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Songs ‘n’ Sweets a delicious success

posted May 14, 2018, 9:31 AM by Kathy Carr
Cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies – There was a table full of generous pieces of almost every kind of dessert at the Songs ‘n’ Sweets evening held May 6. Almost every seat at the Royal Canadian Legion at Carberry was full, both for the music of Lucky Ned, and to enjoy the sweet part of the evening as well. The fund­raiser was sponsored by the Carberry Plains Museum Board.
Lucky Ned is known across Western Manitoba for delivering their unique brand of eclectic acoustic music. A little bit Blue­grass, a little bit Blues, Folk, and a touch of classic Pop, the band is made up of Brian Giesbrecht (vocals-guitar-harmonica & ukulele), Brent White (lead guitar, mandolin & vocals), Kerry Skinner (bass and vocals) and Bill Turner (percussion,  vocals, accordion & flute). 
They started with a bit of the “Wellwood blues” (a reference to Bill Turner’s roots) and went on from there. Dion, Del Shannon, the Ventures, and even some Frank Sinatra were amongst the tunes. There was a piece of music for everyone’s taste – and the audience seemed to enjoy them all. A very few took advantage of the music and got up and danced.
When the break came, the desserts were eaten, along with tea and coffee. During the break, a 50/50 draw was held, along with some door prizes. A big thank you to Clark Boles, who won the 50/50 draw ($106) and donated the money back to the museum. Chris Wiebe received one of our Glory Days DVDs; Dale Wiebe received a solar light. There was a bit of humour when the last draw, two free passes to the museum, was made – Lea Hajnrych, our former board chair was the winner – and she still has her keys! A second draw was then made and Gene Kramar­chuk was the winner.
Three months previously, the museum sponsored another musical event, which was held despite the temperature being about -25º with a brisk wind. What a difference 93 days makes, with temperatures being +25º and many sporting sandals and jackets being left behind. What didn’t change, however, was the generosity of those in attendance.
The main purpose of the fundraiser is to raise enough money to rebuild the east porch on the Gingerbread House. The porch is pulling away from the house; the roof is non-existent, and is badly in need of extensive renovations. As it is the entrance through which we take all our visitors, it really needs to be fixed. First impressions count – and the first impression we give our tourists (of the Gingerbread House) is not good! Now we are well on the way to having our share of the funding needed for those repairs.
The Board is grateful to so many, who helped make this happen: first of all, the Legion, for their generosity in providing the perfect venue for this to take place in, and especially Sharon Dane for all her help; the Carberry News-Express, who has willingly been our downtown presence for ticket sales. We appreciate your help so much! A big thank you to Lucky Ned for their great music, and last of all, to you, the public, who supported this venture!

by Gloria Mott