 years through the efforts of volunteers who are dedicated to the idea that a monthly night of acoustic music in the relaxed setting of a small country church is a valuable and enjoyable aspect of our community. If you would like to help with DCF, go to their website for contact information. In addition, the club presents occasional concerts at larger venues on the Peninsula such as the Mary Winspear Centre. The most recent concert (featuring James Keelaghan) was completely sold out.
For more information see, https://sites.google.com/site/deepcovefolk/