Group Dynamics

Coming together to capture a moment, score a great buy, and spread good cheer.

Crowd-Sourcing A Bargain
This is a heads up about potentially amazing finds to be found only on June 2nd. That’s the day of the Wildsight Community Yard Sale. What kind of amazing finds might you ask? “Good bikes! Decorative antiques!” exclaimed Courtney Baker, Fernie Wildsight’s Elk Valley Branch Coordinator, listing some of the items on sale at last year’s event, involving 42 homes. This year, Wildsight is upping the chances of yard sale shoppers scoring a terrific find by also offering a communal outdoor space (across the street from the Wildsight office) for sellers who don’t have a front yard to hold their own yard sale. And there’s more: The White Elephant sale is back. New to the event last year, this sale, held at the Wildsight office, offers items donated by wanna-be participants who can’t do the big day. When I met with Courtney, back in mid-March, Wildsight had already received a variety of donations, including–you guessed it–a Dutch town bike as well as a set of golf clubs and some small kitchen appliances. Proceeds from the White Elephant sale go directly to the Fernie’s Wildsight Elk Valley branch. So mark your calendar and get some cash ready. Your neighbour may be offering the bargain you’ve been waiting for.

Bikes, antiques, appliances and more, June 2nd only, front yards city-wide. Yard sale map available in the May 31 edition of the Fernie Free Press. White Elephant sale at Wildsight, 891 2nd Ave. Group yard sale across the street from Wildsight.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name
“It was old!” said Jeannie Watson, President of RCL Branch #36, describing the condition of Fernie’s Legion hall before recent renovations. “The beer taps were obsolete. It would almost cost the same to replace everything as repair it all.”

Though the official grand re-opening takes place May 19, the spiffed-up (and still non-profit) bar is already welcoming everyone–whether you’re a member or not. Haven’t been yet? Just be sure to sign the guestbook when you arrive (a necessity since, technically, the Legion is still a private veteran’s club). And, guys, you’ll have to remove your hats out of respect for our veterans. Having said that, you can play pool, throw darts, or just enjoy a glass with your mates and help someone out at the same time.

“Our mandate,” explained Watson, “is to support veterans, seniors, and youth in our community and surrounding area.” Regular meat draws and other fund drives drum up money for local registered charities including the Salvation Army food bank and the Fernie hospital. “This isn’t your grandfather’s Legion anymore,” proclaimed Watson. But there are some nice holdovers. Swearing is avoided, for instance. But, just in case someone forgets, Watson pointed out, “There’s a Cuss Box.”

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 3 pm to 11 pm, 551 1st Ave.

Joy to the Family
Joy Segovia got into family portraiture after she received a photo of herself as a child with her Dad, who had since passed away. The photo, which she hadn’t seen before, inspired her to help others capture their own special moments as a family. Now, as an associate at Kyle Hamilton Photography, she’s addressing what Hamilton described as “an unmet demand [in Fernie],” adding that, except for Segovia, “There aren’t any professional photographers offering a professional family portrait service that deliver high-quality print products.”

What Segovia isn’t offering is one-size-fits-all photo packages. There are no price minimums and you won’t be handed a disc of digital images. Instead, “everything is ordered a la carte,” she said. On the menu: a long list of options including gift prints, framed photos, albums and even wall art. A three-appointment process is designed to maximize communication between Segovia and her clients. It seems to be working. She lit up as she recalled a recent client of hers–a single father with his two little girls. “We had an amazing session,” she said. “It makes me feel good to give that to them.”

Email for an appointment. Sitting fee, $150. Includes a consultation, a 90-minute portrait session at location of your choice and an ordering appointment. Kyle Hamilton Photography, 341C 3rd Ave.