Valentines Day is quickly approaching and so is Date Night.
The Kamsack Recreation Board has been busy planning the fundraiser to be held on February 14 at the OCC Hall in support of the Kamsack swimming pool expansion, according to Shanley Allard, Kamsack’s recreation director.
The Canadian duo of Brian Burn and Jamie Mahn, who go by the name Burn ‘N’ Mahn, have captivated audiences around the globe for years with their interactive all-request piano shows, The Dueling Pianos Extreme, and they will be the featured entertainment for Date Night.
“The feedback on this entertainment has been nothing but positive so we are really excited for them to perform at our event!” said Allard.
This duo covers every style of music from 1920s tunes to current top 40 hits and uses a variety of instruments, with their instrument of choice being the piano, said a release. All songs are by audience request and feature a wide variety of styles, sounds and instruments as well as sing-along and interaction with the crowd. They also provide a stadium level laser light show, video screens and concert hall sound quality.
Burn has been playing professionally for more than 30 years, touring Canada and the U.S. from end to end many times, the release said. He has won C.C.M.A.'s (Canadian Country Music Association’s) Back-Up Band of the Year award twice. Over the years he has played with many artists including Julian Austin, Gord Bamford, and Charlie Major.
Mahn spent years performing in piano bars on cruise ships, extensively travelling from U.S. ports to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. He went on to playing and managing entertainment at dueling piano bars across the world including clubs in Holland and Singapore. In 2013 the pair joined forces and have since performed over 675 shows.
“An elegant four-course meal will be prepared by Darrell Lomenda,” Allard continued. “The meal boasts of mouth-watering appetizers, a specialty strawberry spinach salad, followed by a delicious Saltimbocca Chicken as the main dish and will finish off with a delightful dessert.
“This meal will definitely be a treat and we have heard that many guests are looking forward to Darrell’s cooking. Darrell has donated his time to help with the fundraiser.
“A few of our past lifeguards, firefighters and members from our community have also volunteered their time to help.
“The Silent Auction table is looking great, with many donations from businesses coming in,” she said. “Prizes include Winnipeg Jets game tickets along with accommodations, a signed “Reed” Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, movie passes, Kamsack Arts Council show tickets, gift baskets and much more. It’s really great to see businesses, community groups and community members pull together to help us fundraise for the swimming pool.”
The Dive In Campaign was launched earlier in 2019, when it was announced that a 1,700 square foot expansion to the existing pool was underway.
“Our current swimming pool liner has been leaking for a few years,” said Allard. “Because of the age and condition of the current liner it cannot be repaired properly anymore and needed to be replaced.
“It was decided to make our pool safer with more accessibility by adding a zero-depth, beach entry at the same time as the liner replacement. There is a huge cost savings in doing both simultaneously. Expansion will include a toddler area and a few spray features, making the pool accessible and safe for everyone.”
“Date Night is a great opportunity to treat yourself and your ‘valentine’ to a night out, while supporting a worthwhile community cause,” Allard concluded.
Table bookings are available. Advance ticket sales are available at the town office.
To learn more or make a donation, please visit the Town website at http://www.kamsack.ca/dive-in.html.
The evening will include Safe Rides home sponsored by SGI.