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Harrison Hot Springs Lakefront Car Show August 15

Harrison Hot Springs Lakefront Car Show August 15

Some of us have a love that we unashamedly lavish attention on both in private and in public.  We take the time, without being reminded, to nourish the relationship.  To keep our love in perfect repair so that it doesn’t crumble away in tiny increments that would soon become small holes and then gather speed and become even larger holes, that soon become costly and difficult to repair.
We are careful and respectful and considerate.

Our hands are gentle and our thoughts are forward thinking to how we can best maintain the beauty and integrity of our love.

  • Cars
  • the feel of umblemished steel & aluminum
  • the admiration of a perfect back end
  • the jewel-like tones of her color
  • the perfect symmetry of her grill
  • the soft, lush feel of perfectly worn leather
  • the strength hidden beneath her hood
  • the ability she allows us to harness that strength
  • the sweet sound of her voice
  • and the knowledge that she is mine

Come out August 15th and enjoy a day strolling through cars from all eras, with the backdrop of the beautiful village and lake of Harrison Hot Springs.

No entrance fee, No registration fee.
Registration starts at
8am.
Opens to the public at 10:00 am to 4pm.
Numerous door prizes

See great cars, win Prizes, dance to the live music of Rockwell Band.
Trophies for Mayors choice, class winners and fan favorite.

Sasquatch Days 2015

Sasquatch Days 2015

 

 

 

We hope you will join us on the 27th and 28th of June as the joint hosts for Sasquatch  Days,   Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, invite visitors to this unique event that brings two communities together in an opportunity to learn about the traditions of the Sts’ailes people and share cultural experiences.

North of Highway 7, running along the west side of the Harrison River, lays the village of Sts'ailes, whose traditional territory includes Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake and includes the watersheds of Harrison Lake and River, Chehalis River and the Fraser River. The name Sts'ailes, meaning the Beating Heart, comes from halfway up the west side of Harrison Lake. In this area, Xals, the Transformer, battled a once-powerful shaman called the Doctor and turned him to stone.

In an effort to preserve and limit him, Xals broke apart pieces of his body and spread them throughout the territory, creating landmarks. Where his heart landed became known as the village of Sts'ailes. The usual English name Chehalis is identical to that of the much more numerous Chehalis people of southern Puget Sound in Washington. By Sts'ailes tradition, the southern Chehalis were separated from their homeland as a consequence of the Great Flood. Fish and seashell fossils found in abundance near Mystery Creek (cited as one of the meeting places of Sasquatch)  deep in Sts'ailes territory, seems to support this Native American Hypothesis. Culture in Sts'ailes runs very strong. They take great pride in what they do and how they carry themselves particularly through their ceremonies and in their spirituality. They "live" the culture.

This intercultural celebration includes canoe races, traditional salmon barbeque, medicine walks, cultural boat tours, arts & craft activities, games, entertainment and most importantly talks on the Sasquatch from Sts’ailes experts and local Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch investigators.

This two-day event will begin at 9:30 am Saturday June 27th with a short procession from the Memorial Hall to Harrison Lake Plaza where a welcoming ceremony will be held at 10:00.  Each day will feature artisan activity tables, medicine walks and opportunities for intercultural sharing.  Saturday morning the main event starts as war canoes gather for a friendly competition that will continue with final races on Sunday.  Of course, no canoe race is complete without a traditional salmon barbeque that  will take  place Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Keep your eyes peeled for Sasquatch...there's nothing they like better than Salmon and Bannock!

 

Our Pet Sasquatch

Harrison Hot Springs is an eco-friendly destination that opens up BC’s backyard to every age group and level of ability. Incorporated in 1949, Harrison Hot Springs has a total land area of 5.57 square kilometers (and half of that is vertical, not horizontal.)  The Village is located at the south end of Harrison Lake, 123 km east of Vancouver.  The population in 2011 was 1468 and then some people moved out, some moved in, some were born and some showed up in 2012 and didn’t leave and some come here every day but sleep and vote elsewhere.  Anyway, we stopped counting because it just got difficult.
We Love!! animals.  According to village dog registration records there are only three dogs that live here… the other 892 just come to visit on a daily basis.  There are quite a few cats based on how many cats come through my cat door to eat at my house even though I rarely see the same cat twice.  The only time my personal cat population goes down is when a raccoon comes in and leaves it’s scent on the walls and doors… then we don’t have cats for a couple of days.  And FYI, yes, a seventy-three pound raccoon can fit through a cat door designed for dwarf cats.


All of the Village residents have a shared pet.  He is a Sasquatch.  No, he is not a collective hallucination.  Look at it this way …if our water can sustain 10 – 14 foot sturgeon that we don’t often see, and our mountains can sustain bear, deer and cougar even though we almost never see them, why can’t our forests sustain a large hairy person?  Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean we can’t.  (Mushrooms anyone?)
We are an incredibly friendly and social people and because we are really nice, we all leave town on beautiful summer days in order to free up parking for the tourists.    If you happen to see more than 10 people in a group, they are not a gang…that is a parade…so don’t forget to clap and cheer and maybe you’ll get some candy thrown your way!

Harrison Oktoberfest 2014

EIN PROSIT:
At every great party that involves alcohol, certain songs will be sung that will create a group-memory-sound-track guaranteed to instantly transport you and your friends back to whatever you were eating, wearing, drinking, doing or wish-you-hadn’t-been-doing                      .
Turn that “Party” into a “Beer Fest” with the Oompah band blasting out “Ein Prosit” every 20 minutes or so and the song unites the Beer Fest Lovers around the world.  Seriously, where else can you find lots of men in leather shorts all happily yelling out good cheer?  It is an unashamed group collaboration that helps everyone get “nice and lubricated”. 

Ein Prosit has only been sung in its modern version since 1957.   It really isn’t a salute to genius lyric talent.  The composers of the modern version, Gerhard Jussenhoven and Kurt Elliot were most likely good and drunk when they came up with the words.  In German there are a total of 8 different words.  It’s a little more complicated in English as there are 12 words to memorize (including words such as “a” and “to”).   Ultimately, the song is a mutation of a much older version, so Gerhard and Kurt were not really challenged with creating a song so much as making sure that the excuse to chug your beer continued into the twenty-first century in an organized fashion.  

Whenever Ein Prosit is played, you are obliged to:

stand up with your beer held high, sway along to the tune, toast with everyone at the table and chug  your   mug.  At festivals the song is often followed by a charge of “Schenkt ein, trinkt aus, schenkt ein, trinkt aus!”(I poured you one, drink it up, I poured you one, drink it up!).
An alternative closing phrase from the band leader is "Prost ihr Säcke!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!), to which the crowd replies in unison "Prost du Sack!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!).


German Lyrics to Ein Prosit

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
OANS ZWOA DREI! G'SUFFA!

English Lyrics to Ein Prosit
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times.
                                                                                           ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!

Top 10 Oktoberfest songs 
• 1. Ein Prosit
• 2. Skandal im Sperrbezirk
• 3. Bayern, des samma mir
• 4. Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht
• 5. Viva Colonia
• 6. Country Roads (Seriously???)
• 7. Fürstenfeld
• 8. Joana du geile Sau
• 9. So ein Schöner Tag (Fliegerlied)
• 10. Hände zum Himmel

Popular Oktoberfest songs in English
• I will survive
• Hey baby!
• YMCA
• Mambo Number 5
• Living Next Door to Alice
• Sweet Home Alabama

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