Partners Jan Nelson and winemaker Andrew Windsorare have announced their purchase of award-winning Maverick Estate Winery from owners Bertus and Elzaan Albertyn.
Maverick Estate Winery is a boutique ultra-premium winery located south of Oliver at Deadman’s Lake.
“I grew up on an orchard in Oliver and left the valley for school in the early 1990s, just as the Okanagan wine industry was seeking to re-establish itself .
After over 20 years abroad, I returned to the area to raise my family and join the vibrant, premium wine producing industry that has flourished around us,” said Jan Nelson, Maverick Estate Winery’s new co-owner. “I met winemaker Andrew at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, and we are excited to bring our passion and experience to build upon the amazing wines and winery experience that Bertus and his team have created.”
Andrew and Jan believe Maverick is a perfect fit for their philosophy and approach to winemaking. Both owners are looking forward to returning to a smaller, owner-operated, boutique environment.
After a nice night of rain and maybe even earlier Tinhorn Creek is alive, running, silty and reaching the river.
I am never wrong – sometimes mistaken.
Reed Creek to the north still dry at all points. The west hills are draining the last of the snow and some recent rainfall.
Lately we hear of people doing strange things from silly to violent. Domestic violence, protesting for action that is contrary to your well being and even the gun toting fool in Nova Scotia.
I am no medical Doctor, but I have a question that might shine a light on a reason. Being isolated and staying at home – are we spending too much time walking the halls of our own minds,
I think if we retreat far enough into the deep closets of our mind we find the real truth of who we perceive we are and – some can’t handle that.
Instead of saying how can I use this inner mental confrontation to become a better person, some may well act out to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame. We all get fifteen minutes you know, whether it’s winning a lottery or being recognized for some achievement in our community or social circle. Personally I got a half hour and it’s nice but it is not what it’s cracked up to be. Success comes with a lot of skinned knees and bruises. At the end there is still the question – could I have done more to help others?
Then there are those who for what ever reason failed to live up to their own expectations. When a period of isolation, withdrawal – I think some feel it is there time to be noticed. For some it’s expressed in a negative way. I feel that is why it’s important to stay in touch with others even in a virtual way.
It good to spend some time inside the inner walls of our mind but it’s not good to live there.
While it seems that almost every event is being canceled these days, I want to assure people that the 110th Anniversary of Scouting in the South Okanagan will not be celebrated as the 111th next year. 2020 is the year. It will happen.
As a Wolf Cub I promised to Do My Best, and as a Scout I promised to Be Prepared. In Penticton and Oliver you likely have noticed some newspaper articles celebrating some of the adult volunteers from the past 110 years, and some other stories about local Scouting from the past. That will continue with the blessing and consent of our local newspapers. Happy news is sometimes hard to find these days.
The last time I checked, our five museums are still on board with seasonal display space for the summer and September. Oliver is in the final planning stages now, and will set up for both live and virtual visits. Their choice of exhibits is excellent due to the depth of their archives. And it is all about Scouting in Oliver.
I have not mentioned this before, but the Penticton Stamp Club is engaged in a project to produce a commemorative postage stamp, first day cover and envelop enclosure to celebrate this milestone. It has been informative and delightful watching this process and I am very grateful to the Club for recognizing the importance of the year. Thank you, Harv and Gordon for dropping in out of the blue a year ago.
The Covid19 lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for the ongoing research side of the entire project. I sometimes follow faded trails to find missing links. Connecting with new people is sometimes difficult. But lately people seem to be at home a lot. The past 6 weeks has filled in a lot of big gaps in our knowledge, with much more to follow. This research is not just for this year. It is ongoing, but has seen a lot of success lately.
We are contemplating some things over the summer, but they will be very much Covid19 determined. But the event of September 17 to 20 in Penticton will still go ahead. We just don’t know at this time what it will look like. Stay tuned. So many good ideas being tossed about.
I would like to recognize the key people in this project. Frank Smith is our resident expert on Scouting artifacts and has done some excellent work with Summerland archives. Jan Hanna is the biggest packrat I know, and for that I am eternally grateful. Things that people were considering tossing in the garbage ended up in his basement (boxes, boxes, and even more boxes, and have now become the core of our Scouting history timeline in the Penticton Museum. Tim Gladish has taken over planning of events this year, and has formed a small committee of mostly retired Scouters from the area. And, of course, Irwin Hobden has been involved right from the beginning.
The month of May has arrived, which means that June is just around the corner. The countdown has begun. Time to celebrate a special part of our history!
Not visited our web based data timeline yet? Google search with 3 words: Scout Penticton Laidlaw. Then follow the most common path. Perhaps you can fill in some of the gaps.
DYB DYB South Okanagan Historical Group
If you see this person walking the roads and trails anywhere between Osoyoos & OK Falls, don’t bother to offer a ride.
Louise Szalay is a volunteer for the Desert Valley Hospice Society which sponsors a “Hike for Hospice” fundraiser each year in May. Because of the cancellation of all group events during the pandemic, the hike has been adapted as a “virtual” event.
Participants are urged to conduct their sponsored hike in any way they can – around the yard, the neighborhood or town. Louise has chosen to up the challenge by pledging to walk 75 kms. each week of May in support of the Hospice Society and the valuable work they do in the 3 communities of Oliver, Osoyoos, and OK Falls.
“Many people do not even know the work of the Hospice Society in their community. The group supports our vulnerable citizens in long term care and in private homes by offering comfort and emotional and social connection. I was not even aware of all the services of the Society until I joined as a volunteer and I am in awe of all the ways they support the aged and palliative community members. This current lockdown has been particularly difficult for those isolated in their homes and the longterm care homes. The loneliness is a huge factor in their emotional and physical health. I am really missing not being able to visit my friends in Sunnybank. If anything, this pandemic should be placing much needed focus on the needs of our elderly and vulnerable community members. We are all aging and will all find ourselves at a place in life when we will require the love and support of the community. I just want the Hospice Society to still be there for all of us.”
Louise took to the trails in preparation for this challenge about a month ago. She’s walked to from Oliver to Osoyoos a couple of times along the Okanagan river and is regular along the Hike and Bike path.