Comings & Goings On – Fifth annual Desert Daze is coming together

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan's monthly column of community news and events in Spences Bridge.

What a difference a day makes! Last week pushing 40 degrees one day, feeling very summer like – then here comes the rain again with plummeting temps for the weekend! The cool wet weather was a good thing for our neighbours in Lytton and the fire there.

The fruit and veggies will be coming in fast now at the Farmer’s & Flea Market. Fresh local cherries, greens, garlic snapes, and soon apricots will be available.

We hear phrases like buy local, eat local, 100 mile diet, and there really are so many benefits; you are supporting our local farmers and community, and you are lessening your carbon footprint buy not buying food that has traveled many kilometres, and you are consuming far fewer preservatives and additives! Support all our local markets! If that isn’t enough to convince you, there are many treasures to be found as folks are selling all sorts of goodies; “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Then there are the artists – from jewellery to quilts, it’s never too soon to start your Christmas shopping!

See you Sunday from 10 -2 at Clemes Hall. If you’d like to book a table (in our air conditioned hall) please call Kathleen @ 4458-2489.


Thanks to everyone that came out to work on Madden Island and the graveyard. What a terrific turn out! As a result we had the campground mowed and weed wacked and looking good before lunch, then after roasting a hotdog and some much needed refreshment, we tackled the graveyard and were all done by 3pm! It’s so great to see the community spirit when you get a good crew of dedicated volunteers working to make the community look a little better.

I’d also like to thank the volunteers who are working so hard every Thursday morning to keep the lawn and fields at the old school looking so lovely! It really is a fantastic green space to have in the centre of our town. It takes a lot of work to maintain it and is entirely funded and worked by volunteers; thank-you.


Of course the grounds looking so wonderful are a huge benefit to Desert Daze Festival! Thanks to the Spences Bridge Improvement District, we are able to host the festival at the old school where we transform it into a festival site. The site is complete with a stage, a children’s activity area, a beer garden, and vendors with a variety of wares all resulting a very festive atmosphere!

Our musical line-up is complete and confirmed – the entire list and schedule is on our website. We have an amazingly diverse group of musicians coming this year; bluegrass, country, folk, rock, blues, world music, and Afro beat! It’s not just the fantastic headliners like George Leach and Angela Harris that are not to be missed, but the amazing local musicians that fill out our line up. And we are pretty lucky to have such talent in our own backyard!

The Festival is taking applications for vendors; we’re looking for interesting food vendors, artists, clothing and so on. If you’re interested, please apply online on our website. Of course these events wouldn’t happen without volunteers, and we’re always looking for more. It’s a fun weekend to be a part of, and if you volunteer for more than two hours….it’s free!  We have many dedicated volunteers that are working on the planning committee and have taken on various departments of the festival. Ilana Fortin has done a wonderful job of getting some fantastic raffle prizes – first prize is a trip for two on the Rocky Mountaineer! Second is two nights stay at Little Horse Lodge complete with horseback riding, third prize is a dinner show at The Packing House. There will also be many prizes to be won at the festival, like a raft trip with Fraser River adventures! Thanks so much to all our raffle prize donators!


Our last bingo before taking a summer break is Thursday, June 25. Doors open at 6, early bird at 6:30, there is a concession snacks available. Come on out Cleme’s Hall on Hwy 8 for some bingo fun and a chance to win!

A very big Thanks to Paul Miller and Arnie Oram for installing the old bridge rail at the hall. It really looks great, and it’s wonderful to have a piece of the bridge as part of the Community Club’s Clemes Hall. In the fall we’ll have to organize a painting party for it.


Keep up to date on events in town on our Facebook page, Spences Bridge Community Club.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan