Fraser Heritage Festival 2011 in McBride Sept 23-25

Chuck McNaugton, organizer of the Trapper's Rendezvous

The fourth annual Fraser Heritage Festival has begun! Join people from throughout the Robson Valley to celebrate our rich heritage through arts and culture. The theme of this year’s festival is Tracks Through the Valley. The first “tracks” were seen in Dunster this past weekend at the Trapper’s Rendezvous. Local trappers Chuck McNaughton, Frank Meersman, Claude Hill, Bob Leary and Bryan Monroe were pleased with the turnout.

Fraser Heritage Festival celebrates Rivers Day Sept 23rd
Interaction between students from both McBride schools will create awareness of the importance of rivers and watersheds in the Robson Valley. Students from one of Mrs. Howard’s science classes and Joel Zahn’s elementary school students are doing water testing together at a local stream. They will be stenciling fish images on the storm drains in McBride to raise awareness that what we dump could flow into rivers and streams and harm aquatic life.
Are You A Track Star? On 24 September 2011 find Brian Thair in the Community Hall between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm to see if you are a Track Star. The competition is open to children (of all ages.) Winners will be chosen after the Stitchery Fashion Show, 25 September 2011.

Tracks Through the Valley; Fall Fair 2011 and BBQ Lunch at Elks Hall
Visit both festival venues, the Arts Fair at the Community Hall and the Robson Valley Fall Fair at the Elks Hall and receive a ticket to draw for an art prize. Have lunch at the Elks Barbeque.

Old Time Country Music by Keith Monroe and Friends
On Sept. 24th Keith Monroe and friends will play old time familiar tunes at about 10 am. You may listen to the music while you wander through the Fraser Basin Council Art Exhibition and visit the artists and artisans set up in the Hall. You may sit with a morning drink and listen to the music from a table near the stage or you may dance the day away tapping toes to the old time tunes.

Tracks Through the Valley: Fraser Basin Council Art Exhibit
Artists from throughout the Robson Valley are invited to enter and display their art at this year’s exhibition. Pick up entry forms at the Whistle Stop Gallery.

Valley Museum and Archives Display
Following the Fraser Heritage Festival the Tracks Through the Valley Art Exhibition sponsored by Fraser Basin Council will be displayed in the Valley Museum until the end of November.

Fraser Heritage Festival Arts Fair
Artists and artisans from throughout the Robson Valley are encouraged to plan to display and sell their work at the Arts Fair. Tables are provided free of charge. Exhibitors receive a small honorarium. Contact the Whistle Stop Gallery in McBride for details.

A Heritage Occupation: The Life of a Trapper
As part of the visual arts displays at the community hall, 24 September 2011, Bryan Monroe will display furs and equipment, 10 am to 2:30 pm. Sign up for a short course on trapping the next day; 25 September 2011 at the community hall.

Robson Valley Fiddle Sticks! Enjoy a concert by local young fiddlers on Sunday, 25 September 2011. Becky Hulka coordinates an eager group of musicians ready to entertain at the community hall at1:30 pm.

Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum, Come to the cabaret!
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Enjoy a fun evening, $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for children over 6 years, tots and babies free. Start with a supper sandwich plate from B2 Bistro. Wine or beer served by The Elks (extra charge). Gather around the stage for delightful and hilarious dance, story and theatre. The evening will feature Kerry McNaughton, Linda Fry, and Wishbone Productions (Sharon Stearns, Bob Thompson and Robson Valley actors)

Stitchery Fashion Show
Muriel Menzies will read a story she has written about Modern Tracks Through the Valley. Following her story see what local stitchery artists in the Robson Valley have created. Sandi Bernie and Barbara Jackson are coordinating the display and models for a fashion show at 1pm.

Railway Tracks through McBride, 24 & 25 September 2011
Railway enthusiasts will enjoy a newly developed exhibition in the baggage room at the CN station in McBride. A G-Scale model train will make its circuit through the arts exhibition at the community hall on Sat. Sept 24th.