Osoyoos Festival Society marks Cherry Fiesta/Canada Day with ‘virtual’ celebration

Members of the Osoyoos Festival do a video tribute to Cherry Fiesta/Canada Day, which was cancelled this year due to Covid-19. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Osoyoos Festival Society had to cancel the July 1, 2020 Cherry Fiesta and Canada Day celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, they’ve decided to hold a “virtual” celebration to mark the usual all-day event, producing a short video in which Mayor Sue McKortoff calls on people to find their own way to celebrate safely.

The video features members of the Festival Society at Gyro Park, including President Lyn Motkoski and Ken Baker dressed as giant cherries. It was filmed by Richard McGuire.

As Susan Dodd sings an a capella O Canada, images of the crowds and events at previous Cherry Fiestas are shown. Annette Star of the Fireworks Committee invites people to attend a bigger and better display in 2021.

Click the four-arrow icon to the left of “Vimeo” on the bottom right to watch in full-screen mode. (Runs 2:54 min)

Life Goes On: Artists on Main show their work in Virtual Gallery

Where’s My Glass? (Nancy Gray)

Members of Artists on Main Osoyoos show their paintings in the June “Life Goes On Virtual Gallery.”

This is the third “Virtual Gallery” offered by OsoyoosPersists.ca and featuring the work of local artists. The Art Gallery Osoyoos has been closed since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The gallery now plans to open on June 13 for its Summer Artisan Market, but opening hours will be restricted and other measures aimed at keeping the public safe will also be implemented. Continue reading “Life Goes On: Artists on Main show their work in Virtual Gallery”

Haynes Point (swiws) partially open for walk-in day use

The day use area at Haynes Point (swiws) Provincial Park is now open to pedestrians, but the camping area remains closed to all. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Haynes Point (swiws) Provincial Park is one of the most pleasant places to walk or bicycle in Osoyoos.

Along with other provincial parks, it was closed throughout most of April and early May in part because people on the Lower Mainland were crowding into parks in that part of the province and failing to physically distance.

Haynes Point reopened for day use only last Thursday, May 14.

The park is ideal for seniors because it’s quite flat, the views are gorgeous and there’s often bird and animal life to observe. In these times of Covid-19, the wide road makes it very easy to exceed the two-metre physical distancing guideline. Continue reading “Haynes Point (swiws) partially open for walk-in day use”

Life Goes On: Darlene and Tracy Fillion, mother and daughter, show ‘Textiles and Clay: Kindred Hands’ in Virtual Gallery

Potter Darlene Fillion and her daughter Tracy Fillion were originally scheduled to open an exhibition on May 2 at The Art Gallery Osoyoos titled “Textiles and Clay: Kindred Hands.”

With the gallery closed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Osoyoos Persists Life Goes On Virtual Gallery is featuring some of their work, just as last month we featured Focus 2020 from the Osoyoos Photography Club.

“Life Goes On” will feature art, music and other entertainment from the community in a safe, “virtual” way during the current pandemic. Continue reading “Life Goes On: Darlene and Tracy Fillion, mother and daughter, show ‘Textiles and Clay: Kindred Hands’ in Virtual Gallery”

Today would have been Easter Eggstravaganza; watch last year’s event instead

Today would have been Easter Eggstravaganza in Osoyoos.

Although B.C. Premier John Horgan has issued an “eggs-emption” to allow the Easter Bunny to continue its important work, the annual Easter festival in Osoyoos was called off some time ago.

If you’re missing this fun family festival, we have some video of last year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Enjoy!

B.C. Premier John Horgan issued an “eggs-emption” allowing the Easter Bunny to continue its important work. (Credit: John Horgan Twitter)

Life Goes On: Osoyoos Photography Club exhibition Focus 2020 celebrates opening in Virtual Gallery

Focus 2020

Today, April 4, The Osoyoos Photography Club (OPC), celebrates the opening of its anticipated exhibition, Focus 2020.

The show had been planned to launch this date at The Art Gallery Osoyoos, but obviously the gallery had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the show launches here in the “Life Goes On Virtual Gallery.” Continue reading “Life Goes On: Osoyoos Photography Club exhibition Focus 2020 celebrates opening in Virtual Gallery”

Life Goes On: Osoyoos Photography Club exhibition Focus 2020 is first show for Virtual Gallery

This photograph by local photographer Lori Jantz, titled “Grizz” is one in a mini exhibition in the lead up to a Virtual Gallery showing of the Osoyoos Photography Club’s exhibition Focus 2020. That show was originally to run in April at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. (Lori Jantz Photo)

The Osoyoos Photography Club (OPC) had been planning an exhibition, Focus 2020, to be held at The Art Gallery Osoyoos in April.

With the gallery closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the club is going ahead with a “virtual” exhibition in the Virtual Gallery on OsoyoosPersists.ca.

From now and through April, we’ll be featuring the work of OPC members. We plan to open the Virtual Gallery to other Osoyoos and area artists in the near future. Continue reading “Life Goes On: Osoyoos Photography Club exhibition Focus 2020 is first show for Virtual Gallery”