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WINTER 06/07


WHAT’S IN THERE? pg.2.... - Artists in Profile - ArtyFacts - Where Are They Now? - Revelbush

pg.3.... - Music Notes - Emerging - Health & You - Write this way - What the...?

pg.4.... - Business in Profile - Sleeps n’ Eats - Friends of Reved

Revelstoke’s Quarterly Arts


and Culture Publication

Season’s Greetings! Change is fun, not to mention inevitable, which is why you will come to find REVED sporting a whole new look!. The reason for newsprint is simple: I realized the hypocrisy when I started an environmental section (What Matters) and implored people to recycle - yet I printed on bleached white paper. Ooops. There are also more ways to use REVED in its newspaper form. When encountering your Ex, a 22x17 sheet of paper is easier to hide behind than 8.5x11. You can also use it as window-coverings, wallpaper and tablecloths...think about it. Another change you’ll notice inside, among new writers and new columns, is the absence of the Entertainment Calendar. Upon returning from holidays, I noticed that the Revelstoke Times Review now has an events calendar. REVED, while it could, helped in providing information for events and happenings around town as there was no one source making this available at the time. But being a quarterly publication, it is futile to contend with a source that can supply weekly event listings and so I have pulled the Calendar. I, for one, am happy the Times is doing this community service. Also, I’ve recently been

Nancy Geismar - potter

Kathleen Hay - photographer

Jim Sharp - artiste of junke

informed that we also have yet another paper joining our small community The Revelstoke Connector. Uhm hmmmm....Well, this is where I keep my mouth shut. Anyway! With extra room inside, I hope you will enjoy the addition of writers other than myself. This is a good thing because, well, what if you hate the way I write? And as REVED grows, so does its need for different viewpoints, topics and writing styles. Thus, a REVED committee has been established so that we are better able to offer Revelstoke an alternative reading source that only gets better with age, like red wine and George Clooney. As always, your comments are important and we would love to hear what you have to say. If you have an idea for something new, let us know. Don’t like

What Matters... plastic bags and our environment

something? – too bad. Well, okay, we can all use a little constructive criticism so write to Recently, I was in an airport and during the omnipresent waiting that comes with airports, I found myself people watching. Quickly tiring of my Crosswords for ages 12 and Under book, (I don’t like feeling stupid, so I make it easy on myself), I glanced around. I noticed that no one is talking to one another and everyone has a gadget in their hands, in their ears or on their laps. A man with white hair and weathered skin was talking to himself and I think, he’s clearly senile, but then I realize he is talking on the phone. And where is this phone? Protruding from the ear not facing me is a thing that is connected to another thing that makes the man look like he’s taking fast-food orders at MacDonald’s. I then decide I’ve got little else to do but casually wander around looking over people’s shoulders. I want to see what sort of world-stopping important business they are doing on those laptops that they can’t enjoy a nice, “So, where are you flying to?” chat with a neighboring seat partner. My conclusion was that a lot – and I mean a lot of people have a $3000 deck of cards sitting on their laps. Heather Lea

