LETTER: Grapevine praise

We’re always proud to say we’ve lived all our lives in this blessed valley, in the magnificent Boundary region of the beautiful province of B.C.


We’re always proud to say we’ve lived all our lives in this blessed valley, in the magnificent Boundary region of the beautiful province of B.C.

Aside from the natural splendour, it’s the people who make this region great and we often thank our good luck in having such a warm and vibrant community to call our home.

Over the years, we’ve attended countless, wonderful local events of every kind.

We can honestly say, however, that last weekend’s presentation by the Grand Forks Choral Society, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, was one of the best shows ever.

Maybe – as front-line Baby Boomers having spent our youth in the Sixties era depicted in the show – we’re affected by a degree of nostalgia, but we don’t think that’s all of it.

There was such a diversity of talented energy and artistic creativity in this multimedia concert, from participants of all ages that, no matter what your generation, you couldn’t help but be caught up in it!

And, it’s really not a bad thing for the Sixties to be resurrected in our lives – whatever else that unique era represented, it did bring us into a new and more enlightened state of consciousness and that process needs to be carried on and on.

Many people deserve recognition for the flourishing of the arts in our community but with the 35-year celebration for the Boundary District Art Council, and with this production, we want to acknowledge the exceptional skill, energy and commitment being invested in recent years by Joan Thompson.

Following in the footsteps of other community spark plugs like Erna Gobbett and Tracey Garvin, Joan has lifted the local music scene to a new level.

And have you seen what’s been done to the old Gazette building?

With “Studio A” on 2nd Street, the new Living Arts Centre at the Lake and all of the other developments in progress, we’re well on our way to giving Nelson a run, for the best “even smaller” arts community around!

Jim and Lillian Popoff, Grand Forks

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