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Where Will Winebard Wed

August 5th, 2009 @ 2:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Social media experiments are popping up all over the place, from sales initiatives, to fundraisers and even selling houses through Twitter. Karen, a local wine blogger known to those on Twitter as Winebard, is conducting her own experiment for one of the most important days of her life.

“I am inviting vineyards in Napa and Sonoma to consider hosting our entourage of four on August 18, 2009 for our vows. We seek a very intimate setting surrounded by the glorious beauty of vines so alive and ripe with symbolism.” – Where Will Winebard Wed

Photo credit: miheco on Flickr

She and her fiancé will be in Napa along with her dress, shoes, photographer, and all the wedding basics except for a venue. She’s started up this website to see if it can reach out to wineries and vineyards in the area and have them host her nuptials on their land.

On her wish list she’s included the following required elements from the host location (although she is flexible):

  1. Rose bushes at the end of the rows of vines
  2. Picturesque location for Wedding photos
  3. Can accommodate four people for about one hour on Aug 18th
  4. No staff, or event space required from the vineyard
  5. BONUS: Will hold a video camera for 10 mins or be our witness

If you are in the wine business in the Napa Valley and can accommodate this, be sure to contact Karen before August 14th. I’m certain your online exposure will grow (both on websites and Twitter) should you be able to host this event. Also, if you read about this campaign on Miss604.com, please be sure to let her know as I’d love to play a small part in making this happy day happen.

Wednesday Morning Link Fest: Cooling Off

August 5th, 2009 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Still recovering from the whirlwind trip to the tropics, I’ve rustled up a Link Fest this morning thanks to reader-submitted emails and messages.

Photo credit: UGM on Flickr
  • The stats are in and apparently Teens Don’t Tweet.
  • Kind of a cool site along the lines of How Stuff Works, this is Difference Between and it shows you the difference between things like HTML and XHTML as well as the use of Its or It’s.
  • The new site, or rather movement, called Pedal Etiquette hopes to better the relationship between cyclists and drivers (in a non-confrontational/antagonistic way). “Modeled after Critical Manners in San Francisco and Ride Civil in Seattle, this group will lead by example by demonstrating a code of conduct that will not polarize citizens by their method of transport but rather facilitate a better and more understanding interaction on the road.” Turns out there is also a Critical Manner group in Vancouver as well.
  • As the weather cools off a bit in Metro Vancouver fires are still raging out of control across the Province. Check the BC Forest Service’s site for details, active wildfires, and affected areas.
  • Local radio producer and comedic talent Art Factora is in the running to be Canada’s Next Top Comic.
  • The Re-Birth Fashion Show takes place at Modern in Gastown on August 14th. Proceeds benefit the Portland Hotel Society.
  • There will be a Tweetup for Breast Cancer on August 13th to help participants in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer raise funds for their walks.
  • On August 30th the Dragon Boat team “H2OGeeks” will be paddling in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation during Paddle for Kids. You can follow their progress, learn about the team or donate to their campaign online.
  • It’s been suggested that I consider joining Kayak for a Cure, a three-hour beach to beach tour to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society which is also happening August 30th.
  • Speaking of all these boating events for a good cause, a great way to brush up on your skills would be to partake in a Big Chop clinic. The next one happens this Thursday, August 6th.

    Metro Vancouver Park Series: Derby Reach

    August 5th, 2009 @ 8:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    We’d head out to Derby Reach as a family on a Sunday afternoons cruising past farms on back country roads, in those years before Walnut Grove had a space station movie theatre.

    Photo credit: sashafatcat on Flickr

    Derby Reach is tucked away along the Fraser River between Walnut Grove (Langley) and Fort Langley, which makes it accessible and a great addition to my Park Series.

    Metrics: 297 hectares / 733 acres with 9.5 km of walking trails, 4 km of horseback riding trails, and 4.5 km of cycling paths. The picnic shelter seats 60 and there are 38 unserviced campsites.

