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SOCS FINAL CONCERT 2018-2019 SEASON –  Friday, March 29, 2019

South Okanagan Concert Society decided to blow the budget and bring in the irresistible O-Celli, cello octet, to complete the 2018-2019 concert season.  That translates into eight (yes 8!) musicians drawn from prominent European orchestras from Paris to Belgium to Britain.  This is a cosmopolitan  ensemble which is represented by five different nationalities.  Together they share a passion for the extraordinary richness of their instrument.  Their concerts are characterized by originality and dynamic presentation.

The concert you absolutely should not miss takes place at the beautiful new Venables theatre in Oliver at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Tickets are on sale at or at the box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets are very affordable.  Two or more tickets in advance cost only $21/ticket.  A single ticket in advance is $23.  Single tickets at the door are $25.  Children and youth are encouraged to attend for $2.50.

Many of you fell in love with the cello when you experienced Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s  solo rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria at the wedding of Prince Harry.  The instrument, closest to the human voice is one of the few which carries being multiplied.  When played together with others, the beauties of this intrument add up, giving birth to a unique, full vibration and exceptional sound.

Prepare to be taken on a fabulous journey through a repertoire of both original and arranged pieces.  The cellists eagerly travel through a wide musical panel, ranging from Verdi to Piazzolla with sweeping nods to Nino Rota and Marquez.

If you come ¾ hour prior to the concert start, you can enjoy listening to talented young local pianists perform in the foyer as you meet with friends.  After the concert

stay and enjoy a post concert no host reception in the glittering foyer and meet the musicians in a relaxed atmosphere.  There will be a nominal fee for beverages.  Appetizers will be provided as a good will gesture.  This is where you can learn more about the upcoming concert series planned for next year and take advantage of some exciting economic incentives (bring cheque books or credit cards) when you order your tickets for next year.


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Good Morning Sunday!

I see doves and black birds and a hawk . . . he cleared the room!

It takes about a half an hour and they are back again. Quail, a few morning doves and lots of ringneck doves and the ones I call the little blonds and redheads. They all pair nicely with morning coffee.

Yesterday afternoon a hummingbird was at the back door! I could have touched it! The only thought I had was don’t breathe!

Arty Smarty at Oliver Parks and Rec ended with a whoot.

We were lucky enough to have very special guests, Biologist Lauren and Pluto the Burrowing Owl join us.

As demonstrated I don’t know how to draw an owl! They need a smile!

Children’s thoughts come out in art, yesterday was one of those days.

Serious concerns with love were expressed and a fear of Owls was addressed successfully.

From under the table, to a makeshift work station as far away from Pluto as possible, we put a safe distance between them.

A few moments later . . . back at the desk, a painting of the owl and a photo bravely standing close, not too close . . .  to the owl.


This is why Sally and I do this. We have our projects, however if they have something else in mind we really encourage their own ideas.

That is were the best art comes from!

Arty Smarty will start again Saturday, April 13 from 11 to noon.

Connect with at Oliver Parks and Rec to register.


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Hot Stuff at Maker Place

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Maker Place Orchards are in Bloom!

14 Ladies and good conversation . . .Pair well with paint and creativity!Our hostess Dianne with Councilwoman Aimee add Mother Nature’s spring lace to their trees.Patti finishes her Cherry Blossom’s with a signature!Thank you Claire! You wanted to paint Cherry Blossoms . .  your wish is our command! So much fun! I love the way dancer Andrea’s Cherry tree rises onto the stage.

PS The painting of the dancer behind the dancer was done about 2010. Collected by Dianne before she came to Oliver. Is it up for re collection? Is that a word? There are many Artists represented at Maker Place. There should be a wedding under that tree Miss Isabell! This was so much fun! I tell my students if you don’t do the project I assign and do your own thing I am even happier . . . Martina makes me smile! And she takes really good care of our pets!Love the way the trunk turns. In Vicki’s I see a woman holding up a veil of Cherry Blossoms! Absolutely beautiful Cris!Instead of flower corey got this class and an evening with the ladies! We all thank her  Hubby!How much fun was this?

We had a waiting list so we will have another Cherry Blossom Paint Night Wednesday March 26 at 6:30. Connect with Dianne at Maker Place to register!Enjoy these on your walls for many years to come. Congratulations Ladies on your fabulous results!

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It is snowing again . . . oh good . . . NOT

Some days snow happens. You don’t want it! It is cold! You want it to go away but you wake up and here it is, back again.

Snow like the outer “S” word happens to the best people. When you least expect it.

It has been a year since I dealt with the worst experience of my adult life. And I am still “working” through it.

It was a very bad crash and burn.

It is very hard to pick yourself up by the bra straps and move on. Baby steps at first, then a bigger step, then a crash backwards.

You get up again dust yourself off and try to  take another baby step forward. And yes a step backwards hurts almost as much as the memory you are walking away from.

But like the snow . . . the shock will be replaced by  the joy of spring.

Something to work towards and something to look forward to.

Good Morning Oliver! Make it a fabulous day . .  in spite of the snow. Think of it as Mother Nature’s designer lace.


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Tea Party!

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with a Japanese Tea Party.

Michiko introduced us to the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

We started with a tasty rice and bean sweet, then individually we all enjoyed the ritual of being served the Matcha Tea by Michiko.

The beautiful bright green tea has a wonderful taste. I do enjoy a great cup of tea and this was tasty!It was a lovely tea party for all ages. We learned about another culture and the value of a good plastic pink tea cup and matching tiara!

Happy International Woman’s Day!

And Thank you Michiko!


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