Church to host old-time dance
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 06:00 am
Turner Valley’s student minister is inviting families to come down to the dance floor this weekend.
Matthew Heesing, with the United Church in the Valley, is hosting his second Old Time Family Dance. There will be fiddle music by the Gates Family Band and an auction of homemade desserts offered by members of the church at the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall Sept. 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Last year’s event brought more than 150 people onto the dance floor.
“It’s to get the wider community together with music,” said Heesing. “It’s meaningful to see young people and seniors dancing together and teaching each other how to dance.”
Heesing’s wife Marlee will bring her family band from Edmonton to the stage with music people can waltz, polka, two-step and square dance to. Marlee plays the fiddle and keyboards, her brother and father play fiddle and a family friend plays bass.
The dance had such a positive reception in its inaugural year that some people asked that it be held monthly, Heesing said.
“People really enjoyed the old time music and the chance to come together as families,” he said. “Primarily the main focus of this event is to get the community together. The United Church in the Valley would like to be more visible and present in the community and be a source of hope and life and light.”
Money raised from ticket sales will support community programs held in the church by subsidizing building use fees for the Girl Guides, Scouts, Oilfields Food Bank and other users.
The funds will also support the monthly family fun night at Turner Valley School and local and international outreach initiatives, Heesing said. Last year’s dance raised more than $1,000, he said.
Tickets to attend the Old Time Family Dance cost $10 (16 and under are free) and are available for purchase at the door. For more details call 403-804-4622.