Hodge: Cheered up by Christmas cheer

It is starting to feel a lot like Christmas in my world—and I love it.

It is starting to feel a lot like Christmas in my world—and I love it.

In a valiant effort to deflect some of the negative emotions culminated from the recent election results, Tez and I have been searching for the ultimate distraction.

I suppose you could label it ‘emotional deferral.’ Regardless, Teresa wisely concluded the best remedy for overcoming our funk was to dig out our plethora (and I mean mega-plethora) of Christmas decorations.

So, while I wandered out for the final city council session this week, Tez turned the Hodge house into a mini-North Pole.

Walking into a winter wonderland certainly helps put a positive spin on one’s outlook.

I noticed it took Max the Cat absolutely no time to rediscover his favourite hiding spot under the Christmas tree, while Quick decided the box of Christmas wrapping is an ideal place to tuck in for a winter’s nap. She may not leave that box for the next month.

The only thing missing now is the smell of shortbread. (Hint hint).

Certainly, last Saturday night was another great kick-off to the festive season as more than 500 people attended the seventh annual Night of the Arts concert.

We are still awaiting the results but it seems that more than $10,000 was raised at the door alone for the Metro Central facility, which belongs to Metro Communities. The organization assists those who are homeless or at risk in our community.

Seven musical acts took part in the night including amazing performances by Day Late and a Dollar Short and Robert Fine and his 14-piece Dreamland Dance Band.

What a marvellous night of fellowship and music for a great cause.

A highlight of the evening for me was the surprise donation by Kelowna Firefighters of $1,000 just prior to the start of the concert. Many thanks guys—you truly are Kelowna heroes.


Looking for some more winter fun to get you in the Christmas mood? This weekend provides two perfect options.

On Saturday, you can join the popular Celtic band The Malarkeys as they host an outdoor concert at the Stuart Park ice rink. The concert and skating starts at 1 p.m. across from the Kelowna City Hall. If the rink is not ready, the concert will move next door to Kerry Park on Bernard.

If you do not skate, no worries the concert will be a great excuse to drink hot chocolate and listen to fabulous music!

And Sunday, my dear friend Jimmy LeGuilloux will once again host the annual Rock for Kids event at Whiski-Jack’s Pub in downtown West Kelowna.

This year, the music starts at noon and will continue until the cows come home. From noon until 1:30 p.m., a songwriter’s circle will take place including appearances from Mean Donna, Steven Dreger, Bill Briscall, Gary Turlock, Rob Schaefer, Melish band, and my good friend Floyd Vedan.

Other musicians donating their time for the fabulous fundraiser include (in order of appearance): Calum Hughes Collective, The Flu, The JimmyLeGuilloux Band, Young’uns, We Are Live, Smash Boulevard, The Goods, Sugar Coated Killers, and finally Pink Torpedo.

According to Jimmy, there are a number of awesome silent auction items available as well. I encourage you to get their early and enjoy the full day of fine tunes and great people.

LeGuilloux has been hosting this event for a gazillion years now and deserves huge thanks for his years and years of caring and sharing for kids.

Well done Jimmy!


As of Monday, Dec. 5, my tour of duty on Kelowna city council is officially over. I am saddened by the fact that I will no longer sit at the big table and help make decisions for our whole community. However, I do look forward to continuing to contribute to our city in many other ways.

It has been a true honour to serve this town and serve with a great group of other councillors.

Stay tuned for my inside thoughts on many issues I have not been able to write about while on council. Should be fun, if not somewhat interesting and revealing.

Have a great week, and bundle up as it’s going to get cold out there this week.





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