Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners returned to Hedley, B.C., for the second annual Hedley Summer Street Dance this past long weekend.
The band came out to support and entertain the approximate 320 residents and visitors of Hedley during the now yearly fundraiser for the Hedley Community Club.
“They had such a great time with us last year, they wanted to come back,” said TJ Bratt, organizer of the event.
The Hedley Community Club came up with the idea of a street dance and dinner in order to raise funds to do something with the old baseball diamond. “It could be a place to hold events like this, with a stage—anything, we just want to do something with it,” said Bratt.
Along with salads prepared by ladies in the community, Bratt’s husband Doug put out a barbecue chicken dinner with new potatoes for 150 people on Saturday night.
The dinner was held in Woodlie Park at 5 p.m. Plate charge for adults was $12 and children $6. Dinner charges were to cover the fee for the band and a 50/50 raffle was held to raise funds for the club.
The dance began at 7 p.m., right outside Woodlie Park on the main street in Hedley, lasting until 11 p.m.
The street was packed with couples and families dancing and enjoying the great sounds of the blues band, and those that weren’t dancing brought chairs to sit and enjoy the music filled evening.
Bratt says this event is one of the easier events to put together, “It just comes together with the club and the people/places that support us.”
The club extends their thanks and appreciation for the support from the Friends of the Hedley Community Club; Donna’s Deli, the Hitching Post, The Hedley Country Market, the Senior’s Centre and from Keremeos; Pharmasave, Value Plus, Sanderson’s Farm, The Branding Iron, CIBC, Similkameen Agencies, Valley First Credit Union and Buy-Low Foods.
Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners is a four piece rockin’ blues band out of Vancouver Island. They have been performing since 2007 at numerous clubs and events throughout the Island and the interior of B.C.
The band has released a CD entitled Life’s Been Pretty Good and are currently working on their second CD.
If you missed the opportunity to attend the street dance, Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners are scheduled to perform at the Summertime Blues Festival on August 25 in Nanaimo.