Heritage Moment by Sarah Newton

Greed, Gold Fever and Forestry In 1988 Michael Douglas won an

by Steve Bender - Manager, BC Interior Forestry Museum

district; emphasis on the term

partially because B.C. has one

plastic bag, they should ask if you need Each week Canadians use over 55 of the most advanced Forest Oscar after appearing in the Hollywood logging. There was no re-planting, one. Secondly, the store should charge million plastic bags, that is almost two Practices Codes on the planet. cut block management, riparian blockbuster, Wall Street, for his for the bag. I am not talking 3 cents. If per person! At least 100,000 whales, We use species like portrayal of the avaricious stockbroker, (river bank) concerns, wildlife stores charged 30 cents, then people sea turtles, and birds die from eating stewardship, erosion prevention, fire Hemlock for lumber that were Gordon Gekko, who uttered that would quickly bring their cloth bag, or from being entangled in plastic bags considered weeds 30 years suppression, etc. definitive corporate catch-phrase of and the store could buy plastic looking each year. As well, Canadians recycle ago. Being located in the only Forestry came much later. The the 80’s, “Greed is good.” bags made from cornstarch that cost less than 5% of plastic bags, and way we sheared the forest like a bad inland, moderate rainforest in The debate continues regarding the about 30 cents to make. worse yet is the fact that many bags value of greed but in the 1860’s, greed haircut, it’s somewhat amazing how North America brings this If you haven’t seen these bio bags, collected for recycling in Canada are district plenty of precipitation the trees lasted long enough for us was very good for the development of as they are called, they really are actually shipped to developing to make the transition from logging so coveted species like Revelstoke and most areas between something. They look and feel like countries where their laws allow Western Red Cedar and to forestry. Golden and Sicamous. Gold was plastic but are really strong! I have burning of plastic. Many of the pioneer loggers hiked Douglas Fir can flourish and rediscovered in many of the creeks loaded them down for about ten Plastic is a petrochemical product grow rapidly. north from central U.S. states like feeding the Columbia River, which different grocery trips and they are still and most plastic bags area designed Almost 140 years after the Michigan and Wisconsin, which had triggered a series of mini-rushes and holding up. The amazing thing is that for one time only use. Plastic doesn’t about a 75-year start on the Western start of logging, one of brought an onslaught of pan-handlers they will completely break down in readily breakdown and is harmful to Revelstoke’s three main Canadian industry, using fallers, with 24-karat bling on the brain. To your compost in about 20 days, and if the environment once it does. economic generators is still bring those early prospectors with their buckers and sawyers from Norway push comes to shove I suppose you So does that mean the answer is listed as Forestry, initiated by and Sweden. Logging families with towns and settlements, transportation could eat them with a little salt. paper bags? Actually paper bags also the onslaught of get-rich-quick Scandinavian names can still be routes had to be built; roads, bridges Mountain Goodness Natural Foods have a pretty bad track record. Only 5 seen in the Revelstoke phone book. fortune hunters. and ultimately, a railroad. carries this type of bag, try one. to 10% are recycled, and paper bags Gordon Gekko would have Make it to Forestry, we did. We This created a demand for lumber are made from virgin wood pulp . been proud. now have more merchantable timber and that’s when large scale logging . r.. e because recycled paper isn’t strong in this area than 75 years ago, started in the Farwell (now Revelstoke) n enough. cor s i h It takes four times as much energy to 5 mins of prep, a lifetime of cellulite! in t make a paper bag as it does a plastic d n A Chill the chocolate bar by keeping it in the fridge, then mix the flours and baking soda together. Add milk until one, and the process involved uses 1 Mars bar you get a batter with the consistency of thin cream. toxic chemicals. The answer is 1c flour Drink the beer. reusable cloth bags. They hold more, 1/2c cornflour Heat the oil until a small piece of bread will brown in a few seconds, but don’t allow to smoke. Well, OK, 1 pinch baking soda are stronger, and of course are smoke if you want to. Remove wrapper from chilled chocolate bar. Wait! Don’t eat it – try to control milk or beer reusable. The three R’s- reduce, reuse, yourself… oil (for deep fryin’!) and recycle, aren’t equal. The best one Coat bar completely in batter. Carefully lower into hot oil (suggestion: use tongs) and fry until golden brown. is reduce, then if we can’t do that, we Serve with ice cream or French fries, (as if you need more fat). should reuse, and lastly if we have to This recipe is a must have in any Super-size me North American diet. Try it, you’ll agree! It is an excellent source of fat, we should recycle. Disposable items sugar and calories. For extra calories, try using Cadbury Cream Eggs in stead of regular eggs. like plastic bags are simply Calories 90,032 Calories from Fat (120%) Total Fat 30,000g Saturated Fat who cares at this point? Cholesterol um…yes! Total Carbohydrate This is an unacceptable now. Atkins friendly recipe – NOT! Sugar enough to pick up a semi and throw it into the ocean Fibre not likely Retail outlets need a major shift in Warning: eating a Deep Fried Mars Bar may block all orifices for several weeks. their thinking. No longer should And remember, If you fatten up the people around you, you will look thinner. clerks automatically put your sales in a


Artists in Profile This list is designed to bring awareness to our local artists and what they do. Please think of them for great gift ideas this season or for any other occasion. BUY LOCAL! Photographers

