Window to the past opening

Salmon Arm’s door to Salmon Arm’s past opens next Wednesday.

Fun at Haney: Brothers Dillon and Luka Barrie, pan for gold nuggets during Heritage Day festivities at R.J. Haney Heritage Park last summer.

Fun at Haney: Brothers Dillon and Luka Barrie, pan for gold nuggets during Heritage Day festivities at R.J. Haney Heritage Park last summer.

Salmon Arm’s door to Salmon Arm’s past opens next Wednesday.

Residents and tourists are invited to discover or rediscover the beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farm land Starting Wednesday, May 11.

The Village & Museum are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. seven days a week in July and August.

“Explore the museum and the exhibits that tell the stories of our rich heritage,” says general manager Susan Mackie.

This season, Curator Deborah Chapman, sorts community laundry into darks and lights for the exhibit on a local historic Chinese hand laundry in her latest exhibition entitled, “It’s laundry day everyday.”

A second topic, “The Making of a Community,” is explored in a photo essay focusing on the early businesses of Salmon Arm.

“Not to be missed is “A Town Divided – a CPR Station on the Mainline,” says Mackie, pointing out the current Salmon Arm CPR Station turned 100 in 2014, without fanfare or celebration. “It was just a regular day with trains passing through… but in 1914, life was different: travellers walked to town and began using the station, trains arrived and departed while people disembarked or bought tickets from the station master.”

Raw milk, fruit, and other goods were loaded onto the rail cars as mail and commercial goods were dropped off for local residents. The CPR station connected the community of Salmon Arm to other cities and towns along the mainline.

Visitors to Haney Village can take a guided tour through Haney House, a 105-year-old farm house restored to a more genteel time. Amble through the heritage village, featuring 14 relocated and replicated buildings that tell the rich history of Salmon Arm and its pioneers.

Stroll the 2.34-kilometre of nature walking trails, taking you through four climatic zones. With a field guide in hand, you can identify the plants used by First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine.

If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, you can search for hidden geocaches – it’s a great way to find new areas to explore.

Chef Zack Harder will be serving up home-cooked daily lunch specials in Marjorie’s Tea Room,which is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of the recipes are from local pioneers and make use of vegetables and fruits grown in the gardens at the village.

The Tea Room is a quaint place for locals and visitors to take a break and enjoy good food in beautiful surroundings.

Dinner Theatre begins July 1 with shows Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during July and August. A special matinee will take place on Thursday, August 18.

Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre Productions is a highlight of Salmon Arm’s summer entertainment and reservations are a must.

To mark the opening of the season, visit the village on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 and enjoy Haney’s famous $6 Pioneer Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Marjorie’s Tea Room.

For more information on what’s happening at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, call 250-832-5243, or visit our www.salmonarmmuseum.org.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is located at 751 Hwy. 97 B and opens for the season on Wednesday, May 11.

General admission is by donation.

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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