Hodge: Sun brings out the entertainment

Ah yes, sun and fun in the Okanagan…like most Kelownians I was seriously wondering if summer had moved out of the Okanagan.

Ah yes, sun and fun in the Okanagan…like most Kelownians I was seriously wondering if summer had moved out of the Okanagan.

The past week of scorching sunshine is a welcome (and sweltering) reminder of why many of us live here during the winter—for the summer.

And like many of you, Tez and spent a great amount of the long weekend soaking up the rays while at the beach.

On Sunday, we ventured to the edge of Woods Lake for the annual Rod and Annie barbecue. It’s an annual migration of long-time friends to the Bell bash where the only thing that surpasses the spread of food (including Annie’s pies) is the camaraderie and laughter.

On Monday, we were delighted to be invited to “Mathers’ Manor” across the bridge to watch the Snowbirds performance.

Nestled along the shore, Barry and Donna Mathers have a wonderful summer hideaway complete with some crazy fun neighbours, a unique one-hole golf course, and the luxurious Craig’s Grill and Bar.

As always I sucked at golf (how can anyone be five strokes over on a one-hole course?) but the fellowship and laughter was top notch.

It was rather surreal to watch the snowbirds buzz about the sky with our beautiful city spread out beneath them. We truly do live in paradise.

Monday was a musical tune-up though for Wednesday night’s performance of Mean Donna at the Grateful Fed.

Mean Donna is comprised of Barry ‘Golden throat’ Mathers, Donna Mathers, Gary Smyth, and banjo master Graham Maltby. Barry is no stranger to Canadian music fans, especially Kelowna country/roots/rock fans.

He is truly a song writing legend in Canada. His amazing vocals match his marvellous skill as a songwriter, best known for his 26 years with Juno nominee and multiple Canadian Country Music Association award winners The Cruzeros,

While the Cruzeros (Barry, Curtis Tulman, Gary Smyth) still perform occasional big stage shows, Mathers recently formed his new traditional country/roots Americana band after a six month hiatus from playing.

“I needed a break because I had not felt the spark for playing much for a while. Now it’s all fun again and I get to sing with my wife which I never did in the past. We’re having a great time,” Mathers beams.

His fans can hear the new group every Wednesday night at the Fed as well as on Aug. 20 at The Bike Shop Cafe.


If jazz is more your thing, then check out the Rotary Centre for the Arts atrium every Friday between 5and 7 p.m. in August for great entertainment.

The regular jazz jams are hosted by Craig Thomson. For more information go to www.rotarycentreforthearts.com


If you are a car nut then will want to definitely take in the Uptown Rutland Business Associations second annual Classic Car Show Saturday, Aug.13.

The event is planned as a family fun outing including great food, and a chance to view vintage cars, sports cars, and muscle vehicles.

The Classic Car Show attracts car enthusiasts from throughout B.C.

The car show is followed by Movie Night, with a gigantic outdoor movie screen featuring the family movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, beginning at dusk. Best of all the movie is free.


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