A great donation to the hall

At the Walter Martella Trio concert presented by board member Pat Buckna on September 24, renowned tie-dye artist Courtenay Pollock, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, donated one of his full-sized mandalas for our use as a stage backdrop.  We are thrilled with Courtenay’s generosity and hope you will take time to check out his website where you can see all the wonderful wall hangings and shirts and other tie-dye artwork. Thank you Courtenay from all of the board of directors of the hall.

Cranberry Community Hall Annual General Meeting

Tuesday – April 26th at 5:30pm

The Cranberry Community Hall Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 26 @ 5:30pm.

Agenda items will include a review of the past year’s hall activities, financial report, and a review of hall rental rates. We will also be appointing new directors to the board – if you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic board, please attend.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but you must be a member to vote. Annual membership in the CCHA is just $5.

April 2016 Events

Wow! April is a month filled with events – this is just some of what’s happening at the hall.  To see the complete list check out our Cran Hall Calendar

Sat, April 2nd – 7:00pm
Poetry SLAM!

SLAM is a spoken word competition where the brave, bright and loud get on stage to share their words in front of a hollering, cheering, supportive crowd. At the end of the night a poet is selected as the reigning word warrior and immortalized in name on the one and only SLAM CHAMP medallion. (Our own president Scott Ritter is the reigning champion. Will he be there to defend his title or will some other take his place? Come find out.) All ages are welcome and all skill levels are encouraged. Admission by donation. The Powell River Poetry Slam is co-sponsored by the Powell River Public Library and the Cranberry Community Hall Association. It occurs biannually in March and October.

Visit the Slam Facebook event for more details:

Sun April 3 – 7:00pm
Film Night

The first Sunday of the month has been chosen for our Cran Hall film nights and we are very pleased to present ‘From the Waste Up – Life Without Plastic’ for April, which also happens to be Earth Month.

This film explores the concepts of consumerism, convenience, disposability and going without by following the trials and tribulations of the filmmaker Taina Uitto and six other families as they challenge themselves to take a break from their plastic habits.

Taina and the Let’s Talk Trash team will be in attendance for discussion. Admission by donation (suggested $7).

For more information see our Facebook event page  or the movie website

Tue April 5th – 7:30pm
The Fretless

The FretlessPat Buckna Presents
THE FRETLESS
2014 Canadian Folk Music Assoc. – Ensemble of the Year
2014 Western Canadian Music Assoc. – Instrumental Album of the Year
2012 CFMA Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year
2012 WCMA Instrumental Album of the Year

The Fretless quartet is adept at blending styles with each member playing stringed instruments (violin, viola and cello) and mixing genres to create a performance that is unusual, engaging and innovative. They’ve appeared twice before in Powell River to rave reviews and offer a high-energy deeply moving musical performance. The group’s sound is perfectly suited to the great acoustics at the Cranberry Hall and we hope you won’t miss this dynamic quartet.

TICKETS: On sale now at River City Coffee, $18 advance, $20 at the door

Fri April 7 – 7:00pm
Laura Wallace’s Fiddle Jam

Hosted by Laura Wallace on the second Friday of every month (except July and August). Everyone welcome. The tune will be posted a week in advance. $5-$10 to pay for hall rental. Come and kick up your heels and have a good time.

More info: http://cranberryfiddlejam.ca/

Sun Apr 10 – 2:00pm
Sunday Song Circle – New Beginnings

new beginningsApril is the beginning of the new astrological year, so this month’s song circle is all about New Beginnings – perhaps a song about a frest start, or simply a new song you’ve learned that no one has heard before, or a new technique you want to demonstrate for everyone. Maybe you learned a new instrument or found out about a new singer. Maybe you song contains the word ‘new’ or ‘beginning’. Or maybe it doesn’t – that’s fine too. After all, the Sunday Song Circle is about songs, any kind of song, and and all instruments or voices are welcome. We’d love it if you come out and join us. Last month some people came just to listen and the people who played all loved an appreciative audience. Hope to see you Sunday April 10th at 2:00pm.

Admission by donation ($5 or what you can afford).  Join us and join our Facebook group

Sat Apr 16 –
Spring Fling with a Twist

A fundraiser and an evening of fun for our board member Dee Light organized by her friends
Doors open at 6pm, dinner starts at 6:30pm

Curry Cook off
6 contestants compete to make the tastiest curry dish. Cash Prize of $100, a loving cup and bragging rights of course. Judging will be people’s choice. Ballots will be counted at 7:30pm.

Music
There will be electronic music for our dancing pleasure after dinner, as well as an open stage for locals to strut their stuff. So musicians, bring your tools of trade.

