Home Grown Music coffee houses have been happening since 1982 at Centre 64. A few things have changed. There are no tables around the room to sit and drink coffee while the show is on; the show now takes place in the theatre. The price has changed from $2 to $8, but the format remains the same. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts promptly at 8 pm, there are eight acts (unless there is a last minute cancellation) and an intermission.
The concept when first started was to provide a venue where locals could perform in front of a live audience and other than paying the rent and updating sound equipment the ticket prices would be kept to a minimum so anyone could attend. This practice still continues. The organizers (Read: Carol Fergus, who has been the driving force behind Home Grown for many years) draw on talent from Kimberley and throughout the valley to perform. The variety of performers has been endless and the opportunity to be on stage is given to young and old.
Home Grown Music is a non-profit organization, and contributes the ticket sale money after expenses back into the community. At the coffee house this Saturday evening, Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank will benefit. For the past 25 years or more, the last show prior to Christmas season has been designated for the Helping Hands Food bank and patrons are invited to bring a non-perishable food item.
There is always room for new people to perform as our roster is ever changing. If you would like further information please call Carol Fergus at 427-2258.
The next wonderful show is this Saturday November 29th, 8pm sharp and tickets are available at the Snow Drift Cafe and at Centre 64 (and the door if not sold out). Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Craig Hillman is MC and Saturday’s lineup features Garret and Jordan Symes with Fraser Armstrong, Arne Sahlen, Trena Spears and Bill Mullen, Reg Parsons with his son Clayton and Dan Unger, Alex Buterman, Bill St Amand, Dave Philippe and Sam Hornberger.
All are welcome! Come on out and enjoy the show!