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    How to Get There: From Highway 1 take the 200th North exit, and travel north to 96th Ave where you’ll turn and head East to 208th. Turn East on Allard Crescent and follow the signs to enter the park.

    Features: The park circles around wetland, tree-covered trails, the Langley Bog (currently not accessible to the public) and cranberry fields. Aside from the trail network, there is also fishing along the Edgewater Bar, picnicking, camping, and leash-optional areas for dogs. It is also the site of the first (original) Fort Langley.

    Photo credit: GreaterVancouverParks

    History: The 4km Fort-to Fort Trail begins at Derby Reach and runs from the original site of the Fort Langley trading post (1827) to the current National Historic Site (1839) next to the village [source]. The first fort at Derby Reach was the first permanent settlement and cultivation of land in the Lower Fraser Valley. The site was traditional hunting and fishing grounds for the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

    Notes: There’s a lot to see and explore in this park and what it lacks in shiny playground equipment or wading pools, it makes up for in its natural beauty and varied landscapes alongside the river with Golden Ears as a backdrop.

    The Cloverdale Blueberry Festival 2009

    August 4th, 2009 @ 9:59am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    A few weeks ago at the Surrey Fusion Festival I cam across this advertisement for the Cloverdale Blueberry Festival and was immediately captivated by the sight of a giant blueberry riding a hot rod.

    Cloverdale Blueberry Festival

    Turns out the image serves a dual purpose as the event next weekend will also include the Pacific Highway Show & Shine. On top of that, there will be a Blueberry Arts Festival at the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale, pancake breakfast, BMX stunt showcase, mini golf, talent search, and the obligatory bouncy castle.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Of course there will also be blueberries — in jams, in scones, by the handful, and in pie eating contests. Things kick off on Friday August 7th with the Party in the Parking lot at Lucas’ Place (in the Starbucks Mall) with a BBQ and performance by the Trailer Park Playboys.

    Saturday morning at 9am the Pacific Highway Show & Shine begins as well as the rest of the festival at Cloverdale Village Square. The Blueberry Arts Festival at the Surrey Museum is from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

    On Sunday August 9th it’s the Party on the Hill at Hillcrest Mall and throughout the entire weekend there will be a trolley service available between events and locations.

    West End Cultural Festival 2009

    August 4th, 2009 @ 8:13am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The West End Cultural Festival is taking place Saturday August 8th over at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Back in 2007 Keira and I went to the West End Block Party and had a really fun afternoon of exploring, playing games, eating snacks, and checking out garage sales. This year the community celebration is expanding.

    The Strong Woman Taiko Drummers

    The event for all ages will include a youth corner, childrens carnival, and seniors corner. The goal will be to gather the multi-ethnic population of the community and engage them in a cultural celebration alongside some of BC’s best athletes. The 2010 Olympic mascots will be around as well as activities to entertain and share the spirit of the Games. Festivities begin at 11:00am and will run until 3:00pm.

    Gordon Neighbourhood House also organizes monthly multicutural lunches with food and community members from around the globe. The House is a non-profit, community service organization.

    Sol Melia Caribe, Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

    August 3rd, 2009 @ 2:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I had no idea what to expect when I heard we would be traveling to the Dominican Republic. I had never been anywhere tropical, nowhere south of San Diego, and had never been to a completely all-inclusive resort. To say that I was in for a treat is a severe understatement.

    Beach, Punta Cana

    Melia Caribe

    Our trip to Punta Cana was a working holiday (as John was on the clock) but having just that slice of Caribbean heaven for 4 days and 3 nights was enough to make me want to return, and constantly pine for that white sand between my toes.

    The Miss Guides

    August 3rd, 2009 @ 8:51am (PT) by Guest Author

    The following guest post was contributed by Amanda Coolidge.

    This summer the heat is on (literally!) in the arts world of Vancouver and to add to the ever-growing repertoire of fabulous artistic events in the city, are The Miss Guides – a Vancouver-based artist collective.

