Lo­cal flavour for Elmira Ki­wa­nis Club fundraiser

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

CALL IT A FALL dance, though one that just hap­pens to be tak­ing place dur­ing Ok­to­ber­fest.

Gemütlichkeit is in order, but less ziggy zaggy as the Ki­wa­nis Club of Elmira shifts gears for its fundraising event, set for Oc­to­ber 13.

For this one, the club is bring­ing to­gether lo­cal dis­til­leries, brew­eries and en­ter­tain­ment for a 19+ dance aimed at an adult au­di­ence. Mur­phy’s Law Dis­tillery (Elmira) and Block Three Brew­ery (St. Ja­cobs) will pro­vide the bev­er­ages, while the Dan Howler Band gets the crowd up on the floor.

“These guys are amaz­ing mu­si­cians; these guys have played all over On­tario, they’re very pro­fes­sional,” said event or­ga­nizer Cindy Bossen­berry. “They will per­form cov­ers of plenty of well-known songs by Sam Cook and Bruno Mars.”

“We’ll be do­ing mostly cov­ers for the 13th to help get the party go­ing. Songs you can dance to will be our fo­cus,” added Dan (Bossen­berry) Howler.

Along with Bossen­berry, the Dan Howler Band in­cludes Dun­can Chap­man McLen­nan (drums, back­ing vo­cals, gui­tar, key­boards, per­cus­sion) and Ian An­gus McLen­nan (bass, back­ing vo­cals, gui­tar, man­dolin).

The club used to host an Ok­to­ber­fest event around this time, but this year or­ga­niz­ers are putting an orig­i­nal spin on it, look­ing to at­tract a wide au­di­ence.

“It’s pretty much for any­one of any age,” said Cindy Bossen­berry. “You have to be over 19, but I have friends com­ing that are be­tween ages 50 or 60. And then there will be Dan’s age be­tween 19-30.”

“We had a dance on sapfest (maple syrup fes­ti­val) at the Le­gion and it sold out within a week or two, and they had to turn peo­ple away. There was a great re­sponse, and it was so much fun,” she added. “So there’s an in­ter­est in this sort of thing.”

Bossen­berry said she’s look­ing for­ward to see­ing how all of the lo­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions will come to­gether and play out. A first for this event, tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line through EventBrite.ca for $15 in ad­vance. The money raised from the event will go to­wards the com­mu­nity projects un­der­taken by the Ki­wa­nis Club of Elmira. The ma­jor­ity of these projects in­volve com­mu­nity ser­vice and as­sist­ing chil­dren both lo­cally and world­wide.

Al­ter­na­tively, tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door for $20. The even gets un­der­way at 8 p.m. and runs un­til 1 a.m. at the Lions Hall, 40 South St. W. in Elmira.

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