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April 6, 2016

 

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From Left, Intro StarSkate solo group, Edie Swann, McKayla Harrison, Kaelyn Housh, and Taryn Warren pose before the recent Athens Figure Skating Show.                                                      Photo: Sally Smid

 

Ice Show delights crowd

 

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On Saturday the 26th of March the ice surface of Center ’76 was transformed.  Hockey nets were nowhere to be seen, gel lights shone a soft pink hue over the arena, and the boards were transformed into a Rock n’Roll backdrop that reflected the theme of Athens Figure Skating Club’s 43rd Annual Ice show.  As the crowd flowed into the stands the anticipation of another exciting show of local skating talent filled the air.

The show started off with a fast paced number that gave a hint of things to come, “We Will Rock You” was performed by the Senior/Junior line.  The many hours of practice shone through as the little ones were quite well trained to keep up with the older more experienced senior skaters leading the line.

The show boosted fun-filled numbers from the smallest little CanSkaters toddling along to Jailhouse Rock to the Adult dance team, Doug and MaryEllen Stewart, who are always a crowd favorite.

Sarah Godkin, daughter of Geoff and Jen Godkin, did a fabulous job presenting two numbers in the show.  Performing her demanding Gold Interpretive program called “The Fab 50’s” as her final farewell.  Godkin is leaving for Georgian College in Barrie in the fall to study Dental Hygiene.  She has been a club member since the age of three, and the senior skaters gave her a warm hug at middle ice when she finished her final spin. Kim Ferguson her coach of 15 years said, “Sarah has always been a wonderful role model for the younger skaters and a blessing to me as a coach.  She is a graceful beautiful presence on the ice and I will certainly miss her shining sense of humour next season”.

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George Bowser, left and Rick Blue engage in typical humorous remarks between songs at their recent appearance at JBC.                                                                                                          Photo: Sally Smid

 

Entertaining season at JBC

By Sally Smid

Many of those who attended the last Joshua Bates Performing Arts presentation for the season travelled from places like Perth and Gananoque and had never been at the Joshua Bates Centre before. Certainly many more are discovering this “hidden gem”.

It is remarkable to realize that this Performing Arts Committee in rural Athens has hosted performers like Johnny Reid, Brett Kissel, Wayne Rostad, George Fox and many more for 21 years.

Bowser and Blue, a music and comedy duo,  appeared for the first time at the JBC on March 31st. Performing together since 1978, the Montreal based group have made a variety of TV appearances including CBC’s Just for Laughs and regularly appear in theatres and concert halls across Canada . CDs that they’ve produced bear titles like  Humour for Boomers” and “Opening Grey”, which reflect their readiness to embrace their senior status. The “baby boomer” crowd responded with much enthusiasm. It would be agreed that some of their show involved “adult humour”. 

Their song “Bald is Beautiful” brought on somewhat of a fervour as one audience member shouted “Amen Brother!”. 

Humorous remarks like “bald is not the absence of hair, it is the presence of head” were greeted with laughter. 

The audience related to so many references to familiar musicians from the past as they referred to John Lennon, Eric Clapton and more.  The duo also embraced their Canadian culture in a very special way with quips like, “The difference between Americans and Canadians is that Canadians know there is a difference” and “When American celebrities go out they need body guards but Canadians need name tags”.

Rick Blue plays the acoustic guitar and harmonica. George Bowser plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass and banjo. They demonstrated that they are also very skilled instrumentalists as well.

From the enthusiastic laughter and appreciative applause from the crowd, it would seem that the last JBC show for the season was a very well received and a suitable conclusion to another successful season and they are already anticipating an outstanding schedule for the fall.

 

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