The Oliver & District Heritage Society has some new and returning faces this year. Julianna Weisgarber was selected as the new Executive Director and began her new role on Jan. 2nd. Julianna previously worked as the ODHS Collections Manager, and spent four years training and supervising staff and interns, improving collections care, assisting the public, and developing events and programs. Julianna brings 7 years of museum experience to her role, and is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s Master of Museum Studies program and the University of Northern British Columbia‘s Anthropology program. Passionate about community engagement, Julianna is looking forward to building new opportunities for the Heritage Society to engage with Oliver residents.
Also joining the ODHS is Veronica Parkes, who started in her new role of Curator on March 4th. Veronica
is a trained conservator and graduate of the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program
at Fleming College and previously worked for the Kelowna Museums Society. She is the recipient of a
degree in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Medieval Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Veronica
will be maintaining the artifact and archival collections and developing programs, exhibits, and events
that will increase the Heritage Society’s interactions with other organizations and with the general
The Society’s current goals are to expand services and engage with the community in new ways, which means sometimes leaving the confines of the buildings themselves. Plans include developing educational kits that can be used in classrooms, creating programs for people who cannot visit, and increasing the number and variety of special events. Julianna and Veronica will be hard at work on these objectives over the next year. Feel free to stop by and say hello to them when you next visit the Museum or Archives.
Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum and Archives
SOCS FINAL CONCERT 2018-2019 SEASON – Friday, March 29, 2019
South Okanagan Concert Society decided to blow the budget and bring in the irresistible Ô-Celli, cello octet, to complete the 2018-2019 concert season. That translates into eight (yes 8!) musicians drawn from prominent European orchestras from Paris to Belgium to Britain. This is a cosmopolitan ensemble which is represented by five different nationalities. Together they share a passion for the extraordinary richness of their instrument. Their concerts are characterized by originality and dynamic presentation.
The concert you absolutely should not miss
takes place at the beautiful new Venables theatre in Oliver at 7:30 pm on
Friday, March 29, 2019. Tickets are on
sale at www.venablestheatre.ca or
at the box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets are
very affordable. Two or more tickets in
advance cost only $21/ticket. A single
ticket in advance is $23. Single tickets
at the door are $25. Children and youth
are encouraged to attend for $2.50.
Many of you fell in love with the cello
when you experienced Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s
solo rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria at the wedding of Prince Harry. The instrument, closest to the human voice is
one of the few which carries being multiplied.
When played together with others, the beauties of this intrument add up,
giving birth to a unique, full vibration and exceptional sound.
Prepare to be taken on a fabulous journey
through a repertoire of both original and arranged pieces. The cellists eagerly travel through a wide
musical panel, ranging from Verdi to Piazzolla with sweeping nods to Nino Rota
If you come ¾ hour prior to the concert start, you can enjoy listening to talented young local pianists perform in the foyer as you meet with friends. After the concert stay and enjoy a post concert no-host reception in the glittering foyer and meet the musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be a nominal fee for beverages. Appetizers will be provided as a good will gesture. This is where you can learn more about the upcoming concert series planned for next year and take advantage of some exciting economic incentives (bring cheque books or credit cards) when you order your tickets for next year.