Warm summer nights … with music

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, August’s lineup includes some real crowd pleasers!

Vagabond (August 1)is a Penticton rockabilly band melding 50s and 60s rock with blues & country soul. The trio includes Lindsay Mitchell on lead guitar & vocals. He is perhaps best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the Juno-award winning Canadian rock band PRISM. Leslie Thompson joins him on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, and Stefan Bienz plays double bass and sings backup vocals.

The audience may also get a special treat: some original songs by Mitchell. As founding member of the classic Canadian rock band PRiSM, Lindsay Mitchell has received numerous Juno awards and nominations, including Album of the year, Group of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The Royal Canadian Navy returns in their dress whites! We proudly present the Naden Band, Maritime Forces Pacific, on August 8. This talented corps will delight the crowd with their versatility: movie themes, pop classics, jazz, rock in addition to the traditional marches, jogs and reels.

Prepare for an interactive evening with Nankama Drum and Dance (August 15). Under the guidance of their high-energy founder Bobby Bovenzi, the audience will learn simple drumming rhythms and dancing moves. Bobby also shares stories and culture from West Africa, paying homage to the roots of Western music today. We always see the biggest smiles at this concert. Great for children!

Sax Among Friends (August 22) may sound a bit naughty, but they aren’t! Just some really smooooth jazz standards featuring the saxophone of Don Wade, with Mel Zachary on keys and the lovely Yanti on vocals. It promises to be a laid back way to end the summer music series.

Food trucks and Medici’s Gelato are on site for picnic suppers. Bring a chair or a blanket, make yourself comfortable! Suggested donation to the concert: $5.

Bloomin’ wonderful!

Terry Irvine, Marion Trimble and JoAnn Turner (known to many from the Ripoff Artists) will be showing and selling their own work, and teaching workshops this August at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre! You can learn to make a needle-felted Garden Fairy Doll with Terry, create a Van Gogh-inspired impasto painting with Marion, or learn how to create fun and relaxing Zen Doodles, or make elastic bracelets with gemstone beads with JoAnn.

Art Show, Sale and Workshops
​Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, BC
Monday August 19 to Friday August 23
Opening Reception Monday 6 to 8 pm. Tuesday through Friday, open 10 am to 2 pm. Workshops:
Tues. Wed. Thurs. 10 am
Tues evening 6 pm.

Details of all the workshops, including dates and prices as well as online payment and registration, are available by clicking this link: The Late Bloomers

Tom Petty tribute “gonna come around here”

Martyn Jones bears a striking resemblance to Tom Petty and has the voice to bring these songs to life in any sized venue or stage. He is a seasoned veteran performer who has ultimate respect for the Man and his songs, and the people who love them.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” 
“Free Fallin'” 
“Learning to Fly” 
“Don’t Do Me Like That” 
“American Girl”
“I Won’t Back Down” 
“You Don’t Know How It Feels”

Jimmy Leguilloux is a dream guitarist for any group. Hugely talented, Jimmy dazzles concert crowds with his fiery playing and fearless presence. His wonderful voice is the perfect harmony match for Martyn Jones’s delivery of these great Tom Petty classics.

Jimmy has a rich history playing guitar around Western Canada and elsewhere and is highly respected for his community work including his annual benefit concert for children.

A shared love of the music and the desire to represent it properly moved Marty and Jimmy to create

A Sincere Tribute
Tuesday July 30
7:30 p.m.
Frank Venables Theatre
Tickets $39.50

They have assembled a solid band of veteran players and bring all the elements necessary to play this dream setlist properly and really connect Tom Petty’s songs to fans everywhere.

Appreciate water at Oliver Museum

Did you know that Oliver’s irrigation system, also known as the Ditch, turns 100 this year?

The Oliver Museum will be holding a Water Appreciation Day on July 27th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to recognize the historical role of water in Oliver and its continued importance in this area.

Come learn about the Ditch’s history and water conservation in the main Museum gallery, try your hand at a coloring sheet, share your thoughts on a comment wall, or attend one of the demonstrations and talks occurring every half-hour throughout the morning. Water walls built by the Museum’s “Splash from the Past” campers will be on display in the Museum yard throughout the day.

The event schedule is as follows:
10:00 am: Welcome and display viewing in main gallery
10:30 am: Garden tour about plants and animals in riparian environments
11:30 am: Gold panning in the Museum yard and talk on placer vs. hard rock mining
12:30 pm: Water wall demonstration in Museum yard
1:00 pm: Event ends, but Museum remains open

We welcome you to explore the ways in which we interact with this most important natural resource and its history in our area. For more information, please contact the Oliver Archives at 250-498-4027 or info @ oliverheritage.ca

CreateAbility takes a break for summer

Instructors Janet, Lorraine, Kim, and Bev reflect on the final session of this lively art programme for differently-abled adults.

We had a good attendance with 17 special needs adults and 7 care staff present. Bev was working on painting adult hands and having them make one stamp onto a large fabric banner which we will add to in the fall. Her concept is to have a banner available for special events which draws attention to the group.
Here is a picture of Wayne giggling away while applying paint to his hand.

Lorraine had prepared small books which each adult decorated. Her theme was eggs to chicks to chickens. Here is a photo from Lorraine’s group:

Kim had prepared spray dyes for t-shirt printing. The care staff really got into helping with tying off parts of the white t-shirts to prepare them for dye application.Once the t-shirts were bound up with elastics then they were hung and our special needs adults chose the colors of dye and sprayed the shirts while hanging outdoors. Some really gorgeous t-shirts were created.

Janet worked with adults applying paint to foam stamps. Terry just kept stamping away (once he figured out which side to put down) even after all of the paint was gone!

The mood was very positive and relaxed. It was lovely to be able to open one of the bay doors. In the end a great deal of art was produced.

So a big thank you to all of you instructors for you contributions over the past 9 months. We will now take a break until the third week of September.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aline who is one of our original instructors. Please help us to find new instructors for the fall as we will need more wonderfully creative instructors to be part of our fall 2019 and spring 2020 programs. Hope you all have a wonderful summer!