Over 200 local and nearby residents came to the annual Mundare Farmers’ Day evening event to have a great meal, visit with friends and listen to great music on Friday evening, June 8. Perogies and Jam faithful provided the musicians for over three hours with a wide variety of music styles from folk, blues, old time country and fiddle playing. Included in the audience was our local MLA Jacquie Fenskie and Mundare Town Councillors, Frank Rosypal, Charlie Gargus, and Mayor Mike Saric.
With the oncoming rain, the street event was held in the Mundare Recreational Centre which provided a great stage and kitchen facilities. The food was all locally sourced and included pulled pork on a bun, vegetables & dip and dessert. Many thanks go to Pamela Wolanski of ARSAN (Alberta Rural Sustainable Alternatives Network) and helpers for the food preparation, the Town of Mundare set-up crew, and to Charlie Gargus for providing the sound system. Masters of Ceremony for the evening were Don Harfield of Perogies and Jam, and Charlie Gargus.
Leeland Bachelet, accompanied by Bob Ashmead on guitar, opened the evening of music with his crowd pleasing fiddle music and songs. Following up were folksingers Barb Harmatys from Tofield and local farmer Lorne Fill who both enjoy performing in local coffee shops in the Vegreville area. Always an audience delight were B-Cuz (a young Vegreville singing group of three sisters and a cousin, hence their name) providing a number of their popular choreographed songs. Young Cassidy Zahar from Vilna sang many of her songs from her recently released CD. Wayne Camantigue got the audience’s attention with “Speedy Gonzales” and Randy Kereliuk, performed a couple of popular country songs. Backing up the Perogies and Jam musicians were Ralph Lange on upright bass, and Rob Hughes on drums. To close off the evening, Silver and Gold (consisting of Bob & Madeleine Ashmead and Charlie Gargus) provided a great finale to the evening with a number of local favorite songs including “I’m My Own Grandpa”.
We thank the many who came to this event, the Town of Mundare for providing the venue, ARSAN for the food, AND the many volunteer musicians associated with Perogies and Jam who engage with the community with their love of music. The event was in support of the ARSAN initiative to save the 1929 Mundare General Hospital building, and further donations can be made at the Mundare Alberta Treasury Branch.
Images Courtesy of Don Harfield and Rob Hughes