June 11, 2014- Community Briefs

Melodrama scripts sought in Keremeos

KEREMEOS, B.C. – The Grist Mill Heritage Club and Similkameen Family Literacy are co-sponsoring a play-writing contest with a Victorian melodrama theme.

Authors are asked to write a half-hour piece, mixing fact and fiction, that rolls out a story about early settlers in the Lower Similkameen Valley, especially around 1870 to 1900.

The suggested format is Victorian melodrama, but other types of short historical pieces in drama or comedy for the time period also are acceptable.

Sealed entries in an envelope bearing the author’s name and contact information will be opened after 5 p.m. June 27.

Entries may be mailed to Play Contest in care of Similkameen Family Literacy, 720 Third St., Keremeos, B.C. V0X 1N3, or dropped off at 310 Veteran’s Avenue between 8 a.m. and noon Monday to Friday until June 27.

A cash prize will be awarded.

The winning script will become the property of the Heritage Players and the Grist Mill Heritage Club, and will go into workship and rehearsal for public performance. Non-winning scripts also may be acquired through special arrangement with the authors.

Panel discusses Methow River

TWISP — A panel discussion about the Methow River is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover St.

The free program is in conjunction with the gallery’s “Our River” exhibit.

Panelists will talk about the river and what it means to the community. Derek Van Marter, executive director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, will lead the discussion.

Panel members include artist Bruce Morrison, fish ecologist John Crandall, farmer and poet Kelleigh McMillan, former guide and commercial fisherwoman Elaine Marquezz, musician Lynette Westendorf, fly fishing guide Kevin Van Bueren, Ray Peterson and wildlife biologist Kent Woodruff.

Festival of the Grape is Oct. 5

OLIVER, B.C. — Festival of the Grape, the Okanagan Valley’s largest family fall wine festival, will be Oct. 5.

More than 50 wineries are expected to participate.

“We generally attract approximately 3,500 guests,” South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce CEO Bonnie Dancey said. “We expect that number to climb closer to 4,000 this year.”

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Oliver Recreation Centre, 6359 Parks Drive.

Activities include a parade of wineries, grape-stomping competition, food and trade vendors, live entertainment by The Paperboys, “Chateau de Kids Whine” venue (petting zoo and activities) for those under 19 and an indoor art show.

The event will be smoke- and pet-free, with free parking


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