Okanagan Valley alive with music

The Valley is indeed alive with music. The music continues this weekend with the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival this weekend.

The Valley is indeed alive with music. From the Elvis Festival back in June to music at various wineries to Boonstock and Wednesdays on the Water down at Peach Orchard Beach. And the music continues this weekend with the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival this weekend.

This three day festival will include a free outreach concert at the Shatford Centre. A range of bands will be performing at five different locations beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and concluding at 3 p.m. on Sept. 7. You are invited to “Come Early and Stay Late it’s a Jazz Party.” Bands are coming from various locations throughout the United States and from the Lower Mainland and here in the Okanagan. For more information on tickets, venue locations and bands see: www.pentasticjazz.com.

And the summer of great music doesn’t end with the Pentastic Jazz Festival. The Penticton Concert Band, which already includes a number of musicians from Summerland and Faulder, invites intermediate and advanced players to join them at their weekly practices. Call Gerald at 250-809-2087 for more information.

And kids … if you enjoy music and love singing, you will want to join the Summerland Children’s Choir beginning this September. You’ll have the opportunity to share the joy and friendship of singing in this programme for children 6-12. For more information contact the director, Linnea Good, at 250- 494-5111 or Lg@LinneaGood.com.

It’s not just choirs and bands that are resuming their activities this fall. If you enjoy painting the Pleasure Painters will start again Friday, September 5 at the Harold Simpson Memorial Centre on Peach Orchard Road. The Pleasure Painters meet every Friday from 9 a.m  to 3 p.m. Everyone who likes to paint or learn to paint is welcome. The Summerland Art Club begins their Fall Season on Wednesday, September 10. They meet in the basement below the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are always glad to have new people drop in to see what they do.

The Summerland Community Arts Council is offering various workshops for children and adults. Drop by the Arts Centre at 9908 Main St. to find out more.

The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council.