From the Grinch who stole Christmas, to fun Christmas season fare, to the Carols of the ages – this year’s Carol Festival held in Kindersley on December 2nd at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s United Church was a great start to the Christmas season.

The hosts/M.C.’s for the evening were Ted and Cheryl Glass – husband and wife team from the community. Ted’s wry humour and Cheryl’s ability to contain the tangents provided a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Even the introduction of the benediction by Rev. Piotr Strzelecki referenced the humour, while his benediction itself was a great send off into the Advent season.

Musically, local residents, ranging in age from young to old, exhibited their talents – in vocals, piano, violin, guitar. The crowd themselves sang forth on carols that were exuberant and enjoyable. Four choirs were also present – a handbell choir from St. Paul’s United, one from Westberry elementary school, one from the St. Paul’s United Church and the other being the local community choir.

A treat for those present was a gathering of local music teachers in a Dixieland Band that rocked the house! From a tuba rolling out the running notes of the bass, to saxophones and trumpets, along with a trombone, that pushed forth great melody lines, to a drum beat that kept things in line and a piano that filled out the music – this is a true professional group of musicians located in this region!!

And, of course, the evening ended with thanks – for the volunteers, musicians and the audience, whose participation in singing along with their hardy applause spurred on a great atmosphere. Special thanks goes the current sponsor of this decades old tradition! The Kindersley and Distric Musical Festival Association – who will be holding their Spring Music Festival from March 18th- 29th, 2019 – have done a great job once again!



Feature Image: Courtesy of Ron Baker 

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Ron Baker
Ron Baker is a recently retired (2005) member of the Kindersley community. His roots run deep – his grandfather homesteaded just outside Kindersley in the early 1900's. Ron was born in the old Kindersley Hospital, has made his home in various other communities over the years, but keeps coming back. Committed to the community, Ron has found his local involvement has proved to be great fodder for some hilarious tales and tragic events. His experience in administration and working with people, along with his love for a good story, ought to help to bring daily life to life! Ron blogs at, and is pleased to be a part of the writing “crew” at Kindersley Social.