Kelowna’s successes on the water should be brought out of the past and put back into practice, says a member of the local historical society.
Name dropping Kelowna’s historical stock of rowing Olympians, Pan Am games competitors and generally world-class caliber rowers, director of the Kelowna Branch historical society Ann Bostock, told a group gathered for the start of Heritage Week festivities that said she sees a foundation for new growth in the sport.
“I wish the rowing club would be brought back again,” she said, noting that it does still exist in some form today, but not it’s not quite the same.
Her late husband Ray Bostock, she explained, loved to row. And although he was accomplished, he never took to the lake for accolades. He, like many other local oarsmen, was driven by a passion for the sport.
Back in Bostock’s heyday, however, rowing had a much larger presence in the community. The Aquatic was the place to be, but when it burned down, the rowing club moved into a less visible location. All that’s left of that slice in history, she said, is the four-shell that’s hanging from the ceiling in the El Dorado.
That said, UBC Okanagan and its ties to the Vancouver campus could bring new life to the local rowing community.
“We have a lot of young men who should be doing this,” she said, adding that there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be rowing en masse on a local lake with the same vigour that once could be found near the Aquatic.
Although Bostock was the keynote speaker of the Monday morning breakfast the start of heritage week was also marked by an award.
The Central Okanagan Heritage society gave an award to those behind the Thompson Marsh.
The Thompson family worked to preserve a significant chunk of land for the community and wildlife and were acknowledged for their work this week.
For more information on Heritage Week events visit www.okheritagesociety.com.
The Central Okanagan Celebrates ~ Heritage Week 2014, Feb. 17 – 23
Monday Feb. 17:
Heritage Week Kick-off Breakfast. With guest speaker Ann Bostock. Hosted by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society and Rutland Residents Association at the Central Okanagan Sailing Association, 4220 Hobson Road. Suggested donation $5. 8 a.m. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentations to Kelowna City Council by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society on Heritage Week activities & by the Kelowna Heritage Grants Program. Supporters are encouraged to attend Council Chambers at 1435 Water Street. 1:30 p.m.
Guided Tour of Lake Country Museum. Tours also available on Wednesday Feb. 19 and Saturday Feb. 22. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West. By donation. 250-766-0111
Tuesday Feb. 18:
Preschool Storytime at the EECO. Free story-time for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Hear stories and make old-fashioned walnut shell boats. Presented by Regional Parks Services at the EECO, 2363A Springfield Road. 10 a.m. 250-469-6140.
Conservation Workshop. Do you have a precious paper item that you would like to preserve? Join the Kelowna Museums’ Curator of Collections for a Conservation Workshop and make a preservation pocket for your memories. Registration is a must. Suggested donation $3. 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-7 p.m. 470 Queensway Avenue. 250-763-2417
Wednesday Feb. 19:
Lunchbox Lecture Series. Join Peter Ord, Curator of Penticton Museum, for a talk about the S.S. Sicamous at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue. By donation. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. 250-763-2417
Goldfinger: Charles Sydney Goldman. Lake Country Museum invites you to the launch of a new exhibit case. Introduction and talk by Museum Curator, Dan Bruce. Lake Country Museum, 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West. Admission by donation. 7 p.m. 250-766-0111
Thursday Feb. 20:
30th Annual Heritage Awards & Central Okanagan Heritage Society Annual General Meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Road. 7 p.m. email@example.com
Friday Feb. 21:
Heritage Tea. Okanagan Mission Resident’s Association invites you to a Heritage Tea at the Hotel Eldorado in the Sun Room, 500 Cook Road. Tea service 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 22:
Making History with Kelowna Museums. Visit the Kelowna Museums and make history come alive with fun filled activities for the whole family. For more information visit www.kelownamuseums.ca or call 250-763-2417.
Sunday Feb. 23:
Explore Your Parks: Scenic Canyon Regional Park. Join a Regional Parks Interpreter for this easy hike through a portion of this beautiful park. Meet at the Field Road entrance. Free. 10 a.m. Call to pre-register: 250-469-6139.
Tuesday to Saturday:
Water and Play at Westbank Museum. The Westbank Museum invites you to view a display depicting the heritage of Water and Play of the West Kelowna area. 2376 Dobbin Road. By donation. 250-768-0110
All Week Long:
Heritage on the Water. The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society presents several displays on Heritage Personalities with the theme Heritage on the Water. These displays will rotate through the following venues all week: Parkinson Recreation Centre, Okanagan Heritage Museum, and Okanagan Regional Library (Kelowna Branch).