Medici’s goes live November 1

After taking the summer off, Friday Night Live (Open Mic Night) returns to Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House. Drop by 522 Fairview Road (Oliver) on Friday November 1 from 7 – 10 p.m. Kick back on a couch and relax, warm up by the cozy fireplaces, order a mochaccino, and hum along. Feeling the beat? Bring your music and voice and give us a tune!

Stay up to date on the lunch specials by following Medici’s on Facebook (click link)

Juno-winning blues guitar

Tickets for Juno Award and Great Canadian Blues Award winner Ken Hamm are selling like hot cakes! Ken Hamm will be returning for his Okanagan fans on WEDNESDAY, October 30th, and we’re looking forward to another sell-out show. Tickets are limited, get your tickets while they last by clicking this link:

Ken Hamm at Firehall Brewery.

Ken Hamm is a well known acoustic solo musician based in Forget, SK. His playing is influenced by early blues recordings and a love of oldtimey music, resulting in a varied repertoire of original and traditional songs ranging from metalguitar driven hardedge blues workouts to softer dobro and banjo pieces. His main influences include Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey and John Hartford.

Ken learned to play during the 1950s, when guitar slingers like Elvis, Buddy Holly, and the Ventures prevailed. In the 60’s, music went through coffeehouse folk and electric rock and clues phases, and Ken was swept up by these influences,playing in blues based bands in Thunder Bay like Tundra and the Bay St Blues Band, and eventually going acoustic with the release on vinyl of Ken Hamm and Friends in 1978.That LP led to a string of positive reviews and nominations in publications like Guitar Player magazine.

A Juno award in 1991 was followed by the Great Canadian Blues Award in 2010.Hamm has recorded 8 CDs to date, the most recent a double disc live collection released in 2006.

After some time in Calgary, and 25 years living in coastal BC,Ken moved to Forget,SK in 2007, and married his wife Heather there in 2009. For nine years they operated a small music store including teaching and instrument repairs

Another combination began when Heather Peat Hamm released Blue Gramma,her first book of prairie poetry and drawings, and now they do some shows together. Ken is also currently involved in producing and recording projects close to home,including an upcoming new solo release slated for 2017.

Save those sweets for us!

Avoid temptation after Hallowe’en! The arts council welcomes your donations of leftover candies to add to the goodie bags at the Holly Jolly Oliver concert in late November. We are looking for NON-Hallowe’en-y treats, so you can eat all the orange and black gummies and chewy zombie body parts yourself.  Must be commercially produced and individually wrapped, for food safety, and small enough to fit into sandwich baggies.

Your bagged goodies can be dropped off at
TELUS Store at Oliver Place Mall
9 – 5 Monday through Friday
10 – 4 Saturday

Questions or other arrangements: OliverCAC @

Bergmann piano duo set to dazzle

What could be better than hearing one fine musician on a grand piano? Why, hearing two fine musicians on two grand pianos of course!

That is what the South Okanagan Concert Society is offering when the Bergmann Piano Duo perform at Venables Theatre 7:30 pm, Friday, November 15. Last here in 2013, Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann were an enormous hit. He from Munich, Germany and she from Medicine Hat, Canada met at music school in Hanover, Germany. They became a couple and started playing together in 1989.

Innovative and versatile, this appealing duo present a masterful achievement of‘brilliance, rhythmic vitality and melodic shaping. Performing internationally, they play an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary pieces including their own original compositions and arrangements. They have won awards all over Europe with their virtuosic dedication and the instincts of professional entertainers. They also have won Western Canadian Music Awards for their outstanding classical recordings.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Venables Theatre website (click link) or at the theatre box office Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Generous sponsors make ticket prices very affordable. Two or more tickets in advance are only $21/ticket. Single tickets in advance are $23 and at the door $25. Youth are almost free’ at $2.50. We want the younger generation exposed to quality music.

As well as performing careers, the Bergmanns enjoy teaching and have been on faculty at Mt. Royal University and the University of Calgary. They work in other capacities in the music industry and promote the Banff Centre for the Arts. At present, they live in White Rock and love the ocean and the natural surroundings there.

Elizabeth says, “There is order, patterns and structure evident in nature similar to that in music. Nature and music feed our souls.” Marcel particularly likes to invent his own arrangements of contemporary repertoire. He enjoys “built-in opportunities for free variations and improvisational elements while still following a well established overall form and structure.”

Don’t miss this event. If the Bergmanns are half as good as the last time they performed here, you will be more than happy! Come and travel where the muse has taken them in recent years.

