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July 2011 | THE STEW Magazine | PAGE 1

ISSUE 2.7 | JULY 2011

the Arts issue Inside: Embrace the Arts Page 4 Live to be 150 years old Page 8 ‘Tis the season for local festivals Page 19


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‘Starving Artist’ is also the name of a waffle espresso bar in Toronto. They serve everything with, in, or on waffles. Which is awesome.

Celebrating famous starving artists

On the Cover: Arts are vibrant, exciting, colourful — everything, we hope, that you think of when you think of The Stew Magazine. Williams Lake’s Artwalk event won’t get rolling until August, be we decided to get a headstart on celebrating all things artistic, which is why we decided this would be a fine month to focus on the arts even more than we normally do. Because the arts is about more than just the obvious things like gallery showings or rock band concerts. The arts enrich our lives each and every day,. So this month, take the time to notice the artwork around you every day. Stop and smell those artistic roses, if you will. Then shoot us an email at letters@thestew.ca and let us know what your favourite arts are.

There is a stereotype you’re probably familiar with: The Starving Artist. This is a stereotype that implies that anyone who pursues a career in the arts will doom himself to a lifetime of financial failure, draining the system, and, very likely, living in his parents’ basement until his 30s. As an all-encompassing stereotype, this is obviously unfair to the many, many successful artists among us who are quite capable of feeding, clothing, and sheltering themselves with the income they make from their creative works. Sadly, though, the cliche has proven to be historically true for at least some unlucky artists. Here are a just a few tragic cases of artists whose fame came too late for them to enjoy. Vincent Van Gogh: Van Gogh might be where the stereotype originated -- after creating 900 paintings and 1100 drawings in only a manic, 10-year span, he ended his life in 1890 before finding success. Although he likely wasn’t aided by a mother who preferred to toss her son’s paintings in the trash before -and after -- he died. Van Gogh sold only a single painting in his lifetime, while today his works carry price tags in the millions of dollars. John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980, and one year later was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Unfortunately Toole, the book’s author, had died in 1969. The book now considered to be one of the funniest of all time never would have seen the light of day had it not been for the dedicated work of Toole’s mother, Thelma.

SELF PORTRAIT OF A STARVING ARTIST  Though Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings sell for millions of dollars now, he only sold a single painting in his lifetime. Emily Dickinson: Now a celebrated poet, Dickinson spent most of her life known primarily as a recluse who, later in her life, refused even to leave her room. Though she was a prolific writer, penning more than 1800 poems, fewer than a dozen were ever

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Calories 0 % Daily Value* Babies Yup, she’s still taking up most of our free time, yet we still got another issue out, somehow Summer It’s been unseasonably wet and cold, but at least it hasn’t been snowing. Yay summer! Beer Homebrew, delicious, and far too easy to drink regularly

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Ingredients (or things that helped us get through the last month): Home brewed wine and wheat beer with orange; gripe water; local pork; local veggies from the farmer’s market; naps; washer loads and washer loads of cloth diapers; the Snugli; coffee; continuing to spring clean even though it is quite noticeably summer; bartering; gathering with friends; jamming; nursery rhymes; coffee; peanut butter; planning for festivals; coffee; strappy sandals; a new press to print the magazine; haircuts; coffee; more diapers; bad day-time TV; goofy faces; toe-tickling; the discovery that beans, hamburger, and Kraft Dinner makes a horrifying, yet awesome, trailer-trash dinner that vaguely resembles burritos in a bowl; having ‘Burritos in a Bowl’ for dinner twice this month; fun new apps for the Android phone; being able to wear a scruffy cowboy hat just about everywhere because it’s Stampede season; Buffalo Wings & Blue Cheese flavoured potato chips; dragging the whole damn family to the lake for an afternoon; did we mention coffee?

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It is our opinion that everyone should occasionally dabble in one art form or another, whether it’s painting, music, or just bad poetry.

EMBRACE THE

ARTS The Cariboo is home to more creativity than you might imagine

BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

“I was always one of those people that when I went away to school, I thought, I’m never coming back to Williams Lake, there’s nothing here. And now that I’m back here, and specifically now that I’m in this position, it’s just like this new found love of Williams Lake and the community, and realizing that people can come together and do great things, and it doesn’t have to be a big thing, either, to be a great thing.” So says Leah Selk, Coordinator for the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, who began her new position in March of this year. “It’s kind of a learning process in how to do this, because it’s a new job, it’s a new position, I’m making it up as I go along,” she explains. “I do have some guidelines to follow, but it’s open to my own interpretation generally. So at the moment, among the administrative work, I’m mostly going out and talking to people, trying to do that as much as I can.” The people she’s most looking to talk to are the artists and art groups that make up the community of the Central Cariboo (Williams Lake and CRD areas D, E, and F). And Selk will be the first to tell you that there’s a vibrant and electric group out there, including some very well known groups that make their home in the CCACS building.

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Did you know there was a rug hooking group in Williams Lake? There is. They’re called the Happy Hookers, and you can join them.

“There’s the Cariboo Arts Society, the Cariboo Potters Guild, and the Williams Lake Spinners, Weavers, and Fibre Artists Guild. So there’s four studios on the main floor, they’ve got three of them, and there’s one open studio that is available to rent out. Then upstairs there’s the great room that we just renovated that is available to recognized nonprofit arts and culture groups, if they aren’t making sales or charging an admission, they can use the room for free. She explains that while preference is given to arts groups for use of the building, it is a city facility that is open to anyone. “Anybody can walk in and check it out if they want.” Of course the CCACS is about more than just the building. “It’s about coordinating, facilitating, promoting, and assisting the many groups. But, I have to really search the groups out, because there’s a phenomenal amount of groups in the area, and I didn’t even know a lot of them existed until I started

looking. “If the main person for arts and culture isn’t aware that these groups exist, then how’s anybody else going to know?” As Selk works to bring awareness of these groups to the general public, she’s also working to educate the groups themselves. “I’ve been focusing on Williams Lake quite a bit right now, but this summer, now that the center is slowing down a bit more, I’m going to get out to Horsefly and Likely and McLeese Lake and see what those groups are up to, and introduce myself, and make sure people are aware that I’m here, and that I’m avaialble to assist them. “Horesfly itself is incredible,” she continues. “They have so much going on. Arts on the Fly, and they just had the Follies, and the May Day Parade, just so much, it’s phenomenal. And the Salmon Festival as well, that’s coming up in the summer, so we’ve recommended them for funding too.” And Selk has some interesting ideas to build aware-

ness of the Society in the coming months, including the development of a mural along the wall of their building as well as putting out a call for people to submit workshop proposals. “We got a grant from the Community Tourism Opportunities grants through the CRD with the CCTA, to do a call for proposals for artists to paint a mural, which will be good, because it’s an arts center, it needs some art on the walls. “And we’ve also put out a call for programming in the fall that the center wants to put on, just kind of a survey to see what people want in terms of programming and workshops. “We can’t really fund a lot of it, but we can provide space, or we can find an instructor or, whatever. It’s kind of guesswork at the moment, but that’s why we’re putting out the call, to see what people want, and that’s not open just to artists to submit their ideas. If you want to learn how to do stained glass, let us

know and we’ll see what we can do to put on a workshop. “There is a variety of things going on, and there’s definitely a lot of potential for that space and we’re definitely open to ideas too, if somebody has a suggestion for a use for some of the space, definitely let us know or share you ideas. It’s all open.” Selk has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Photography from Concordia and a Diploma in Visual Arts from Camosun. She also dabbles in a variety of artistic media such as drawing, painting, fibre arts, and print media, and is clearly at home among the arts. “What do the arts mean to me? They mean possibility, I think, is the big thing. The possibilities are endless. And you don’t have to be a lover of art to enjoy art. It’s all around you and it’s just a matter of finding something that you can relate to. “It doesn`t have to be defined as a piece of art for you to be able to relate to it,” she says.