Painters David Walker Ron Nixon Nicola McGarry Lorna Duncan Cecilia Lea Rob Buchanan Margo Goodman Heather Funfer Germain Jodin Sonya Larson Betty Olynyk Heinz Prinke Shirley Pierlot Georgia Sumner David Rooney

Kathleen Hay Rob Buchanan Kip Wiley

837-4083 837-4615 837-4151 837-3347 837-4913 837-4410 837-7051 814-1398 837-3098 837-3380 837-9240 837-4913 837-5370

ski-tuning boot fitting clothing and gear “Your Mountain Sport Specialist” 213 Mackenzie Ave, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0 837-5517

Sculptors Chuck Purse Audrey Nanimahoo Corinna Stockford

837-5484 837-7875

Woodworkers Steve O’Reilly Ken Talbot Lauren Waters

837-9398 837-2497 837-6662


Other Kendra Powell (Private Chef/Baker) Nancy Geismar (Potter) Karen Pulver (Textile Artist) Leslie Henderson (Pet Memorial Stones) Jim Sharp (Artiste of Junque) Sylvia Van Den Bos (Paper Crafting) Shirley Pierlot (Ceramics)

814-3555 837-5677 837-2558 837-4640

Tina Lindegaard Janet Pearson Francois Desrosiers Pat Anderson

837-3233 837-2557

Writers Jewelle St. James

Where Are They Now? One year ago, REVED featured photographer Renaud Paradis. Renaud last appeared in the 2005 Best of Banff Photo Exhibition. He was re-invited to this year’s show, but as the season for his tree-planting business went well past the anticipated end date, Renaud felt he would be too rushed. As we all know, rushing to complete something, especially a creative project, doesn’t always work for the best. Renaud has since decided to take some time over the course of the next year to work on his photography and perhaps enter next year’s Photo exhibit. Watch for him!

501-2nd St.W

Revelstoke (250) 837 - 3440

Neil Jones Rehabilitation/Personal Training hm 837-2487 cell 837-1351

Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre


and PUBLIC ART GALLERY at 320 Wilson, behind Comfort Inn

WINTER AND SPRING CLASSES INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING - Lauren Waters Jan 15,16 &17, Repeat Feb 12,13 &14 6.30-9.30 $100

MAKING A PICTURE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS - Sandra Flood Feb 3-24 Sat 9.30 – 12.00 $75

POTTERY CLASS FOR BEGINNERS - Nancy Geismar Jan 16-Feb 27 Tues 6.00-9.00 $175

PAINT RAG SCARVES - Jackie Pendergast Feb 17 Sun 9.30-4.30 $65

MAKING A PICTURE - Sandra Flood Jan 23-Feb 27 Tues 6.30 – 9.00 $125

MAKE A WOODWORK PROJECT - Lauren Waters & Ken Talbot Feb 21 - Mar 21 Wed 6.30-9.00 $100

CONTINUING POTTERY - Nancy Geismar Jan 17-Feb 28 Wed 6.00 – 9.00 $175

SILK PAINTING Garden show theme - Jackie Pendergast Mar 11 Sun 9.30-4.30 $65

Gifts from the Gallery: a Christmas Selling Exhibition Dec 1-16.

Celebrating ten years of excellence!

Except for special events, concerts etc, the gallery will be closed until Mar 30. For further info see or phone 814 0261.

In-store glass blowing Hemp threads Modern threads Custom t-shirts

406 Second St. W 837-2262


Out of hibernation for the winter...

