Bringing History to life

Pioneer Day at Salmon Arm's Haney Heritage Village celebrates the area's early days, as does the annual Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre.

Aidan Sparks gives Hannah Gomme

Aidan Sparks gives Hannah Gomme

History is delicious this year at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

The sun shone on the Canada Day opening of the entertaining Captain Billie Louie and the Pirate of the Shuswap, the annual Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre.

Written and produced by Peter Blacklock, the play is an entertaining snippet of the history of the Shuswap – with a few unexpected and somewhat stretched embellishments.

Talented and well-voiced, Alaura Bibby, Hannah Gomme, Caleb Makortoff and Aidan Sparks bring the  production to life in a most delicious way.

Also delicious and served in generous portions, the pork roast dinner is a wonderful prelude to the play.

Tasty food is also featured in the July 8 Pioneer Day, a celebration of Salmon Arm’s rich history.

Start the day with a delicious pancake breakfast at Marjorie’s Tea Room from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

The Chris Stevens Family Band will perform as will local country duo Vicki and John will have you singing along to your favourite old- time country songs.

Pie eaters to enter the third annual Pie Eating Contest.

New this year is a cupcake-eating contest for the younger set.

Register at Pioneer Day or by calling the Village at 250-832-5243. This year the The whole family will enjoy the old fashioned midway where you can play games of chance and skill and win prizes. Visit the Kid’s Corner and make a special pioneer craft, colour or have your face painted.

While at Pioneer Day take a free tour of the Haney House, the gem of the village.

The Shuswap Pioneer Tractor Club will offer wagon rides and  there will be many demonstrations and displays of life  in pioneer times.

Visit the many antique collectors and vendors. Appointments can be arranged to have certified appraiser Louise Kneller appraise your collectibles by drop in or appointment. Email

Verbal evaluations are $12 per item or three items for $25, a portion of which will be donated to R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

Bring in your antique and vintage items, jewelry, and art for a verbal evaluation, some suggestions on where to get the best value in the marketplace and possibly a little history on your items time permitting.

Kneller will also have copies of her new book, Al’s Garage and Yard Sale Guide – Vintage Jewelry, available for purchase and signing.

Gate admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 13 years of age.