“Bundles Of Gratitude”
50/50 draw, Silent Auction , door prizes on every hour

This is an alcohol free family event.
Tickets will be $20 each and available at River City Coffee, Velma’s Candy/ Urban Earth Teas and Earth Inspirations Pottery.

Sunday Apr 24 – 7:30pm
Acoustic Coffeehouse

CoffehouselogHosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

March 2016 Events

March 2016

Friday Mar 11 – 7:00pm
Laura Wallace’s Fiddle Jam

LauraWallaceHosted by Laura Wallace on the second Friday of every month (except July and August).

Our next jam is Friday, March 11, 2016 and the Cranberry Hall. 7pm. Everyone welcome. The tune will be posted a week in advance. $5-$10 to pay for hall rental. Come and kick up your heels and have a good time.

More info: http://cranberryfiddlejam.ca/

Sunday Mar 13 – 2:00pm
Sunday Song Circle – Betrayal

betrayalssLast month it was all about love. Next month we’re so close to the Ides of March, we decided our theme is BETRAYAL! There must be a million songs that have been written on the topic and we’re hoping you’ll come and share some of your best ones with us. We’re an easy-going group of singers, players, and folks who just want to come out and listen and we’d love to see you on March 13th at the Cranberry Hall at 2:00pm. Murder-ballads, my-baby-done-me-wrong songs, I’m-So-Lonesome-Since-My-Baby-Said-Goodbye songs, or any other kind of tune that strikes your fancy will be just fine. If you haven’t joined us before, you’re invited and we’ll be glad to have you.

Admission by donation ($5 or what you can afford)

Mar 15 – 19
Spring Break Workshops

MiniComicImageMarch 15-18, 1:30-3:30 pm, Minicomic Camp for teens 11+. Create your own comic book from script to storyboard to mock-up to mastercopy during this 4-day camp. Each day begins with a drawing warm-up led by one of four fantastic Powell River artists: Meghan Hildebrand, Caitlin McDonough, Giovanni Spezzacatena, and Luke Ramsey.

March 19, 10:30-noon, Hatch-a-Plot for kids 7-10.  Kidnap two characters, give them a BIG problem, set them somewhere amazing, add a speech bubble, turn up the heat! Face the problem, tie up the plot, end with a BANG!

To register for either of these programs, call the Library at 604-485-4796.

Sunday Mar 27 – 7:30pm
Acoustic Coffeehouse

Photo by Dee Light
Photo by Dee Light

Hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

February 2016 Events

February 2016

February 14 2:00pm

FebSongCircleMonthly Sunday Song Circle hosted by Pat Buckna.  February’s Song Circle is scheduled for Valentine’s Day This month our theme is LOVE (never ending, careless, new, faded, lost, unrequited, puppy, true or any other type).
Bring your sweetie and some love songs to sing. If you know anyone who would like to join in or just come to listen, please invite them to come and join our group.

Admission by donation ($5 or what you can afford)

Friday Feb 12 – 7:00pm
Laura Wallace’s Fiddle Jam

LauraWallaceBack up and running in February and for the rest of the year! Second Friday of every month (except July and August).

Our next jam is Friday, February 8th 2016 and the Cranberry Hall. 7pm. Everyone welcome. The tune will be posted a week in advance. $5-$10 to pay for hall rental. Come and kick up your heels and have a good time.

More info: http://cranberryfiddlejam.ca/

Sunday Feb 21 – 7:30pm
Acoustic Coffeehouse

Dec 2015 CoffeehouseHosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

Sunday Feb 28 – 7:30pm
Pat Buckna Presents
The Crooked Brothers

CrookedBrothersThe Crooked Brothers have have toured 10 countries, played in nearly every province and territory in Canada, and have released three full length albums, as well as an EP that comes available exclusively on limited-edition postcards. Music full of hips and heart. The Crooked Brothers. We’re glad to bring them back to the Cranberry Hall.

TICKETS
$18 advance $20 at the door
Available at 
Rockit Music and Breakwater Books
For more info contact Pat Bucknan 604-485-5198
pbuckna@telus.net   http://www.starbuckna.com

This Month at the Hall

March 2016

Friday Mar 11 – 7:00pm
Laura Wallace’s Fiddle Jam

LauraWallaceHosted by Laura Wallace on the second Friday of every month (except July and August).

Our next jam is Friday, March 11, 2016 and the Cranberry Hall. 7pm. Everyone welcome. The tune will be posted a week in advance. $5-$10 to pay for hall rental. Come and kick up your heels and have a good time.

