Tag Archives: City of Fernie

Pumpkin Hunt Madness

What a crazy event the Nordic Pumpkin Hunt was! We showed up a 1/2 hr late, not intentionally, but life is how it is, and we were turned away from the pumpkin hunt – although, there were other things we could have waited in long lines for. We decided to have our own pumpkin hunt and snacks at home instead. Honestly, I’m not complaining but I am shocked at how popular this event is. 320 pumpkins sold in 30 minutes. WOWZERS. That’s amazing! I’m so happy for the Nordic Society for organizing an event that everyone loves and wants to be part of.

Also, record turn out for the municipal election this fall. 60% of the eligible voters came out to the polls. Amazing.

What an amazing town we live in.

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Meet The Candidates

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On October 3rd from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Fernie Community Centre a large group of people will be introducing themselves, answering questions and trying to win our votes for the municipal election on October 20th. It’s going to be a tough decision, I believe, since we have a lot of keen community members who want to make a difference in our town. If you want to get a pre-intro, The Free Press has a little Q&A on their website.

I’m excited about this election! Too bad we have to narrow down to only 6.

Staying In Fernie For Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair Weekend!

Fernie Chautauqua kicks off today and goes until Sunday, September 16th. The schedule is so long and vast, you gotta get to their website www.ferniechautauqua.com to see it all. If you’re coming for the weekend, Fernie’s RV Resort has some yurts available. Special!

Fernie RV Resort - Camping and Yurt Accommodations

Did You Know : BC Municipal Elections

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Some important dates from City of Fernie:

BC Municipal Elections – Nomination Period September 4- 14

September 14, 2018 (4:00pm – 4:00pm)

The City of Fernie’s Municipal Election is on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  If you are interested in running for Mayor or Council or want to know how to vote and if you are eligible, read the information below or visit the British Columbia General Local Elections website.

Voters in Fernie will vote for:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors
  • 1 School Board Trustee

Key Dates

Start of Nomination Period — September 4, 2018
End of Nomination Period — September 14 2018
Declaration of Candidates — September 21, 2018
Candidate Nomination Withdrawal Deadline — September 21, 2018
End of Election Period — September 21, 2018
Start of Campaign Period — September 22, 2018 (12:01 a.m.)
Advance Voting Opportunities from Wednesday October 10 and Wednesday October 17 (8 AM – 8 PM)
Election Day Voting Hours from (8 AM – 8 PM)

Art On The Lawn At Chautauqua

Art on the Lawn - Fernie Artists on City Hall Grounds for Chautauqua Fall Fair

From facebook event page:

“Art on the Lawn is an opportunity for the public to experience local Fernie art, meet the artists and see them work! A truly unique experience as part of Chautauqua!

The Fernie Visual Arts Guild and individual artists will display their art for viewing and sale. Fernie artists Laura Nelson, Brianne Chisholm and Vanessa Croome can be seen live painting throughout the event.

Fifteen local artists are creating a selection of original work especially for ArtExpo2018 being displayed for your enjoyment and appreciation during Art the Lawn. Everyone is encouraged to wander around the three sided easels to view the varied works of our artists. Participating artists are Amanda Haugrud, Aidan Barnes, Melanie MacVoy, Vanessa Croome, Pru Harshan, Brina Schenk, Brianne Chisholm, Megan Haeusler, Judy Winter, Kathy Stead, Dorothy Sharp, Tyra Collombin, Laura Nelson, Pat Moore, Leanne Stothert.

In addition look for the WonderWalk installment at Art on the Lawn. Fernie artist Brina Schenk has created a new series of original paintings which form a wonderful story for kids and adults alike.

Cover artwork: Laura Nelson”

“A Hardy Town” Sculpture Unveiling Tomorrow

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Public Art Unveiling

June 1, 2018 (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

The City of Fernie, along with Artists Michael Hepher and Paul Reimer, will be officially unveiling “A Hardy Town” sculpture on June 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Fernie Arts Station.  The public is invited to join in a short ceremony to unveil the artwork.

This piece was developed to commemorate the 1908 fire that devastated the community.  The artists’ focus was to showcase the strength of Fernie and the resiliency of the people who rebuilt the community. The funding stipulated that the art must commemorate a significant community story that has shaped the history of the city and the Great Fire of 1908 was chosen as a dramatic, defining moment for Fernie. “Our piece uses the idea of leaning forward.  Philosophically the leaning carries forward the metaphor of people depending on one another for support, their lives interlocking” Hepher stated.

A total of $50,000 in funding was received for the project through a joint application between the City of Fernie and the Fernie Museum to the BC Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Grant Program. The grant required $10,000 of matched funds from the city, which was allocated from the Station Square Redevelopment Project, funded by the Resort Municipality Initiative.

The sculpture will be permanently installed at The Arts Station.

An Evening Of Dumpster Art

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Above: Out of the Box Dumpster Project  2015

I’ve been participating in the Dumpster Art Project for a few years now and this year I will once again paint a garbage bin. Each year I’m more and more hesitant to join because Dumpster Art day always falls on the hottest day of the summer and my bin is always in the sunniest part of the street. I’m not so good with direct sunlight for 8 hours straight, especially now that I’m living with vitaligo. This year, however, The Arts Station has changed things up a bit. It’s now an evening affair with a DJ and beer tent and good chill vibes. I’m extremely happy with this decision. So, if you’re looking for a cool night out on June 30th, myself and a handful of other local artists will be tackling some enormous blank canvases and could use a little heckling.

From The Arts Station’s website: “The Arts Station in partnership with The City of Fernie is pleased to announce a Call for Entry for the 5th Annual; ‘Out of the Box: A Dumpster Art Project’. Out of the Box is a project in which 6-12 commercial trash and recycling dumpsters are transformed into works of public art by regional artists. The dumpsters will be painted in a live art event from 4-9pm on June 30th, with live music and a bar in Station Square.”