Tourism Harrison Newsletter

"We're not in Kansas Anymore Dorethy!"

We're Not in Kansas Anymore... Dorothy!

 

 

 

 

 

Let's see if we have this right...

Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz, a five minute drive from Harrison, has been transformed into the imaginary town of Wayward Pines, ID.

Pioneer Park, usually an open green space with towering trees, is now home to "Wayward Pines" a Fox event TV series about a secret service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) that comes to town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.  He’s involved in an accident and wakes up in the town’s hospital with no ID or cell phone.  Burke finds himself caught up in more mysteries than he counted on and unable to connect with his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and son (Charlie Tahan) back home.  Because…he can’t figure out how to secretly borrow a phone?

Hmmmm…

The show will be directed by master film maker M. Night Shyamalan, whose successes include "The Sixth Sense", "Signs", "Unbreakable" and "The Village", all of which seem to offer up weirdly bazaar takes on reality.

Hmmmm…

Like A&E’s Bates Motel, the upcoming 10-episode series is a cross between Twin Peak and The X-Files.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter) plays a nurse who takes care of Burke and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) is Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him. He with no wallet or proof of health insurance??

Hmmmm…

As the TV series evolves, the hero and the beautiful lady begin to see beneath the thickly layered veneer of small town life.

Terrence Howard (The Butler) plays Sheriff Pope and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) has been cast as the town’s bartender Beverly.

The cast also includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals) as Kate Hewson, Burke’s ex-partner at the Secret Service and Tim Griffin (Covert Affairs) as Burke’s boss.

Sword of Truth
According to the fictional world created by Terry Goodkind in his fantasy book series "Sword of Truth," the wayward pine is a massive tree with drooping bows that offers shelter to travelers. These protective fortresses are throughout Goodkind's stories in the fairyworlds of Westland and the Midlands.

World of Warcraft
In the gaming world, a wayward pine is a member of a raiding guild composed of older players. Members consider their loosely organized guild to be casual and welcoming, offering players whatever intensity of play they desire.

Wayward Pines are large pine trees whose branches droop close to the ground while leaving a large hollow interior. They are scattered throughout the New World, particularly in Westland and the Midlands. They are known as a "friend to any traveler" as the inside hollow area is typically used by travelers as a small but cozy shelter for the night or to wait out a rain. Most wayward pines are large enough to almost allow a grown man to stand inside. The branches are typically bare near the trunk, with needles on the ends, leaving the hollow interior. The tree is fire-resistant as long as one is careful, allowing the traveler to build a small campfire inside. The smoke from the fire curls up the center, near the trunk. The needles typically grow so thick that even in a good rain it remains dry inside as well as provides concealment for its inhabitants.

A Wayward Pine
Because of the method of seed dispersal, it isn't uncommon for a pine tree to pop up in an unexpected location, far from its parent tree. This would be a wayward pine in its most literal sense.
Wayward Pines is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, who has said the story was inspired by the ’90s TV series Twin Peaks. It’s been adapted for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), and... is described as:  a mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems.  Hmmmm...

 

We're not just a beach, we are a beach!

We're not just a beach... we ARE a beach!

 

 

 

 

From shoreline picnic grounds, to the public boat launch,  sandy beaches with a kids play park and public washrooms,  the float plane dock where people in their teens prefer to lounge, and the water sport dock that offers everything from kayak rentals to speed boat rentals, leisurely boat tours to the magnificent Rainbow Falls,  a truly “sick” floating water park perfect for teens and adults…guided fishing tours for salmon and sturgeon, guided eco tours featuring our local wild life, seals popping up to check out the action and Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron soaring above.

Wheelchair accessible pathways make simply walking the beach front easy and peaceful.
Southerly winds in the afternoon make windsurfing and kiting here a truly breath taking experience.
Water skiing, wakeboarding, sea-doo-ing, blaster bumper boats, banana tube rides… if you can’t find something to do in Harrison it’s because you haven’t visited the beach or the watersports dock on the lake at the front of the Harrison Resort and Spa.