More info: http://cranberryfiddlejam.ca/

Sunday Mar 13 – 2:00pm
Sunday Song Circle – Betrayal

betrayalssLast month it was all about love. Next month we’re so close to the Ides of March, we decided our theme is BETRAYAL! There must be a million songs that have been written on the topic and we’re hoping you’ll come and share some of your best ones with us. We’re an easy-going group of singers, players, and folks who just want to come out and listen and we’d love to see you on March 13th at the Cranberry Hall at 2:00pm. Murder-ballads, my-baby-done-me-wrong songs, I’m-So-Lonesome-Since-My-Baby-Said-Goodbye songs, or any other kind of tune that strikes your fancy will be just fine. If you haven’t joined us before, you’re invited and we’ll be glad to have you.

Admission by donation ($5 or what you can afford)

Mar 15 – 19
Spring Break Workshops

MiniComicImageMarch 15-18, 1:30-3:30 pm, Minicomic Camp for teens 11+. Create your own comic book from script to storyboard to mock-up to mastercopy during this 4-day camp. Each day begins with a drawing warm-up led by one of four fantastic Powell River artists: Meghan Hildebrand, Caitlin McDonough, Giovanni Spezzacatena, and Luke Ramsey.

March 19, 10:30-noon, Hatch-a-Plot for kids 7-10.  Kidnap two characters, give them a BIG problem, set them somewhere amazing, add a speech bubble, turn up the heat! Face the problem, tie up the plot, end with a BANG!

To register for either of these programs, call the Library at 604-485-4796.

Sunday Mar 27 – 7:30pm
Acoustic Coffeehouse

Photo by Dee Light
Photo by Dee Light

Hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

 

 

January 2016 Events

PREVIOUS EVENTS AT THE HALL

Sunday January 17th 2:00-5:00pm

songcirclesandMonthly Sunday Song Circle hosted by Pat Buckna.  Come and sing a song (a capella or instrumental accompaniment), share lyrics or music with others or just come to listen.  We go around in a circle and each participant can invite others to sing harmonies, play along, or simply listen.  If you’re not singer, join us anyway for an afternoon of great music. Open to all ages, styles as long as it’s acoustic.  Admission by donation ($5 suggested or what you can afford). If you’re interested, join our Facebook Group and download song sheets and music charts

Saturday and Sunday January 23-24

2nd Annual Urban Homesteading Workshop 
For Fiber and Fabric from the Ground Up

From evaluating a fleece through dyeing and spinning to knitting, crochet, weaving and sewing – it’s all here over two full days of fun!

Registration information.

Sunday January 31st 7:00-10:00pm

CoffeehouseMonthly Acoustic coffeehouse hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and more are all welcome. Each performer gets 10 minutes on stage, or just come and be part of a supportive audience. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested). Café seating. Coffee, tea and snacks available. Performers sign up from 7:00-7:30 pm.

2015 – a great year at the Hall

In 2015, Cranberry Hall has really come into it’s own again. Here’s a quick look back:

January 2015
RickScottWe started the year off with a Fiddle Jam, CJMP Radio board training sessions, a two-day Urban Homesteading Workshop, a concert by Rick Scott and the first  monthly Cran Hall Acoustic Coffeehouse of the year.
Regular weeknight meetings were held by the Kundalini Yoga group, the Punk Rock Choir, and the Grapevine.

February
In addition to our regular weekly group sessions, the Cranberry Ratepayers held a meeting, Laura Balducci hosted an Art Show, the Powell River Dollars organization held their AGM and the Urban Homesteading group held another workshop.

March
The One Voice Choirs and the Writer’s club began their weekly get-togethers this month, the Powell River public library held Campfire Sessions and hosted a reading by Sunshine Coast publisher and author Howard White. The Powell River SLAM presented another wildly popular evening and Pat Buckna and Clay Brander brought Juno award-winner Old Man Leudecke to the hall for a sold-out performance. The Cranberry Community Hall Association held their Annual General meeting.

April
In March the library hosted another writer event, and Pharis and Jason Romeo put on a singing workshop and concert.  The Volunteer Shuffle organizers held an orientation event and our monthly Fiddle Jam and coffee-house continued with a variety of new performers, poets, and storytellers.

 

Carina Rempel and Juhli Jobi - Lotus and the WIldflower
Carina Rempel and Juhli Jobi – Lotus and the WIldflower

May
Cindy Church and Natham Tinkham presented a special Mother’s Day show at the hall and the hall played host to a Saturday birthday party as well as a show featuring The Harp Pixie and local duo, Lotus and the Wildfire.

