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May Days celebrates 55 years May Days has been an integral part of community life for long-time Rutland residents John and Evelyn Vielvoye for more than 60 years. The Vielvoyes, longtime historians of their community and heavily involved with the Rutland Residents Association for many years, have lived through the various incarnations of the annual celebration. Evelyn says May Days actually started with a different name, Rally Days, which was held in July. “Rally Days was started when a group of local residents got together and decided to put on a community celebration,” she recalled, dating back to the 1940s. “There would be May Pole dancing, softball, pony rides, the parade and people getting together for a kind of family picnic.” The last Rally Days was celebrated in 1958, Rutland’s 50th birthday. “Rally Days kind of phased out after the big celebration that year, and the idea in 1959 was to

have a May Days on the May long weekend. It could continue to feature May Pole dancing, and celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, and it became a three-day event.” She says May Days also took on a role of being a fundraiser for the Centennial Hall, built and operated by the Centennial Park Society. “The cost of the upkeep required for the hall was more than what the annual rental revenue brought in to do what needed to be done, so May Days kind of evolved into something that could help generate extra money towards the hall.” In recent years, May Days changed from a three-day to one-day event on the May long weekend, continuing to feature the parade and bringing in the Westcoast Amusement rides to draw more people. “Our parade is one of the longest running in the valley and continues to be popular,” she said. And change is likely to continue, as there is talk of the City of Kelow-

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But with change also comes the desire to preserve some of the tradition associated with May Days and the community of Rutland, which was a self-governed municipality until 1972 when it was amalgamated into the city limits along with Glenmore and the Mission by a provincial government policy mandate. Evelyn says 2008 marked the 100th anniversary of Rutland’s incor-

poration, the necessity for which was created back in 1908 when a post office outlet was located there. “When the post office decision was made, we had to come up with a name for the community as none existed at that time. Several names were suggested, there were six or seven I believe, such as Black Mountain, Mount View and Bench View. Rutland wasn’t even under consideration at that point. “Rutland was initially suggested by a local MP back in Ottawa because John Rutland had spent four years here and owned most of Rutland at one time. The government decided that would be OK.” At that point Rutland had already left the Central Okanagan in 1904 and moved to the U.S. before returning to his native homeland of Australia. But he left his mark by creating an irrigation channel to divert water from Mission Creek near KLO Road to roughly where Fitzpatrick Road is today. That water source enabled the innovative

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RUTLAND’S historic rural roots continue to have a presence in the annual May Days parade. orchardist to plant fruit trees. “You would swear to look at the land that it appears at times to be going uphill towards the creek from Rutland, but that irrigation channel was a gravity flow all on its own. The story goes they used a whiskey bottle to see if the current would carry it all the way along the channel, and it did. “It was quite a project to take on, but Rutland’s father was an orchardist in Australia so he was quite well versed in agriculture and irrigation.”

In the generation since, Evelyn says they have had contact with Rutland’s great-greatgrandson, who lives in Australia. “The family today is aware of Rutland being named after their greatgreat-grandfather. They know something about it because he wanted some information about our history and we correspondent back and forth a little. It would be neat to see someone from the family come here to see what (John Rutland) started but that hasn’t happened yet.”

But aside from the name, Rutland has always been a rural community, an identity that has been retained as Kelowna’s overall population has grown, particularly in the last 20 years. “I think May Days always kind of celebrated that aspect of our community, there were many different multicultural and organization groups who all had something to give to the event. And it was always well supported by volunteers. It has always been a sort of family affair,” she says.

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Music and art on stage Performing arts and a little rock’n roll will help kick off May Days on Thursday, May15. The festivities will kick off with music on stage, 6 to 9 p.m., provided by the Wentworth Music School students. Also playing will be local pop music bands Six Shadows, The Royal T’s, The Mundaze and The Nameless. From 9 to 10 p.m., The Kinshira Performance Troupe, who specialize in fire and glow arts, will take over the stage. Kinshira is composed of 10 performers, all bringing their own unique styles and skills to the collective, embracing the idea of unity through diversity.  The name Kinshira stands for ‘poetic movement’ by combining the words ‘kinetic’ and ‘shira’ found in scientific terms and the Hebrew language.


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Best to bring your appetite to Centennial Park fairgrounds When it comes to food, the 55th annual May Days celebration will have something for everyone. Westcoast Amusement for all the thrill seekers who love rides, pancake breakfast, bingo, shopping, a parade, local entertainment that will make you want to sing and dance and for you people who love to eat we have that covered as well. There will be a fleet of food trucks to make sure we cover all your cravings from sweet to savoury. Watch for a lot of choices—pachos, Thai food, spud stix, deep fried pickles and everything in between. Make sure you leave room for dessert because there will be plenty of that—ice cream, deep fried mars bars and we even have those world famous mini-donuts. Having a variety of food trucks on site combines a festival atmosphere with lots of delicious food choices to create a lively casual dining experience for people enjoying the May Day festivities. Once you have finished eating you can check out the commercial vendors who are there to share the latest and greatest. You will be able to have your face painted, get a henna tattoo and then let the local artist create a caricature. If you are a shopper we have tons of goodies for you ranging from home decor, jewelry, clothing, hats and much more.

