Let them eat cake

By Geoff Lee

June 22, 2017 12:00 AM

HOME AND NATIVE LAND Top left: Grade 2 College Park School students Liam Whyter, left, and Tavius Smith sang along with the Lloydminstrels Choir during a Canada 150 celebration at the Legacy Centre on June 15, Top right: Siiri Miller played the violin and cello, bottom: the Lloydminstrels seniors choir sang with College Park School students. The youngsters put on a square dancing show during a choir break. About 250 seniors turned out for the event. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTOS

About 200 seniors and guests had their cake and ate it too during a Canada 150 party, hosted by the Lloydminstrels choir at the Legacy Centre.
The real treat however, was a youthful square dance performed by boys and girls wearing cowboy hats and boots from College Park School.
“Today, we’ve got 18 kids from our class in College Park,” said their teacher, Anne Namyr, prior to the start of the program on the afternoon of June 15.
“They are going to be marching a number of times to O Canada and a couple of times for Canadian songs, and then they are going to square dance.”
The kids were introduced holding small flags of the provinces and the territories that the Lloydminstrels represented in their set of songs.
Lloydminster deputy Mayor, Aaron Buckingham, dropped by to wish everyone a good time on behalf of the city, with a tip of the hat to the seniors’ choir, directed by Eva Miller.
The Lloydminstrels were assisted by the violin and cello instrumental play of Siiri Miller, Eva’s sister.
The senior choir’s game plan was to perform about 15 songs during a 45 minute program, with a break for the kids’ square dance routine.
“They are Grade 2 students from College Park School and they’re going to do a square dance program which depicts part of the culture of Canada,” said Ann Campbell, Lloydminstrels’ spokesperson and piano accompanist.
The loudest applause of the day went to the kids who were invited by Campbell to help celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary.
“We felt something special needed to be done for it,” said Campbell, who approached her friend Namyr about her class taking part.
“So we were thrilled,” said Namyr, who noted Campbell sometimes reads to her students.
“They’ve been practicing for the whole year, so they are polished.”

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