Hodge: End of Beyond 50 magazine bitter sweet

The blood, sweat, and tears brainchild of Laurel D’Andrea, Beyond 50 was a vibrant, informative, and effective publication.

To everything there certainly is a season.In some cases, however, the season seems to close too soon. That’s my sentiments towards the demise of Beyond 50.

The blood, sweat, and tears brainchild of Laurel D’Andrea, Beyond 50 was a vibrant, informative, and effective publication that catered to exactly the readership the name stated—those beyond 50.  Local seniors, relevant businesses, organizations, and events were given top notch coverage while various columnists and feature articles were also intermingled.

Over the years the magazine matured and morphed into a wonderful magazine— largely because of the vision of Laurel and her dedicated staff.

Sometimes, however, the spinoff effect of a grand idea becomes its very demise and such was the case when Laurel was recently lured into the role of executive director for the progressive and growing Uptown Rutland Business Association. It seems that task snagged up too much of the valuable time it took for Laurel to successfully continue on with her publication.

One could say her business turned its final page. Ironically, it seems a business marketing association just ate one of its own.

All the best to you Laurel D’Andrea and hats off for a job very well done. The publishing world’s loss is URBA’s gain.


Speaking of the Uptown Rutland Business Association, a great event they are supporting is set for the October 24 and 25. That is the date the 8th annual Antiques and Collectables Show swings into high gear inside the Rutland Centennial Hall.


If you like antiques (or happen to be an addicted collector like moi) then make sure and take in this great event. Browse over the eclectic array of items from unique toys, china, books, and advertising memorabilia to jewellery, sports goodies, and fabulous antique furniture and knickknacks. I can hardly wait.


Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Rutland Centennial Hall. Vendors looking for space availability should contact Alf Ruchinski at 250-765-6516.


I also noticed that world class photographer and graphic artist Wayne Duchart wrote a tribute and farewell to Laurel in Beyond 50’s final issue.Wayne has a fabulous eye for pictures and has always been a caring and creative sort with a sense of community. I was not surprised to learn that Wayne had been an integral part of Laurel’s initial start to her publication.


A quality guy and quality artist, Wayne has been contributing photos and artwork to newspapers and area publications for decades now.


Speaking of artists (gotta love the segue) the 10th annual Night of the Arts is shaping up to be one of the best yet.Headlining the November 7 evening will be a reunion of the popular Roots/Country band The Cruzeros – a full-stage reunion that has been two-years in the wings.

The iconic B.C. band was scheduled to headline the 8th annual Night of the Arts, however lead singer, mandolin and rhythm guitarist Barry Mathers lost an argument with a table saw the day before the concert. While Mathers fortunately kept his finger and suffered no long term debilitation from the wound, the multiple stitches and bandaged hand cancelled his band`s performance.

Joining the Cruzeros for the special evening this year will be Robert Fine and his 15-piece Dreamland Band, folk singer and songwriter Keith ‘Poppa’ Thom, and a guest appearance by the amazing vocalist Deb Stone.A fourth band will be announced early next week.

In addition a large silent auction featuring art work by Okanagan artists and many other items will return this year. All proceeds (with the exception of wine and beer sales) will go towards assisting Metro Community – an organization assisting those with homelessness or addiction issues.This year marks a decade since Curtis Tulman, John Carter, and I hosted the first Night of the Arts to raise awareness of youth at risk issues regarding homelessness and addiction issues in our city. While I proudly acknowledge that we have had an impact in both awareness and fundraising – we also recognize the issues, concerns, and numbers have only increased.So has the need to assist.

If you, your company, or someone you know may wish to donate funds or new merchandise as part of the fund raiser please contact me at charliehodge333@gmail.com or Robin Sharkey at rhu1975@hotmail.com Admission to the concert is by donation at the door.


Some recognizable names are starting to pop up regarding the upcoming municipal elections. With just a week to go it will be interesting to see who else pokes their political head up.

I am pleased to see the hard working Beryl Itani as a new person kicking political tires. While Itani’s birth certificate may pronounce her as 76 years old, the dynamo is very youthful in both mind and body. Energy, passion, and dedication describe Itani pretty good.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Beryl numerous times over the years including when I was on city council and chaired the Civic Awards Committee, as well as working on the Volunteer Fair committee with her.

Good on you Beryl for stepping up. Good luck.


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