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Are you a stereotypical shopaholic darting from table to table to pick up anything and everything? The good news is you’re not alone. Shopaholics can come in all shapes and sizes, and this year’s May Day festivities will have something to help satisfy any shopper’s needs. The Super Shopper May Days Market will be held again this year

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Cowboy Bob Bob Verge currently resides in Kelowna where he teaches various instruments and operates a fully equipped digital recording studio under the name of Sword Music Productions. He also plays upright bass in a trio that does old jazz standards. He also freelances on guitar, piano and drums at various events around Kelowna. Verge’s first name also is prominent in a new four-piece group he is currently playing with called Cowboy Bob. They play old jazz standards and are gaining quite a following in the Kelowna area. They group played at the 2010 New Orleans style New years Eve event at The Kelowna Community Theatre and have become a regular at the Minstral Cafe as well as other venues in the area. Also in the group wth Verge are ex-Cruzeros

band members Juno Award winner Curtis Tulman, Juno award nominee Gary Smyth and Rod Miller. Cowboy Bob will play from 6 to 7 p.m., and again Saturday, May 11, 2 to 3 p.m. *** Jeff Piattelli is a Kelowna born and raised ‘acoustic pop’ singer-songwriter. Entirely self-taught, Piattelli credits John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Kings of Leon as having the biggest influence on his song writing abilities. For his part, Piatteli feels that he and Mayer have similar musical styles. Piattelli hasn’t always dabbled in this genre of music though, as he was originally inspired to pick up a guitar by the solo performed by Edward Van Halen in Michael Jackson’s hist song Beat It. Piattelli spent four years developing his craft

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GUITAR-PLAYING singer Jeff Piattelli in a number of metal bands. But despite learning a great deal musically, things never really clicked for Piattelli in the metal scene so he decided to take a leap into being an acoustic pop singer-songwriter. Comfortable in his new niche, Piattelli has had four different original songs garner radio play. Three of those songs, Superman, Listen In & Beautiful Things, were taken from his debut album, Listen In. Piattelli counts this regular rotation on Oka-

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The British Columbia Old Time Fiddlers’ Association was formed over 40 years ago to promote and encourage old time music, to foster connections among the fiddling communities throughout BC as well as Canada, and to encourage young people to take up fiddling and violin playing.  Members also play all kinds of other instruments or they may simply love the music and enjoying dancing.  The BCOTFA comprises several branches in the province, including one in Kelowna, each managed by branch directors and each responsible for organizing their own local events, jams, contests and gigs.  May Days will be one of those gigs this year, as the Kelown Fiddlers will be on stage from 3 to 4 p.m. *** Dianne Wirtz Diane Wirtz strated singing at the age of 5 on weekends when her father’s band would let her join in their rehearsals. At the age of 8, Wirtz’s dad, with the Air Force, was transferred to West Germany, where they were stationed for four years. The family came back to Canada, settling in New Brunswick, before being transferred again to Cold Lake, Alta. There was a group, Prairie Fire, performing on a local television show at the time called The Funny Farm Show, who

happened to be singing at the Cold Lake base. “I had an opportunity to sing with their band,” Wirtz recalled. “They then invited me to go to Edmonton to sing for them at a Variety Club Telethon. I was my first experience on television and I was 17 at the time.” Her initial good fortune continued as Prairie Fire invited her to a recording session. But that was followed by a series of personal tragedies that changed her life and her musical focus. She lost a baby in the eighth month of pregnancy, her brother died in a motorcycle accident and then her mother and grandmother both died.” Getting her through that emotional turmoil was her faith in Jesus Christ, which ultimately led her to starting singing gospel music after she settled in Kelowna. Today, Wirtz still works with the Prison Ministries and also works to get young girls off the streets and their lives back on track. She dedicated a portion of the sales from her latest CD to both the Elizabeth Fry Society and Kelowna Women’s Shelter. Wirtz will take the stage from 4 to 5 p.m. *** Singer and songwriter Billy Chernoff has for years been among Canada’s elite country music-gospel fraternity. Cutting his teeth in the entertainment world as a nightclub singer, he eventually turned to the country-gospel music genre. He began his singing career in the early 1960s, first as a due with Owen Murdoch, then as part of the Glenda LeeTrio. In 1968, he became a solo artist, recording such

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Lita Prince and her Polynesian Dancers are well known throughout the valley and have been a popular entertainment fixture at May Days for many years. Prince originally started taking dance lessons when she lived in Hawaii for five years as a means of regular exercise. “When we moved back here I missed my dancing so I went to some Keep Fit classes at the rec centre and then just called them up and asked if they’d be interested in having me teach classes.” They jumped at the opportunity and Prince has been teaching locally since then. Prince says the feedback and interest is strong and positive after all these years. “I think it’s the music, the costumes, the pretty girls. What easier party to plan than a luau.” Prince’s dancers will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. *** The Highland Thistle Dancers originate from the Highland Thistle dance school in Kelowna. Highland Dancing is a very competitive form of dance that requires many hours of coaching and practice. This sport is extremely technical and strength, as well as stamina, are a must  to perform it well.   Highland dancing is a style of competitive solo dancing developed in the Scottish Highlands in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of competitions at public events such as the Highland games,

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