Looking to get your art on? Here are a few popular, local art group that are always looking for members: Cariboo Art Society Jenni Bazan 250-398-7210 obuh@telus.net Cariboo Potters’ Guild Lesley Lloyd 250-392-7304 horsepotter@hotmail.com Station House Studio & Gallery Society Diane Toop 250-392-6113 diane@stationhousegallery.com http://www.stationhousegallery.com Williams Lake Spinners, Weavers, and Fibre Artists’ Guild Dot Unrau 250-392-2379 dotunrau@telus.net This is just a little taste — there’s a bunch more where this came from! Watch for the full list on our website at www.thestew.ca later in July!

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Embrace the arts, even if you’re no good at them BY TODD SULLIVAN THE STEW MAGAZINE

I’m not sure if I’m much of an artist, but I sure am a fan of the arts. Like many of you, I suspect I had my first artistic experience thanks to the Crayola corporation, makers of crayons in more colours, shades, and hues than you could imagine on your own. Of course, while crayons opened that first doorway into the magical world of creating vibrant, colourful works of art for your mother to hang on the refrigerator, it also led to something I’ll refer to as “Crayola Envy,” which is that feeling you get when you encounter another child who has a crayola set with more crayons in it than you have. And of course we all knew at least one kid who had that crayon box with

the sharpener built into it. How badly did you wish you could have that box? ‘Crayola Envy’ has been reborn in me in the last few months as “Acrylic Jealousy’, and it’s not so much about looking at someone else’s stuff and wishing it were mine, but instead stopping, regularly, in front of the rows of acrylic paints and looking at all the colours I could buy but haven’t yet. Because, really, I can’t think of any reason not to have 20 different types of blue. It’s true, I’ve taken up painting in the last couple of months, and I’m getting quite a kick out of it. I’m not terribly good by any stretch of the imagination, but at this point, that doesn’t actually matter. What matters is that it’s fun. What matters is that I can focus on this little canvas for a few hours and then, when I’m done, there’s something weird and

wonderful that I created that wasn’t there only a few hours before. We have a few painting rules in our house. The first, and perhaps most important, rule is this: There is no quality control. We will not judge you based on your skill. All works are created equal. The other rule is this: If you paint a picture, it gets framed and hung up on the wall. I think being able to proudly display your creations is a valuable part of the process (even if it means you’ll sometimes have visitors come by who respond to a particular work with a comment like, “What the hell is that supposed to be?”), and maybe not everyone will get the chance to hang something in a gallery. So, at the very least, you should be able to free up some wall space in your

own home for your horrifying experiments in art. We’re also in the midst of putting together a bit of a music room in our basement. We’ve currently got an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a bass guitar, a djembe drum, and a 20 year old synthesizer. We still need a couple more amps before we can plug all those things at the same time, but we’re making progress, and as long as you pick your instruments carefully, we’re actually capable of -- and have accomplished -- jam sessions with three people. I’m not much of a musician these days. Too many years idle have left my finger joints pretty creaky when it comes time to play the piano, and I’ve never really picked up the guitar before, but 37 years old isn’t too late to start learning new stuff, is it? Of course not. I’d be dishonest if I didn’t

say that a big reason for this increased fascination with the arts is because of our new baby girl, and wanting to make sure that she’s surrounded by as much artistic inspiration as possible. We want her to grow up thinking that sitting down to play some tunes or paint a picture (or take a photograph or write a novel, or whatever it is that floats your particular boat) isn’t any big thing. It’s just what you do. I know that art isn’t always a part of everyone’s life, but I do think it should be. Take the time to set aside a few hours each week dedicated to creating something, in whatever way you see fit. And if you do, why not send us a picture of whatever it is you’ve created? We here at The Stew would love to see -- and share! -- some of it. todd@thestew.ca

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Let us salute the many over-looked arts BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

We are surrounded by the arts every day of our lives. It is impossible to get away from them. Even the most analytical thinker is enveloped by the arts every moment of their life. And many don’t even realize it. In fact, I feel the arts are so integral to our daily life that they are often taken for granted without even thinking about it. Right now you are completely surrounded by the arts. Yes, you. The clothes that you are wearing are someones design vision.

Even if they are off the rack from Walmart, someone thought out the cut of the fabric, the placement of the seams, the colours, the prints, the flourishes — every detail had to be created before it was made into the outfit you are currently sporting. The cup you are drinking your coffee from. Someone sat and figured out the size, depth, handle shape, material and lip of the simple mug you grab from your cupboard. The house (or apartment, condo, mobile, or even yurt) that you are living in started as someones architectural

vision. The art on the cereal box you pull from your cupboard was created by an art designer to be attractive and pleasing to the eye. The magazine you are reading right now is the result of many, many hours of collective artistic work and creative thought (by some pretty awesome and fun people, might I add). Art is not just what you see hanging in galleries or on your walls. It is a part of everything you see. The books you read, the music you listen to, the finger paintings on your refrigerator and oh so much more.

We’d be pretty lost without it. We, here at The Stew, want to celebrate the arts. And we recognize that when people think about the arts that the big ones are in the forefront of everyone’s mind: festivals, visiùal art, dance, music, and the written word. And it’s true, those are worth a party or two (or three or four or five...), but I wanted to take a moment to recognize the everyday-ness of the arts. The little things that we take for granted. So to that end, I salute the guy who designed my extra large coffee mug. Kudos to the person who designed

the frilly pink number that Morrigan is wearing right now, the one that shows off her rosy cheeks. Bravo to those behind my favourite TV shows that keep me up at night, and thanks from the bottom of my heart to the person who is behind the design of my favourite shoes that I am wearing the soles out of. To think that we don’t need the arts is laughable. Without them we’d still be living in caves and hunting food with our bare hands. Even the simple bow and arrow and the discovery of fire came from creative thinkers. juli@thestew.ca


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Question of the Month

Here at The Stew, we’re pretty excited to ‘walk the walk’ come Artwalk time.

