Ten days, two theatrical projects, movies, meals, art, dance, heritage, fitness, free transit and more.
Revelstoke Welcome Week is set to return for a fifth year, Nov. 18 to 26. Events are scheduled to take place throughout, connecting residents to each other and public places in the community.
Organizer Jill Zacharias calls it a week of Revelstoke putting its good foot forward, inviting new and/or seasonal residents to co-mingle with long-term residents at free or low-cost events.
“There’s kind of a recognition that Revelstoke has kept a strong sense of belonging, a high level of volunteerism, and people really like living here and there’s a great sense of a community,” said Zacharias of the event’s origin. “As we became more of a resort community, there was a real recognition that we didn’t want that division that sometimes happen in resort communities between people who come here to ski or work here in the winter and the more local residents. We wanted to be more welcoming and inclusive.”
Welcome Week kicks off on Friday, Nov. 18, with Matchstick Productions’ Ruin and Rose at the Roxy, doors open at 7 p.m. There’s at least one event occurring each day after until the 26th. This includes the Soupalicious event on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Community Centre, the Welcome Week Community Dinner and Volunteer Fair, also at the Community Centre, on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The Canadiana Weekend takes place on Nov. 25 and 26, giving residents a chance to try their hand at curling or nordic skiing, or catch the Revelstoke Grizzlies game in the evening.
On Monday, the 21st, Flying Arrow Productions offers a free applied theatre workshop at the Knights of Pythias Hall. On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, Lucas Myers’ The Revelstoke Project runs at the Performing Arts Centre.
“The play is going to be incredible, the Lucas Myers production, that’s super cool, and Anita Hallewas’ Flying Arrow Theatre, her whole project, she’s doing this year-long project, and her whole project is on immigration and promotion and sense of belonging and being welcome into the community, and that just fits right in with Welcome Week,” said Zacharias.
This year, those who take part in five or more activities can have a passport book stamped and be eligible to win a prize.