(250) 837- 2756

usic Notes by Joanne Stacey


I am a songwriter. It took me a long time to say that without inwardly shrinking. To get that inner voice to shut up and just let me be my authentic self and feel confident in who I am has truly been a journey. To actually tell someone, anyone, that you write songs and define yourself as such, is a big leap. It takes courage and a whole lot of faith to continually put yourself “out there” to be observed, judged, criticized and loved. I have been writing songs since I was eleven years old and have come across all of that and a whole lot more. Like most songwriters, I started out writing sad songs. For some reason, that is where we all start. Perhaps it is because that good ol’ melancholy mood allows a person to connect with their feelings and with pen and paper in hand, you jot down a line or two. The next thing you know, there is a forlorn and lonesome tune in your head and it happens to fit perfectly with those words you just wrote. And so it goes. I remember the first complete song I wrote. It was my “baby”, and I guarded it and mothered it like no other. If I decided to share it with anyone, God help them if they said anything resembling negativity. I would completely disregard their input and suggestions because, after all, how would they know anything? It’s my “baby”, not theirs and they obviously just don’t understand! Now, after spending many hours at music conferences and songwriting workshops, I have learned the craft of songwriting. I no longer protect my songs from the constructive criticism, but open myself up to hear the suggestions and endeavor to find ways to be better, to find the right words, to somehow capture the emotion so that I can make others feel it too. That’s my job. To make you, the listener, feel. To let you see inside my heart and soul and do it anyway. Yes, I am a songwriter.

Health & You

by Anne Corrie

by Christy Shaw

Sign Language to Communicate with your baby

Facts: - Babies gain control over their hands before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech. - Babies as young as six months can be taught to sign. - Sign Language is a great way for infants to express their needs before they can verbalize them.

Babies who sign … - Are less frustrated - Speak earlier (contrary to popular belief) - Develop larger vocabularies - Demonstrate a greater interest in books - Have better imaginations - Enjoy enhanced self-esteem and self confidence - Have a closer bond with their parents - Use both their right and left hemispheres of the brain - Have improved hand/eye coordination Baby Sign Language Classes will be offered in early 2007. Please see Okanagan College Calendar for class dates and times.

Write This Way... Local author, Jewelle St. James proves her writing talent again with the creation of a second novel, Jude – My Reincarnation from Auschwitz. The story is a journey of reincarnation to a former life during the Holocaust and ends in Auschwitz, Poland in 1944. St. James’ account in Jude of her present life interconnects with her past life in 17th century England, a story that can be explored in more detail with her previous novel, All You Need is Love. Jude was published on October 29th of this year, and took a mere 37 days to write. The novel is available at Grizzly Books where Jewelle will be signing her book during Moonlight Madness on Friday, November 24 from 6-7pm. HL

Mountain Goodness Natural Foods “Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens”, and the winter blues. When the days start getting shorter and colder, the nights longer and darker, winter can sometimes make some of us feel blue. These blues can come in the form of mild depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Symptoms can include, loss of energy, change in appetite, tendency to oversleep, difficulty concentrating and irritability. For most of us, winter is hard to escape from. We can’t all head to Palm Springs with our favourite aunt Beatrice for the winter, so the best thing to do is to nurture both our minds and bodies for total well-being. Some pointers: - Get plenty of rest and regular exercise. Research shows exercise increases the body’s seratonin, a chemical in the brain that helps maintain a “happy feeling”. Go skiing or tobogganing, join a gym, take a yoga class, walk my dog Sadie while I am at work (the list is endless.) - Nourish your immune system with plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Try snacking on raw nuts or seeds, and supplement your diet with a healthy oil such as Flax, Hemp, or Udo’s 3.6.9., essential fats which are needed for proper brain function. Add some nutritional yeast to your diet, chock full of energy providing B-vitamins. - Just get out there! Because of the lack of sunshine, Vitamin D (which is a vitamin made in the body after its exposure to the sun’s UV rays) needs to be supplemented in some form. There are not too many foods with naturally occurring Vitamin D (many are fortified), so try taking a Cod Liver Oil supplement (don’t worry, you can get it mint flavoured these days) which supplies vitamin A&D, and get out into that sunshine whenever you can. - Take the holistic approach. You could consider herbal remedies and aromatherapy to prevent the blues. Herbs, such as St. John’s Wort, is one of the more common herbs used to treat depression or SAD (always consult a qualified practitioner when using herbs as some may have contradictions) or try Chamomile, which has a soothing effect and encourages a restful sleep. Essential oils can be added to baths, massage oils, candles, even your cleaning solutions, and be used for calming, and balancing thoughts and emotions. The smells of lavender or orange chase away the blues, while lemon or geranium wake you up and give you energy. Have fun creating your own special blends. And lastly, grab your friends, and watch “Bay Watch” re-runs: Sun, sand, and David Hasselhof!

