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Autumn 2012

arts eats outdoors alive

Inside: Step inside The Burner

State of the science: Columbia Mountain Caribou Research Local Vines: Touring the Larch Hills Winery The Revelstoke Coffee House Rainy Day activities Fall events guide

A little biking is a great way to spend a fall day. Get out there before the snow falls. Here, a rider tackles Redneck’s Revenge, a downhill trail on Boulder Mountain. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

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Business Step inside The Burner

Malakwa landmark undergoes transformation, wins restaurant awards from sledder press

Left: The bar and fireplace at Malakwa’s The Burner Restaurant & Lounge. Right: The Malakwa landmark, the former beehive burner at the Beaumont Mill, was chopped up and moved and transformed into a bar and restaurant Aaron Orlando photos

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ager to get some miles behind me on the road trip, or just get home on the way back, Malakwa’s The Burner restaurant was on the top of my gotta-stop-there-someday list for a long time. Owners Nathan and Tamryn Koebel took over the 10-year-old establishment about four years ago, and have been improving and developing the Malakwa landmark ever since. You can’t miss the building, even if you’re flying down the Malakwa speedway at more than 120 km/h. It’s an old beehive burner, used to burn waste from the former Beaumont Mill. A moratorium meant the burner was done in 1999 when the mill shut down temporarily, so the former owners bought it and shipped it pieced by piece to the new location. If you’ve never been inside, you’ve got to take a look. Massive Douglas fir posts and beams create an industrial cabin feel, while cedar finishing and a rock masonry fireplace warms it up. Antique chainsaws and logging artefact accents anchor the woodsman theme — a tribute to the forestry industry. “Everybody looks up,” said Tamryn of first-timers. They’re treated to a fan of beams coming to a peak, covered by Plexiglas, giving the restaurant a fulltime skylight. Tamryn said the restaurant didn’t have a good reputation when they took over. Mystery fried foods, a cook who’d be flipping burgers and running the register in the liquor store at the same time, and rowdy locals who knew they could get away with anything were the main issues. Tamryn wasn’t content to rely on their status as the only licensed restaurant in Malakwa, bringing her business and marketing background to the front of the house, while Nathan focused on the kitchen as chef. As a former carpenter, he’s also made lots of headway on the building, including new washrooms. They’ve worked hard to turn things around — introducing a fresh food menu in 2009, becoming licensed for families in 2011 and even bringing in a kids menu. Other than the highway traffic, their main following is the sledder crowd, and they’ve been honoured two years in a row with SnoRiders Magazine Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Non-Chain Restaurant in B.C. “We’re very busy once the sun goes down and those boys get off the hill,” Tamryn said. “We’ve got the fireplace going, we’ve got the TVs in there, we’ve got new lighting in there, so it’s a really nice, warm, cozy atmosphere. And the food is is really, really good. It’s all fresh home-made food so we can customize all of our meals.” The menu is straightforward pub and Western food, with lots of local influences. Tamryn recommends the Jack Daniel’s slow-roasted ribs smothered in home-made barbecue sauce. They’ve just introduced a smoked-on-site pulled pork sandwich. Their fish and chips features haddock battered in a home-made Mt. Begbie Pale Ale beer batter. Tamryn highly recommends the creamy chicken alfredo or the blackened pan-seared Cajun sockeye featuring Ocean Wise wild B.C. salmon. They do their best to source local and B.C. foods, though not all ingredients are. They order through Sicamous-based Fruit World in the summer, but have to go further afield in the winter. Their meats come through Askews and their dairy is from Sicamous’ D-Dutchmen Dairy. “We do pay for quality food The Burner, page 8


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Mountain Caribou: state of the research