Williams Lake celebrates visual art and business with annual Artwalk BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

Starting August 5 in Williams Lake, and running through to September 9, residents and visitors will have a chance to catch a glimpse of various art offerings from many local artists as part of the annual ArtWalk celebration. This event, led by the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Association in partnership with the Station House Gallery, is celebrating its fourth year and is hoping to network close to forty local merchants with artists in order to provide out-of-the-box space for the artists to display their works while encouraging traffic to local downtown businesses. ArtWalk maps will be distributed across the Cariboo the weekend before the start of the month-long event, and the public is encouraged to visit each and every artist’s station by completing the map’s checklist for a chance at winning prizes provided by the businesses

involved. Also, Mary Forbes of Dandelion Living and Dandelion Interpretations will be hosting ArtWalk guided walking tours that will highlight each of the artists and their corresponding business. The bare-bones idea of the annual event is to offer artists space to display their work in a variety of downtown businesses for a nominal fee, which, this year, is completely being donated to the Station House Gallery to help ensure that their many and varied programs and displays will continue on in the lakecity for years to come. Many local artists have had their first-ever showings through the ArtWalk event, as well as their first sales of their art forms. This year the art submitted will be juried, allowing the artists the chance to grow in their crafts while offering the finest samples from new and returning artists alike for public viewing. On the flip-side, the businesses involved agree to sponsor their chosen artist, displaying their works

prominently and free of charge to the artist (including any consignment fees for any of the works the artist sells from the showing) while boosting their traffic through the passport program for draw prizes for the public. The impact on the participating businesses is not to be overlooked. “How could people not want to be involved,” remarked WLCBIA manager Judy O’Neill. Throughout the ArtWalk event hundreds of art lovers, contest hunters, and potential customers walk through each shop every year. All in the name of building a better downtown experience while promoting the arts. The artists that are lined up for this year, so far, include photographers, textile artists, painters, sketch artists and more. And there is still time to submit your very own pieces of art for consideration for the walk! Contact Diane at the Station House Gallery in Williams Lake at 250-392-6113 to find out how to enter your work.

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What is your favourite art form? Send your answers to letters@thestew.ca

Todd Sullivan todd@thestew.ca publisher / editor-in-chief “I’d have to pick something like film or theatre that manages to incorporate so many different mediums at once — music, performance, writing, design, all of these things come together to create one great, unique whole. I think that’s awesome.”

Juli Harland juli@thestew.ca sales manager / executive editor “It is hard to choose a favourite. I love kindergarten ashtrays, being on stage, hand-knitted blankets, I am secretly in love with Baryshnikov, and couldn’t get by without music or good food in my life. It’s better to just say I dig artists in general.”

Angela Shephard angela@thestew.ca fine frugality (crafters beat)

Jamie Horsely tonesoup@thestew.ca tone soup (music beat) “You're asking the guy that writes the music column...”

Carol Davidson stir@thestew.ca stir (health beat) “Theatre is my favourite art form since it is an activity that anyone can participate in, even those who don't think of themselves as ‘artistic’. One can act, design, sew, make coffee, construct, usher, direct...the opportunities are endless if you just get involved.”

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Torrey Owen torrey@thestew.ca vancouver seen (city beat)

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First World Problems (aka: White Whine) Originated at: Our collectively guilty consciences Have you ever found yourself complaining about how you have to use slightly out-of-date-software at work, or about how your cafe latte wasn’t crafted quite right? Then congratulations, you’ve experienced First World Problems. Also known as ‘White Whine’, first world problems would be considered minor, insignificant annoyances when compared to some of the larger problems facing the world today (wars in the middle east, millions of children going without food, homelessness in our cities, just to name a few), and yet many people continue to unironically complain about these minor iritations as if they were world-ending issues. The phrase first appeared in the Urban Dictionary in 2005. As of this writing, the hashtag #firstworldproblems is trending quite highly on Twitter. Have you been experiencing ‘First World Problems’ of your own? Share them with us at letters@thestew.ca!

Michelle Daymond candoitconsulting150@gmail.com Eating Local (food beat) “My favourite art form is definitely cooking! No surprise there, I'm sure.”

Additional Contributors: Laura Kelsey THE STEW Magazine is an independently owned and operated monthly arts and lifestyle magazine published in the Cariboo Chilcotin. All information contained in this magazine is correct, to our best knowledge, as of press time. Opinions expressed by correspondents and contributors are not necessarily those of THE STEW or its employees. We reserve the right to edit letters to the editor for grammar, punctuation, content, or length. All letters must be signed by the author. THE STEW Magazine accepts no responsibility for correctness beyond the amount paid for that portion of advertising space occupied by the incorrect item. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising or editorials submission which we believe to be inconsistent with the philosophy of this publication. The contents of this publication are copyright The Stew Magazine 2011.


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Todd would happily live to 150. He says, “I still have a lot of stories to write, and I keep getting distracted by video games.”

Inside every one of us there is a delicate balance of enzymes, bacteria, and antibodies hard at work to keep our bodies running at peak performance.

If you could live to 150, would you? We need to do what we can to ensure that system runs smoothly. We don’t think twice about changing the oil in our cars or flushing the lines in our pipes at home, but how many of us think to cleanse our own internal systems?

Roy Halls wants to help people reach their potentials BY LAURA KELSEY

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Roy Halls has a lot to do: not only is he a busy business owner and avid outdoors man, but he’s also taken on the task of helping people live healthier — and, thus, happier — lives. To some, it’s a lofty goal — to Roy, it’s a mission that started when he was very young. Roy grew up just east of Edmonton, in Lloydminster, Alberta, with his family of Blackfoot heritage. And, like the produce they grew, he was raised organically. “I was four years old and it was mum’s garden that turned me into a complete planting freak,” says Roy. “I planted for a day or two in our big market garden. Then, I found the potato bin... And, boy, were those fun to plant.” Unbeknownst to his parents, Roy planted potatoes everywhere in the garden — leaving his mum to wonder how the spuds were sprouting. “Eventually, I fessed up and she gave me my own garden.” It was through working with this garden of herbs, flowers and vegetables that Roy had his first hands-on experience with the healing power of nature. “I was taught how to plant my own medicine, tailoring the plants to my needs by putting the seeds in my mouth for 10 minutes before they went in the soil — the seeds absorbed my specific frequency, making the plants more beneficial to me.” But there were winds of change blowing toward the farming family, strong winds from a storm of agricultural progress that brought pesticides and other ‘new and improved’ practices to food production, like chemical fertilizers and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Then his mum, Mona, died of bone cancer. Inspired by his personal loss to help others maintain their bodies with natural alternatives, Roy moved to Williams Lake in 1990 and opened Halls Organics about a decade later.

“I wanted to go back to selling my own food because of the quality that was available and I was also finding it very hard to locate the equipment necessary to do so.” So, Halls started with greenhouse-lighting retail to help people nourish themselves — to herbs and teas, then traditional cleanses and supplements and vitamins. But it’s what Roy, who scours the Chilcotin for wild herbs and teas, has to say that’s more important than what he’s selling. He says a lack of nutrients in food — caused by deficient soil and distance, among other things – and is creating a “hidden hunger” epidemic that’s causing a whole host of symptoms regarded in Western medicine as diseases. “My biggest goal is to help people live until 150 — a full, happy and healthy life, spiritually, mentally and physically. I know that doesn’t sound realistic but people used to; it’s documented throughout history. But we need to eat better, more nourishing food that’s free from pesticides and is still grown in soil rich enough to sustain the crops. “This is where we have to get serious about supporting the local grower — not only do we need to focus on a nutrient-supporting system, there’s maybe a three-day food supply in Williams Lake should disaster strike. If there was a food disaster here, most people wouldn’t make it because they don’t know what’s edible in the woods.” Solutions are many, says Roy, including purchasing heritage seeds in a market flooded by GMOs.; following a ‘100 Mile Diet’; and one-farm focus growing. “Someone recently asked me to plant 100 acres of carrots. If I could, I would. It’s all about connecting with a community of growers: one person grows tomatoes, one grows potatoes, carrots, lettuce — and it’s okay if there’s a bit of overlap. There are many ways of making it work.” Roy says if Williams Lake and area residents can focus on their food more and just start supporting local growers, it will improve the health of the economy and the people. “Half a century ago, the Williams Lake Onward Ranch won an international competition for Best Cantaloupe, which just shows it’s not a new industry and we’re not supporting it — and our health is suffering as a result.”


