Hodge: May Days always a fun affair

Columnist Charlie Hodge says Rutland knows how to throw a community party for the whole family.

Chris Brown certainly knows how to throw a party.

Last weekend, Brown and all his hardworking friends hosted the gazzilionth annual Rutland May Days, and based on what Tez and I saw it seemed to be a gigantic success.

Judging the May Days parade was a complete riot, especially getting to work with Lori Welbourne and Scott Ross. The three of us chuckled all morning.

Tez and I wandered the fairgrounds for a while afterwards and it was clear that Brown and other organizers had done a top-notch job of planning the perfect fun filled family event.

Some of the security guards patrolling the entrance to the park might have been a bit too overzealous and serious, but that’s the only negative I could find.

Well done, Chris and crew!


As an after-bite to the parade, Lori Welbourne invited me to take part in one of her famous slapstick video shoots on Tuesday.

A couple of us played tourists at three local wineries with Lori spoofing as a tour guide. The finished product should be good for a two-minute howl. Keep an eye (and ear) out for it appearing soon on YouTube or Facebook.

Thanks so much to Quails’ Gate, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Vibrant Vine for putting up with a van full of whackos.

Many thanks as well to my friend Bill Jack, with Club Wine Tours, for playing chauffer.


One of the particular pearls of wisdom that arose from the tour was our stop at the Vibrant Vine and meeting owner Tony Lewis.

Lewis has a fascinating and unique winery, complete with amazing artwork and music also offered at the facility.

Starting in June, the funky winery hosts various bands every weekend allowing visitors to enjoy top shelf music by local pros as well as some fabulous wine.

The first event is June 2 with Brent Tyler playing music. On June 3, it will be Windborn on stage.

Check it out—you will not be sorry! For more info check out tastevibrantvines.com


If you are looking for something fun to do and winning $1,000 in nifty interior design items interest you, then check out the Dwell town home project on Ambrosi Road this Sunday, May 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. (see story on B16).  That’s when the draw will be made for the superb prize donated by Momentum Interiors and Mission Group.

I recently had the total pleasure of assisting Mission Group with a project that saw the local builders recruit eight talented young Centre for Arts and Technology Okanagan interior design students to design two of the town homes within the funky facility.

For the past two months, Mission Group has held open houses every Saturday and Sunday for folks to look at the two designs by the students (and other homes) at the site.

A draw barrel is on location and visitors are asked to vote for their favourite of the two homes planned and staged on the inside by the students. This Sunday, Shannon Nystrom of Momentum Interiors will draw the name of the lucky winner.

You can visit the town homes and enter the draw right up until 4 p.m. Check out Dwell— it’s very cool.


It dawned on me the other day that I had not acknowledged the recent winning of the Anita Tozer Memorial Award to long time Kelowna resident and supporter Dr. Barry Urness.

Urness won the prestigious award back in late April, however, I was so caught up in my own little world that I missed the Kelowna Civic Awards event.

Urness is a very well deserved recipient of the award. I have known him for 20 years but especially the past five or so when he was my regular back snapper.

Urness has since left his chiropractic business and I miss his skills, but  fortunately we keep in touch for lunches occasionally.

He  is the person most responsible for the fact that we have the Okanagan Sun football team in town as it was his vision and hard work that created that team.

His multiple years of work on the civic awards sports selection committee was amazing and greatly valued.

Congratulations to you my dear friend.

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