Osoyoos street dance returns Friday night

By on July 16, 2014
Last year’s street dances were a big hit with many kids of all ages and their families. Many of the songs involve special audience participation and for some there are prizes donated by local businesses. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Last year’s street dances were a big hit with many kids of all ages and their families. Many of the songs involve special audience participation and for some there are prizes donated by local businesses. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Once again Osoyoos residents and visitors will be dancing in the street this coming Friday evening in the first of two summer street dances.

Actually, since last year when the dances were taken over by the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre Association, they have been held in the parking lot next to the museum, seniors’ centre and Gyro Park.

Despite the seniors’ centre sponsorship, the dances are family events aimed at all ages.

“We don’t have enough things in the town that parents, grandparents and children can participate in together,” said Valorie Paolera, past president of the seniors’ centre. “It’s something the whole family can participate in.”

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and features recorded music for all age groups. Prizes donated by local businesses are offered throughout the evening.

“Normally the seniors’ centre doesn’t ask local businesses for donations, but we feel this is a civic thing that we took over so we wouldn’t lose it,” said Paolera. “So for that reason we are asking businesses in town for donations.”

For 26 years Osoyoos Home Hardware on Main Street hosted the street dances. But last year Frances and Larry Sogoluk, the store’s owners, announced they couldn’t do it any longer. That’s when the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre stepped in.

“I think that it’s a tradition now what Frances and Larry started and I think that it’s a tradition that should carry on,” said Paolera. “Hats off to Larry and Frances because that was one heck of an idea.”

As well as attracting many local residents, the event also draws visitors to Osoyoos.

“We have people that plan their holidays around it,” said Paolera.

This year’s event will be similar to last year’s, but the dance area will be made smaller because people prefer it that way, she said.

Food is available at the restaurant at Gyro Beach and Better at Home will be selling refreshments. The events are alcohol free.

Again this year Clint Hawes will be master of ceremonies, Paolera said.

“I’m hoping we get the crowds that we’ve been fortunate to receive since we took it over,” she added.

The second and last dance of the summer will be held Friday, Aug. 15 at the same location, also from 7 to 10 p.m.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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