July 2011 | THE STEW Magazine | PAGE 9 LAURA KELSEY PHOTO

SUMMER DAYS ď ľ A large eagle feather prompted pouty princess Riley Cameron, 5, of Horse Lake to pose for two hours of photos June 26 near 108 Mile.

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July 1 through to 16 in 100 Mile House: The Parkside Art Gallery presents “Animals At The Farm” art show. Come and enjoy art in the Cariboo. For more information check the website at www.gobc.ca/ parksideartgallery

July 7, 7 to 9pm at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake: The City of Williams Lake presents Performances in the Park to be held at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre starting at 7:00pm with Skid Marks and One Foot Under. Tonight’s sponsor is the Cariboo Advisor Newspaper.

July 1 through to the 30 in Quesnel: The Quesnel Art Gallery presents “The Australians are Coming!” Australian Laurie Collins, a metal sculptor, will showcase his work and that of some of his fellow arists. Sponsored by Cariboo Peat and Gravel, and MotherLode Carwash. July 2 and 3 at 8:00pm in Wells: The Sunset Theatre presents: “Tuesdays With Morrie” An old man. A young man. And life’s greatest lesson. Starring Antony Holland & Dirk Van Stralen. Contemporary professional theatre in historic Wells, BC. Tickets are $12.00 / $10.00. July 2, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Quesnel at the Helen Dixon grounds: Quesnel Farmer’s Market. For the finest in fresh, locally grown produce and locally made artisan creations, the Quesnel Farmers’ Market is the place to be. July 2, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake: The Farmers Market starts at 9:00am with local vendors - hot lunches available - come out and support the locals! You never know what you’ll find. July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 108 Mile: Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 9am - 2pm at the 108 Heritage Site. For more information contact Ingrid Meyer at 250-791-5663 or email ingridsfootcare@shaw.ca@ shaw.ca

July 8 through to July 10 at Puntzi Lake: The Annual Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby! Contact Kokanee Bay at 250-481-1130, Barney’s 250-481-1100 or Woodland 250-4810080 for more information. July 8 and 9 in Horsefly: The Annual Horsefly Arts on the Fly Celebration! Featuring visiting musicians Aurora Jane, Bill Durst, Tim Readman Band and much, much more. Tickets are available at The Gecko Tree and Beanstalk Cafe. Come early and camp out for the weekend! July 8 through July 31 at the Station House Gallery in Williams Lake: The Station House Gallery is hosting “Common Threads” by the Maiwa Foundation, celebrating the artistry of Middle Eastern women and their textiles. Come and browse the textile market and gaze at the beautiful artistic designs. July 9 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in Quesnel: It’s the Quesnel Food Festival. If you have anything to do with food, you’ll want to be there! For more information contact Rebekah at 250-747-0077. July 9: Watch Lake/Green Lake Gymkhana - Gates open at 10:00 with a start time of Noon. Events include:Pole Bending, Stake Race Barrel Race Keyhole Race. Concession & Beer Garden on site.

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July 9/10 in 70 Mile: Cariboo Country Carriage Club & Huber Farm & Equestrian Centre 70 Mile House is Proud to Present: 5th Annual Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Event. The action starts at 9am. Free Parking, and Admission by Donation (which goes to the 100 Mile Food Bank). The event is spectator friendly--bring your own chair. Concession on site will be run by the volunteer Fire Department. July 9 and 10: Anahim Lake Annual Stampede at the Anahim Stampede grounds. The event will start with a parade. Other attractions include a BBQ, dance, beer gardens and lots of riders from over BC and Alberta. For more info contact Cam Moxon at 250-742-3227. July 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Herb Gardner Park in Williams Lake: Oliver Street Market. Local food, artisans and crafts people, live entertainment, and lots of kids activities! For More Info on how to get a table or what the market is all about please call Terri 250-296-4409, e-mail oliver.street.market.wl@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook: Oliver Street-Market. July 9 at 9:30am to 4:30pm in Williams Lake: The Williams Lake Garden and Cariboo Piecemakers Quilting Club are presenting the Quilts and Flowers Garden Tour. Tickets are $10.,00 and proceeds to Scout Island Nature Centre and Hough Memorial Cancer Society. Contact Gerry Gebert at 250-297-0192 for more information.

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On our agenda for the month of July: Hitting up the Arts on the Fly festival, followed by the Discovery Coast Music Festival, and finally the ArtsWells event. We’re sure going to be busy!

9:00pm at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake: The City of Williams Lake presents Performances in the Park held at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre starting at 7:00pm featuring Jessaja Class, Tanis Family and Soupbone Blues Band. Tonight’s sponsor is The Rush radio station.

July 9/10 at Scout Island Nature Center in Williams Lake: Scout Island Nature Centre is hosting a Nature Photography Workshop featuring the technical/artistic aspects of digital photography - register at the Station House Gallery before July 6. July 11 through to the 15: The Eagle View Equestrian Centre is hosting a Summer Camp for kids aged 10-18 starting at 9:00am cost $55 /day or $250/5days. For more information contact lorirankin14@hotmail.com. July 14 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake: The City of Williams Lake presents Performances in the Park to be held at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre starting at 7:00pm featuring Dana-Marie Battagalia and Sound Refuge. July 14 to 17 in Quesnel: It’s the 39th Annual Billy Barker Days. Live music, fairground rides, local cuisine, and tons more during this 4 day festival that draws visitors from all over the world. July 15 through 17 in 100 Mile House: Hot July Nights Car and Bike Show. Friday “sock hop” dance; Saturday pancake breakfast, swap meet,car and bike show, RCMP/ ICBC Rollover Simulator, 100 Mile’s new fire truck and extrication equipment, vendors, entertainment, Dinner and Dance, Car

and Bike cruise; Sunday Car and Bike Show, live entertainment, vendors. For more information, please contact Christine Jordaan at the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce at 250-395-6124 or email: cars@hotjulynights. ca or check out the website at www.hotjulynights.ca July 16, starting at 10:00am: 150 Mile House is celebrating its 150th Birthday with lots of fun for all the family. For more information contact 250296-3588. July 16 from 6:00 to 10:00pm: It’s the 5th Annual Mardi Gras at the Elysia Resort at Quesnel Lake! Enjoy a variety of Authentic Cajun foods, Hurricane or Margarita drinks while listening

to Zydeco & Jazz music. Dinner is $49 per person, Dinner & 2 night weekend $229 per person, Dinner & 1 night $129 per person. Book early, this popular event fills up fast. July 19 in Quesnel: Communities in Bloom “Best Of” Awards & BBQ at Centennial Park. Awards will be given out to different categories (for example: best garden, best front yard design, etc.) To Enter: Registration Forms are available online at www.100milehouse. com, can be picked up at the District or chamber of Commerce office, by phoning 250-706-2044, or by emailing 100milecib@ gmail.com. Entry Deadline is July 11th, 2011 July 21 from 7:00 to

