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101 THINGS TO DO IN THE SHUSWAP: Part 4

Sorrento Bluegrass Festival - Contributed
Sorrento Bluegrass Festival
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30. VISITOR INFO CENTRE

The Salmon Arm Visitor Information Centre provides many informative brochures that can help plan your summer activities plus maps and relocation packages. They have trail guides with details on more than 25 hiking, biking, equestrian and rock-climbing trails around the area. The pamphlet supplies difficulty ratings on all trails as well as a labelled map of the area. The Visitor Centre is located at #101 - 20 Hudson Ave. NE. Call for more information 250-832-2230.

31. WOW CONCERT SERIES

The Arts Council presents the 18th year of “Wednesday On the Wharf” outdoor summer concerts at Marine Park. This “by-donation” event happens each Wednesday from June 15 to August 31 beginning at 7pm.

Bring your own blanket or lawn chair , and perhaps a picnic , and catch a great show both on stage and looking out over the beautiful Shuswap Lake. A farmer’s market is close by, operating from 5pm to 8pm, featuring locally produced food and crafts. All musical genre is represented over the summer, from folk to funk, jazz to bhangra. More information can be found at www.wednesdayonthewharf.com.

32. GOLF

Mark Twain wasn’t a big fan of golf as he described it: ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled.’ But he never got to check out Salmon Arm’s numerous courses which offer everything from spectacular views, challenging fairways, well stocked pro-shops and homestyled meals. The Salmon Arm Golf Course has a challenging link style layout that weaves through fir and pine trees.  Canoe Creek Golf Course has very playable greens with striking water features. You’ll have a good round at the Club Shuswap Golf and RV as it has something for all golfers including low handicappers. Sonseekers Ridge Golf Course is fun place for the whole family.

These courses are located just a few minutes from downtown Salmon Arm and once you’ve played them, you’ll see why the Shuswap has become a golfing destination.

33. DINNER THEATRE

Home-cooked supper and lively entertainment all in one place, what more could one ask for? A popular event of R. J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is its outdoor dinner theatre every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in July and August. This year’s production is called ‘The Mystery of Dutch Charlie’ For reservations call 250-832-5243.

34. STREET ENTERTAINERS

Mondays and Thursdays in July and August Feel the Rhythm Street Entertainers perform in various locations downtown, except on holidays.

35. TAKE A BITE OF DOWNTOWN

Imagine being able to go from restaurant to restaurant to sample their foods. The Downtown Improvement Association sponsors ‘Take a Bite out of Downtown’ so you can do just that. Pick up a $5 ticket and you can check out the food at various downtown locations. To buy a ticket or to get a list of participating restaurants call 250-832-5440 or check out the website www.salmonarmdowntown.com

36. ROOTS & BLUES DOWNTOWN SHOWCASE

The Passport to Cure the Blues shopping promotion happens from Thursday, August 12 to Saturday, August 14th. On the 12th, enjoy the Roots and Blues downtown showcase and street party. There will be a vendors’ and farmer’s market and children’s activities in the downtown area. For information contact 250-832-5440 or go to www.salmonarmdowntown.com

37. THE SORRENTO BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

SORRENTO BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL held at Sorrento Centre on Saturday, Aug. 27 is a day-long showcase for some of the most dynamic bluegrass performers in North America. The annual festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and visitors will be able to browse through vendor booths, sample a wide variety of tasty foods from concession stands and quench their thirst at the beer garden.

Sorrento Centre is situated on the banks of Shuswap Lake and has a lovely beach, so bring a bathing suit and cool off between sets. Parking is available in adjacent lots around Sorrento Centre and at the beach area. No traffic is permitted on site and people are asked not to bring their pets. Bring lawn chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy this day full of exceptional music but leave the pets at home. An admission is charged.

In conjunction with the festival, the BC Bluegrass and Swing music workshops are held at Sorrento Centre prior to and following the festival. The Swing workshop runs from Aug. 14 to 20 and is a non-competitive environment for everyone from novices to more seasoned players. Evenings are filled with special presentations, swing dances, concerts by students and instructors, and plenty of opportunity to jam.

The Bluegrass workshops run Aug. 21 to Aug. 26 and from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. Instructors come from all over North America, and are some of the best banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle and dobro players and teachers on the continent. Many of these talented musicians will be participating in the Saturday festival.

38. BLIND BAY PAINTERS SHOW AND SALE

The show at Blind Bay Hall is a three-day event showcasing local art that may be purchased directly from the artists. Show dates are July 1 from 1 to 7 p.m., and July 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2510 Blind Bay Rd. The show features a large body of new, original works in a variety of media exhibited on the main floor. On the lower level, visitors will find prints, cards, quality craft items and discounted, previously shown paintings. Admission is by donation and includes complementary refreshments.

39. FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day pancake breakfast takes place Sunday, June 19 at Eagle Bay Hall.

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