Bloomin’ Marvellous? – It certainly was!

I think we can happily say that our two latest events in Inverkeithing, ‘Swing Into Summer Tea Dance’ on Friday 1st May, and ‘Spring Into Summer Art and Craft Fair’ on Saturday 2nd May, were thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part in them.

On Friday 1st MayBenita and her Jazzmen beguiled us with their fabulous blues and jazz songs and musical arrangements. They were: Benita Baugh (vocalist), Sean Hughes (drums), David Graham (piano), John Vance (bass) and Bill Marshall (clarinet) – they really were a treat to listen, and, of course, to dance to!

Much tea, coffee and delicious cakes were also enjoyed (cakes created by Millbrae Cafe, High Street, Inverkeithing).

The Masonic Hall was decorated with beautiful paper flowers, birds and butterflies to celebrate that spring into summer feeling, mostly created by volunteers during our two crafting evenings held at The Friary, Queen Street in the run up to the event.

Benita's dance    Benita's moves

Artist Rosie Gibson baked and decorated a May Day Cake especially for the event, which was raffled during the evening. She embellished the cake with a version of one of the ‘nuggets of wisdom’ from Generation 1925 -35 that she gathered in Inverkeithing and beyond, as part of her Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing project:

“Work and Play as tho’ we are living in the early days of a better world.”

Rosie's wisdom cake

The nugget is derived from writer and artist Alisdair Gray’s “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation”, which is engraved in the Canongate Wall of the Scottish Parliament building. He attributes the quote to Canadian author Dennis Lee.


Benita Baugh and her Jazzmen

We are thrilled to be welcoming Benita Baugh and her Jazzmen to Inverkeithing for IAI’s ‘Swing Into Summer’ event on May 1st (7.30pm at the Masonic Hall).

Benita Baugh is a singer who specialises in jazz, blues, swing and standards. She loves singing risqué blues numbers from way back when, and making people smile. Benita will be joined by Sean Hughes (drums), David Graham (piano), John Vance (bass), and Bill Marshal (clarinet). The band has been brought together especially for this evening, but Benita and Sean are well known local favourites from their work with the Inverkeithing Community Big Band.

Benita Baugh - cropped photo credit Mike Dooley

‘Swing Into Summer’An Evening of Music and Dancing with Benita and her Jazzmen. Friday May 1st at 7.30pm-10.30pm, Inverkeithing Masonic Hall, 17 Hope Street KY11 1AU, just past the High Street.

For ages 18 plus, tickets: £8 each – includes tea/cake; venue bar also available.

Tickets are available from the Millbrae Cafe, 58 High Street, Inverkeithing KY11 1NN, or reserve on our website.

Swing Into Summer on May 1st with Benita and her Jazzmen!


Date: May 1st 2015 – Time:  7.30pm-10.30pm – Venue: Masonic Hall, 17 Hope Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1AU

Dance to the Swing Sounds of Benita and her Jazzmen at the ‘SWING INTO SUMMER’ TEA DANCE

For opening night of the Bloomin’ Marvellous Inverkeithing celebrations on 1st and 2nd May, Inverkeithing Arts Initiative presents a real treat for fans of swing dancing, and those who think they’d like to give it a whirl!

Tickets £8.00 each. TEA, COFFEE and DELICIOUS CAKES are included in the ticket price. The venue bar will also be open for business. Tickets can be purchased from Monday 13th April from Millbrae Cafe, 58 High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN or reserved here.

Musicians: Benita Baugh (vocalist), Sean Hughes (drums), David Graham (piano), John Vance (bass), Bill Marshal (clarinet). Ms Baugh and Mr Hughes are well known from their work with local favourites, The Inverkeithing Community Big Band