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Keremeos Grist Mill looking forward to restrictions easing with exclusive concert planned

Juno Award-winning folk artist Valdy is set to take the stage
Keremeos’ heritage Grist Mill and Gardens. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

The Grist Mill is gearing up for live music in July as the province eases out of COVID-19 restrictions.

Grist Mill general manager Chris Mathieson said he’s pleased to be able to welcome people back to the Grist Mill.

It’s a reward for everybody doing the right thing, being able to reopen, because everyone’s getting their shot, everyone’s behaving themselves,” said Mathieson.

On July 15, the Grist Mill is bringing Juno Award winning Canadian folk artist Valdy to the stage.

An Order of Canada recipient, Valdy has received two Juno Awards and seven additional nominations in a career stretching back 50 years.

The Grist Mill has already opened for visitors and tours of the grounds, but due to public health orders they have not yet been able to have some of the larger events they would otherwise have been hosting.

Currently, B.C. allows groups of up to 50 people to gather outdoors

“I’m sure that everybody is scrambling to put together their plans now, but it’s a push and pull. We want to get back to normal but we also want to be careful and respectful of the community,” Mathieson said.

The music is the first thing announced to be coming to the Grist Mill, but it isn’t the only thing in the works for the heritage site.

“We’d like to bring back our fall fair, we’d like to bring the teddy bear picnic, there are a lot of things we can do safely, outside and within the rules,” said Mathieson.

Tickets for Valdy’s performance are not yet on sale, as the Grist Mill is waiting for the official announcement from the government that the province has entered stage three of their reopening plan.

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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