Armstrong brings music to the park

The Darlene Ketchum Quartet plays at Valley First Music in the Park on Aug. 7 in Armstrong

Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy music in the great outdoors, and Valley First Music in the Park is pleased to announce that the Darlene Ketchum Quartet will be playing in Armstrong on Aug. 7.

Ketchum started singing solos in church at the age of three, and found her musical passion a few years later in the soul, gospel, funk, and jazz music of the 1970s.

The vocal freedom of soul, combined with the rich chords and funky laid-back groove, continue to inspire her songs today.

Ketchum performs a variety of music including well-known covers, soul tunes, jazz standards, gospel, R&B, funk and her original tunes. She is influenced by Whitney Houston; Earth, Wind and Fire; Andrae Crouch and many more.

Valley First is proud to sponsor the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Music in the Park series all summer long until Aug. 28 in Memorial Park, Armstrong.

As well as presenting the series, Valley First will also be promoting hunger awareness through its Feed the Valley program each evening.

Please support the Feed the Valley program by bringing a non-perishable food item to Music in the Park or making a donation at the nearest Valley First branch, on line through or through the Food Banks B.C. online donations portal.

Well-maintained by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation, Memorial Park is one of Armstrong’s most scenic spots with a swimming pool, children’s water park, playground equipment and lots of shade for people to come and relax all summer long.

Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks! Relax, enjoy the fresh air and time with family and friends.

For more information, contact Patti Noonan, executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre at