Osoyoos This Weekend: Restored phonographs will play old-time music at Osoyoos Museum open house Saturday

By on March 24, 2016
Allan Gaudreault show the Victor VV-IX "Victrola" tabletop phonograph he restored for Osoyoos Museum, while Manager Kara Burton looks on. In the foreground is an older Edison A-100 diamond disc player that he also restored. It plays 80 rpm records made of wood fibre and resin and coated with shellac. The phonographs will be playing when the museum holds an open house on Saturday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Allan Gaudreault show the Victor VV-IX “Victrola” tabletop phonograph he restored for Osoyoos Museum, while Manager Kara Burton looks on. In the foreground is an older Edison A-100 diamond disc player that he also restored. It plays 80 rpm records made of wood fibre and resin and coated with shellac. The phonographs will be playing when the museum holds an open house on Saturday.
(Richard McGuire photo)

The best music was the old-time music, typically recorded on old 78-rpm records, according to Allan Gaudreault.

Gaudreault, an Alberta snowbird, recently restored two old phonographs for the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives that will be on display and playing music at an open house on Saturday.

The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

Check out the museum on Saturday and read about Gaudreault and his passion for old phonographs in the Osoyoos Times and on OsoyoosTimes.com.

Who will be the Easter Chicken at Eggstravanza on Saturday?

Of course the main event on Saturday is Easter Eggstravaganza, which we’ve covered in our last Osoyoos Today.

Don’t forget that the Osoyoos volunteer firefighters will be serving hot dogs and getting their heads shaved to raise money for the fight against cancer.

That runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the fire hall.

In past years kids have had an inside view of the amazing fire engines parked in front.

In past years too, former mayor Stu Wells clucked around events dressed in an oversized chicken outfit. We thought this outfit would be passed on to the new mayor, kind of like a sash of office or a gavel.

Mayor Sue McKortoff, however, says this isn’t the case and the chicken costume doesn’t stay with the mayor. Last year she delegated the job of chicken to Coun. Mike Campol.

Who will be the lucky chicken this year?

Naturalist group welcomes non-members on Saturday hike

The Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists are doing a walk on Saturday from White Lake to Mahoney Lake. Snowbirds and non-members are welcome.

It’s described as a gently rising trail around a height of land between the two lakes. Much of it is open grasslands with small copses of timber.

There’s a chance to spot early spring flowers and do some bird watching.

Walkers meet at the Oliver Visitor Centre at 9:30 a.m. at 6431 Station St. The leader is Skip King at 250-485-0263. Check the club’s website for further details.

Last chance to catch ‘Spring Colours’ before gallery changes shows

If you haven’t already seen it, Saturday is your last chance to see Spring Colours, the juried show of the Federation of Canadian Artists at the Osoyoos Art Gallery.

There are some great paintings in this show from some of the best painters in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

The gallery is closed next week to set up for a solo show by Kelowna painter Colleen Dyson, which opens April 2.

Watch the Osoyoos Times and OsoyoosTimes.com for more on the upcoming art show.

Mixed weather outlook for weekend

Environment Canada is still calling for mixed sun and cloud for Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday with a high of 14 C. Clearing early in the morning and southerly winds up to 30 km/h in the late afternoon.

There’s a 40-per-cent chance of showers Friday morning, but otherwise mixed sun and clouds and high 13 C.

Sunday is forecast to be showers, periods of rain and high 9 C.

Forecasts change, however — as often as the weather so check out Environment Canada for updates.

The good news is that next week should see some sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Osoyoos Times office closed Friday

The Osoyoos Times office is closed Friday for Good Friday, but we are open Monday. All advertising deadlines are the same as always — 2 p.m. Monday for display advertising and 2 p.m. Tuesday for classified advertising.

Happy Easter!

 

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