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101 THINGS TO DO IN THE SHUSWAP: Part 3

Dancers at RJ Haney House - Contributed
Dancers at RJ Haney House
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20. HAVE HIGH TEA

Join fellow tea-sippers at R.J. Haney Heritage Park, at 1 p.m. on May 29. Take traditional high tea, complete with finger sandwiches and sweets, in the Rose Garden at historic Haney House. Enjoy the music, dance performance, raffles and games! Call Haney at 250-832-5243 to make reservations, and visit www.salmonarmmuseum.org for details.

21. GARDEN TOUR

If you are an avid gardener, or if you just like flowers, don’t miss the 11th Annual Linda Howarth Memorial Pre-school Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! All proceeds go to the Linda Howarth Memorial Pre-school. The tour is followed by a reception. Tickets are $15 each. For more info call the preschool at 250-832-2009, or check out www.lindahowarthpreschool.ca

22. NATURE BAY

Walk along the lake shore with the Salmon Arm Nature Bay Enhancement Society (SABNES) on their scenic and informative 10-km trail, complete with directions and an info centre at beautiful Marine Park. You’ll see plenty of wildlife and waterfowl native to the Shuswap Lake area. If you enjoy peaceful walks in the outdoors, take this opportunity to view the amazing and lovely Western grebes known for making their home in the Salmon Arm Bay area of Shuswap Lake.

23. FLETCHER PARK PLAYGROUND AND SPRAY PARK

A great addition to Salmon Arm is the family-friendly Fletcher Park that features the Rotary spray park, toddlers’ playground, playground for older children, as well as picnic tables, benches and grassy areas for playing and relaxing. Conveniently located in the downtown area.

24. PAINT THE TOWN

In this seventh year of en plein aire painting, thirty or so local artists will draw a secret address from a hat and on Saturday,  August 6 from 9 am to 12 noon they will be on location in Salmon Arm’s downtown. Members of the public are welcome to stop by and watch the action and perhaps have a chat with the artists as they capture the scene before them. The opening and silent auction that happens that same evening at 7pm at SAGA Public Art Gallery, where all the works, finished or unfinished, will be up on the walls. The silent auction continues until 4pm on Saturday,  August 27. “Paint the Festival” is at Roots and Blues on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21. This year artists will be painting canvas running shoes which will be on display at the gallery until the close of the exhibition. For info. call director/Curator Tracey Kutchker at (250) 832-1170 or see the website at www.sagapublicgallery.ca.

25. CANOE BEACH

This is a large public sandy beach located on the shores of Shuswap Lake at North Canoe. As well as being a great family beach, this beach is ideal for corporate picnics and large group gatherings. Canoe Beach has large shady trees and a roped off swimming area. It also boasts a beach volleyball court, a grassed area for picnics, a boat launch nearby, new washrooms and change facilities and a group shelter. The shelter is available on the first-come first serve basis.

26. SAGA

Take time to enjoy beautiful local art in air-conditioned comfort this summer. SAGA Public Art Gallery on Hudson Avenue features multi-media exhibits throughout the summer. Opening reception are generally on the first Friday of each month at 7pm. Each Saturday SAGA welcomes families with children aged 2 to 12 to drop in for some free art-making activities during “Family Saturdays”. The SAGA Summer Art Camp is scheduled for July 4 to 8 for kids aged 9 to 13. Artist talks are scheduled for each exhibition and “Coffee Break” is on the third Thursday of each month, featuring free coffee and cookies with discussion on the current show.  SAGA Summer exhibitions: June 4 to 25 “The Crooked Trees of Alticane,” by Moose Jaw artist Ken Dalgarno. These luscious landscapes capture the Saskatchewan prairie as well as the scientifically baffling crooked birch trees. Artist talk Saturday, June 4 at 1pm. Crooked Tree presentation by Bill Remphrey, date TBA. July 2 to 30 “The Mechanics of Abstraction,” by local artist Steve Mennie. Steve’s paintings and pastels will take us on a journey that shows how an artist evolves and changes over time, and how abstracts are born out of realism. Artist presentation on Saturday, July 9 at 1pm. More information can be found at www.sagapublicartgallery.ca

27. PAWS FOR A CAUSE WALK

The 7th Annual Scotia Bank and BCSPCA Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals is on Sept. 11 as part of the Fall Fair Parade. Pledge forms will be available in June from the shelter and on the SPCA display board at Piccadilly Mall. All participants will receive a t-shirt in their registration package. Check out the website and register online at www.spca.bc.ca/walk.

28. SHUSWAP AWARD-WINNING WINERIES

Granite Creek Estate Wines is an award winning winery. It has a full complement of wines, ice wine, and port style wine. Enjoy a taste in the shaded picnic area. The winery, located at 2302 Skimikin Road in Tappen, just past Recline Ridge, is open from noon to 5 p.m. April to October, and by appointment November to March. 250-835-0049.

Savour the flavour of award winning wine produced at RECLINE RIDGE, which is nestled in the rugged Skimikin Valley. Enjoy a leisurely drive out to the winery that is open for tastings and purchases from 11 am to 5:00 pm daily, May, June, September and October and from 10 am to 5 pm daily in July and august. Other months by request. Recline Ridge is located at 2460 Skimikin Road and has a licensed picnic area. For more information call 250-835-2212.

Perched on a scenic mountainside, award-winning Larch Hills Winery is known for the crisp flavours of Ortega, Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevin, and Gewurztraminer, just to name a few.  Winery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, year round. Call Jack or Hazel at 250-832-0155 for more information or to pre-book a tour.

Come and take the scenic drive through the Salmon Valley to visit OVINO winery and sample some of their hand crafted and award winning wines. All wines are made on site from fruit grown in the OVINO vineyards and supplemented by some grapes purchased from other local vineyards. We grow Pinot gris, Gewurztraminer, Foch and Pinot meunier. The tasting room is open June 1 to October 15, 11 am to 5:00 pm. We will also be open on the May long weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 am to 5:00 pm to introduce our new releases. The rest of the year purchases can be made by appointment only. 1577 Yankee Flats Road, Salmon Arm, BC. www.ovinowinery.com. info@ovinowinery.com. 250-832-8463

29. SWITZMALPH CULTURAL CENTRE

The centre was the vision of the late First Nations elder Mary Thomas to create a bridge between native and non-native people and cultures and enhance understanding and co-operation between all people. The centre is located just off the Trans Canada Highway on 1st Avenue SW in Salmon Arm, and often hosts an annual Pow Wow for all to enjoy. For more information, go to www.shuswapcentre.org

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