Murphy (as in Murphy’s Law) visited our home again last week and decided (since he’d recently concluded we needed to replace our hot water tank) that he should now dictate we need to also replace the air conditioner. Perfect time for an air conditioner to pack it - when it is 9,000 degrees in the shade and there is no shade. Needless to say, Murphy is no longer on our Christmas card list.
When I checked to see if we could afford a new air conditioner the bank machine just laughed at me. Therefore, as soon as this column is written I will be digging through the mounds of junk in the shed to find our tent. It is cooler outside than it is in the house. Looks like camping starts in the backyard this year.
Are you looking for some fun things to do in the next few weeks? Well, there are many good musical performances and golf tournaments to keep you hopping – starting tonight (Friday.)
The superb Parks Alive program is featuring some tremendous talent to listen to. Including two of my favourite songwriter/musicians. Tonight on the Kerry Park stage the talented Kenny Byrka, (a.k.a. the Sleddogs) returns to town with his dynamic daughter Rachel, to perform live for Kelowna music fans. You do not want to miss this.
Ken and Ashley (along with two other band members) will perform a half hour set beginning at 7:15. It will be a wonderful night of music and sharing. Kenny Byrka is one of the finest musicians and one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure knowing during my time in the music world. His willingness to help others in the big picture is amazing, and to see his own daughter shine in the industry is not only fitting, but also inspirational. Byrka has a huge heart, which is equally matched by his huge amount of talent. Do yourself a favour and check out two wonderful people (Dad and daughter) who care. Like her father, I can see a tremendous musical future for the talented Rachel.
The great tunes continue on Saturday night when brilliant songwriter/singer Barry Mathers and his wife and best friend Donna play at Kerry Park. Mean Donna perform a lot of roots/alternative country/Americana genre tunes, including some of Barry’s own amazing tunes.
Mathers, (of the Cruzeros fame) earned the musical nickname ‘Golden throat’ many years ago – and every time the man sings I am spellbound. The four-piece act is set to start at 8:30 tomorrow night. While you have your calendar and pencil handy, book time on August 10. That is when well-known Kelowna musician Rann Berry will hold his One Hit Wonder’s showcase at Kelowna Community Theatre. Ran has thrilled Okanagan music fans for the past two decades with his guitar and vocal skills and promises an interesting and enjoyable show on Aug. 10. Rann will take you back in musical time with songs from the 60s and 70s featuring those ‘One Hit Wonders’ that you forgot you love!
Remember Seasons in the Sun, Indiana Wants Me, Hooked on a Feeling and so many more? The One Hit Wonders Show features a seven-piece show band and an opening act. Reserved seats are on sale now at Select Your Tickets, selectyourtickets.com or by phone at 250-762-5050 and in person at The Prospera Place Box Office.
If you like to whack a golf ball around the greens and have a lot of fun, sign up now for the 7th Annual Ugly Jacket Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Bellamy Homes, Your Dollar Store With More, and Country 100.7. All sponsorship is now completely sold out for this fabulous and deserving fundraising event! To register to golf, go to www.wishcometruesociety.com or www.gonzoonline.ca
Full congratulations to Brad Krauza and GonzoOnline.ca for their hugely successful hosting of this year’s July 25 Ugly Jacket Classic tournament held at the Harvest Golf Course. This sporting event has become ‘the’ community event to be involved in during the summer. Great event, great people, and a great cause. Bring your Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and coconuts because it’s a Hawaiian theme this year! “We feel very fortunate to live in a community that cares so much about others,” Brad said, regarding the overwhelming early reservations for avid players in the annual fund raising golf event. The Ugly Jacket has become a local tradition for semi-serious Kelowna area golfers. Raising funds and raising fun is what it is all about, much, much more than the final score. Proceeds from this wonderful event assist multiple local groups. Such as, The Wish Come True Society, who are on a mission to build a hospice house for children right here in Kelowna!
If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact 250-450-9769.