Romancing the Desert draws locals and visitors to evening of wine, food and nature

By on August 13, 2014
A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

About 200 guests came to the Osoyoos Desert Centre Saturday evening for Romancing the Desert, the Desert Society’s major fundraiser.

Guests sample wine and gourmet food at stations along the centre’s 1.5 km boardwalk while a guide talks about the flora and fauna of the antelope brush environment of this arid region.

Afterwards, guests returned to the Desert Centre’s plaza to dine on sausage and cous cous as a virtually full moon rose over the desert behind them.

Throughout, many guests placed bids on silent auction items donated by local businesses.

The duo Sax Among Friends played soft jazz-influenced popular music in the background, featuring Don Wade on saxophone and singer Yanti Rowland. The musicians are from Naramata.

Guests were a mix of local people from Osoyoos and Oliver and visitors to the area, some of whom travelled from places like Vancouver and Alberta especially for the event.

(Richard McGuire photos)

isha Kinrade, hospitality manager at Road 13 Vineyards, pours a taste of wine for Pat Mowll of Osoyoos at a wine station at Romancing the Desert on Saturday evening. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

isha Kinrade, hospitality manager at Road 13 Vineyards, pours a taste of wine for Pat Mowll of Osoyoos at a wine station at Romancing the Desert on Saturday evening. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

A group of guests walks along the boardwalk through the desert at the Osoyoos Desert Centre during Romancing the Desert on Saturday. Guests walked between food and wine stations while a guide told them about the desert. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guide Thor Manson (wearing dark glasses) shows guests a nest of black widow spiders at Romancing the Desert. Guests sampled wine and food while taking a tour of the desert on the boardwalk at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guide Thor Manson (wearing dark glasses) shows guests a nest of black widow spiders at Romancing the Desert. Guests sampled wine and food while taking a tour of the desert on the boardwalk at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guide Thor Manson tells guests about rattlesnakes at Romancing the Desert. Guests sampled wine and food while taking a tour of the desert on the boardwalk at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Rattlesnakes, he said, aren't normally found at the Desert Centre despite having lairs in many other parts of the valley. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guide Thor Manson tells guests about rattlesnakes at Romancing the Desert. Guests sampled wine and food while taking a tour of the desert on the boardwalk at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Rattlesnakes, he said, aren’t normally found at the Desert Centre despite having lairs in many other parts of the valley. (Richard McGuire photo)

Sue Rorsin and Bruce Fuller of Rustico Farm and Cellars pour wine for a guest at a wine station at Romancing the Desert. Guests followed the boardwalk through the desert stopping at food and wine stations and hearing a guide speak about the desert. (Richard McGuire photo)

Sue Rorsin and Bruce Fuller of Rustico Farm and Cellars pour wine for a guest at a wine station at Romancing the Desert. Guests followed the boardwalk through the desert stopping at food and wine stations and hearing a guide speak about the desert. (Richard McGuire photo)

As a full moon rises in the sky, guests dine at the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre on Saturday night. The official full moon the following night is called a supermoon because the moon was at its closest orbit to the earth, making it appear larger. (Richard McGuire photo)

As a full moon rises in the sky, guests dine at the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre on Saturday night. The official full moon the following night is called a supermoon because the moon was at its closest orbit to the earth, making it appear larger. (Richard McGuire photo)

As a full moon rises in the sky, guests dine at the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre on Saturday night. The official full moon the following night is called a supermoon because the moon was at its closest orbit to the earth, making it appear larger. (Richard McGuire photo)

As a full moon rises in the sky, guests dine at the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre on Saturday night. The official full moon the following night is called a supermoon because the moon was at its closest orbit to the earth, making it appear larger. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guests socialize after dinner in the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre at Romancing the Desert on Saturday night. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guests socialize after dinner in the plaza at the Osoyoos Desert Centre at Romancing the Desert on Saturday night. The event is a fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guests check the bids on the silent auction just before it closed Saturday night at Romancing the Desert. The silent auction items were mainly donated by local businesses for this major fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Guests check the bids on the silent auction just before it closed Saturday night at Romancing the Desert. The silent auction items were mainly donated by local businesses for this major fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Don Wade (left) on saxophone and singer Yanti Rowland of Sax Among Friends entertained guests at Romancing the Desert Saturday night at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. The event is a major fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

Don Wade (left) on saxophone and singer Yanti Rowland of Sax Among Friends entertained guests at Romancing the Desert Saturday night at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. The event is a major fundraiser for the Osoyoos Desert Society. (Richard McGuire photo)

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