Grab your partner: Square Dance on Saturday

Westerly News A new society on the West Coast has a touch for the old-time tunes. The Ucluelet Bluegrass & Old-time Tunes Society (UBOTS) is already bringing some toe-tapping fun to town with Saturday’s planned Square Dance.

Just $10 gets you admission.

The Square Dance will be held from 8 p.m. “until late” Saturday at the Seaplane Base Rec Hall.

The instrumentalists will include musicians on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and stand-up bass. The caller will be Anne Louise Genest, a singer-songwriter from Parksville the group became acquainted with in several musical venues, including the famed Nimblefingers bluegrass camp in Sorrento, B.C. “We’ve all been to square dances before. It’s very fun, very inclusive – we thought it would be something people don’t do much so we’ll all be on the same footing,” said James Inkster of UBOTS.

Fiddler Stephanie Kokesch said the idea of UBOTS was to bring musicians who are already here together a bit.

“We just want to bring more music to our community in general – every little bit we can get, it’s great,” she said.

Banjo player Holly McPhail agreed.

“It’s important to bring a variety of music and musicians to town,” she said. The group is planning a semiregular local jam for old-time music.

“It would be great to involve more people,” said McPhail.

UBOTS has a Facebook page. Their email is

Just Posted

Location an issue for food growing project in Tofino

Tofino council declines to commit Bert Demeria Memorial Park.

Tofino Long Beach chamber of commerce AGM today

Annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at the 1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort and Marina.

Tofino woman beseeches town for nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

First Nations youth Warrior Program revives cultural teachings

“The program is designed for leadership development, and these guys are shining.”

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

40 finalists for Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards

Celebrating the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Most Read