If your idea of water sports means actively and "relax-ively" watching the water and other people sporting upon it while you enjoy the warm summer breeze and exceptional food, drink and dessert, you couldn't ask for better places to do this than local restaurant patios that look out over the beach!

Slow food cycle tour 2013 - agassiz

Slow Food Cycle Tour 2013 - Agassiz

 

 

 

 

This summer, join us in the Fraser Valley for two family-friendly Slow Food Cycle Tours. Agassiz’s 7th annual Cycle Tour Agassiz will be held on Saturday, July 27th and Chilliwack’s 5th Cycle Tour will be held on Sunday July 30th.  It’s going to be a wonderfully s-l-o-w weekend!

Online Registration is now open!  Our cycle tours are increasingly popular so we encourage you to pre-register.  Participation will be limited to 1000 cyclists per tour to ensure the farmers are not overwhelmed and you and your friends and family have a quality experience.

The leisurely self-guided Slow Food Cycle Tours provide an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms; some that are open to the public for this day only!  The tours give a rare chance to meet the farmers and learn about agriculture in the spectacular Fraser Valley.

Support the Slow Food movement and our local Fraser Valley farmers.  Agassiz and Chilliwack will feature farms that are unique to their areas, so be sure to sign up for both cycle tours and spend the weekend at one of the comfortable Valley accommodations.  Each Cycle Tour is around 23km (give or take) and relatively flat.  And best of all, kids and youth 18 and under cycle for free.  There will be some free samples along the way and others will charge for food.  Be prepared to enjoy both!

To register visit www.slowfoodvancouver.com

Agassiz Tour Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2013. (Rain or shine)
Time: 9am - 4pm (arrive and leave at your leisure!)
Start location:  Registration is located at the Agassiz fairgrounds, 6660 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz.

Spend the weekend! Enjoy great accommodations and romantic getaways in the area, from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, to nearby Provincial and private campgrounds, to cozy bed-and-breakfasts.

A shopping shuttle service has been provided by Tourism Harrison and Limbert Mountain Farm. They collect your purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area for you to pick up.

Chilliwack Tour Date: Sunday July 28, 2013 (rain or shine)
Time: 9am - 4pm (arrive and leave at your leisure!)
Start Location:  Registration is located at the Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre, located off of Exit #116, in front of Heritage Park (the big red building) at 44150 Luckakuck Way.  Come early for breakfast (not included in cycling fee).

Cost:   Agassiz only - $15/person | Chilliwack only - $15/person

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Harrison Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

July 6-14 2013

“Celebrating the cultural diversity of Canada and the world, by presenting audiences with the artistic expression of diverse cultures, helping them appreciate the contributions of different cultures to our common culture.”

An explosion of color and sound, a sensory feast, a smile that reaches round the globe…for thirty-five years The Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world of art and music to our doorstep and has given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to experience worlds of sound otherwise not accessible to most.

“The Society’s commitment to its audience is to bring the best Canada and the world has to offer, while remaining accessible and inclusive.”

Phyllis (Executive Director) and Ed (General Manager) Stenson along with (over the years) a cast of thousands, have spent 31 and 26 year respectively, bringing The Festival of the Arts to Harrison Hot Springs.  Under their leadership, The Festival has grown to become a nationally recognized event and they have recently announced that after this year’s event, they will officially begin their retirement and Andy Hillhouse and Mel Dunster will be stepping up to the plate to begin organizing for Festival 2014.
Evenings in the Hall – Experience the magic of live performance in the venerable Harrison Memorial Hall.  Enjoy eight full length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Music on the Beach – Enjoy musical from around the world at this outdoor stage with the mountains and majestic Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

Art Exhibit – The Festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

Workshops – Join in participatory workshops lead by Festival performers.

Juried Art Market – July 6 – 7 and July 12, 13 & 14 – Under the tents on the grass in front of the beach.  A juried market with some of BC’s finest artists and artisans, featuring a dazzling array of hand crafted items.

Children’s Day – Wednesday, July 10 – A special day for the young and young at heart.
http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

 

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