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ountain caribou — there’s hardly a more controversial topic in Revelstoke. Logging restrictions, snowmobile closures and recent moose culling in the region — and the possibility of wolf culls are all good topics of conversation if you want to get people riled up. I came across University of Alberta PhD candidate Rob Serrouya at a city council meeting early in 2012, where he was presenting on a multi-stakeholder plan to create a caribou maternity pen near Lake Revelstoke (a notable example of several groups with adversarial histories working together). He’s the lead researcher with the Columbia Mountain Caribou Research Project, and has been based in Revelstoke for years, leading researchers on field studies and collaborating with several government agencies and organizations. Serrouya commented to council that he’d made a studied effort to stay out of the media spotlight, so I had to speak with him to get my question answered: What’s causing mountain caribou decline and what more should be done to turn it around before it’s too late? I had a good idea, but there’s so much conflicting, politicized information on the subject that it’s hard to discern an evidence-based answer. I sat with Serrouya for two interviews and waded through several academic papers and a helpful slideshow. Here’s my understanding of his research, including very recent new studies. I’ve simplified to the point of over-simplification in an effort to create a narrative — I assume we both understand real life is more complicated. *** Mountain caribou (an ecotype of woodland caribou) are in decline regionally due to habitat change, driven by logging and a warming climate over recent decades, both of which make it easier for moose and deer to proliferate. Logging has reduced and fragmented caribou habitat, but more importantly created much more moose habitat. The moose live in valley bottoms, locally along Lake Revelstoke and its tributary valleys. The pristine, pre-logging valley could only support a limited number of moose — old growth isn’t their forte. Logging has created much more early-seral forests (cutblocks and the like), which are good moose habitat, causing their numbers to proliferate. With them came more predators, including wolves and cougars. More wolves and cougars around mean more caribou are killed as a result. A 2011 study Serrouya and other researchers conducted showed caribou killed by predators weren’t malnourished. They weren’t being caught by predators because they were weaker, slower or taking more chances when foraging. This is more key evidence showing that habitat loss destroying mountain caribou food sources

Left: Revelstoke-based lead researcher Rob Serrouya of the Columbia Mountain Caribou Research Project is pictured working in the field. Right: Mountain Caribou Photo above courtesy Rob Serrouya. Photo right by Mark Bradley, courtesy Parks Canada

(such as that lichen that hangs from trees that they eat in winter) isn’t a primary driver of their short-term decline (although habitat fragmentation and loss of old-growth forest are important factors in the long-term decline). Many steps have been taken over the years to help stave off mountain caribou decline. Lots of habitat has been protected from logging and other activities. There have been recreational restrictions on things like snowmobiling, heli-skiing and other activities. Trans-location from bigger to smaller herds is underway elsewhere in B.C. A maternity pen designed to protect newborn calves is set to start possibly next year. Moose populations have been controlled. In 2003 there were about 1,600 moose in the Lake Revelstoke and tributaries area. That’s been reduced to just under 500 now by issuing more moose tags to hunters. Just decades ago there were fewer than this nowreduced number — moose populations can explode quickly.

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No, Serrouya thinks (and hello more controversy). Some herds have been reduced so much that their extirpation is expected. Others are just hanging on at unsustainable numbers. “If you want caribou on the landscape, you will have to do short-term, targeted wolf and cougar management,” Serrouya told me. “If you don’t, then no problem — let it go.” He said researchers can predict that mountain caribou will go extinct under the status quo scenario. He repeats his belief several times. “It’s a short-term solution, but it’s a necessary short-term action to get through a bottleneck if your goal is to recover caribou,” he said. “You have to be clear. Nobody is suggesting eliminating predators from broad ranges. What’s being suggested is targeted removals in key spots. It’s removing the ones that are directly limiting caribou recovery.” Wolf (and cougar) culls are a raw nerve in B.C., with a history of extreme opposition. Serrouya said the idea has been proposed a few times in recent years, but was declined (right at the top — premier and cabinet minister level). There’s vehement opposition from some environmental groups but tacit approval from others. Serrouya takes a scientific view, saying the decision is a political one that we must grapple with on an ethical level as a society. “Society now accepts removing a cougar if it kills your pet in an interface area, but it does not accept removing cougars ... for an endangered species,” he notes. He points out Alberta and Alaska cull wolves for this purpose, and have had successes.

