Striking A Balance – Museum opening kicks off Western Heritage Week

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Newest Eateries in Clinton

There are more choices for eating our in Clinton these days. The Cordial Restaurant, although not new to Clinton now has new owners. Drop in and welcome them.

Gardenside Teatime has opened beside Gardenside Pottery and Gifts (Pottery Shop) and welcomes guests for a light lunch, or light tea with goodies, tea or coffee.

Also new this year is The Ramblin’ Tastebud, a food cart type of kitchen on wheels. Parked in the lot at the Nomad Motel, they invite you to pick up take out sandwiches, wraps and smoothies.

Clinton Farmers Market Opens

The Clinton Farmers Market opens for the season on Thursday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. It runs every Thursday from 9:30 to 2:30 until mid-October.

Drop by for the opening and enjoy coffee, meet the vendors and pick up some fresh produce, plants and goodies.

If you grow it, bake it, make it or raise it and you would like to set up at the market you can drop into the Country Squire Gift Shop or email: for information.

Western Heritage Week

The Village of Clinton Western Heritage Week kicks off with the opening of the Clinton Museum from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18.

The week from then until the end of the rodeo on Sunday, 25 is a time to celebrate the Western Heritage that is so much a part of Clinton and it’s history.

Clinton Annual Ball

The 147th Clinton Annual Ball will be held on Saturday, May 17 in the Clinton Memorial Hall amidst the pomp and circumstance surrounding the attendance of the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.

Watch for photos and information on this event in the next week’s column.

Heritage Week Dress Up

As in recent years, the Clinton & District Economic Development Society will host a Heritage Week dress up contest with judging to be done on Friday, May 23.

There will be prizes awarded for the Best Business with a Heritage Theme; Best Business Individual and Best Individual Costume.

Old Timers’ Tea

Also on Friday, May 23 is the Old Timers’ Tea where one can renew old acquaintances, make new friends and enjoy refreshments prepared by some of Clinton’s many volunteers. The Tea runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall.

Clinton Annual Parade

The Annual Parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. There is still time to put together a float. Entry forms can be picked up and returned to Integris Credit Union, Country Squire Gift Shop, Clinton Coffee House or the Village of Clinton Office.

The more floats the better. The Parade Committee is also looking for some musical entries so if you are part of a band or know of one please let the Village Office know.

Food Stops After Parade

The famous Lions Club Beef in a Bun will be available beside the Clinton Health Centre following the parade.

The Clinton Volunteer Fire Department will also be providing hot dogs and drinks to the younger set at the fire hall following the parade.

Clinton May Ball Rodeo

The rodeo events begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 after the parade. The Clinton rodeo is a BCRA sanctioned event and is actually the eighth stop on the BCRA circuit. It promises some fast, exciting events for everyone to enjoy from the covered stands.

There will be a concession running throughout the two-day rodeo and the local 4-H Club Steak Dinner will be available at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday. The beverage garden will be open all day until the dance, which starts at 8 p.m.

Music this year will be provided by Barney Bentall with Dustin Bentall joining him. The rodeo organizers invite everyone to come and kick up their heels and leave the driving to the shuttle bus, which will be available at night. A designated driver will also be available during the day.

Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with slack rodeo at 9 a.m. Sunday for those extra contestants who are not in the performance.

Susan Swan

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