Christmas memories on display

Arts and culture news and events from Summerland and the surrounding area.

Visitors coming for Christmas?  Stir their memories with a visit to see the toy display and enjoy the exciting model train.  The Summerland Museum will be open Dec. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is by donation.

At the theatre

Here’s the lineup for Many Hats Theatre Company’s exciting fifth season:

February: Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers; April: Separate Bed by M.J. Cruise; July: Spreading It Around by Londos D’Arrigo; September: Norm Foster’s Skin Flick; November: Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz.

Gift certificates valid for any of 2012 shows are available at the Wine Country Visitor’s Centre, Eckhardt and Railway in Penticton. Hint: They make great stocking stuffers.

At the gallery

The first show of 2012 at the Summerland Art Gallery will open on Thursday, Jan. 19.


The Summerland Community Arts Council will be offering a series of Winter Workshops in February and March. These will include the following:February 4: Nuno Rusco by Barbara Wellborn

February 18:  Photography by Jeremy Hiebert

February 25: Jewelry Making by Karen Griggs

March 3: Introduction to Acrylics by Barbara Pistak

March 10: Unwoven Scarves by Barbara Wellborn

Other workshops to be announced.   Check for more details.

Library schedule

Just a reminder that the Summerland Library will be closed (and the book drops will be locked too) during the holiday season beginning Friday, Dec. 23 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  Of course, you will still be able to access the online catalogue at as well as Library to Go for those who want to download eBooks or Audiobooks.

The Friends of the Westbank Library, as part of their speaker series, will be offering a session on Downloading eBooks from Library to Go on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Westbank Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Check out “freegal” where you can get free, legal downloadable music.  Available with a library card from

Coming events

You can also check the online Events Calendar on the News page of and the online events calendar on the homepage of for additional art news and events in our area.  On Twitter?  Follow for more art news.

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If you know of an event you feel should be included in the Arts Palette or on the Arts Council’s online calendar, please e-mail or call 250-494-4994. and

David Finnis is a member of the Summerland Community Arts Council.