Another way of looking at it is the environmental consequences of inaction — over and above mountain caribou extinction. “I think one thing that’s lacking right now is the social science aspect of it — engaging the people who are for and against [removing predators] and understanding why. And then frankly, trying to convince them what’s at stake — that if caribou go extinct, tens of thousands of hectares of old growth will [have a higher chance of going] back into [logging] rotation.” Locally, he said removing about two wolf packs that overlap with caribou herds then monitoring success or failure would be the test. I pointed out the history of wildlife management is subject to the rule of unintended consequences and littered with spectacular failures. “But it’s also littered with spectacular successes,” Serrouya countered. “We can’t just pretend that natural regulation is going to take over, because we’ve pushed things so far we have to intervene. Some of our interventions have been very strong and very successful.” *** I embarked on this story with an interest in the mountain caribou research, seeking answers (what’s driving decline) from an informed, scientific perspective. I’ve provided my best, simplified explanation, and emphasized a short-term recovery solution (which was part my, but also Serrouya’s emphasis). In the process, a controversial story got even more controversial. No wonder Serrouya avoids the media spotlight. While the focus on the short-term question of a predator cull is a societal preoccupation; Serrouya emphasizes a combination of protecting and restoring habitat, managing ungulates such as moose and White-tailed deer, maternity penning as well as small scale, short-term predator management. Serrouya just returned from the North American Caribou Workshop 2012 held from Sept. 24–28 in Fort St. John, where he presented research findings similar to what’s stated above. His audience was North American and international caribou experts. “There was broad agreement on the factors limiting caribou recovery,” Serrouya said of the “remarkable consensus” amongst experts at the conference. He likened this consensus to another scientific debate: “It’s been growing in the last 15 years. It’s like climate change. In my mind, it’s totally analogous. We have dissenters, but we have a weight of evidence that points towards predation being the short-term, habitat and climate being the long-term.”

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Learning local vines at Larch Hills Winery

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Facing page: Fall colours were just beginning to break at the Larch Hills Winery; pickers were due for the vine harvest in a matter of days. Top left: Hazel and Jack Manser are the hands-on proprietors of the vineyard. She handles the marketing sphere while the life-long farmer Jack handles the vines and winemaking. Top right: I sampled some varieties including the Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe, Ortega and Marechal Foch. Bottom right: The Larch Hills Winery is situated on a southern-facing ridge south of Salmon Arm. It commands a stunning view of Enderby and the head of the Okanagan Valley as wells as the Deep Creek Valley. Aaron Orlando photos

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t was the kind of ‘work’ day you put in quotes – off to Larch Hills Winery south of Salmon Arm to learn more about the winery ‘most-local’ to Revelstoke. Two more jumped into my car to join me on a sublime day trip. Grasshoppers crackling through the air and dry twigs crunching underfoot announced our arrival at the 72-acre mountainside winery. The clear, light-blue fall sky was tinted with a light smoky haze that muted out the very distant farms of the Deep Creek and northern Okanagan Valley. Proprietor Jack Manser and his deep-blue eyes met us at the wine shop, ushering us on an impromptu tour of the operation. The Swiss-born farmer spent a lifetime in the grain and dairy business in Alberta before buying out the winery about eight years ago. “I’m a guy where paying attention to detail matters,” he told us as he explained the mostly white European varietals and showed us around the massive stainless steel vats and bottling centre. His winning smile accompanied us on the tour. “We’re one of very few without irrigation,” Jack said. “Plants here only get what mother nature provides.” There were murmurs questioning the wisdom of the winery when it was cleared and planted by a previous owner – an immigrant from Austria. It was too far north, they said, not enough sun and 800 metres high. The solution was a focus on European varietals that flourish in colder northern European climates like Germany; Siegerrebe, Ortega, Gewürztraminer — to name a few. The combination creates wines with “European-style, intense flavours,” Jack said. Larch Hills has about 15 acres planted and 10 in production, producing about 6,000 cases during a bumper year and fewer when rain limits them. Jack’s wife Hazel Manser arrived back at the winery during our tour. She was toiling as a nurse in Holland several years back when her sister in Canada played matchmaker, suggesting she meet this farmer she knew. Before long, Hazel quit her job, sold her stuff and

