Grist Mill Apple Day a success

Final weekend at the mill was enjoyed by many as Apple Day is celebrated in the Similkameen

A very sizeable crowd turned out for Similkameen Country’s Taste of The Valley event at The Keremeos Victory Hall last Saturday evening.

The Grist Mill Apple Day  pie baking contest had eighteen qualified entries. Ribbon and prize winners were:

First prize – Harold Biollo

Second prize – Doe Gregoire

Third prize – Marilyn Bergen and honorable mention to Josee-Anne Rouleau.

Judges were: Elef Christiansen, Yako Dearburn and Charlene Cowling. Prizes for pie baking winners were donated by Rustic Roots Winery and Similkameen Apiaries.

Weather made a pleasant old time garden party out of the day with music from the Sehnsations that set many visitors dancing and the Similkameen Senior Singers offered a robust mini-concert of old favourites followed by the Ernie Sykes and Jack Sevy duo called “Hot Apple Pie.”

Princeton Traditional Music Society members Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat performed for the lunch time crowd in the Grist Mill Tea Room with poems and songs from their recently published Dead Horse on The Tulameen. which     features Similkameen literary and folk renderings gleaned from original sources.

Apple Day was especially heartened by the attendance of local member of the Provincial Legislature and Grist Mill Heritage Club member, John Slater, who has shown a particular interest in the future of the Grist Mill Heritage Site.

Residents from the Portage program at The Crossing were on hand to help with children’s games and enjoyed donning 19th century costumes from the Grist Mill collection.

Mill operators demonstrated juicing apples on the old hand cranked artifact and also brought out the newly restored 1947 Gibson tractor.

The primary artifact which is Barrington-Price’s 1877 flour mill and the white house store  interpretation centre were busy all day.

A lot of interest was shown in a table display of apple varieties. A number of heirloom varieties were included.

Apple Day is the close of season event at the Keremeos Provincial Heritage Site which is owned by the people of B.C.

The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens have been operated under contract with the Province for the past three years by Millar Heritage Enterprises.

The Grist Mill Heritage Club is a local volunteer group dedicated to restoring and preserving the mill and the site. The club operates under the aegis of The Grist Mill Foundation, a non-profit society.

New members are welcome.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton Vees on four-game streak after 2-1 win against Salmon Arm Silverbacks

The Vees head to West Kelowna Tuesday, before coming home Friday to battle the Merritt Centennials.

Update: Individual successfully rescued from hills above Penticton

An individual became stranded earlier this morning.

First VegFest of the South Okanagan coming to Penticton

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 23, with speakers and entertainment all day.

Penticton Vees score a 9-1 win against Merritt Centennials

The win is their third in a row in their latest streak.

‘Lift for Wills’ community fundraiser to support Penticton boy fighting cancer

This Sunday, stop by World Gym Penticton for by-donation drop-in classes, a silent auction, more.

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Kelowna’s Tess Critchlow gears up for World Cup at Big White

Critchlow is a professional snowboarder competing for Team Canada in the boardercross competition

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Update: Highway reopens after crash west of Revelstoke

Drive BC also reported a vehicle incident 10 km east of Golden.

Most Read