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Random Acts of Creativity – A Canada 150 celebration

UPDATE June 23rd: We will not be having a station in Slocan Park on Sunday. You’ll find us at Crescent Valley, Winlaw, Perrys Siding and the Owl Park, south of Slocan.

 

On Sunday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be the place to experience “Random Acts of Creativity”. For that day, the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society have formed a unique partnership to celebrate Canada150. The day will involve recognizing our valley’s place in history, reaching from deep into our past up to the living history we create every day.
Two special live musical performances, displays of artists work, interactive creative art exploration, art installations and wilderness walks are just some of the wide range of activities which will be taking place around five ‘hubs’ along the 50 km long Rail Trail that connects us all. Walk, dance, or ride your way along the route to take in the adventure of Slocan Valley living at its artistic finest. Of course, there’ll be plenty of Canada150 birthday cake along the way!

The northernmost hub of the event will be at the Owl Park, just outside of the Village of Slocan. From 10:30 to noon, the Slocan Valley Early Childhood Society and CBAL will be hosting a Storywalk and activities for children. Of course, there will be cake, and don’t be surprised if you see some local art work on display.

Further south, the next hub will be at the Perrys Siding Trailhead and the Threads Guild Building where you’ll find the Vallican Whole Choir at 11 a.m., performing a selection of classic Canadiana songs such as Land of the Silver Birch and sing-along favourites. An art installation will be erected and there will be displays of pottery, paintings and books by area artists to enjoy.
Continuing south, the Winlaw Station Trailhead will be a busy place. Located across from Winlaw School, the Slocan Valley Community Band will be playing their final performance of the season at 1 p.m. The Slocan Historical Society will be there, dressed in period costume, with an information table sharing some valley history.  A Sand Sculpture will be on display along with the work of several artists.

Just north of Winlaw, opposite Winlaw Nature Park, students from Winlaw School will have created a large Wildflower mural. Make sure to check it out! And just south of Winlaw, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an information display of the Stream Restoration Project being developed by the Slocan Valley Streamkeepers at the Crooked Horn Farm.

The Slocan Park area hub, located across from the Co-op, will feature pottery displays, Plein Air Painting and the work of local artists.

The southernmost gathering spot for Random Acts of Creativity is at the Crescent Valley Trailhead, by the Crescent Valley Bridge. Kids will be making Forest Walk Bracelets and a Community Interactive Nature Art Project will be on-going.
It’ll be a busy day, with much to experience! A limited number of event maps will be at several locations throughout the Valley to help you on your way, or you can visit www.slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca or the Rail Trail Facebook page to find a copy of the map to help plan your adventure.
The event has been made possible with support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Heritage Credit Union and the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council as well as the tireless work of a large group of volunteers.

Rail Trail AGM Thursday May 25th

Our Annual General Meeting takes place at the Passmore Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Things are always interesting along the Rail Trail and the past year has been no acception.  This year will see the Greenway Project taking place between South Slocan and Crescent Valley, as well as some repairs along the Trail. Come along and find out more. Relax, if you’re not already a member, new memberships will be being accepted between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m. We’re always looking for new energy to get involved in the many challenges the Rail Trail brings.

Dot Day returns Sat. April 8th to Slocan Valley

This year, because of the growing amount of equipment we need to service the Rail Trail, we’re hoping to begin construction of a second “Station House” in the Lower Slocan Valley, like the one we currently have in Winlaw. We are already a third of the way to our goal to begin construction, but need your support to help make the station house a reality.
If you’re a resident of the Slocan Valley, you are invited to participate in “Dot Day”. This event sees the Columbia Basin Trust putting forward funds through the Community Iniatiatives Program, which the community then decides how best to use. Over the years, the support we have received from “Dot Day” has allowed our volunteers to achieve many things to make the Rail Trail such an integral part of our community.
Please take a few minutes to come to the Winlaw Hall on Sat. April 8th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and learn about some of the great ideas being put forward in our community. You’ll be given four “dots”, which you can put on the proposal(s) you find most worthy. We hope you’ll give us consideration when you do.

Trail Closure Wed. March 22nd

TRAIL CLOSURE March 22nd- 1 km North of Passmore. We have a flooding issue taking place on the Rail Trail. Highways will be sending in a backhoe to put in temporary drainage.Please avoid using this area. Signs will be posted and removed when the work is done. Additional updates will be found in our Trail Report section

Winter Day on the Trail

Sunday, January 15th we’ll be hosting a Ski Day on the Rail Trail based out of our Winlaw station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. We’ll be offering a ski waxing demo where you can just watch to see how it’s done, or have your skis waxed for a $10 donation. As well, we’ll be offering brief ski lessons on how to get the most out of your ski (classic or skate skiing). Of course, you can always just go out for a ski and join us there afterwards. There’ll be refreshments being sold as a fundraiser for the Winlaw School Wilderness Progam. There’ll also be a bonfire to keep everyone warm. So come join us and catch up on all the latest Rail Trail News.

New Facebook Page

We have changed our Facebook site from a Profile to a Page. This will allow us to link our Facebook location to the new website we’ll soon be launching. Might be some confusion along the way, but we’re still the place to go to find out what’s happening on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.

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