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Penticton Downtown Market in October

What a beautiful autumn we’re having! Snapshots of the Penticton downtown market the first weekend of October. Around 10 am, and already about 20 C.  Lovely sunny South Okanagan in British Columbia.  Oh by the way–northern BC got about 18 cm of snow the same day, I’m told 🙂

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2012 BC Youth Writers Camp

July 2-7 2012

Another very successful BC Youth Writers Camp was help July 2 to 7, 2012, at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.  Sixty-eight youth between the ages of 9 and 18, both former campers, and new ones as well, attended the camp, learning to hone their writing skills, and learning about editing, illustrating, publishing, and more.

This year’s keynote speaker was 23 year old poet Amanda Lewis of Penticton, who, despite physical disabilities, is an active and enthusiastic poet and speaker.  The students were so impressed by Amanda’s presentation and her passion for writing.  They have taken home with them Amanda’s personal credo: “The impossible just takes a little longer,” and personally autographed copies of her book “One,” which were provided courtesy of Raise a Reader.

Each morning, the students attended lectures related to writing.  Presenter Karen Autio of Kelowna (www.karenautio.com) is an author of historical novels for young readers.  Karen shared with the students how to research and unlock history.

Presenter C.A. Lang, also of Kelowna, has written everything from historical fiction to experimental novels.  Lang presented a workshop on science fiction and fantasy worldbuilding, covering logic, social structure, religion, technology and magic.

Presenter Lorna Schultz Nicholson (www.lornaschultznicholson.com) is a full-time writer who divides her time between Calgary and Penticton.  She has published over 20 childrens, youth, and sports books. Lorna presented a workshop, “Page Turning Fiction!” in which she shared how to use breathtaking description, page turning plots, setting, gripping conflict, and real life dialogue to make a good story great.

Presenter Endrene Shepherd (facebook.com/endreneshepherd), of Penticton, has been writing, painting and drawing her entire life.  She has completed one book so far.  Endrene’s workshop, “Ready, Set, Illustrate!” gave participants a chance to view some famous illustrations from well-known children’s literature, and learn the “whys” and “hows” of selecting scenes from their stories for illustration.  She also led the students in doing illustrations for their own works.

Presenter Mary Ann Thompson is a freelance editor. Mary Ann’s workshop had the students get out the blue pencils and play with story.  Through games and editing exercises, they learned to transform boring beginnings, shake out muddled middles, and create thrilling endings.  Mary Ann also talked about what an editor does and the steps that go into publishing a book.

In the afternoons, students were involved in a variety of activities.  These included a book signing event for the “Gems of British Columbia,” in which each young author signed their own works in each published copy of the anthology; a “cowboy poetry” event led by PWAP poets Alan Longworth and Herb Moore, in which each student completed a “cowboy poem” of their own; an open mic young writers showcase talent event (plays, music, readings, and more), emceed by past camper Taylor Attril; a calligraphy event taught by calligrapher Dave Cursons; and a book store event at which the students had the opportunity to purchase books written by the camp presenters.

As always, the camp students sent in samples of their story writing and poetry with their registrations, and their work was published in the annual “Gems of British Columbia” anthology.  It is a great encouragement to these young writers to see their written works in print.

Many thanks to camp coordinator Yasmin John-Thorpe, and her volunteer helpers – PWAP members who critiqued the anthology entries, community members who prepared and served snacks and lunches for the campers, registration day helpers, the Rotary Club who provided the end-of-camp barbeque, and more.  Special thanks also to the generous sponsors, without whose support this camp could not take place.

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Junuary 30 Downtown Market in Penticton

June 30, 2012

— or as some remarked rather cynically, “Junuary 30th!”  What a day!  One minute pouring rain, the next sun doing its best to pour through, rain battling back, sun peering out again.  It seemed early in the day that it might be a “lost cause” market-wise, as the only folks on the street at Penticton’s downtown market were the vendors.  But the amazing thing was that every time the rain let up for a moment, and the sun’s rays broke through, suddenly the street was flooded with customers, feet sloshing through the puddles even as they turned their faces happily upward toward the warmth of the sun.  Then the rain would pour again, and they’d disappear – I assume it was a great day for the coffee shops along the street!

It was my first day at the market as a vendor.  Fortunately for me, I was placed under an overhang — for shade!  Well, it turned out I didn’t need much shading, but I was certainly grateful for the protection from the downpours.

Anyway, here are some snapshots of Penticton Downtown Market on the July Canada Day long weekend in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan.  Well, the mostly sunny South Okanagan, that is…

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Oh, yes, the next day, Canada Day, started out the same.  It was definitely an on-again, off-again morning, weather-wise.  But the sun redeemed itself in the afternoon, and except for occasional splatters, the big birthday party in the park was a success I’m told.  Happy 145th Canada!

Rest and Relaxation on a May Afternoon

May 6, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

22 April 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring has sprung and summer is on its way in Penticton!  What a beautiful day today!  The thermometer finally hit 20+ C and Penticton residents were out enjoying it.

Penticton Views From Munson Mountain

March 24, 2012

March 23 seemed like spring had truly arrived … the next day, March 24, not quite so much.  The sun was trying half-heartedly to peek through a high-overcast sky, and Old Man Winter kept puffing out swirls of chilly breeze.  Still, at least it wasn’t raining, hailing, sleeting (like a lot of March before and after), so we went up to Munson Mountain, where the famous “Penticton” sign overlooks Okanagan Lake.  The view from the lookout is pretty spectacular, even on a greyish day, as these shots demonstrate.  Afterwards, we went for a walk on Skaha Lake beach.  Although few folks were out, those that were had spring in their hearts!  Yummm…. marshmallow roast!

Spring has sprung – finally!

March 23, 2012

The old saying tells us that “March comes in like a lion and goes out with a lamb.”  Well…  This spring in Penticton, it’s pretty much been like a lion all month.  However, we’ve had a couple beautiful very-early-spring-like days – and joyfully for the kids, one of them was during spring break.  In fact, it was such an amazingly beautiful day, that it seemed like everyone in the city was out enjoying it.