    TMG at The Harbour Centre TMG at The Harbour Centre1
    April Smith & Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA on behalf of W2 Community Media Arts

    Featuring Natalie Doonan, Katherine Somody, and Sean George, The Miss Guides lead performative urban walks, uniquely blending historical tour with performance art. Their current hour-long walk, Walking the Ruins: Fragments of Vancouver, is “rooted in the idea of Ruins as ‘fragmentary remains,’ and attempts to piece together conflicting visions of the city by making unexpected connections between four diverse and surprising sites of past- and present-day ruin. From breath-taking attractions, such as Harbour Centre’s The Lookout, to contentious projects like the new Canada Line, The Miss Guides turn their lens on a city gearing up for international pageantry.”

    TMG in Graffiti Alley1
    April Smith & Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA on behalf of W2 Community Media Arts

    This alternative sightseeing experience is not to be missed by both locals and tourists, and provides an opportunity to rediscover the city through a creative approach to urban space.

    TMG in Graffiti Alley
    April Smith & Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA on behalf of W2 Community Media Arts

    Although all performances/walks are sold out, The Miss Guides are offering private walks for the same price. Gather 6 – 8 friends for $20 each (includes the $13 admission to Harbour Centre) and enjoy an evening of walking through the city through narrative and performance art. You never know what you may discover in the Vancouver urban space!

    For more information you can visit themissguides.com, follow them on Twitter @TheMissGuides, or join their Facebook group.

    Amanda Coolidge is an Educational Technologist at BCIT and freelance writer/photographer based in Vancouver.

    Cloverdale Flea Market

    July 31st, 2009 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Guest Author

    The following guest post was contributed by Naomi and Ryan of to be, inspired.

    I’ve been going to the Cloverdale Flea Market for the past 10 years. It’s located right next to the Cloverdale Horse Track and costs a dollar to get in – totally worth it. If you like to people watch, this is the place for you.

    Photo credit: Naomi & Ryan on Flickr

    There’s a fantastic mix of all sorts of sellers trying to unload their wares – I’ve seen everything from old motorcycles to antique sewing machines, although the selection has shrunk a bit since I started going. In the Spring and early Summer months you’ll find a ton of bedding plants, hanging basket plants and any type of bushes and tree roses for almost half off regular retail prices. You’ll also find that the flea market is split into two sections. The outdoor section consists of anybody and everybody that buys a table and brings whatever they can haul in their cars. I’ve been lucky in the past – you just need to have a sharp eye. Some of the things I’ve managed to snag are:

  • 1/4 cello for 25 bucks
  • holga camera for 10 bucks
  • vintage filing cabinet from the 1940’s for 25 bucks
  • vintage fire extinguisher from the 1950’s for 20 bucks
  • vintage black rattan bag with gold hardware and braided chain strap for 5 bucks
  • vintage pyrex teacups with matching dishes for 5 bucks
  • The second half of the flea market is inside two buildings. Here you’ll find more of the “regular” sellers who sell a carefully edited selection of trinkets like glassware, watches, cellphone things (yawn) and other more fragile products.

    Don’t forget to bring cash! If you do, there is a bank machine next to the concession stand. Don’t forget to haggle – that’s the best part, and as the flea market season progresses, I’m trying to hone my skills. The only piece of advice I have is to respect the seller’s item and don’t low ball an offensive price. If the seller really wants to sell you the item, you can make an offer and if he doesn’t accept it, just walk away slowly. I’ve had sellers run after me and say FINE FINE I’ll accept your offer.

    Flea markets can be hit or miss. You can spend hours scouring the tables, rummaging through bins of trinkets and still come up empty handed. The Cloverdale Flea Market is no exception, however this summer I seem to be having a lot of luck finding fun and unique items. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming across that gem.

    Cloverdale Flea Market
    Cloverdale Fairgrounds
    60 Avenue & 176 Street
    Every Sunday (except special events and holidays)

    Naomi and Ryan share a passion for all things old and the inspirations you can draw from them. Through their blog, to be, inspired, they explore (with a vintage twist): design, style, decorating, refinishing and other cool stuff both locally and globally.