By David F. Rooney
The first four days of Spirit Fest are done but eight more fun-filled days remain. Here are some of the top events this week:
Coming up on Monday, February 3, are the Sled Drag Races at Glacier resort on Westside Road. Registration begins at 11 am, so haul your butt up there if you want pit your hot machine against all the rest.
There’s also, the Aeriosa Workshop for interested adults at the RSS gymnasium between 6 and 8 pm if you’d like to dance while soaring through the air.
Tuesday will see the inaugural Pub Golf event. You have to be over 19 if you’d like to participate and it should be a gas.
On Wednesday climbers and climbing enthusiasts should flock to the presentation by climber Alan Mallory at the Community Centre
Thursday’s lineup includes a burlesque show at the Traverse, a kids’ drama show at the Performing Arts Centre at 6 pm followed at 7:30 pm by the Forever Foursome Beatles tribute. And on Friday there’s the Top Bloke contest at the Last Drop.
As Spirit Fest winds down next weekend you can catch the Rail Jam at RMR from 2 until 7 and the Aeriosa performance at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday don’t miss the ever-popular Best in Show on the site of the old King Eddy Hotel just behind City Hall. This laugh-a-minute event pits all kinds of dogs against each other. If you think your bowser can be a contender, bring ’em on down. The show starts at 4 and ends at 5. And why not cap off your day with the Starlight Snowshoe event being organized by Parks Canada at the Nels Nelson Historic Site at 5 pm.
And finally, on Monday, february 10, there’s cordwood curling at the Forum .
Please click here to view the official Spirit Festival 2014 schedule.
In the meantime, here are photos from Spirit Fest’s first four days:
Spirit Festival 2014 got off to an edible start with a Community Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Ski Patrol and the Revelstoke Rescue Dogs. $8 got you a plate of noodles topped with either meat or vegetarian sauce, garlic bread and caesar salad. It was pretty tasty. David F. Rooney photo
Ski Patrollers Al Roberts and Matt Kieller ladled spaghetti noodles and sauce onto diners’ plates in the Community Centre kitchen. David F. Rooney photo Lisa Weber and Taya Driediger served appreciative diners at the Community Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday night. David F. Rooney photo Visitors and locals alike shared tables and tales as they enjoyed their noodles. David F. Rooney photo Emma Kirkland took delivery of thousands of Spirit Fest brochures Friday. Brochures are available at locations all over the city. David F. Rooney photo This was the scene at the Visual Arts Centre’s main gallery on Thursday evening, January 31, as art lovers perused the images, ceramics and woodwork on offer during the annual Anything Goes art auction. Executive Director Jackie Pendergast said Joanne Stacey matched the most number of artists to their work and won the $100 gift certificate and Corin Flood won the door prize. The top bid of the evening was $200 for Mas Matsushita’s cribbage set. A total for the money raised during the auction will be available on Tuesday. The proceeds are going to help finance the centre’s planned landscaping project later this year. David F. Rooney photo Rob Lamont (center right) acted as the auctioneer for the custom-made skis, valued at $900 to $1,000) offered by Daryl Ross of Big Bend Skis. Fred Lee (second from the left) was the successful bidder, picking them up for $700. David F. Rooney photo Luci Bergeron and Kendra Runnalls were quite taken with Mas Matsushita’s cribbage board. David F. Rooney photo Sharon Kelley and Jim Cook peruse the paintings on offer. David F. Rooney photo Kurt Pont and Arleigh Kurucz examine Andrew Stacey’s work that was on offer during Anything Goes. David F. Rooney photo Dennis and Margo Goodman enjoy a spot of conversation with Jewelles Smith. David F. Rooney photo Spirit Fest’s popular Top Chick Contest began with a bang at The Last Drop Pub as six beautiful women participated before an enthusiastic crowd. The ladies were ready to put on a show! They were as follows (L-R): Lindsey Randell, Sarah Kokerus, Justine Ellis, Victoria Leeson, Alison Lambert, and Nicole Cherlet. Jason Portras photo The first portion of the show was Business Attire. Here is Justine, showing her talents and style as a server. She certainly wowed MC Jean-Marc LaFlamme. Jason Portras photo Next up was for Snow Attire. MC Jean-Marc La Flemme fires up Sarah! Jason Portras photo Lindsey’s ski-hill fashion-sense was impeccable. Jason Portras photo Victoria was a big hit in her skin-tight one-piece. Jason Portras photo Alison shouts out to the crowd, literally. Jason Portras photo A very beautiful Sarah struts her stuff for the the Formal Attire portion of the contest. Jason Portras photo Victoria sports her Wonder Woman socks and pose, while doing her best to keep her top on. Jason Portras photo Alison gets a high-five from the a member of the audience for her ensemble. Jason Portras photo Nicole twirls for Jean-Marc and the crowd. Jason Portras photo
