Posts by Bobbi-Sue Menard

Christmas Decorating Joy at Hot Holiday Homes

Last night (Friday) I toured Ballet Kelowna’s fundraiser, Hot Holiday Homes.  If you love home design, interior design or Christmas decorating this is a do NOT miss event.  So much fun and so very well done.  The tour is of beautiful private homes in Kelowna. Here are six homes this year and you have five hours to complete your self guided tour (it took my group a little bit more than three hours).

There is only one more night this year and that is tonight, Saturday November 12 from 4 pm to 9 pm so pick up your tickets at one of the following: Art Knapp, Bylands, LBV Design Dress Décor, olive & elle, Picture Perfect, Rick’s Garden World. All funds raised go to Ballet Kelowna.

Lindon House B&B The Gorgeous Last Stop at Hot Holiday Homes

There are plenty of tastings along the tour including wine from Quail’s Gate, bubbly from Summerhill and tasty spirits from Kelowna’s new boutique distellery, Urban Distilleries.

Mike Urban of Kelowna's Urban Distilleries was Handing out Delicious Tastings

Many local businesses, large and small sponsor Hot Holiday Homes including Re/Max Kelowna, Shannon Holand Photography, and FortisBC, who provided 290 strings of LED lights- that is more than 20,000 bulbs!  There are professionaly decorated Christmas trees in each home that will be on display at Kelowna Community Theatre until they are sold by auction.

Garlands of Light at Hot Holiday Homes

“Seeds in the Wind” Book Launch Party

The Okanagan’s newest book publisher, Artistic Warrior is launching the company’s first title Seeds in the Wind.  To introduce the book to as many people as possible the launch party is Friday, November 18, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Royal Anne Hotel on Bernard Ave. in Kelowna. There will be plenty of appies and wine from Vibrant Vines and beer and cider from Tree Brewing. Your ticket includes three healthy (5 oz) tastings from the selection of fabulous Kelowna beverages.

Author Teresa Johnston (Yang May) tells her story of being part of an immigrant family in the 1970’s and her experiences with racism.  Seeds in the Wind recounts Teresa’s experience of overcoming the difficulties she faced as a child and the inspiring teaching career she devoted herself to, teaching children to accept the differences in others.  The book is geared toward children, but is also a great read for adults.

Teresa Johnston, Author and Founder of The Fairy Godmothers


In addition to being an author, Teresa is a co-founder of My Fairy Godmothers organization. Its mission is to help children with broken hearts; children who’ve suffered the loss of their parent(s) through death, divorce or other tragedy or who are battling their own chronic disease. Teresa and her fellow Fairy Godmothers fulfill a small wish for these children to help put a smile back on their faces.

To support My Fairy Godmothers, the book launch is also a fundraiser with a great line-up of silent auction items, a draw for a brilliant weekend at Sparkling Hill and book sales.

Tickets to the launch are on sale now at the Royal Anne Hotel, Booster Juice on KLO in Kelowna and online at

On a side note, aspiring Okanagan authors with a great story to tell – Artistic Warrior is looking for another author for their upcoming publishing line-up.  A rep from the company will be on hand at the launch.

Indie Film Night on the Big Screen

Not up for a mid week movie full of loud explosions and a  hero(ine) hired for something else besides his/her ability to deliver a believable line on screen?… Kelowna Film’ Society’s new season is underway and it is bringing a good line up of  well reviewed and eclectic cinema to the Okanagan big screen.

Every Wednesday evening at Orchard Plaza the Kelowna Film Society has a movie playing.  It won’t show up on the marquee, you need to check out the website to find out what is playing and then pay cash just inside the door for the 7 pm start.  Regular film goers will tell you for the best seats, showing up  early is advised.

Tonight’s film is The Trip directed by Michael Winterbottom (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) and starring Brit actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Reviews from around the world rate this comedy high on the laugh scale.

Upcoming Wednesday night features include: based on a true story – The First Grader; the raucously funny – The Guard; and the astonishing and captivating Werner Herzog film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

See you at the movies.

The Potluck Dinner as Art

Gabriel Newman sharing potluck supper. Photo Credit Kate Mahaits Photography

Gabriel Newman, a Masters of Fine Arts degree student at UBCO is hosting a series of community potlucks as his Master’s degree thesis.  Newman is a resident of Vernon and his next potluck will be July 16th in the Kelowna neighborhood of Glenmore. Stories, food and getting to know your community are all part of the plan for the evening. It is a free event, but you must RSVP and bring a potluck dish to share.

“We are empathetic creatures and we build community through storytelling, whether it is at the table or on stage. Glenmore has a vibrant culture, we just need to stop every once in a while and listen to it,” says Newman.

Visit Newman’s blog to see a video of a previous potluck show.  You can call Newman at (250) 260-8757 to RSVP.  Seating is free, but limited to 50 people so call early and get cooking.  The event is July 16 at 6 pm at St. David’s Presbyterian Church.

Kelowna Wineries Pour for the Continent

With so many great wineries in the Okanagan it can be easy to miss some of the great things that are happening.  Tourism Kelowna hosted a houseboat tour for over 35 journalists from across North America to show off the new ‘Wine Trails’ guide, with plenty of great wineries on board pouring some of their best vintages.

Gord Fitzpatrick from Cedar Creek Winery poured 2006 Platinum Meritage, ‘Colbert Edition.’ The story behind the vintage is lovely and is bound up in the story of the oak casks the wine was aged in.  “If a 350-year-old-oak tree falls in the French forest of Bertrange, we wanted the wood.  So we acquired four of the impossible-to-get 40 barrels handmade from that tree.  In that exquisite Louis XIV era Colbert oak, Cedar Creek aged a hand selected blend of 40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.”

Proprietor Gord Fitzpatrick of Cedar Creek Winery holding a bottle of 2006 Meritage

On the Lake Country Scenic Sip wine trail, the northern tip of the Kelowna wine region, Ex Nihilo Winery is winning support from a global audience.  The Rolling Stones themselves have endorsed Ex Nihilo wines. Partners, Jeff Harder and Jay Paulson bring tremendous agriculture and wine industries to the winery.  Lake Country wines have come into their own.

Jay Paulson and a Bottle of Ex Nihilo Wine

Get Vampt

It is an Okanagan success story that right now is taking place in the United States: Vampt.  This Kelowna adult beverage business is in 10 US states with their agave infused drink that is becoming the drink of choice for club and concert goers.

Tuesday night local investors were treated to anniversary party at Nineteen at Two Eagles Golf Course. The company is  gearing up for the Canadian release of Vampt a year from now. Look for the refreshing citrus or sweetly perfect nectarine flavours to hit the Canadian club scene in the next 12 months.

For Canadian release updates visit

Two of Vampt's co-founders Roberto Rodriguez (l) and Ian Toews(r)

Go Green This Summer

Back Yard Laundry

Do you need a Freebie to kick start your green summer? FortisBC is giving away laundry lines in Kelowna June 21  at Kelowna City Hall and then throughout the Valley on later dates. Create some retro culture in your back yard with a classic laundry line and earn a few brownie points with Mother Nature.

Mission Creek Greenway on a Saturday Morning

Mission Creek Greenway in the Saturday morning sun