The town of Edgewater has reached its centennial year and all the community groups are putting on parties to mark the occasion. On Saturday, July 7th the Steamboat Mountain Music Society is hosting an all day musical stage featuring over 40 musicians. Proceeds from this event will help to fund music bursaries for the Columbia Valley. Tickets are available at local outlets all around the Valley, and also on the website www.steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca. Tickets will also be on sale – cash only – on the day, at the gate for those who are waiting on the weather to invite them in proper style.
Those wishing to get an early start on the day will not want to miss the Edgewater Legion’s pancake breakfast from 8:00-10:00 Saturday morning. Over at the school grounds, the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival gates open at 10:30 and the music gets started at 11:00 am.
Headliners Chris Coole, Mark Koenig, Maria in the Shower, and John Reischman & the Jaybirds will alternate sets with local performers: the Halfsacks, L8, Combo Akimbo, Marty & Eli Beingessner, Bob Benvenuti, and the Dry Gulch Ramblers, Paige Fuller, Mickey Maione, Beard’s Creek, the Kootenay Legends, and ABBY. Everybody’s favourite master of ceremonies Bill Cropper will keep the jam-packed program rolling.
The festival will have ten food and craft vendors and a children’s area. Aside from the snack concessions on site, the Edgewater Legion will feature its famous beef dip sandwich from 5:00 -8:00 pm, and an open bar service until late Saturday night.
On Sunday, the Edgewater Recreation Society is cooking up a pancake breakfast at 9:00 am at the Community Hall, and the Edgewater Fire Department is leading a parade at 10:00 down Main Street. Through the afternoon, ERS will has planned family fun and games in the park, and a duck race down the flume at 1:00 pm to raise funds to rebuild the concession at Wittman Field. Ducks are $5.00 – and they have gathered some great prizes! There will be historical displays at the Community Hall, and a self guided historical walking tour will show off the heritage sites of the town. For a $5.00 admission, the Edgewater Seniors will be serving their Pioneer Tea at the Legion at 2:00 pm (they’ll expect everyone to come in period costume!)
In honour of Edgewater’s anniversary, Steamboat Mountain Music Festival is offering two historical music workshops at the lovely heritage site All Saint’s Church, located on the corner of Vermillion and Cordillera. The first workshop, at 10:00 am, will be a demonstration of ballad writing techniques, setting to music a poem by local guide-outfitter Jack Thompson. The second workshop, “A Hundred Years of Favourite Songs,” starts at 11:00 am and offers a selected romp through a century of great music. These sessions are free and open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments and learn some new old tunes.
For an entire weekend of fun and frolic come out to Edgewater July 7th & 8th and celebrate a century of music and community.