Summer
Thanks to a grant from the Powell River Foundation, we began preparations for the exterior restoration and painting of the hall which took place over the summer. The Yoga group held a Solstice Event in June, and indoor events quieted down with the longer days and warm weather. Victoria duo Quinn & Qristina Bachand performed to a sold-out crowd in August and the library hosted a Teen Drama Camp.

September
In September, we-co sponsored a free publishing and songwriter’s workshop with the Sunshine Music Festival featuring Juno award winners Helen Austin & Paul Otten,  Pat Buckna brought in two strong Alberta songwriters –  Leeroy Stagger and John Wort Hannam.

October
In the middle of the month, we once again hosted the Rossander Film Festival and all Mondays through Friday evenings were filled with regular group sessions. The One Voices Choir presented a pre-election song fest and a group rented the hall for a private family dinner. We began our outdoor landscaping project this month.

November
A busy month that saw a new exercise group hosting daytime sessions, and an Irish language learning group started up.  One weekend we hosted a Record Sway, and the library hosted their fall Poetry Slam.  Oliver Swain saw a strong turnout for his CD launch concert and our own Scott Ritter and Geoff Allan opened for The Chimney Swallows.

 

CranhallSign - 1
Al MacKenzie (left) and Scott Ritter

December
Dan Vincent, and Al MacKenzie from the Senior’s Centre completed work on our new engraved outdoor sign and thanks in part to a grant from the Powell River Arts Council purchased a digital projector and small sound system that will be available for groups to rent for their activities. The Powell River Public Library presented the winners of their Tiny Stories competition and a Theatre and Puppetry Event. As well, the hall launched two new regular monthly events – Movie Nights and a Sunday Afternoon Song Circle hosted by Pat Buckna and we wrapped up the year with a full-house at our final Acoustic Coffeehouse on December 27th.

We’d like to thank everyone who’s come out to our events this year and hope to see all of you (and more) in 2016.

Welcome to our new website

Karen Skadsheim, Cranberry Community Hall Association treasurer. Mel Edgar photo (Powell River Peak)
Karen Skadsheim, Cranberry Community Hall Association treasurer. Mel Edgar photo (Powell River Peak)

It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally begun work on our new website. Our Facebook page has been very active in the past couple of years, but we had fallen behind on keeping our website up-to-date and current.  Look for lots of additional information about the hall, about our society and our activities.  In the past couple of years, the hall has gone through many changes and now is actively used nearly every day, which is exactly what we had hoped would happen with our excellent community facility.

If you haven’t yet visited the hall, consider coming out to one of our sponsored coffeehouses, song circles or film nights and check out our Calendar of Events to see what else is happening at the hall.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Please note that the date has been changed for the Cranberry Community Hall Association AGM to SUNDAY, MARCH the 8. The agenda remains the same. 

Everyone is invited to the Cranberry Community Hall Association annual general meeting on

Sunday, March 8 @ 6:30 (doors open)

We’re excited to show off the latest improvements to the hall, including better exterior lighting, a spot-lit mural by Meghan Hildebrand, and a custom-built screen for projections! We’ve checked off a nice bucket list of actions in 2014 and we’ve got more to come in 2015. Our regular coffeehouse series, the last Sunday of the month, is booming and our technological assets are increasing. Want to know what’s up and coming for your favourite community hall? Join us for coffee or tea and a treat and talk with the directors.

Evening’s agenda starts @ 7:00 pm

Cranberry Community Hall Association

Agenda for the 2015 Annual General Meeting

1. Welcome & introductions

2. Review agenda

3. Review and adopt 2014 AGM minutes

4. Report from the Treasurer

5. Report from the Directors

 a. President’s report
b. 2014 events and hall use in review
c. Review action plan based on strategic priorities

7. Review hall rental policy

8. Election of directors

9. Adjourn

8:00 – 9:00 relaxation time

MEMBERSHIPS: All members in good standing will be able to vote in the election of directors. If your CranHall membership has lapsed, you’re welcome to pay the yearly $5 dues on that night.

ELECTIONS: The current Board consists of Brownie, Scott Ritter, Suzan Roos, Karen Skadsheim, Ann Trousdell and Sonia Zagwyn. If you think you might like to join the Board, please get in touch before the AGM.  We’d happy to answer any questions you may have about board membership.

**IMPORTANT NOTE**

Membership is a great way to show your support for an organization dedicated to preserving an affordable space for community arts and culture. At this AGM we will recommend updating our hall rental policy to make membership a prerequisite for renting the hall. If a potential renter does not have a membership, the $5 annual membership fee will be added to the hall rental cost.