headed for Canada, with no regrets so far. She lead us through a great blind wine tasting along with Jack. I loved the Madeleine Angevine (or “Mad Angie”) a delicate, fruity and crisp white. Try a glass at Benoit’s Wine Bar in Revelstoke. In reds, the cherry hints of the medium-bodied 2011 Marechal Foch won me over, though our tasting party was split — others preferred the Merlot or the 2010 Marechal Foch Special Reserve. Hazel explained the winery is family-sized, focusing on an authentic, earthy experience for those taking a tour. “Every bottle is hand-filled, corked and shrink-wrapped,” she explained “Here you see real life. We are ordinary, hard-working people.” I’m there to find out if their ‘local’ status to Revelstoke and the Shuswap gives Larch Hills is an advantage in an age where local is preferred. A bit, but not really, explained Hazel. Most restaurants and establishments consider the entire Okanagan to be ‘local,’ which puts them in direct competition in an industry that has proliferated in the past decade from a few dozen to more than 200 wineries. Other wineries resort to short skirts and deep cleavage to push wines at their retail outlets, but Hazel said that’s not for them; they’re a family affair that’s focused on a unique, honest product. Jack told me a few experts recommended raising his prices to get the attention of status-focused clients. “They told me, ‘Your wine is too cheap.’” But that’s not his style, he said. They’re interested in maintaining their core clientele of dedicated local and regional customers and don’t want to price them out. The nearly-ripe winery was set to become a hive of activity in a couple days as pickers arrived to begin the harvest. In the meantime, the anticipation hanging in the late-summer air made for a fantastic, highly-recommended day trip from Revelstoke. *** The Larch Hills Winery is located off of Highway 97B about 15 minutes south of Salmon Arm. Look for the signs on 97B. You can order their wines for delivery online at larchhillswinery.com or by phone at 250-832-0155.

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The coffee house A night of acoustic music, fuelled by coffee, has become one of Revelstoke’s top venues for musicians to demonstrate their talents. By Alex Cooper

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he basement of the United Church isn’t really a basement. It’s on the ground floor, only a few steps down from the entrance. It’s where, on the fourth Saturday of every month, you can find the Revelstoke Coffee House and Denis Severino. On those nights, the hall is turned into a music venue and a single microphone sits on stage. The last Saturday of September marked the first coffee house after a lengthy summer break. It was the usual mix of old-time music aficionados, solo acoustic performers, youngsters and oldsters and everyone in between. Then, for the last act of the first half, a tall, grey-haired man with thinframed glasses took to the stage with his fiddle. Al Procyshyn, a champion fiddler, introduced a song called Soldier’s Joy that he said used to be played at the long-gone King Edward Hotel that sat on Second Street for nearly 100 years until it burned down in 1995. He busted into a wild old-time fiddle tune that got the gathered crowd into a foot-stomping, hand-clapping mood. “This song goes back to the old drinking days, when everyone had whiskey before breakfast,” Procyshyn remarked before breaking into another lively tune, accompanied by Severino on banjo and Jake Verburg on guitar. The Revelstoke Coffee House has turned into a monthly hot spot where performers young and old come and play

Above: Master fiddler Al Procyshyn takes to the stage with Denis Severino (left) and Jake Verburg.; Right: Seal, Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review Skull, Hammer headlines the September 2012 coffee house.

some songs and dozens, if not hundreds, come to watch. This season’s opening show opened with Wizened, aka Victoria Long, who has regularly volunteered to work the door at the coffee house, playing a few songs on acoustic guitar. She was followed by the young – Sarah on violin, and then Mack and Daniel on bass and guitar, The headlining act on Saturday was a Salmon Arm trio name Seal, Skull, Hammer. They played music (and put on accents) that sounded like something out of dust-bowl-era Oklahoma. At one point the lead singer pulled out an instrument called the gut bucket – essentially a metal wash tub with a string attached – and said it was donated by “Farmer Bob down in Mara.” They played a song about of snowmobiling that, if it were about almost anything else, it could have come out of the songbook of the great folk music collector Alan Lomax. As if to hammer home their old-time credentials, the trio churned out a cover of the traditional classic Old Dan Tucker to finish off their set. The format for the Revelstoke Coffee House was largely taken from the Sunnybrae Coffee House, Severino told me. He played there when he first moved to B.C. four years ago and it was that event that inspired to start one up in Revelstoke in January of 2011. The structure is basic – six acts perform ten-minutes set, followed by an intermission, the

headliner and six more performances. Altogether it comes out to about three hours of music, for only $3. “I fell in love with the event when I first went. I’d never seen anything like it and I don’t think there is anything like it,” Severino told me. “The reason why is it’s very participatory, it gets people excited. It gets a lot of people who wouldn’t have a place to play on the stage an opportunity. It gives budding musicians a place to get comfortable performing.” The lack of alcohol at the coffeehouse is key for Severino, who believes the atmosphere would be completely different with beer available. Instead, there’s tea and coffee and baked goods. “Could you imagine if it was an alcohol event?” he said. “It would be totally different if we had a beer table and it would dissuade a lot of people from coming.” On Saturday, other acts included the mother-daughter duo of Tori and Diane, who came up from Salmon Arm to perform. Another mother-daugher sang together later, this time the talented Maggie Davis and her mother Linda, who showed where Maggie got her voice from. There were solo performers – Margot Wylie, Vance Shaw. Another Salmon Arm resident took to the piano for two songs and finished off her set with a punkish tune called Average Coffee house, page 8

