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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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Al MacKenzie (left) and Scott Ritter

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.