Sumac Drive and Rd 3 intersection – south 300 metres
The tow truck told the story: Hi Frank, Hi Jack. Jesus what are you here for?
June 11th (Saturday)
BAND: My Kind of Karma
FEATURES: Twisted Hills Craft Cider & Dubh Glas Distillery
ARTIST: Leza MacDonald
August 13th (Saturday)
BAND: Wild Son
FEATURES: Desert Hills Esate Winery and Dubh Glas Distillery
ARTIST: Petra Kanbour
It’s a very exciting year for us at the Firehall Brewery, with expansions in capacity, distribution, and the opening of our new Beer Shop & Social. And just to add to the excitement, we are ecstatic to announce the launch of another Back Alley Concert Series for the upcoming Summer of 2016. The “Old Firehall” experience on Main Street in Oliver gets a bit louder and prouder for each of these community events, boasting grassroots music, local arts, partnerships with wineries, cidery, & distillery, and of course… BEER!
This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of our gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or email@example.com). Sadly, our archaic liquor laws are still prohibition-era, so minors are not allowed to join the fun. Food won’t be served at the show, but we encourage you to bring in a picnic dinner (baskets and bags will be politely searched, just to keep out glass and bad beer) or order take-out from Pappa’s Firehall Bistro on the building’s main floor. If you need somewhere to sleep it off for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground (http://centennialrvpark.com – 250-498-6800) is just down Fairview Road, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com).
If you haven’t been, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the mountains of available talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wine/cider/spirits world to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend the whole Saturday sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage& sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, just in time to tap a one-of-a-kind cask of beer (single-event recipe brewed the old-fashioned way), to pour alongside our regular beer roster. Music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm. Then we wander upstairs to the Pappa’s Firehall Bistro for some after-party drinks and 2-for-1 appies, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible to join the fun upstairs.
This year will be a bit different because we’ll have the new Beer Shop & Social open throughout the show, giving everyone a chance to sneak a peak at the result of our successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year. We’re stoked to have you join the fun and savour the flavour!
Visitors to England, and most of Europe, may not realize it but they are under almost constant surveillance. Cameras are a common sight in large towns and cities, most are discretely placed but they are numerous and cover much of the goings on.
English residents think nothing about being under constant watch and don’t think about their privacy being invaded, it is just the way things are. Most freeway bridges have speed cameras installed and speeders can be caught easily. This doesn’t seem to deter speeders as they race past you, in their haste to move along.
In Canada we seem to have an aversion to being watched. Photo radar came in with a flourish and, once people realised that it caught those with a heavy foot, speeding was reduced quite significantly. There was no arguing with the photograph of your vehicle, licence plate fully displayed, posted at going over the limit. One arrived at our home and, not too happily, my husband paid the fine. After that he took more care.
However, the indignation of being under surveillance caused such a flurry of complaints that the police were forced to drop the program. How much had it cost taxpayers to install the program, which seemed to be doing the job of slowing traffic, but then have the program scrapped? The reason the general public wanted the radar cancelled was because some thought it an invasion of privacy.
Several years ago, cameras were installed in a park in Kelowna, which was a well known drug dealing area. Once again, someone was incensed at the thought of cameras looking down on public activities and, you guessed it, down came the cameras.
What is the problem with public surveillance? If I am ever caught on camera, so what? It may be likely that I will be doing something embarrassing like picking my nose or scratching my backside. This may cause me to have a red face as someone has a laugh at my expense, but it will not be a problem. Unless you have something to hide, why would you really care?
It took me quite a few years to realize that there were cameras at ATM machines and I blush when I think of the silly things I may have been doing whilst making transactions. When I thought I was alone I would sing, talk to myself and grumble at the machine, if I thought it wasn’t working fast enough. However, they soon identify people who are stealing from someone else’s account.
The cameras installed in London’s underground railway stations were really useful in establishing the identity of several terrorists, who had blown up a bus and placed other bombs in the city. This lead to the arrest and imprisonment of the terrorists. Most big towns in England have a huge population so the cameras really assist in crime prevention.
I would not like to see Oliver become under permanent watch, however, maybe a couple of cameras on Main St. would cut down on vandalism.
If we are in a public place, can we really expect privacy? In our home and yard, we should be able to move around without anyone else looking in. The current popularity of drones that invade our private space is a problem. Hovering over private homes where we should be able to feel free from intrusion is wrong, but I don’t think we should expect that same privacy while out in public.
The cameras that were placed to prevent drug trafficking in the Kelowna park, would seem like a good idea to me. Surely trying to control drug sales is a good thing. I really do not see why people would take offence and assume their privacy is invaded. If you are not doing anything illegal, what is the problem?
A Mother’s Sacrifice
Some thoughts for Mother’s Day
Scene 1: Three girls are walking down the street. They spot a disfigured woman. Scars cover her face and arms. The girls engage in ridiculing remarks. “Look at that ugly woman.” “She ought to stay off the street.” “I wouldn’t want to be seen dead with her!” Laughter and derision mark their attitudes, although one girl seems uncomfortable. Their comments are loud enough to be heard by the woman. She glances at them with obvious pain and hurt, but says nothing.
Scene 2: Same girls, same location; different response from one of them. After two of the girls indulge in derogatory remarks the third one speaks up with passion. “That is my mother! When I was only four she risked her life to save me from a burning building. In the course of protecting me her face and hands were severely burned. I owe my life to her and I love her. Every scar on her body is precious to me!” The other two girls were embarrassed and humiliated. A major decision faced them. They had to choose between deep, humbling apologies and requests for forgiveness, or else walk away and scoff at the girl who spoke up.
Few mothers have had to endure the rebuff of scene one, but many mothers have given significant, self-sacrificing acts of love that have not been appreciated. A big Mother’s Day ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices they have made for us.
Come to think of it, Jesus did much more than gather scars. He died for us to pay for wrongs He did not commit. We can reject Him, ignore Him or thank Him. Which will it be?
Thankfulness is found on the sunny side,
It’s great if you are walking for your daily activity, but it may not be enough. You need to build strong bones & muscles in order to be independent in later years. A seemingly simple task such as getting up from a chair, toilet or bed can be what determines if you need daily care. When you lose the ability to get up on your own, you lose your independence. Building strength & improving your mobility are imperative to your health.
Remember the saying… use it or lose it? Use your muscles so you don’t lose the ability to take care of yourself. We don’t want to rely on our arm strength to help us get up because they are smaller muscles & in most circumstances deteriorate sooner than the larger more powerful muscles in our legs.
Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way& I can find a way that works well for you :)