Fintry verandah given badly needed upgrade

Vendors with seeds or plants, or anything else to do with gardening or the outdoors along with arts, crafts or farm products, are invited to consider a booth in the Manor House gardens at Fintry Provincial Park on Saturday, May 14, for the inaugural Fintry Spring Plant Festival.

Work is underway to replace the rotting verandah on the nearly century-old Manor House at Fintry Provincial Park on Westside Road

Vendors with seeds or plants, or anything else to do with gardening or the outdoors along with arts, crafts or farm products, are invited to consider a booth in the Manor House gardens at Fintry Provincial Park on Saturday, May 14, for the inaugural  Fintry Spring Plant Festival.

The event is being organized by the Friends of Fintry, a non-profit group that works with B.C. Parks to restore the heritage buildings on site and their contents to reflect the historic site’s heyday, the early 1900s.

Friends of Fintry president Mike Berry says the group is also looking for appropriate music to accompany the day’s events, which will include a barbecue lunch and children’s games on the lawns around the Manor House.

So far, they have vendors interested in selling heritage seeds, some plants, honey, pottery, weavers and other arts and crafts vendors.

During the day there will be tours of the Manor House and the octagonal dairy barn at a cost of $5 per adult; free for children.

Admission to the festival will be by donation.

Berry said B.C. Parks is currently rebuilding the verandah around the outside of the Manor House, as it had begun to decay and had become unsafe for people to walk on.

A decision has been made not to replace the screening that surrounded the entire verandah, so the granite outer walls of the Manor House will now be opened up and visible from outside around the house.

Kirk Illingworth, an area supervisor for B.C. Parks, says they hope to complete work on the verandah in the next few weeks.

The rot in the timbers supporting it were actually in even worse shape than they’d realized, he says.

“It’s good we got at it when we did,” he commented.

Illingworth says curator Dan Bruce has provided invaluable information on design details to help in reconstructing the verandah to be historically accurate.

For instance, a new handrail will be built around the verandah, and with Bruce’s historical information, it should be authentic to the period, he said.

The newly-refurbished verandah, without its screens, will be front and centre for the first Fintry Spring Plant Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For more details, contact Berry at 250-542-1725.

The next event at the historic park will be the annual general meeting on Saturday, June 11, 1 p.m., in the Manor House, open to the public.

There will be a tour of the house and a discussion of new donations.

Membership is $10 a year and volunteers are always welcome.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of B.C. Parks,  an Edwardian Fair is also planned for Fintry on Saturday, July 16, beginning with a pancake breakfast, music and booths, food and tours.

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