“Slip Montreal’s first red leaf of autumn into the envelope.”
-Karen Connelly, One Room in a Castle
After reading that passage, back in the mid 1990s, I made it a practice to slip a pressed red maple leaf into a letter to my friends each autumn. These leaves made their way around the world – Toronto, California, England, Germany, even Korea.
Alas, I seldom (if ever) write letters anymore that aren’t sent via cyber space, which means the tradition has died. Until today, that is. It’s been such a glorious autumn in these parts, with the overcast days we had in August and earlier last month giving way to dreamy blue skies, and mornings that start out crisp like Mac apples but warm up to such perfection that even a light sweater is overkill. And the trees. In the warm light of autumn they look like they’re on fire, so vibrant are the reds and yellows they’re sending out. I’ve collected quite the bouquet of foliage, and want to share with you – even if it is online.
I’m so excited about this month – and not just because it’s my favourite month of the year. This month The Pear Tree will feature our biggest story yet – an interview with writer and CBC personality Stuart McLean, who will be stopping in Vernon Oct. 11 and Kelowna Oct. 13 and 14 as part of his fall tour. Watch for that piece next week.
The Vinyl Cafe visit also inspired our food story, by Darcie Hossack, which brings The Pear Tree and popular radio show together.
I also want to draw attention to our October sponsors, in the column to the far right.
The Barn Gallery closes for the season after Thanksgiving, but will still be operating the first two weeks of the month – it’s worth a special trip out to Osoyoos the check the place out.
giObean Espresso was our sponsor at Bloggin’ Okanagan last Sunday, and judging by how little brewed coffee was left at the end of the event, it was hit. And while the brewed coffee is good and all, I must send you in the direction of their espresso based drinks for a real treat.
Mennonites Don’t Dance, by our food writer Darcie Hossack, officially launched last night at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Library, and apparently Darcie’s reading had a record high attendance. We’re talking more people than some well-known, established writers have had during readings there. Her reading was lovely and I can’t wait to crack my copy of the book open!
The Kelowna Art Gallery has two new exhibits coming up – Constructions of Identity: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery and Keith Langergraber: Rattlesnake Island, which you won’t want to miss.
And lastly, if you know of any good book clubs that deserve some attention, please let us know. Starting in January our Artist Studio Tour will be finished and a yearlong Book Club Tour will commence.
In the meantime, pick up a leaf – any leaf, as long as it’s full of colour and change, and tuck it in the book you’re reading. And enjoy this colourful season.
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier