Petra Perkins and Lyndon Bateman were flipping burgers at the Desert Daze barbecue.

Petra Perkins and Lyndon Bateman were flipping burgers at the Desert Daze barbecue.

Comings and Goings On in Spences Bridge

Post Desert Daze relaxation and keeping the Steelhead heat on in Victoria.

Well, so long summer and hello back to school and routines. The evenings seemed to cool off quite suddenly, but the warm sunny days are stretching on. Now it seems canning and preserving is in full swing.

Desert Daze haze

The Desert Daze Festival can only be regarded as a success! Fantastic music and workshops, great vendors, wonderful volunteers, and stinking hot desert weather! I’d like to thank all the dedicated volunteers who put so much into making this festival a success – great work guys!

Thanks so much to our local sponsors: Spences Bridge Improvement District, TNRD, Highland Valley Copper, Belkorp, H.E. Mining and Excavation, Second Time Around thrift store, WRAPS, ASC Automotive, The Packing House, Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, Ashcroft Indian Band, Arrow Transport, Community Futures Sun Country, Roadhouse Towing, Ashcroft IRLY, The Inn at Spences Bridge, and of course the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal! Thanks also to all the businesses that donated raffle prizes, and SD74 and the municipalities for the stage!

So why do we work so hard to put on a festival? Hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars go into Desert Daze – why?

Well, it’s a labour of love for sure; bringing very talented musicians to the area for all to enjoy. Supporting and promoting independent Canadian musicians (including our very own local musicians!) is another reason. Attracting folks here to showcase Spences Bridge and the surrounding area; the landscape, the wildlife (the bighorn sheep were at the festival again this year!) the fabulous fruit and veggies, and of course, the friendly folks from these here parts!

Putting on a community event brings folks out together to celebrate the arts, enjoy some food and beverages, dance under the desert sun (man, it was hot!) is just the beginning… One more reason we do it – it’s fun!

TV tower

The T.V. tower saga moves forward with small steps. The A/C is in; the tower is here, now we’re waiting for the technician to connect the dots. Watch this space for further updates!

Steelhead fishery

The Spences Bridge Steelhead Advocacy Association is sending two representatives to meet with Minister of Natural Resources the honourable Steve Thompson. They will be discussing  issues surrounding the decline in the stocks of the Thompson Steelhead. At this time the river is closed to steelhead fishing until it is determined that there are enough returning fish to warrant an opening. However, on the bright side, there are many reports of excellent trout and spring salmon fishing on the Thompson around Spences Bridge right now – so grab your rod!

Annual General Meeting

The Spences Bridge Community Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 12 at Clemmes Hall at 7 pm. Please consider joining the club and perhaps taking on a position on the executive. New members are very welcome! A whopping $2 yearly membership fee is due at this meeting (and one must be a member in good standing in order to vote).

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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