Pick of the Day: Festiv-ale

Operative syllable being “ale” — as in booze. And not just beer and related beverages, either. But wine and spirits. So a true cornucopia of alcohol will be available for connoisseurs of the liquid arts to imbibe in and savour. The event runs tonight and Saturday night from 7-11 p.m. at Conexus Arts Centre. Tickets are $30, or $50 for weekend pass.

Also on tonight, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is having a fundraising dinner at the Delta Hotel. Special guests include Henry “Gizmo” Williams and Steve Sax (pictured). The former was a punt returner par excellence for the Eskimos in the late ’80s and through the ’90s and even played half a season in the NFL in 1989 with the Philadelphia Eagles under Buddy Ryan; while the latter played second base for the L.A. Dodgers in the ’80s and later saw action with the New York Yankees.

When Sax broke into the majors in 1982, he was named Rookie of the Year. The next year, though, he started having difficulty making routine throws to first base for outs. He committed 30 errors in 1983, and for several seasons after that continued to struggle with throwing. “Steve Sax Syndrome” is what baseball pundits dubbed it. And Sax didn’t find a cure until 1989. Now he’s a motivational speaker.  Tickets are $100. For more info call 780-9232 or visit www.sshfm.com/

Finally, this weekend the 20th annual Mid-Winter Celtic Festival is being held. It starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a gathering at O’Hanlon’s Pub. Then tomorrow, they’ll be performances (pipers, fiddlers, dancers) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Cornwall Centre. From noon-4 p.m., they’ll be a “kitchen party” offering a similar assortment of entertainment for the plus 19 crowd at O’Hanlons. The festival winds up with the traditional ceilidh at the Exchange (8 p.m.-1 a.m.) with the City of Regina Pipe Band and sets by the Scott Benson Band, Downbeat and Celtica. For more info visit www.reginacelticfestival.org

Author: Gregory Beatty

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4 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: Festiv-ale”

  1. “Pundits” called it “Steve Sax Syndrome.”
    Coaches and managers, not to mention some opponents and even a few teammates, called it “poor mechanics.”

    p.s. He also played for the White Sox and the Athletics.

  2. Yer link states that they turned down a lot of people due to a sell-out.
    Ya’d think that the organizers would look for /rent a larger venue..

  3. Sax enjoyed two World Series wins with LA, first as a pre-rookie in 1981 and again in 1988, when he hit .300 (6 singles, 3 runs scored). I remember him as a mild Hollywood-heartthrob type from the ’80s. He also stole 444 bases in his 13-14 year career. In 1983, he stole 56, yet was also caught 30 times. In 1980s major league baseball, that would probably have been known as his “cocaine year”.

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