COLUMN:From bluegrass to gardening

Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician covering local arts and culture

Even though it seemed as though the rain was trying its best to keep people inside over this past weekend, people still managed to get out and enjoy the music on offer.

As well as the bluegrass festival and Heard it Through the Grape Vine, this past weekend was also the first Sunday Farmers’ Market here in Summerland. Along with all the usual goodies, this market features local musical performers to help entertain the crowds. The Timbre Wolves did a great job keeping the crowds dancing and it was a treat to see them perform.

On a non-musical note, there’s an exciting artist in residency opportunity here in Summerland. Summerland Waterfront Resort is looking for a local artist to be on-site during the summer months, July to September, to create, promote and display their art.

Ideally, the artists would be at the resort anywhere from two to seven days a week doing their thing and helping promote the artistic side of Summerland.

This is a really wonderful opportunity for anyone who is either looking for a way to promote their artwork more and to help cultivate a bit of a fan base or even just for those who are looking for a way to be more productive. I can’t speak for everyone, but I certainly produce more material when I’m in a situation where people are watching me, or even just around, since the temptation to spend the time procrastinating isn’t as strong when other people are paying attention to what I’m doing — you should see how much work I get done when I have house guests. Anyone who might be interested in this program should contact Karen Chamberlain at the Waterfront Resort 250-494-8180.

If you’re in the market for things to do in the coming weeks and you’re a fan of gardens, then the Summerland Garden Tour is the event for you. This self-guided tour around Summerland offers up a chance to see all the hard work and energy that goes into gardening.

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of thought and organization that goes into a well-executed garden. It’s really impressive and something that I’ve never been very good at doing. I can water a flower garden and maybe do some light weeding, but beyond that, it’s a skill that’s lost on me, which is why I’ve always enjoyed seeing the fruits of other people’s labour.

The Summerland Garden Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 25 and features displays from members of the De Vine Arts group. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Beanery Café in Summerland.

Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at