A Warm Welcome to Winter

Year’s end in Fernie is a time of excitement and anticipation. I missed last winter in Fernie so the almost three metres of snow that fell before opening day at Fernie Alpine Resort was a real treat for me. I’m also happy to be back at the Fernie Fix and will be out and about in town, looking for happy faces and fun events to feature in future editions. I got to work as the temperatures started to drop and everything turned to white at the end of 2017…

You might think the end of November is a time to relax before the holiday onslaught, but for the Fernie Museum, it was the busiest time of the year. The annual fall fundraiser 

Shake, Rattle & Roll Hop, on November 18 had guests jiving to the lively sounds of Peter and the Wolves and enjoying diner-style delights from checkered tables dressed with vintage records and Coca-Cola centrepieces. The event raised over $10,000 for Museum programming and a lot of smiles. 

Two weeks later, on December 1, the Museum’s updated permanent exhibit opened alongside The Trites Wood Mercantile, a museum gift shop featuring a charming selection of period-inspired gifts, books, and coal-town inspired treasures.Upstairs in the gallery, the winter exhibit Fernie Treasures and Curiosities opened. The new show features a selection of curios and artifacts from the Museum’s 10,000-piece collection, including doctor’s vials of morphine and cocaine, and a child’s toy car that has quite literally toured all over Fernie. Drop in this winter and see if you could have been a “bottle king” back in the day.

The exhibit is on display until March 31, 2018.

Fernie’s crafters and artisans were also hard at work preparing for the season. On the last weekend in November, the annual Twilight and Holiday Craft Fairs packed the Fernie Community Centre with trinkets and treasures, all lovingly crafted with the season in mind. One week later, Hearth 7 featured a curated collection of unique local art including paintings by Mike Hepher, glasswork by Katherine Russell, and, of course, Sarah Pike pottery, at Sarah’s annual studio sale.

Make sure you check out all the wonderful things that are happening in January – from film fests to Freeski, and Nordic races to nightlife, there’s no end of entertainment to enjoy!

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS

1. Renne and Stephanie at the Museum fundraiser, Shake, Rattle & Roll Hop.
2. Table at the Hop fundraiser.
3. Natalie and Sylvia at the Museum fundraiser, Shake, Rattle & Roll Hop.
4. Museum Exhibit, Treasures & Curiosities.
5. Taking in the sparkling displays at The Elk Valley Festival of Trees was the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Two of Fernie’s youngest residents – Nadia and Emmy – were enchanted!
6. Brina Schenk and Michelle Galway from Annex Suspended at the Fernie Craft Fair. Whimsical mobiles, banners, prints, and suspended art are their specialty. Watch for them at future shows or find them online.
7. The Fernie Ghostriders were all smiles as they handed out free hotdogs at the Light Up The Night event. Pictured: Matt, Shaun, and Keelan.
8. Tom from the Fernie Fire Department helps prepare the ice at the new outdoor skating rink. The whole community is overwhelmed with gratitude to the many businesses and organisations that have come together to create this facility following the tragedy at the Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17.