MORE HEALTH TIPS...! Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc., Q: At the gym, a guy asked me to “spot” him while he did the bench press. What did he mean? A: “Spotting” means you stand over him while he blows air up your shorts. It’s an accepted practice at health clubs; though if you find that it becomes the ONLY reason why you’re going in, you probably ought to re-evaluate your exercise program. Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain - No Pain. Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you? A: You’re not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

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Boulder Mt. Inn B&B 5 km west of Revelstoke on Hwy 1 837 - 9573 $ Frontier Motel Corner of Hwy 1 & Hwy 23 North 837-5119 1-800-382-7763 $$ Hillcrest Hotel 2 km east of Revelstoke off Hwy 1 837 - 3322 $$$$ Macpherson Lodge B&B 2135 Clough Rd. 837 - 7041 $$$$ Minto Manor B&B 815 MacKenzie Ave. 837- 9337 $$$ Mountain View Motel 1017 1st. St W 837- 4900 $$ Monashee Lodge 1601 3rd St. W 837 - 6778 1-800-668-3139 $$-$$$ Mt. MacKenzie Log Chalet B&B 1800 Westerburg Rd. 837 - 2986 $$-$$$$ Peaks Lodge 5km west of Revelstoke on Hwy 1 837 - 2176 $$ Powder Springs Inn 201 W 2nd St 837 - 5151 $$ R Motel 1500 W 1st St 837 - 2164 $ Swiss Chalet 1101 Victoria Rd. 837 - 4650 $$

Sleeps n’ Eats

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112 Lounge 112 1st St.E 837-2107 $$-$$$ Anky Panky’s Bakery 113 1st. St W 837-9343 $ Big Eddy Pub 3108 Big Eddy Rd. 837-9072 $-$$ Frontier Family Restaurant corner of Hwy. 1 & Hwy 23 North 837-5119 $ Great White North Bar & Grill 5km west of Revelstoke on Hwy 1 837-3495 $-$$ Hillcrest Dining Room located in the Hillcrest Hotel 837-3322 $$ Modern Bakery 212 MacKenzie Ave. 837-6886 $ River City Pub 112 1st St.E 837-2107 $ The Nomad Food Company 1601 W Victoria 837-4211 $ Woolsey Creek Cafe 604 2nd. St. W 837-5500 $-$$ Zala’s Steakhouse 1601 Victoria Rd. 837-5555 $$

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Business in Profile

photo courtesy of Patrick Pyrz

The Mountain Hostel

Twelve years ago, Patrick Pyrz had an idea – to build a wilderness abode in the backcountry where people could stay in comfort and enjoy beautiful surroundings. In the spring of 2005, this is exactly what he did and after 800 days of hammering and sawing, the Mountain Hostel was born. Perhaps one of the best perks that come with running your own backcountry hostel is being able to live there. “It is my home also. I have a full loft on the third floor and have been living there most of the year since 2002 when I started building.” Located north of Trout Lake in the beautiful Incomappleux valley among old growth forest, the setting for building a hostel easily sold itself. “With good alpine

access, old growth forest, great white-water kayaking and superb snowfall, this area has it all”, notes Patrick stating that snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing are among the more common activities. Building in the backcountry comes with its challenges. “I thought I had experienced a lot in my previous travels but spending weeks alone isolated back in the valley has given me a great appreciation of having people around more than ever.” Patrick goes on to say that, while growing up, he was fortunate to have been surrounded by talented trades people from whom he learned skills in carpentry and construction work. “I’ve always enjoyed the adventure of learning and picking up new skills which now

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made it possible for me to build in such an isolated location.” When asked of his ideas for the future, Patrick says, “I see the operation having more of an interpretive program, utilizing people locally. When you see the area through the eyes of a trapper or a biologist, they share in the magic that you see.” The Mountain Hostel, open in both summer and winter, provides a unique experience for guests. It is fully equipped with hot water and indoor toilets like a lodge, yet provides a relaxed comfortable atmosphere as guests prepare their own meals in the communal kitchen. Visit the website at HL

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