At the Firehall Brewery

After our TGIF 4 o’clock Social (Friday Oct 25), we are proud to host the October Dinner Dance Party for Sarren! It starts at 6:30 pm and is $20 to join the cause, and you get to enjoy dinner by Pappa’s Firehall Bistro and music by Jeremy Messenger.
Our dear friend and Firehall Jam Night regular, Chef Sarren Wolfe of Penticton, is fighting a terrible cancer, Multiple Myeloma, and while he is doing the hard work of healing and beating this unwelcome invader, it’s up to us Friends of Chef Sarren Wolfe to surround him with all the love and support we can. Tickets available on our Event Webpage: Firehall Brewery Events
Pie Bakers Wanted! Our Third Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest is on Saturday, November 9th. We supply the sugar pumpkins, you bake your best pie, and we bring them all together for a judged tasting. The winning recipe gets made into a Pumpkin Pie Cask, which we’ll tap at the next big party here at the Beer Shop & Social. If you’re interested, register via RSVP at Firehall Brewery Events and we’ll contact you shortly after to pick up your pumpkin from the Beer Shop & Social, grown locally by Oxbow Flats Farm! May the best pie win!

Seasonful of shopping

Oliver Arts and Crafts hosts
Arts and Crafts Fair
an old-fashioned Christmas market
Friday November 15
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday November 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oliver Community Hall
FREE Admission
Lunches and refreshments available for purchase.
Oliver Food Bank donations welcome
This is always THE place to get all those hard-to-shop-for presents. And also all those easy-to-shop-for presents. Seriously, the place to get all your shopping done in one fell swoop.

CreateAbility celebrates artists with cards

CreateAbility was a hit at the Fall Art Show and Sale! This arts council program was one of the featured exhibits on the October 5 – 6 weekend. It fosters art appreciation and artistic skills among differently-abled adults. THANK YOU to all the visitors, volunteers and participants over the weekend!

The program earned $500 in art card sales and donations. Revenues such as this ensure the program’s longevity, and keeps the program accessible (i.e. FREE) to its participants.

Six new artists have been added to the collection of art cards. All together we will have 35 different art cards for sale by 15 special needs artists.

The display, including art samples and bios of several artists was well received. Featured above are two instructors: Sharon Bootsma and Janice White, behind the table, and artist Donna Biedler (below right) chatting with visitors.

The next CreateAbility session will be Nov. 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest (Studio Building).

Shout out to The Painted Chair who are supporting CreateAbility with three new clients (with support workers) joining us from Keremeos, and by helping us sell art cards at their events. Thank you! We now have participants from Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton AND Keremeos.

Another shout out to Christine Hewitt of Central Agencies Insurance Brokers (6037 Main St. Oliver) who will be selling CreateAbility art cards at her business. Drop in and see her!

Homesteading author visits library

“I want to get married,go out west, build a log cabin,raise a bunch of kids,volunteer in my community, and then write a book about it.”

In 1978, during a golden age of middle-class prosperity, newly wed Kevin and Eleanor, like other young people at the time, felt the irresistible pull of the Back-to-the-Land movement and left behind everything they knew and loved to live far from the city and off the grid. As they searched western Canada for a place to settle, abandoned homesteads warned that their dream would be hard won.

10 Days in December journals Kevin and Eleanor’s adventures living for the first ten days in their wilderness cabin facing the demands of winter, where harsh reality and self-denial test their love and commitment.

Along the way practical Kevin and idealistic Eleanor will learn if they have what it takes to live in the mountains and with each other.

Eleanor shares her true ‘coming-of-age’ story exploring what resources from her sheltered childhood could help her endure the isolation, cold and darkness of this northern river valley.

Author Eleanor Deckert recounts her experiences on Wednesday October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oliver Library at the corner of Station Street and Fairview.

This book began when Eleanor Deckert was 8-years old. Words from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memories from the 1860’s and 70’s, preserved in Little House in the Big Woods, spoke to her. “This is now. It can never be long ago.” Eleanor realized, even as a child, that someday her 1960’s and 70’s memories would also be “long ago.” She determined to carefully remember her own experiences, thoughts, beliefs and decisions so that she could one day write about people, places and the times she was living in.

On Wednesday October 23 she shares a self-sufficient lifestyle with her husband in a picturesque river valley in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

Party like it’s 1924

Party like it’s 1924 at the Oliver Museum

In 21st century Canada, Halloween means costumes, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy. But what was Halloween like a century ago? The BC Provincial Police Station (now the Oliver Museum) was built in 1924. What costumes did the people of Oliver wear that year? What did they do to celebrate? The Oliver & District Heritage Society is here to answer that question! Hint: there was a lot of orange and black.

Put on your costume and join us in celebrating Halloween while we take a trip back in time. This 1924-style Halloween party will take place on Sunday, October 27th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Oliver Museum (474 School Avenue, Oliver, BC). Try your hand at actual 1920s Halloween games and activities such as paper hat-making, ghost stories, fortune-telling, and more. This event is free and suitable for all ages. Don’t forget to visit our costume photographer to have your picture or your child’s picture taken in costume, enter a draw to win a door prize, and enjoy Halloween treats while you take in the decorations of 1924.

For more information, please contact the Oliver & District Heritage Society at 250-498-4027 or email us at