One audience member couldn’t contain his enthusiasm as Lindsey shotgunned a beer while hoola-hooping it up for the talent portion! Jason Portras photo The winner of the 2014 Top Chick contest was Lindsey Randall! Here she is presented with the award by Emma Kirkland, Owner of the Powder Springs Inn. Second Place was a tie for Alison & Nicole. Nicole also won the People’s Choice award. Jason Portras photo Sarah won snowboard boots for winning the Best Talent award. Next Friday night, The Last Drop Pub will be hosting the Top Bloke contest. Come on out for the party, ladies! Of course, gents are welcome as well. Jason Portras photo Saturday, February 1, was Day Three of the 2014 Spirit Fest and it saw staff from Glacier Resort and the Last Drop compete in a Waters’ Race. David F. Rooney photo
Speedy Johnny Price (right) outstripped all of the other contestants. David F. Rooney photo George and Bjorg Buhler (right) purchase food tickets for the Revelstoke Multicultural Society’s Carousel of Nations, which was one of the highlights of the 2014 Spirit Festival. David F. Rooney photo The Carousel of Nations is always a kid-friendly event, with lost of things for very young children to do, including drawing pretty pictures… David F. Rooney photo … kids who needed a little more space for play had ne corner of the Community Centre’s Multi-Purpose Room all to themselves with plenty of blocks and other toys. David F. Rooney photo Carousel of Nations organizer Catherine Bellerose welcomes people to the 2014 version of this grand local event celebrating Revelstoke’s cultural and ethnic diversity. David F. Rooney photo The Revelstoke Highland Pipe band opened this year’s Carousel of Nations with a marvellous set of traditional tunes. David F. Rooney photo In keeping with the event’s theme, the Revelstoke Museum’s display included figurines dressed in ethnic garb. David F. Rooney photo Megan Shandro (left) and Meghan MacIsaac talk with a curious passerby about the Stoke Youth Network. David F. Rooney photo The English as a Second Language calligraphy table was a big hit with adults and children! David F. Rooney photo Judo Sensei Cornelius Suchy describes the objectives of the Judo Club as two of its younger members demonstrate their skills. David F. Rooney photo Judo club members and Carousel of Nations attendees alike were mesmerized by some of the older Judo Club students demonstrations. David F. Rooney photo The irrepressible Amy Flex, complete with her Spirit Fest wig kept the crowd entertained and informed about the Carousel of Nation line up of events. David F. Rooney photo This was the crowd inside the Multi Purpose room during Saturday’s Carousel of Nations. Se anyone you know? David F. Rooney photo There was plenty of food — actually that’s one of the moist popular things on offer — at the Carousel of Nations. You could get French-Canadian, Chinese, Jamaica, Peruvian, First Nations and British. David F. Rooney photo These Metis dancers from Golden are a favourite performing troupe at the Carousel of Nations. David F. Rooney photo A spectator records two Metis dancers on her cell phone. David F. Rooney photo These adorable owls were created Columbia Park’s Grade 4/5 kids. David F. Rooney photo Legendary blues singer Wes Mackey held a blues workshop at the Community Centre on Sunday, February 2. Joe Verbalis photo
Although he is based in Vancouver, Wes is no stranger to Revelstoke. He is a frequent performer at the 112 Lounge in the Regent Hotel. If you’d like an unforgettable dinner date experience reserve a table at the 112 any night that he is playing. You won”t soon forget that experience. Joe Verbalis photo There was quite a crowd at Wes Mackey’s blues workshop. Joe Verbalis photo It was easy to just slide into the groove. Joe Verbalis photo Sunday also saw a small snowmobile show ‘n’ shine up at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. David F. Rooney photo