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Paddleboarders Take a Spill for Pihl and BrainTrust Canada

Paddleboarders Take a Spill for Pihl and BrainTrust Canada

Okay – that was a lot of water-logged family fun.           On a super overcast August Sunday morning at Rotary Beach Park, BrainTrust Canada held its 4th Annual Pihl Law Paddle for Prevention and board-shorts battle to the buoy and back. All the requisite aquatic tools were provided for this competitive beach jamboree – beautiful-and-calm Okanagan Lake, seven paddle boards and paddles, seven paddling lanes, seven stationary buoys, and the seventh-heaven smooth sounds of emcee and…

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Mamma Mia! is ABBA-Lutely a Musical Delight

Mamma Mia! is ABBA-Lutely a Musical Delight

If Alex Trebek and Jeopardy came to Kelowna this month to tape a week of shows, this back-and-forth gamesmanship would be a possibility: Colin – “I’ll take ABBA songs for six hundred, Alex.” Alex – “what charming romantic comedy musical featuring an ABBA hit parade of songs and dancing queens will be rockin’ Kelowna Community Theatre for 11 August performances?” Colin – “what is Mamma Mia!?” Alex – “well done, Mayor.” Colin – “thanks, Alex, you’re a Super Trouper.” Okay –…

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Okanagan Covertec Redefined Our Outdoor Spaces

Okanagan Covertec Redefined Our Outdoor Spaces

Who knew that engineered acrylic panels and aluminum beams could be turned into something so refined and resplendent in an outdoor environment? For the past two summers, wife Elaine and I had been wondering what we could do with our back yard patio and what we playfully call the “upper lanai.” Both were west-facing, outdoor-living areas that we needed to get more at-home-use bang for our Okanagan buck.         From June through Labor Day, the blistering afternoon…

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O’Neill Gives His SEAL of Approval at Armed Forces Day Banquet in Amarillo

O’Neill Gives His SEAL of Approval at Armed Forces Day Banquet in Amarillo

How’s this for a high-profile headline:  “Last Saturday night I got to shake hands and chat with the Navy SEAL Team Six Member who put three bullets in Osama bin Laden.” That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, May 19 when I was invited to attend the Armed Forces Day “Celebrating Freedom & Honoring Service” Banquet in Amarillo, Texas. Armed Forces Day is a national holiday to recognize and honor those who are serving and those who have served in the…

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Packing Heat at the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Gun Show

Packing Heat at the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Gun Show

Talk about being a fish out of water. Last weekend I hiked up my city-boy britches and attended a real-life gun show. There’s a first time for everything. This pistol-packin’ Smith & Wesson soiree was known as the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Gun Show hosted at the Amarillo Civic Center. I was in the Texas Panhandle courtesy of compadre Jack Barnes and his Foundation: America – Celebrate, Honor & Serve. A-CHS had a booth with the mission of “Fill The Bucket…

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Ballet Kelowna Makes Streetcar a Desirable Ride

Ballet Kelowna Makes Streetcar a Desirable Ride

No streetcar, lots of desire. That was my gritty takeaway on the first day of May at Kelowna Community Theatre as Ballet Kelowna wrapped up its landmark 15th anniversary season with the power and passion of the full-length ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire. American playwright Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic tells the story of two southern belle sisters – one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-World War II life in America. Digging deeper…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Gets Slean and Mean

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Gets Slean and Mean

Big ups to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) for sharing the Kelowna Community Theatre stage on the first Saturday night of April with a Canadian songstress who absolutely captivated the house with a mezzo-soprano vocal style I’d define as good “Slean” living. All puns aside, Saskatchewan’s Sarah Slean was the guest artist who describes herself as a dare-to-dream Renaissance woman, singer-songwriter, keyboardist, poet, visual artist, and occasional actress. She pretty much put all those creative skills on display during a…

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Getting A Rocky Mountain High in the Okanagan

Getting A Rocky Mountain High in the Okanagan

On Good Friday Eve 2018, there was nothing like a little musical sunshine on my shoulder to make me happy and glad to be at Kelowna Community Theatre. This was a Rocky Mountain High kind of gathering, an evening celebrating the music of John Denver in such an artistic way that a packed playbill was needed to keep track of all the tooters, fiddlers, bassists, vocalists, and players. Since this was also opening day for Major League Baseball (Toronto lost…

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The Debaters Role-Play With Cosplay Subculture

The Debaters Role-Play With Cosplay Subculture

Here’s the amusing algorithm that provided an un-debatable good time at Kelowna Community Theatre on the first Friday of Spring:  cosplay + wordplay = hilarious horseplay. Let’s break down those three jocular elements. Cosplay, defined as a contraction of the words costume play, means cosplayers wear costumes and accessories to create specific fictional characters in the subculture world of superheroes, film characters, comics, manga/anime, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and horror. Favorites include Deadpool, Kitana, Pennywise, Ming the Merciless, Silver Surfer, Syren,…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Serves Italian and Wins Gold

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Serves Italian and Wins Gold

Dueling trumpets during a Vivaldi concerto. That’s not something you often see on a mid-February Friday night in the central Okanagan. But this was no ordinary night as Kelowna Community Theatre welcomed the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and a busload of phenomenal friends for a show-stopper entitled Viva L’Italia! – from the Chase Wines Masterworks Series. From Baroque concertos to the noble tradition of opera, Italian is known as the international language of music. During this two-hour-and-20-minute gig, the riveting…

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