Here Comes Santa . . .

20181210_213732How cute is the wee Phenik all dressed up for Christmas? Ho! Ho! Ho!

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McGowan Solctice Bonfire

IMG_4219Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire . . . IMG_2391Hot flames warming up your toes . . one burnt runner!IMG_4221Off key carols being sung not by a choir . . .IMG_2388And folks sharing stories, marshmallows and mistletoe!

Great fun was had by all. It was a real old fashion neighbourhood get together!


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Story by Carolyn Bowering

Ho Ho Ho Canada.  I think the creases in my face got a little deeper last night.  For moments on end my expression was stretched in a rictus of laughter, as silent as possible in an effort to miss as little as possible.

It started in the Venables lobby with the delighted greetings of friends and neighbours gathering together in anticipation of a jolly good laugh.  We were primed.IMG_4169
Primed enough to sing a seasonal song (out loud) to open the show at a level slightly above needing hearing aids to hear.  We Olivarians were still a little shy in the volume department.  That changed.

Yes, that changed.

James and Jamesy loosened us up.
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From a gentle, spell-binding opening with the appearance of a floating teapot (brilliantly shiny white – it sparkled throughout) eventually attached by the slo-mo balletic appearance of a fashionably garbed sinewy leg with a long slender foot that insinuated itself onto the stage.  Meet Jamesy.

Now meet James, a Magritte painting, upper crust, dressed in powder blue with a bowler hat. The perfect complement to Jamesy’s physical comedy.

Thus starts the hilaritea.
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Oh those boys!!  With little more than two chairs, an end table and their acrobatic bodies prancing and dancing; sipping and slurping; sloshing and joshing, we were with them for a rollicking good time.

Canoes, kayaks and cruise ships (and no intermission) kept us afloat . . .

And the company they kept!!
God, the Queen and other very special guests; right here in Oliver.  A letter to “the other big guy” who didn’t show was in order.  Mind your meniscus.
Though a minimalist set, with lots for the imagination to conjure, the whole program sported fabulous effects flawlessly (if you don’t know otherwise) executed.  Beyond the lighting and sound there was a certain amount of magic present.  And the audience did respond.

Our next carol was a little louder (if only we knew the words) and the audience participation on stage and off was more than mere good sportsmanship.  Brave souls.
We finally really cut loose and showed our ability to be loud and responsive when giving our endorsement of the performance at the end with some volume by applause, whistling and hooting.

We were, at least momentarily, changed.

Sharing the fun, truly stemming from a body of joy present in the moment, James and Jamesy made quite a splash and showed me a ripping good time.

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Art One-oh-One

Starting Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 – 1:30

At Oliver Parks and Rec

Instructor Leza Macdonald

IMG_4198    IMG_4197      With various pencils, crayons, inks and paints

IMG_3320    IMG_2879  we will observe, record and compose on papers, canvas and mixed medias.       IMG_3607Projects will lead to a finished masterpiece per class. IMG_2278May I say thank you to all who attended! Lots and lots of fun was had and you learned something about art and yourselves!

Wanted! Beginners to Advanced!

Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 – 1:30

Wear clothes that can get paint on them. All supplies provided.

Connect with Katie Hadwin <> at

Oliver Parks and Rec.

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Good Morning Oliver!

Weird stuff going on with my iMac . . . and then poof it works!56522261897__A94B6300-8E00-4D84-A637-43ED4ADF6807Styling, Fun and Joy, 2018 Mixed MediaTree-Cherry-paintingCherry Blossoms 2016

Both works are at Maker Place for collection. As well as works by Diane Gane, Tara Hovanes, Marion Trimble and many more local Artist.

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James & Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea at the Frank Venables Theatre Tuesday Night.

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups!

Following the smashing success of their 2016 & 2017 Canadian comedy tours, London’s 3-time IMPRESARIO award-winning comedians James & Jamesy land in Oliver with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea.

​When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat.

Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over 20 comedy awards to their name—sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas. Click here for more info.

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