Fred ‘Borgy’ Borgerson, second from the top left, was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2018, at age 92, after a long and career sharing his infectious banjo music. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: Remembering 2 talented Valley entertainers this week, plus other events

There’s lots going on in the Valley now, including some ‘murder mystery mayhem’

Dance Temple Cowichan presents: Orca Song, a music video release and dance with live music by Juniper plus DJ sets.

There will also be a featured art gallery from @Collective Space for you to enjoy.

It all takes place on Friday, Nov. 8 at The HUB and promises to be a very special community collaboration.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $25 at the door, with those 16 and under admitted free.

It sounds like a magical evening is in the works with a passionate team of eight Cowichan locals who have a love for the ocean, the orcas, music, dance, art, and community.

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The Clements Centre in Duncan is holding a Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 9.

There is no entry fee to get in to peruse the handcrafted items, baked goods and other fun things for sale. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch is available for $5.

Organizers ask that attendees try to bring a pair or two of new socks for the Centre’s annual sock drive, on now, and are hoping to collect 2,019 pairs.

The event takes place at the Clements Centre, located at 5856 Clements St.

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Tickets are now available for the Shawnigan Players holiday panto, Beauty and the Beast.

The wacky show doesn’t hit the stage until Dec. 26 but if you are interested, it’s time to think about getting those seats purchased from Ten Old Books in Duncan and Mason’s Store in Shawnigan Lake. The cost is $10 each for young ‘uns and $15 for adults.

Why am I telling you this now? Easy, the run takes place during that fraught period from Dec. 26-31, when you and your guests are turkeyed out and shopped out and just want something else to do. A crazy, traditional English-style pantomime fills the bill for many, many Valley families, and crowds always pack this small venue to the doors. Don’t be disappointed. Snap up those tix now.

I’ll have more about the actual show closer to the kickoff.

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I hear that legendary banjo man Fred ‘Borgy’ Borgerson, 93, died this week.

A Cowichan Lake institution, he left logging behind, packed up his banjo and headed out to Expo 67 in Montreal in 1967 and never looked back, making an exciting career for himself playing with all kinds of musicians.

He was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.

Borgerson wasn’t just a super musican, though, he was also a great character, making friends wherever he went, and is remembered fondly by all who met him, including me.

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It’s sure to be a tuneful occasion when Ann Yelland hosts Where There Is Music, There Is Harmony at the Christian Reformed Church, Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 2 p.m.

At this event, Valley music lovers have a great chance to remember the life and work of Peter Yelland, in a special show featuring friends and colleagues who worked and performed with him through the years. Singer, teacher, director, great lover of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and an inspiration to those around him, Yelland left a real musical legacy in the Cowichan Valley.

There will also be an opportunity during the intermission to enjoy refreshments and look at some of Yelland’s art work and memorabilia.



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