July 22 through to 31 in Quesnel: Parkside Art Gallery & the Cariboo Artist’s Guild Is Proud to present: “The Future”. Opening reception Friday, July 22nd, at 4pm. Come see the show at the Parkside Art Gallery: Corner of 4th and Cedar Street. Parkside Business hours:Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday: noon to 4pm. Admission: by donation. July 23 and 24 in lovely Bella Coola: It’s the 12th Annual Discovery Coast Music

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Festival at Bella Coola Stampede Grounds. Come and enjoy top-notch musical entertainment, fantastic local foods and spectacular children’s entertainment in beautiful lush surroundings.For more info check out www.bellacoolamusic.org July 23 from 5:00 to 8:00pm in Williams Lake: Thunder Mountain Speedway is hosting Christmas In July Toy Drive and Total Destruction Demolition Derby with Bone Stock Mini, Heartland Toyota Pro Mini, and Thunders Street Stocks. July 24 at 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Cottonwood House: It’s the Prospecters Car Club Cariboo Cruise. The Prospector’s Car

Club will assemble at Cottonwood House with their classic cars to share stores and experiences with visitors. Enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs with the Prospector’s Car Club. July 24 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in Williams Lake: It’s the Grand Opening of the Cariboo Kennel Club’s “Training Diamond” at the Stampede Grounds! Demonstrations, fun games, meet the breeds, FREE MICROCHIPPING by Cariboo Animal Hospital as well as many more interesting & fun things.Bring your kids, neighbours and don’t forget your dogs (on leash). July 28 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Williams Lake: City of Williams Lake present Performances in the

Park held at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park starting at 7:00pm featuring Amber Bowen, Jessie Rajala Chapin and Colin Easthope. July 29 through to August 1 in Wells: It’s the popular ArtsWells Festival. Come enjoy Music, Theatre,Dance,Visual Arts Food and much much more. Fun, entertainment and learning for the whole family. Make a weekend of it and camp out in one of the many surrounding sites! Tickets are various prices, call or check the web site at www.artswells.com. July 30/31: The Nemiah Valley Rodeo and Annual Nemiah Pow-Wow to be held at the Rodeo grounds. For more information please contact 250-238-2274.


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StewSpots Fast food without leaving home Looking to get your copy on the latest edition of THE STEW Magazine? We’re available for pickup in a variety of places around the Cariboo Chilcotin. Please remember that this list is always evolving, and we’re always looking for new places that our magazine can call home, so if you know of someplace that you think should be a drop-off point for THE STEW, or if you own a business and you’d like to have a few copies of our magazine on your shelves, plus let us know.You can reach us by email at either todd@thestew. ca or juli@thestew.ca. Locations listed in alphabetical order 100 MILE HOUSE 99 Mile Supermarket A&W Chartreuse Moose Chevron Dairy Queen Donex Higher Ground Natural Foods KFC Lone Butte General Store Marcel’s Boulevard Cafe Nuthatch Book Store Parkside Art Gallery Pharmasave Safeway Save-On Foods Subway Tim Hortons Visitor Centre IN LAC LA HACHE Fast Trac Gas and Convenience Store IN WILLIAMS LAKE 7-Eleven A&W Alley Katz Bean Counter Canwest Propane Cariboo Spring CRD Library (Magazine & News Section) Dairy Queen Dandelion Living Denny’s Restaurant Dollar Dollar Elaine’s Natural Foods The Gecko Tree Halls Organics Hobbit House McDonald’s Mohawk Movies on the Go New World Cafe The Open Book The Overlander Hotel Quiznos Red Shred’s Safeway Sandman Inn Save On Foods Shell Shopper’s Drug Mart Starbucks Station House Gallery Subway (Downtown) Subway (on the Highway) Tim Horton’s (Downtown) Tim Horton’s (on the Highway) Tourism Info Centre WLCBIA Zellers Restaurant IN HORSEFLY Clarke’s General Store Cornerhouse Cafe The Post Office RaceTrac Gas IN MCLEESE LAKE Cariboo Wood Shop McLeese Lake General Store IN QUESNEL 7-Eleven (on the Highway) 7-Eleven (in West Quesnel) A&W Aroma Foods Billy Barker Hotel & Casino Booster Juice Burger Palace Carry All Books Granville’s Coffee Green Tree Health & Wellness Karin’s Deli Museum & Tourist Centre Quiznos Riverside Bistro (West Park Mall) Safeway Save On Foods Shopper’s Drug Mart Steeped Subway Tim Horton’s (on the Highway) Tim Horton’s (Downtown) IN HANCEVILLE Lee’s Corner IN TATLA LAKE Graham’s Inn IN BELLA COOLA Valley Inn Coast Mountain Lodge Valley Restaurant Eagle Lodge

I love to go to fast food restaurants and dine out of my home. Heck, who doesn’t like other people serving them food, and doing the work for them? I’d do it all the time, but, you know, money becomes an issue. A tight food budget says that I shouldn’t be eating out very often, if at all. I’m pretty sure there are a fair number of people out there that concur with me on that. Cooking at home requires a lot of work, sweat, and sometimes tears. Usually it’s the onions that cause the tears, but occasionally for me it’s frustration. Sometimes something that I’m making just doesn’t turn out, and after all the work and cost, it can be upsetting. Now...have I sold you on the greatness of cooking at home? How about the fact that a majority of the food that you enjoy eating at restaurants, you can in fact make at home, and for less than you would think! Cooking is work, but in the grand scheme of things, if you want to save some money, you have to be willing to pay with your own time. I like cooking, I even enjoy it at times, but it’s not something I do for the fun of it. While my husband was laid off of his job I had to get inventive with our food. One night my kids really wanted tacos, and I had all the ingredients for it, with the exclusion of the shells and seasoning mix. Now, I know that $4 doesn’t seem like all that much, but when it decides if you can guarantee that your kids will have milk until the next cheque comes in, I decided to see if I could find a way to make what I needed myself instead. That’s when I really learned how important my

cookbooks and the Internet were to me! I found the recipe to make both the shells and the seasoning, and away I went. If you are not a person who has the basic staples in their kitchen, it might cost you a little more at the start, but in the long run, you’ll save more money, and be eating foods that have ingredients that you can pronounce. I would love to give you a list of the staples that I use, but that would take the entire page, so you will have to settle on me posting it on my blog. Once you have the staples in your home, you’ll be prepared to make almost anything. You can buy a cookbook on copycat recipes so that you can make some of your favorite things that would usually cost a lot at a fast food restaurant, or you can even look them up online. If you’re short on time some days, cook twice the amount of a meal one night, so that on those nights that you have limited time, you have a meal that can just be warmed up quickly. Heck, if you’re really organized, you could get into Once A Month Cooking (OAMC for short). OAMC is where you plan your meals for an entire month, shop for it all on one day, then spend a weekend cooking for the whole month. After you do all of the cooking, you freeze everything in meal sized containers / freezer bags (for me it would be four adult sized servings per container / bag). Tthen all you have to do is take it out and reheat. I used to do this style of cooking about five years ago. For me, it was hard to plan everything in advance for an entire month, and sometimes, we just weren’t