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Fall is usually when the rains come in Revelstoke. The valley gets socked in and people hibernate or go on vacation. Is that really necessary? I went to the Revelstoke visitor information centre to ask manager Sonia Cinelli her top five suggestions for things to do a rainy day in Revelstoke. Her list encompassed pretty much everything, so in the interest of brevity, here’s my list:

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he Revelstoke Aquatic Centre is a great facility, with a 25-metre lap pool, diving board, climbing wall, lazy river, kids pool and hot tub. For something different, head to the Cabin for some five-pin bowling. There's also a whole host of drop-in sports you can find out about by picking up a copy of the Recreation & Leisure Guide at the aquatic centre.

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SHORT SHORTS The Revelstoke Theatre

RESONANCE The latest snowboarding film from Absinthe Films, highlighting snowboarding across the globe in the backcountry and park riding with the best snowboarders on the planet. At the Roxy Theatrs. 7:30 p.m. $10. POLAR BEAR TALK A slideshow and talk on the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba, and sea ice conditions by expert guide JP McCarthy. At the community centre. 7 p.m. All proceeds go to Polar Bears International.

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Company presents a series of one or to character, one act shorts. Five directors will direct comedies and dramas to be directed back-to-back. At McGregor’s Theatre in the Powder Springs Hotel. Doors at 7:30 p.m., curtains at 8 p.m. $15.

OCTOBER 12 TO NOVEMBER 2

BEAR DEN CLASSIC SQUASH TOURNAMENT An annual squash tournament that

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MY REVELSTOKE: FOUR SEASON’S BEAUTY New art show by Chloe Juwon Kim at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. The side galleries feature The Subtle Body, by Barbara Maye and The Bugaboos, an exhibit from the Golden Art Gallery. Opens Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 REVELSTOKE BIER & MUSIK FESTIVAL A celebration of beer and music, with three themed rooms, live music, a European buffet, and more. Featuring music by the Maritime Kitchen Party, Vortex and Shane Philips. At the Last Drop. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Events are free before 8 p.m. After 8 p.m. a ticket is required – $20 in advance (available at www.beerandmusic.ca) or $25 at the door. For more information visit www.beerandmusic.ca.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE Test your downhill biking skills with a race down Ultimate Frisby on Frisby Ridge. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the Boulder Mountain parking lot.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR A variety of local businesses and agencies will be showcasing how they support health and wellness in our community. Displays will range from physical health to emotional and spiritual well-being. At the community centre. 12-3 p.m. $2 entry fee, with proceeds going to the food bank.

OCTOBER 25-28 attracts many top squash players from across the B.C. Interior. Local play begins Thursday evening, with out-of-towners starting on Friday. The finals are on Sunday. Takes place at the Bear Den Racquet Club, in the basement of the Selkirk Medical building. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Kevin Dorrius at 250837-3699.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 REVELSTOKE COFFEE HOUSE Revelstoke’s popular acoustic open mic night. Featuring the old-time bluegrass duo Blue and Kelly Hopkins. Come play some songs of your own or just sit and watch. At the United Church. 6:30 p.m. $3.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 JAMES KEELAGHAN One of Canada’s finest

NOVEMBER 8-10 SHORT SHORTS The Revelstoke Theatre Company presents a series of one or to character, one act shorts. Five directors will direct comedies and dramas to be directed back-to-back. At McGregor’s Theatre in the Powder Springs Hotel. Doors at 7:30 p.m., curtains at 8 p.m. $15.

NOVEMBER 9 TO DECEMBER 1 UP CLOSE! FLORA AND FAUNA OF MOUNT REVELSTOKE New art show in the main gallery of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. The side galleries feature the Best of Banff Photographic Exhibition and Deviant Abstraction by Teria Davies. Opens Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 BALLET KELOWNA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program of contrasts and collaborations – good versus evil in Swan Lake’s White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux, a battle of ballerina egos; and a world premiere from two of Vancouver’s most exciting choreographers. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. 7:30 p.m. $20.

