For Immediate Release: From the Regional District of Central Okanagan
February 14, 2013
“Good Neighbours!” Theme Embodies 2013 Heritage Week Events
Organizations throughout the Central Okanagan are joining the country and province in celebrating Heritage Week from February 18 to February 24.
This year’s Heritage Week theme of “Good Neighbors – Heritage Homes and Neighborhoods” has broad appeal and as such, there are lots of activities planned for the whole community. While many people first think of historical buildings as being “heritage”, established and stable neighborhoods also have significant heritage value and have shaped Central Okanagan communities.
“We are particularly excited about this year’s theme” says Janice Henry, executive director with the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS). “There were so many exciting possibilities and community groups have really pulled together to create a week’s worth of activities.”
Saturday, February 16 - 2:00 p.m.
A special presentation will be held at the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan (OK) Regional Library. James Johnstone, a heritage advocate and house historian, guided participants on a free virtual tour of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood using archival and modern images. Johnstone’s experiences and skills will inspire local residents to gain a deeper understanding of their own neighbourhood’s past.
Monday, February 18 - 7:30 a.m.
The Heritage Week Kick-off Breakfast will be hosted at the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, 770 Lawrence Avenue, by the COHS and the Rutland Residents Association. Dorothy Zoellner and Alice Lundy of the Okanagan Historical Society will be the guest speakers. The breakfast is by donation and will also feature door prizes and a 50/50 draw.
Wednesday, February 20 - 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m.
A Brown Bag Luncheon will be hosted at the Kelowna Heritage Museum. Some of UBCO’s talented students will be presenting preliminary work they have done on an art and research project in Kelowna’s North End, called “Eco Art for Newcomers”.
Thursday, February 21 - 7 p.m.
The COHS will hold its annual general meeting and host the 29th Annual Heritage Awards at the Benvoulin Heritage Church.
Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.
The Environmental Education Centre of the Okanagan (EECO) will feature a special presentation called “Audubon and the Peregrine Falcon.” The public is invited to celebrate the recently acquired Amsterdam print of the Audubon Peregrine Falcon, learn about its natural history and reintroduction programs. This free event will include refreshments.
Sunday, February 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Participate in the Heritage Home Tour and Tea. The self-guided neighbourhood walking tour begins at the Knowles House at 865 Bernard Avenue. For a $5 donation you can enjoy tea and goodies and receive a passport to visit an additional five unique heritage homes. Each house will feature displays about the first residents, using intriguing new information uncovered by the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society.
More information about each events can be found by calling or emailing the organizing groups, or by visiting www.facebook.com/OKHeritagesociety.
This year’s participants include:
Central Okanagan Heritage Society
Friends and Residents of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area
Kelowna and District Genealogical Society
Kelowna Canadian Italian Club
Kelowna South Central Association of Neighbourhoods
Okanagan Historical Society
Okanagan Mission Residents' Association
Okanagan Regional Library
Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Parks
Rutland Residents Association
UBCO’s Creative Studies Department