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in the mood to eat what was scheduled / what was in the freezer. I opted for a different method that many practice while thinking nothing of it, though helps them out a whole lot. The method is simple: when you make a meal, double it and freeze the rest for another night. Whenever I make spaghetti sauce, I make a huge pot and freeze the rest in family size amounts. The same goes for stew, chili, even for when I cook an entire chicken and make a bunch of chicken broth in the process. You can do this with most meals, just make sure that the ingredients can freeze well. Try using a recipe from an OMAC cookbook, and only make the one recipe. However you decide to do it, it doesn’t matter, go with what works for you, because it’s you that has to live with it. Of course, right now it’s summer, and people are more into easily prepared

Fine Frugality By Angela Shephard meals. My family loves to eat good and tasty food, but that does not always mean it’s good for us. We eat hamburgers, hot dogs, poutine, we drink pop, and we enjoy ice cream. During the summer, we also like to enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Nothing like cold chicken, potato salad, and iced tea while lounging at a park on a sunny day, in the shade, just enjoying yourself. A picnic can be inexpensive. It can be simple or ornate. It can be romantic, a small family outing, or a huge get together with friends and / or family. You can also do it in the winter, believe it or not. You just have to be willing

to be adventurous. I know that people don’t want to do all the work of preparing a picnic, or lugging it around, but you’ll be surprised how much fun you will have. The easiest way to put together a picnic is to prepare it in the morning, when it’s still cool and you feel more energized. As always, I hope that one or more of my ideas help you, and that you have an enjoyable month. To read more about what I usually have as staples, or other things that I may write during the month, check out my blog at www. fine-frugality.blogspot.com. angela@thestew.ca

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Science continues to find more and more evidence that leading an active lifestyle reduces aging and postpones the inevitable visit from the Grim Reaper. So get off yer butt and get moving.

You’re never too old to be athletic For those of you who are thinking of taking up a new athletic pursuit (or even continuing an athletic lifestyle) at an older age, I assure you that there is no reason why you can’t! I have had the pleasure of meeting some folks who are over 60 years of age and have shown no signs of permanently hanging up their runners or putting away their bikes any time soon. I interviewed three people in my triathlon club to find out what inspired them to either take up triathlon or to continue with the sport, and I found their stories to be very inspiring. What are your plans for retirement? Taking more cruises? Spending more time gardening? How about training for an Ironman triath-

lon? Don’t laugh — for an increasing number of people in or nearing retirement age, putting their feet up and taking life easy is the last thing on their minds, and training for endurance sports like triathlon is their way of ensuring they remain healthy and active. Byron, a retired veterinarian, decided to compete in his first sprint-distance triathlon in 2009 at the age of 71, and has continued to compete each year since. “It’s what keeps the rot away,” he told me with a wry smile. Byron has always been physically active and decided to compete in a triathlon in order to spend more time with his adult children who themselves lead active lifestyles. There are several triathlon distances — the Sprint dis-

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tance consists of a 750-metre swim, a 20-km bike, and a 5-km run, up to the Ironman distance which consists of a 3.8-km swim, a 180-km bike, and a 42.2 km run. For some, the mention of the word ‘triathlon’ evokes images of elite athletes undertaking an extreme event that is suited only to the younger set. While triathlon is indeed growing in popularity among young people, it is a sport that is accessible to participants of all ages. The philosophy of triathlon is that it is a respectful, inclusive sport, and anyone who makes an effort to participate and cross the finish line is considered a winner. Competing in endurance events for older athletes means that there are definite physical limitations, but they are only that — limitations, not barriers. Older people simply can’t train as intensely as younger people because an older body needs more time to recover, so they have to be more careful about their training schedule and intensity. Being careful to avoid injuries is important for any athlete, and older athletes need to be particularly careful as recovery can take longer than it used to. Kit, an energetic 67-yearold has been competing in triathlons since the early 1990s, and in 2009 he completed his seventh Ironman. His philosophy is that any healthy individual can compete in an Iironman event, and he doesn’t consider it as ‘epic’ as some might believe it is. He is not sure if he will do another Ironman due to the amount

of preparation time it would take, but enjoys competing in shorter triathlons and taking part in group workouts with other like-minded people who just enjoy a good workout with friends. Jeanne trained for and completed her first Ironman event in 2010 as a way to celebrate her 60th year, and she was also looking for a new activity to challenge her both physically and mentally. “[Triathlon] is a more rounded sport, it’s a multisport event, and would — hopefully — keep me from getting injured. I wanted to try something different.” As a veteran of many marathons she understood the amount of preparation she had to do, but she quickly became very aware of how much more stress she was putting on her body in preparation for Ironman. She admitted that eating properly and getting enough sleep were her biggest challenges at the beginning of her training regimen. When a friend told her that competing in Ironman Canada was one of the most rewarding experiences she’d ever had, Jeanne knew she had found the ideal personal challenge. She had recently been finding herself reluctant to take part in some activities due to her age, but then brought herself back to the reality that she is capable of doing whatever she chooses to do. “I’m not dead yet!” Having support throughout the training process is important, whether it comes from family or a network of

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Stir By Carol Davidson like-minded friends. As a result of coaching a friend through her first triathlon last summer, Jeanne now has a network of friends to whom she can turn for support. Kit trains regularly with his son Darin, who also competes in triathlons, and calls his wife Lynn his greatest supporter, while noting that his daughter comes to watch him compete when she can. At Byron’s race he was greeted by his grandchildren who ran with him in the final metres — they were proud of their Grandpa, one of two men competing in the 70+ age category. Byron told me that he believes that the choice to remain physically active at an older age is a state of mind. He says that people should realise that if you can be physically active you can keep a brighter attitude in life, and it’s a way to fill the gap from professional life to retirement. He was initially reluctant to tell his non-athletic peers of his plans to compete in a triathlon, concerned with “being regarded as a show off.” His triathlon preparation had its challenges, as he had to improve his swimming technique and take up running. He finds the swimming and cycling to be the easiest on his joints, but the running

has been the most difficult to achieve. Still, he would like to take on the next level of triathlon, the Olympic distance which consists of a 1.5 km swim, a 40 km bike and a 10km run. Older athletes have an advantage over younger athletes in that they already understand what their limitations are, and are not prone to pushing themselves too far. Having a more mature outlook on what constitutes success, and being concerned with setting personal best records is more important than winning the race itself. Jeanne’s coach Kim, a passionate advocate for the sport of triathlon for people of all ages, makes this observation: “Once a person has completed a triathlon, it gives them so much confidence in their life, because they now, all of a sudden, realise their potential.” One thing that these athletes all have in common is that they have always led an active lifestyle, and they don’t see the need to stop being active as they get older. However, just because a person has not been active all of their life should not be seen as a barrier to taking up an active lifestyle in any sport. stir@thestew.ca

