New concert house offers a unique setting
Revelstoke’s about to acquire a new venue for musical performances — the Amble Inn.
“We can provide a unique and intimate concert setting,” said Stephanie Ballendine, proprietor of the landmark Bed & Breakfast on West First Street.
The wood panelling of the main rooms on the ground floor lend a real air of luxury to the venue that Ballendine says can accommodate between 25 and 40 people.
A series of monthly concerts through the late autumn and winter months should be attractive to the large number of local people who appreciate high quality folk, blues and and roots music, she said.
This is not the first time a B&B has tried the “concert house” concept. Wintergreen Inn frequently held concerts in the years before it became an assisted living facility. However, Ballendine wants to go one step further by holding scheduled concerts.
The first one is coming up on Nov. 24 when Steve Palmer plays at the Amble Inn. Ballendine is also arranging a concert featuring local singer-songwriter Abby Pond and another with Joanne Stacey and her band, Sister Girl.
The exact dates for those performances are still being worked out as Ballendine doesn’t want to hold concerts that conflict with concerts or performances scheduled by the Arts Council or other organizations.
“We’ll have other artists, too, like Bill Usher in Golden” she said. “I really want to use the concert house as a way to promote Canadian artists, especially local and regional artists.”
Besides informal seating in an elegant setting, Ballendine also plans to offer refreshments and tasty edibles like her home-made scones.
“I’m pretty well-known for my scones,” she said.
For more information about the Amble Inn and its series of concerts call 837-4665.
DAVID F. ROONEY