Back to Fall


It’s been 15 years since I’ve needed to partake in the ritual of back to school shopping for myself, and it will be another couple of years before I have to start it for my kids. But every year, when September hits, I feel this inexplicable need to buy pencils, pens, notebooks and maybe a geometry set.

While I can – and do – buy these office necessities throughout year (well, not so much the geometry set), there’s something pressing about buying them during the back to school rush. To me, not buying school supplies in September is like not having a glass of something on New Year’s Eve. The year hasn’t started; fall may not arrive.

And of course there’s an autumn wardrobe to be bought, not to mention more books.

It’s also at this time of year that I’m most tempted to hang up my press card for a while and head back to the classroom to study. Study what? I don’t know. Perhaps go get my masters? Or just learn another language? It’s one of life’s tragedies that around the time you realize the reason you’re in the classroom day in and day out for years on end is not for punishment but to better yourself, you’re finished. And now that I know, that’s the part I miss the most.

To make up for it, though, we’re going to hit the books this month – well, one book in particular (stay tuned), and increase our knowledge on all things blogging in the Okanagan as we prepare for Bloggin’ Okanagan Sept. 26.

In between times, though, sharpen some new wooden pencils, throw on something plaid and launch your teeth into a crisp, cold Mac apple – we plan to celebrate this season.

Oh, and if you feel you’re missing out on the homework front, your first assignment is to check out our sponsors this month.

If you haven’t visited Public Bone yet, take a look – artist and jewellery maker Lori Mairs does incredible things with shed antlers and metal.

The Barn Gallery joined us part way through last month. It’s only open until Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 11) and it’s worth the scenic drive out to take a look at owner Jody Lafontaine’s collection of local artist works set in a renovated barn.

We’re so excited to introduce giObean Esspresso, a new coffee shop downtown on Water Street – not just because they’re new sponsors, but because they have the most wonderful coffee I’ve had in a while. Click on them. Then pay them a visit (don’t forget to tell them who sent you).

And while you’re there, bring along a copy of The Pear Tree food writer Darcie Hossack’s new volume of short stories, Mennonites Don’t Dance, out this month. They’re available in stores around town, or a click on her button will take you to an order page. You may want to be near food when you read this one.

Click on the Kelowna Art Gallery’s button to visit their website and find out about their current shows, public programming and events. They will be our hosts Sept. 26 for Bloggin’ Okanagan, and we couldn’t be happier.

And finally, as this year starts to dwindle, we are planning ahead for a new tour theme to replace the artist studio tours come January. We’ve chosen a tour of local book clubs, and would love to hear about any you know of – especially ones with an interesting theme or approach.

Happy September everyone!

– Words and photo by Lori-Anne Poirier

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