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Good is great When I wrote last month’s Tone Soup I was feeling like good, original sounding music was becoming an endangered species. Days later Matthew Good released Lights of Endangered Species and proved that when an artist makes music the way he wants, rather than the way he thinks ‘fans’ might want, something truly beautiful emerges. Good says the album is “14 years in the making” as it was very much inspired by a conversation he had with Warne Livesey while producing Underdogs in 1997, about the album he most wanted to make. After releasing his last album, Vancouver, he wrote the song ‘Set Me On Fire’ and contacted Livesey and discussed the song and their past conversation and decided that this was the time to make that album. Matthew has stated over and over that he expects it to be much less well received and less radio-friendly than anything he’s ever done but, contrarily, claims it to be his best work yet. The album is much more emotional and down-tempo than his previous works. As well, it is his first attempt at writing music for horns and wind instruments, which lends a very different feel to the album. Personally, I think the horns are a great inclusion and I’ve always liked the more emotional Matt Good as much as the passionate, hard rockin’ Matt Good. Spectacular album. Speaking of horns, the

word is official: Ska punk’s not dead! Thank the gods! If you grew up in the 90’s you’ve probably got fond memories of the genre that seems to have all but faded into obscurity. No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Aquabats, Reel Big Fish, Sublime... those were the days, that was the sound! Punk rock and reggae fusion with horns and mostly up-tempo, feel-good music. This little genre doesn’t get the recognition it deserves anymore. Earlier this year The Aquabats released their first album in six years (Hi-Five Soup) which was nearly overlooked by all but a few long time fans. No Doubt has been promising a new album for a while now and the latest news is that we might see it in the fall. Meanwhile, Less Than Jake have been carrying the torch through the ska-starved decade of the ‘00s. Most recently they’ve released a 5 track EP. Greetings From... is only available directly from the band, though. You can get it when you see them play on the ‘Vans Warped Tour’ this summer, or buy it from their digital store online. Katy Perry sure knows the value of digital downloads. With five songs from the Teenage Dream album to hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, she’s well surpassed the previous record of three #1 digital songs from a single album. She has also managed to sell more than 4 million digital copies of five of her songs, which also broke a previous record of three 4

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By Jamie Horsley million-plus selling singles, which was held by Lady Gaga. Perry is hoping to break even more records with her Teenage Dream album. The release of the third single from the album and the music video for it has shot Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) from #28 to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. If the song makes it to #1, it will match the record of (you guessed it) five #1 singles from a single album, a record which is currently held by Michael Jackson. The video for Last Friday Night is definitely a must-see, as it features a couple of the guys from Glee, Rebecca Black, and even Kenny G on sax, as well as cameos by Debbie Gibson and Corey Feldman. Wanna see another funny video? LMFAO have released the video for the second single from their long-awaited new album. The video for ‘Champagne Showers’ is set up as a sequel to the ‘Party Rock Anthem’ video. After getting caught up with the shuffle zombies in the last video they’re now fending off scantily-clad, sharp-toothed club vixens with their Champagne Showers. It may be the current single from the new album, Sorry For Party Rocking, and

it’s definitely the next big club anthem, but it’s far from the only thing the album has to offer. As they promised, the album is much more experimental than their last. While it’s still got that core party rock sound, most of the songs deviate a little more from that sound, and each in its own direction. The lyrics are awesome in true LMFAO style, from the self-affirming ‘Sexy And I Know It’, to the nearly explicit ‘All Night Long’, to the hilarious ode to street meat, ‘Hot Dog’. With Sorry For Party Rocking LMFAO prove they’re true contenders in the club scene. Even scene veteran Benny Benassi gives them a nod as he remixes ‘Party Rock Anthem’ for the album. But Benassi goes on to prove he’s a true veteran and master clubber on his own brand new album, Electroman. The album is chock-full of a full range of awesomeness with bits of dub-step, house, electro, breaks and always solid sub-thumping beats. From the moment this album started to spin I couldn’t sit still until it stopped. It can’t be easy to be that awesome. It’s not easy being green either, just ask Kermit The Frog and Weezer. Weezer had a Green Album and now they’re appearing on The

Todd Sullivan: ‘Stalker’ - Kim Boekbinder ‘Victoria Lucas’ - Moby ‘Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me’ - Weird AlYankovic Angela Shephard: ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ - Pink ‘RaiseYour Glass’ by Pink ‘Perform This Way’ - Weird AlYankovic Jamie Horsley ‘Goodbye Stranger’ - Supertramp ‘Rest Of My Life’ - Sloan ‘Sexy And I Know It’ - LMFAO Carol Davidson: ‘Suddenly I See’ - KT Tunstall ‘1234’ - Feist ‘All I want to do’ - Sheryl Crowe Michelle Daymond: ‘Little Mountain’ - Jesse LeBourdais ‘Go to Sleep’ - Jesse LeBourdais ‘Dreamer’ - Jenn Grant Muppets: The Green Album. It’s the soundtrack for the recently announced Muppet movie which is simply titled The Muppets. The Green Album will be more of a tribute album than anything, with classic Muppet songs covered by the likes of OK Go, My Morning Jacket, Alkaline

Trio, The Airborne Toxic Event, Weezer and more. Can they do justice to the legacy of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem? We shall soon find out. The Green Album will be released August 23. The Muppets (the movie) will hit theatres November 23. tonesoup@thestew.ca

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Remember that eating local isn’t just a great way to make sure you know where your food comes from and how it was made, it’s also a great way to support local farmers and growers.

Enjoy fresh, delicious, local food I came to this area as a WWOOFer (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) last May at Road’s End Vegetable Company. Now I am the Food Action Coordinator for the Williams Lake Food Policy Council, I have a beautiful Jersey cow named Rusha, and her new baby heifer calf named Sola, as she was born this Solstice. With two cows and a three (and a half!)-legged dog in tow, I’m setting down roots in this community; I want to make Williams Lake my home. Many people have asked me why. I not only met the best friends I have ever made at Road’s End, Terri Smith and Chris Robinson, but the larger community has been so incredibly welcoming. I knew within a few weeks of being here that I did not want to leave; the passionate energy in this town driving the local food movement is

very exciting and contagious. I grew up in Alberta, and I did not find as much enthusiasm for sustainable farming practices and eating locally as I have seen in my short time here, especially given the size of our town. The very fact that Williams Lake has a successful yearround retail outlet to sell local food, Cariboo Growers, tells me a lot about the commitment our community feels towards our farmers. ‘Eat Local’ is such a catch phrase right now. There are so many reasons to ‘Eat Local’: reduce your carbon footprint, support the local economy, tastier food, etc. All are important, but I will focus on what I am most interested in: I strongly believe that by supporting our local food producers we are building a community of people who care for each other and the land that feeds us. The act of eating is more

than just the mechanics of digestion; how the food nourishes us has a lot to do with where it came from: who planted it, who cared for it, how they cared for it. What are the stories from the farms and ranches our food comes from? This sense of personal connection to what we put in our bodies is lost when we shop at large supermarkets. When we support our local producers, we have the opportunity to develop relationships with the people and places our food comes from, and there is no shortage of options if you are interested in local food in Williams Lake: Cariboo Growers is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays yearround at Third and Oliver. Often local producers are in-store helping out, and store manager Jessica Knodel loves to share her knowledge about the food and the farm-

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ers / ranchers it comes from! As well, there are two Farmer’s Markets in town where you can buy direct from the producer: the Williams Lake Farmer’s Market, Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm in Boitanio Park, and the new Oliver Street Market, Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm in Herb Gardner Park. Because the magical farm at the end of Knife Creek Road is the reason I came to Williams Lake, and one of the big reasons I stayed, I have decided to begin this series of articles with Road’s End Vegetable Company (beginning with the End!). Each month I will showcase a different local farm or ranch, and include a recipe to highlight what is in season from their place. Business partners and good friends, Chris and Terri, are now in their third year of operating Roads End Vegetable Company on an 80 acre property located 3100’ above sea level, and in an area that has been known to get frost every month of the year. As Chris said to me, they were “stubborn past the point of reason” to get their farm up and running three years ago, and they are now expanding to over an acre of market garden. This garden, with the help of the animals who rotate through the property (goats, chickens, cattle, pigs) meets their own needs for much of the year, as well as feeding the constant flow of WWOOFers and other helpers who spend time at

