I grew up in Fernie believing all men danced, sang, recited poetry, and acted in plays. These men were miners, businessmen, teachers. It goes without saying all the women joined in too. Fernie of the late 40’s and 50’s was a very cosmopolitan place filled with immigrant families who were not willing to live without music and drama. Resourceful individuals took charge and provided direction answering the needs of the community. This tradition carries on today where ordinary citizens and emerging artists enjoy creative endeavours with skilled artists.
Spring comes late for the Elk Valley. Across the province, the snow receded months ago and summer flowers are beginning to bud.
April’s heroes, in a slightly tedious-link sort of way, stem from pizza. Pizza being utterly delicious must surely result in some pretty special heroes.
This column always seems to enlighten me, and I hope you. When we decide to feature an individual from our community, it’s typically because of something they have begun, are involved in or have accomplished that deserves recognition. The enlightenment happens during the interview, when I realize the reason behind choosing them only scratches the surface of their involvement, passion and commitment.
Photo by Martina Halik, Raven Eye Photography
Fernie is a more tied to the earth than any place I have ever known. Strip mining prosperity sits side-by-side with ecological protection and preservation, while everyone involved just wants to enjoy the outdoors the best way they know how. Fernie is the confluence of mountains and technology, past and future, history and the present; it is our home, our sustenance, our refuge and our inspiration.
What nuclear disarmament was to the Sixties, and AIDS was the Eighties, so environmentalism is to today; the morally-invested i
We live in a small community. We are just 4500 people, living in a narrow valley working hard to stay here. We see the value in where we live and we work hard to protect it. We appreciate those among us and we work hard to build alliances and find ways to work together. We may be small, but time and time again we prove that size doesn’t matter.
Down here in New Zealand, I live in a town called Dunedin which is right at the bottom of the South Island.
Power of Powder Exhibit at the Fernie Museum, photo by V. Croome
Spring, and March in particular, is a time of awakening, of regrowth and renewal. This year there are two very special reasons to look to the past to help strengthen Fernie’s future.
Photo by Joni Krats
March seems to have appeared out of nowhere. A moment ago it was Christmas and a month that often shows signs of spring seemed an age away. Yet, after the perhaps most memorable winter month of the year in terms of snowfall, March is here. Hallelujah! And hello to longer days, warmer mornings and a much loved event in everyone’s calendar, the 35th Annual Griz Days Festival.
I am a fan of driving. There is something meditative about sitting behind the wheel with a long stretch of highway ahead of you (accompanied by the perfect playlist of course). Getting from point A to B, with minimal electronic distractions and nowhere else you have to be. I think attending University in towns situated far from Fernie accentuated this love – in one direction I would be coming home, in the other heading towards change, challenges, friends and fun.
This year's MAST class, photo by V.Croome
February. A month that resides between the cleanse enduring January and the vague glimpse of spring that is March. It’s a month of heavy snowfall, brighter mornings and a host of events to secure tickets to. This month’s Unsung Heroes focus is on one of the biggest events in Fernie’s winter calendar, which embraces the essence of our Fernie lifestyle, many a true Fernie’ite and some Fernie feel good times.
In my musical tastes, as in much else, I suspect I might be somewhat of a disappointment to those with romanticized notions of “Irishness”’; those who envisage a land of misty mountain tops and green fields, in which toothless old men knock back pints of Guinness, and where raven-haired beauties and feisty colleens stomp their feet at raucous fiddle-playing before bursting into a jig, then wrapping their shawls around them and skipping home to their thatched cottages.
The East Kootenay Foundation of Health (EKFH) is a valuable non-profit society and public charitable foundation with a sole purpose of fundraising for “health care equipment, patient comforts and educational support for Interior Health facilities in the East Kootenay region.” You might be wondering why fundraising is necessary, and the bottom line is that our provincial government does not have the funds needed for specific products and services that this organization and countless others would like to have offered in our region.