Alive with History

We have five museums in Kelowna. When was the last time you went into one? Maybe February is a good time to discover all they have to offer. Below is a listing of some highlight events happening at our museums.

I caught up with Christina Neale to talk about Kelowna Museums, Heritage Week, and their new iPhone app.
Did you know that as part of the Kelowna Regatta two men dressed in drag and threw a greasy pig into the lake? I'll let Christina explain it more:
and yes, Kelowna is named after a Grizzly Bear.

February Events at Kelowna Museums
Neighbourhood Nosh: a complimentary wine tasting with appetizers
Thursday, Feb 5th: 4:00pm – 6:00pm                             
Location: BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop & BC Orchard Industry Museum
Taste, learn about and buy BC Vintner's Quality Alliance wines and discover the finest tastes of the BC Orchard Industry. Join us on the first Thursday of each of month and learn about the history of our orchards with a taste of something fun!  See you at Nosh.
Inspired Word Café @ Kelowna Museums
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm                            
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum
Words are meant to be heard. Poetry/Spoken Word & Music combines passion for words and music in a setting that is loving and embracing. This is an open event.
Topic: Off the Grid
Theme: Energy!
Monday, February 9 – Family Day
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm                         
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum
Details to follow. Check out their website: http://www.kelownamuseums.ca
Heritage Week 2015 (Monday Feb, 16 – Sunday Feb 22): 
Theme: Main Street: At the Heart of the Community
Open Viewing at Royal Anne Hotel, Cutter’s Lounge – Plenty of events happening around town to showcase this year’s theme Main Streets. http://www.heritagebc.ca/pdfs/HeritageWeek2015_MiniPoster.pdf
The week kicks off with the national Heritage Day designated by Heritage Canada The National Trust.
Main Street, King Street, Queen Street, Water Street, Broadway – whatever their name, main streets and traditional downtown areas are at the heart of communities big and small across British Columbia.  Centers of commerce, civic institutions, community commemoration and events, main streets embody the history and evolution of a community. 
Today many communities are leveraging the heritage of their downtown as assets to stimulate tourism, attract new residents, provide affordable housing, and encourage investment by creating affordable space for smaller businesses and start-ups, as well as authentic retail experiences. 
This Heritage Week celebrate the history of your main streets and the revitalization of traditional downtown throughout British Columbia.  
Lunchbox Lecture Series @ Kelowna Museums
Wednesday, February 25
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm                          
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum
Speaker: Anna Warwick-Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board & (TBA) (Deren Sentry)
Topic: – “WAVES of Change - emPOWERing Okanagan Residents for a Sustainable Future.
Get ready for another year of noon hour talks in the Cultural District! Tired of eating your lunch at your desk? Bring your brown bag and join Kelowna Museums, in collaboration with the Rotary Centre for the Arts, the Kelowna Art Gallery, and the Okanagan Regional Library for engaging topics and personalities.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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