Annual Galarama goes Bollywood

April 14, the Edgewater Recreational Society will be holding its 4th Annual Galarama, for women only, at the Edgewater Community Hall.

A member of the local belly dancing group Arabian Mountain Spice captivates a crowd.

A member of the local belly dancing group Arabian Mountain Spice captivates a crowd.

Ladies, grab your saris and get ready to treat yourself, this April the Edgewater Recreational Society is going Bollywood.

On April 14, the Edgewater Recreational Society will be holding its 4th Annual Galarama, for women only, at the Edgewater Community Hall.

Going in a different direction than years past, this year’s Galarama will have a Bollywood style theme to it which will include everything from East Indian inspired cuisine and clothing to a performance by Invermere’s local belly dancing group, Arabian Mountain Spice.

Not to worry, there will also be some more traditionally North American dishes, for those who have yet to acquire a taste for curry.

Women planning on attending the event can expect to enjoy a number of attractions from a multitude of local businesses that are now being referred to as “treat yourself vendors.”

“They’re all types of vendors that are totally girly, and catered to women. It’s actual businesses from town that do hair extensions, henna tattoos and stuff like that,” says Tammy Tutte, event co-ordinator.

On top of henna tattoos, and hair extensions there will also be tarot card readings, facial threading, a fashion show, and a number of other exciting displays from vendors.

Each vendor participating in the galarama will also be offering a door prize, and names will be drawn throughout the evening to choose winners.

The Galarama is one of the Edgewater Recreational Society’s biggest fundraising events of the year and its focus is to raise money for Edgewater’s baseball diamond and outdoor hockey rink.

Not only is it a great way to raise money for the community it is also a great chance for women from around the Columbia Valley to get together, have a great  experience, and see some old friends.

“It’s a relax and let loose kind of atmosphere. Usually groups of girls that come out that don’t get a lot of time with their friends and you always hear the girls talk about oh I saw so and so, I haven’t seen her in ages,” says Tutte.

“It seems to bring out everyone throughout the valley, so there’s a good chance you’re going to see a friend you haven’t seen in a while.”

The “Safe-Ride Rockies Bus,” sponsored by Bud’s Bar and Lounge will provide transportation to and from the Edgewater Community Hall, with pick-up and drop-off locations in both Invermere and Radium.

Ladies departing from Invermere will be picked up at Bud’s at 6:30 p.m., and ladies departing from Radium will be picked up outside of the Prestige Inn at 7:00 p.m. Both groups will be dropped off at the same locations after the event.

Tickets are available for $15 in Edgewater at Pip’s Store, in Invermere at Bud’s Bar and Lounge and Scrappy Do’s, and in Radium at Nelly’s Salon and the Prestige Lounge.

“It’s a simple, fun night out for the ladies and all the money raised goes to community projects so it’s a worth while event to come out to.”