Celebrating Summertime in the park

The Envision Twilight Concert series runs at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Songs, Strings and Steps at Mission’s Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday, July 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Songs, Strings and Steps is a summer camp that takes place at Cultus Lake for a week in July. This is a project of violinist/conductor Calvin Dyck, who has brought many shows to the Twilight series over the years.

Dyck will present “Summertime” with the Songs, Strings and Steps summer camp orchestra and special guests. This variety show features classical music, fiddle tunes and show tunes along with special guests from Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, acro dancer Zoey Howe, the Pilkey Sisters and other surprises.

Don’t miss this celebration which will feature Viva la Vida, Ashokan Farewell, the Geographical Fugue, Summertime, Gabriel’s Oboe, Maple Sugar Rag, and other favourites.

Canadian folk legend Penny Lang comes to the Envision Twilight Concert Series on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Lang’s career spans four decades, eight albums and saw her evolve from being a coffeehouse draw in her Montreal hometown to being one of Canada’s leading roots-based artists.

Lang learned about singing and storytelling around the family’s kitchen table with her family and friends. Her first influences were favourites of her father and included Hank Snow, Jimmy Rogers, The Carter Family, and The Weavers.

Through her career, the fiercely unconventional Lang has played for fishermen in Newfoundland, farmers in Alberta, and audiences in coffeehouses and festivals across North America and beyond.

Assessing her career, Lang says, “I’m not a big star. But I love what I do. Often, I am referred to as a folk or blues person. Or as a Pete Seeger type singer. People may have a particular idea of what I do but it is not necessarily what they will hear when I perform. I do material from all types of music.”

Lang moved to rural B.C. near Madeira Park, a decision that she says took 20 years to finalize. “I have never made any kind of a home, really. Home has always been somewhere I visit. But it is so beautiful here.”

The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting work each evening of Twilight.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening at the park. The Blackberry Kitchen and The Log Cabin Café are open.

Envision Twilight Concerts are a free-by-donation series.

For more information call 604-826-0277.

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