Coffeehouse circuit reopens in the Bay

Eagle Bay Community Hall organizers are prepping for a busy summer, kicking the season off with a coffee house April 27.

Eagle Bay Community Hall organizers are prepping for a busy summer, kicking the season off with a coffee house April 27.

Dave Reniak has been actively taking part in many of the hall’s events since 2004 and he boasts about the quality of entertainment the coffeehouse has been able to produce each month.

“There is never one set main act,” he says, explaining that organizers really just wait and hope like heck people will sign up.

But a lack of entertainers has never been an issue in the 10 years the coffeehouses have been running. And, the usual 10 acts are primarily musical in nature but have also included poetry and other art forms.

Reniak says hall organizers support a wide variety of talent.

One act that stands out in his mind was a woman who sang a capella. He says that even without music her voice made the hair on the back of his neck stand up.

Each coffeehouse features three booked acts, with other slots filled quickly with various other performers. The Stevens family from Eagle Bay  are among the regular performers, while many others travel from other areas to share their love of music and the coffeehouse scene.

Regular MC Reniak also performs every month, showing off his skills both vocally and instrumentally.

“With such a wide variety of talent in the area, you just never know what you are going to get for the $2 admission fee,” he says, noting it is always well worth the money.

Eagle Bay Hall Coffeehouses run at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July, August and December.

For more information, or if you are interested in performing, contact Reniak at 250-675-4850 or email him at dave_diane@live.ca.

One popular Eagle Bay Hall event that won’t be happening this year is the annual Hamsters Dinner Theatre due to volunteer burn-out.

“Everyone just needs a rest,” says Reniak.

The event is entirely volunteer-based, and despite not having the budget of a Broadway show, the group has been able to successfully entertain their full house for years.

Reniak says they would receive plenty of positive feedback after each showing, and their fan base is ever growing.

Reniak says the event will be back next year.

 

 

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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