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2012-2013 CONCERT PROGRAM

HANDMADE PARADE & CRAFT EXTRAVAGANZA This annual craft fair brings together

BALLET KELOWNA November 15th - RPAC - 7.30pm $20.00 Double Variations: Ballet Kelowna celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a program of contrasts and collaborations: good versus evil in Swan Lake's White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux, a battle of ballerina egos, and a world premiere from two of Vancouver's most exciting choreographers.

THE BREAKMAN Thursday, January 17th - RPAC - $15.00 Canadiana and Indie Folk from Vancouver B.C.

ABBA Again, Tribute Band February 7th - RPAC - $15.00 Beautiful blended harmonized vocals, exciting eye-catching choreography, glittering costumes with platform shoes... And a touch of humour! They feature the best in sound and always leave audiences wanting more.

RPAC = Revelstoke Performing Arts Center SEASON PASS: $75.00 if purchased before October 30, 2012. Other events supported (but not presented by) Revelstoke Arts Council: October 9th Place of Rescue will be performing Khmer classical dance, one of the most popular Classical Cambodian dance pieces. Cost by donation. RPAC November 25th Romanza - three tenors well known to Revelstoke will bring their magic to RPAC for the first time. $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

REVELSTOKE COFFEE HOUSE Revelstoke’s popular acoustic open mic night. Featuring the gypsy jazz band Gadgology. Come play some songs of your own or just sit and watch. At the United Church. 6:30 p.m. $3.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 OPENING DAY AT REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT Line up early if you hope to get first tracks when Revelstoke Mountain Resort opens its lifts for the 2012-13 season. Note the date is tentative.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 REVELSTOKE CHRISTMAS FARM & CRAFT MARKET This annual event is a great place to search for gifts and goodies, with dozens of vendors from Revelstoke and beyond. At the community centre. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DECEMBER 7-11 GIFTS FROM THE GALLERY Annual holiday show at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. Come find a gift for a friend or family. Opens Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 15 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: AN AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS Wear your beach clothes as the Revelstoke Museum & Archive celebrates Christmas in Australia. There will be crafts and activities for children of all ages. 1-3

The Burner, from page 2

JAMES KEELAGHAN

March 6th - RPAC - $20.00 Rita Chiarelli is Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Warming up to The Burner

October 30th - RPAC - 7.30pm $15.00 Called Canada’s finest folk singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.

RITA CHIARELLI

something for themselves. For more information or to take part contact Garry Pendergast at info@ revelstokeartscouncil.com. Saturday, November 24

Look up! A detail of The Burner’s ceiling. Aaron Orlando photo

Coffee house from page 6 Girl on the guitar. Then a small Frenchman named Remy took the stage with his ukelele and ended the night with a pair of French songs that seemed straight out of a Parisian cafe. “I really get off seeing people get up on stage and understand that the coffee house is about sharing,” said Severino. “Personally I got a huge rush

products,” Tamryn said. On tap, they feature three Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. beers and two from Vernon-based Okanagan Springs, as well as the Backhand of God from Crannóg Ales in Sorrento. All of their wines are B.C. VQA. The java is Kootenay Coffee from Nelson, B.C. Tamryn said the kitchen loves special requests and modifications, which are no problem when everything’s fresh — they’ve got gluten free and allergy options. And they do take-out for those doing a drive-by past Malakwa. Tamryn underscores that friendly, quality service is the other key to their success. The burner is a work in progress — the long-term plan calls for accommodations to make it more of a sledding destination than it already is, with direct access to the Blue Lake trails. Their hours vary seasonally, but the plan is to move to seven-days-a-week this year. Now it’s a mix of evenings and full days. Call ahead for exact hours at 250-836-4600 or check their website at theburner. ca. from playing last night every time I got out there. I loved playing with that old-time fiddler Al and singing with Maggie again. I got a huge rush out of watching Toria. It was the first time she got up there and she worked all summer on her tunes.” The next Revelstoke Coffee House takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, with old-time bluegrass duo Kelly and Blue Hopkins as the headliners. On Saturday, Nov. 27, the gypsy-jazz band Gadgology will headline. Check the Times Review community calendar for information on coffee house nights beyond then.

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