Arts Café

Saturday, June 6 from 1 - 3 p.m.


You’ll be treated to a potpourri of music, theatre, poetry and storytelling at the ever-popular NESA Arts Café which closes out the 2015 Creative Age Festival.


Author, artist and musician Alida VanBraeden will read from her book of poems, Dancing Into Eternity, and play a composition she wrote for guitar. Long-time writer and writing instructor Shirley A. Serviss will entertain with storytelling, and the Rural Route Actor’s Troupe will perform a short skit. The arts café will also feature diverse musical performances from the Choralaires, NESA Handbell group, African Drumming Group and Beth Dunbar.


Please join us Saturday, June 6 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 - 139 Ave) Tickets are not required but a $2 donation is suggested. Pre-registration is not required.


Read on for background information about some of our talented performers.

Rural Route Actor’s Troupe

The Rural Route Actor’s Troupe was formed 5 years ago to provide artistic outlet to area citizens and entertainment to rural audiences. The Troupe is open for all. They have performed a variety of plays and skits to audiences in a number of rural community halls from Duffield to Beaver Meadows, north of Niton Junction. They rehearse at Zion United Church located between the communities of Alberta Beach, Darwell and Wabamun.


Shirley A. Serviss

Shirley A. Serviss is a long-time participant in Edmonton’s literary scene as a writer and writing instructor. She has published three collections of poetry and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and collections. Shirley is the staff literary Artist on the Wards for the Friends of University Hospitals.




Director: Wendy Hoskins

The Northgate Seniors Handbell program was started seven years ago when a set of handbells was discovered in a cupboard at the center.  Some of the ringers have been in the choir years; some are in their first year. The group has performed at churches, hospitals, seniors residences and at various Northgate events including previous Arts Cafés.



Director: Sandy Ollenberger

Pianist: Vicki McClelland

The Choralaires have entertained audiences in Edmonton and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years.  They have performed at the Legislature, nursing homes, private functions, at every Creative Age Festival and put on an annual spring concert.



Photo credits:

1. Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

3. Trevor Schneider

4. Trevor Schneider

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