Eating Local By Michelle Daymond their farm. I lived at Road’s End for close to 6 months last year and what I appreciate most about them is their commitment and passion to growing food for the larger community, and their readiness to share their excitement and anxieties about, and dreams for, the current food systems we have. They supply a weekly bag of vegetables to customers through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, in which members pay up front for a weekly box of vegetables with a newsletter and recipes; they are currently welcoming new customers. You can find the fresh, sustainably grown and delicious produce from Road’s End Vegetable Company weekly at Cariboo Growers, and I also encourage you to visit Terri (and Chris is there sometimes!) at the Oliver Street Market on Saturdays. It’s here that you can not only buy your weekly fill of amazing veggies, but Terri also offers free hugs and a smile; now that’s something you don’t get when you shop at the grocery store! Road’s End Beet Salad This salad was made

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Star Wars debuted in 1977, which makes next year it’s 35th anniversary. And while we can’t say for sure, we doubt that this was what George Lucas had in mind when he first conceived of the film.

May the force be with you (and with your rave) I’ve read that life is what happens when you are making other plans. I’m currently in the process of moving from Vancouver to Kamloops, and I’d planned to travel to Vancouver to pick up some of my stuff this past weekend. That is, until I caught wind of a Star Wars themed rave happening in Rock Creek, about four hours from Kamloops. I’m certainly no stickler for following through on plans, and will gladly adapt my plans when something awesome comes up. So a little bit of searching and I was able to find a ride with a cool cat named Cam. We piled our stuff into his little pickup and headed south for the Music Festival. We got a little lost in Kelowna but eventually regained our sense of direction and pulled into the Rave around 11 pm. Cam was pretty tired and decided to head to bed early. I had plenty of energy and followed the seductive sound of bass through the forest area until I came across the main stage. There was a bonfire burning with dozens of people huddled for heat. The dance floor was still young and people were slowly funnelling on. It doesn’t take much to get me out and moving so I bypassed the fire and went straight for the floor. The night was kinda cold, but as soon as you

Vancouver Seen By Torrey Owen start moving you heat up fast. There was a diversity of age groups ranging from teenagers to people in their 30s. I guess I was amongst the older of the ravers at the event. Pacing yourself is an important part of raving and dancing. Some of the younger ravers can go all night, but I like to dance awhile and rest awhile. I found a couple chill girls sitting on a blanket and asked if I could join them for awhile, they graciously accepted my company, introducing themselves as Cheech and Chong. They were both friendly and chatty. Cheech explained they’d travelled from Kelowna, and offered me a hemp bracelet she’d made. I gladly accepted and we visited awhile before I made my way back out to the dance floor. The floor was pretty full by this time. A guy dressed as a sith lord was dancing on stage with a red lightsaber alongside a princess Leah lookalike; geeky, but epic. They did a pretty good job of harmonizing the energy

of the dance floor. I found another smaller stage with fewer dancers and danced there awhile. The vibe was really positive and everyone was having a pretty good time. I spent the rest of the night going back and fourth between stages and just having a really good time. When the sun began showing it’s face in the morning, I decided to go to bed, falling asleep listening to the deep bass of the sound system in the background. Waking up early I spent the morning exploring the grounds and meeting people. Everyone was pretty groggy from the previous nights festivities. There was no music at the main stage, but a side stage was pumping out some really good beats. A dude with a soccer ball got a good game of hack going and it pumped some life into the dance floor, getting other people involved as well. Heading up to the fire I spent some time just relaxing and meeting other Ravers. A really friendly girl was painting

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tive energies. Her DJing set would be at 2:30 am at the Rebel Alliance stage. She encouraged me to attend, and even dance on stage if I felt inclined. I assured her I’d make it, and spread the word to other ravers to make it to her stage for that time. When nighttime fell the party started again. I spent a few hours dancing and enjoying the festivities. Finding myself tired and drained I decided to nap a few hours. When 2:30 came I got up, put on my V for Vendetta mask, grabbed a lightsaber and made my way to Crystal Fresh’s stage. She was dropping some great beats and the dance floor was really going. I broke into a routine of twirling and catching my lightsabre in sycronization with the music. I think it helped to get the energy amped. Before

long there were some Star Wars character up on stage leading the dance and they waved me up as well. I joined and worked to blanket good energy over the dancers. Crystal was working the music like a pro, and the dance floor flooded with people all grooving together. The Sith Lord from the previous night was also on stage and we shared a pretty good hug. I danced until my energies felt sapped and eventually got to bed in the very wee hours of the morning. The Rave was a great time, and everyone I met seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. I’ll be sure to look for more similar events to attend this summer. Music and dancing with large groups of people can really help a person find their joie de vivre. torrey@thestew.ca

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We bid a sad adieu to Will Meeks, whose column used to grace this page. We wish him all the best with his future pursuits, his new offspring, and look forward to the day that he returns to us at The Stew, with more tales of debauchery.

The low-down on local festivals BY JULI HARLAND THE STEW MAGAZINE

It seems like as soon as the weather heats up, festivals seem to pop up from alongside the bountiful harvests of the garden. The Cariboo certainly has no shortage of action-packed weekends to choose from — whatever your tastes range from. Of course the Cariboo is internationally known for the weekendlong cowboy extravaganza: The Williams Lake Stampede. Rodeo types from around the world gather together to rope, wrangle, and ride for cash, prizes and notoriety at the Stampede Grounds every year before a crowd of hundreds of excited onlookers. But if cowboying isn’t what gets you going, there are options. Lots of options. Almost every weekend has a new and different reason for gathering together for music, food and various types of workshops. ArtsWells, Arts on the Fly, and the Discovery Coast Music Festival are just a few of the events worthy of a road trip this summer. First up in July, after the Stampede, is the popular Arts on the Fly weekend music festival, which is about far more than just some tunes sung in the boonies. The first Arts on the Fly event took place back in 2006. A group of seven locals, through a series of conversations and, finally, a meeting of creative minds and multiple hours of blood, sweat and tears, and a successful gathering of musicians, hoopers, artists and vendors took place in the fields of the local elementary school. Five years later Arts on the Fly has quickly become a ‘must-do’ for both locals and international performers and the crowds have grown exponentially. Looking for a bit more of a road-

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“Because we have so many artists we don’t pay a whole bunch,” explains ArtsWells Festival coordinator Julie Fowler. “What we pride ourselves on is our hospitality that we provide. It’s like we are building a community of artists. It’s part of the creation of community and an opportunity for the artists to gather every year with their peers and friends and enjoy that sense of community.” Not to mention it is a darned good time for everyone who comes along and takes part as a spectator, participant, or student in a workshop. Whatever your fancy, there is a festival close-by this summer that will appeal to your senses. From out of the way intimate gatherings to festivals that over-take the entire community, get out and explore your region this summer and take in some of the arts that infiltrate the Cariboo in style. For a more in depth look into the festivals mentioned, check out www.thestew.ca.

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