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Christmas Presence

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Event Date: December 10th, 2011
Venue: Bottega
Event Time: 7:30 pm

An evening of Seasonal Songs and stories performing as part of the Christmas Market & Art Show at Bottega Dec. 10 with a killer lineup of musicians & storytellers: Graham Ord, Andrew Smith, Brian Wiebe, Norm Strauss, & Kim McMechan.

There was a great front pager today in the Kelowna Event paper (posted here by Chris Stanford) about the concert & the picture just makes you smile. I mean, how often do you a promo pic including a blurry image of someone obviously stirring the pot a bit with the rest of the crew laughing uncontrollably. Beautiful.

Take a traditional idea like seasonal music at Christmastime, add locally made crafts, food and art, and present it all in an idyllic rural setting and you have the makings for what may well become an annual holiday tradition in Kelowna.

Christmas Presence at BottegaBilled as ‘a down-to-earth celebration of a heavenly event,’ Christmas Presence will be a special night of seasonal music from some of the area’s favourite singers and songwriters. And the best part is that it will be held in an intimate rural setting just a stone’s throw from the bustle of the city, but yet worlds away.

Featuring local musicians Kim McMechan, Graham Ord, Andrew Smith, Norm Strauss and Brian Wiebe in concert, the evening of seasonal songs and stories is sure to bring a little Christmas cheer to even the Scroogiest of hearts.
“All the songs will be seasonal; some will be more traditional while others will be more contemporary,” said Ord, one of the organizers of the music. “And we’ll have not just carols, but all sorts of Christmas songs. It’s something that anyone can go to.”

The special evening is part of a festive weekend planned at the Bottega Farm Inn. With a nod to the North European tradition of holding special celebrations at this time of year, Bottega is presenting a two-day Christmas market and art show on its 13-acre property, tucked away in rural south east Kelowna.

“Traditionally in Europe, and mostly Germany, they have a market that’s all of December,” said Melissa Sargent of Bottega Farm Inn. “It’s in the streets, and they have crafts and food and everything.”

“But, while we can’t pull one off a month solid, we can do one for two days,” she added.
A multi-instrumentalist himself, Ord explained that the group, while all solo artists in their own right, have played together before, including a few shows at this special time of year.

But what started as an annual Christmas concert a couple of years ago at the Evangel Tabernacle church in Kelowna has grown into series of evenings of music throughout the Okanagan, all designed to encourage Christmas spirit and fellowship.

“We were asked to do something by the church, to be a part of their Christmas program, and they usually do things quite elaborately,” said Ord. “Their arts director said, ‘You should take this further into the Valley because it’s just too good for just this one place,’ so that’s what we’ve done.”
“We play together with four-part harmonies and it’s really beautifully done,” said Ord. “We all work together.”
There are also Christmas-themed readings to get you in the spirit, along with the music.
With crafts of all kinds, many with a seasonal flavour, and all from local artisans, visitors can sample many of the delicious items, like special European baking, coffees, ‘Stollen’ seasonal bread and ‘Glog’ spiced wine, courtesy of local Cedar Creek Estate Winery.
As well as the many crafts, there will also be showings from some of the finest visual artists in the Valley, with all works for sale. John Revill and Alex Fong are but two of the artists whose works will be on display.

“We’re also going to have music throughout the day,” said Sargent. “We’ll have buskers and carolers on the Sunday, and pony hay rides. There will be a room for the kids (where they can make candles and Christmas ornaments) and it’s very much a family event, There will be something for everybody to do there.”
This will also be, somewhat unofficially, one of the central events to celebrate the opening of Bottega itself, explained Sargent of the inn.
Only opened this summer in a low-key way, Bottega is an intimate farm inn that has 10 luxurious hotel rooms available, along with a facility that can handle groups of up to 200, for conferences and gatherings.

“We always talked about doing something like this,” said Bottega’s manager, Kathleen Nierfeld. “I think the setting is perfect for it and if there’s lots of snow, it couldn’t be better.

“We want to have lots of people come together to celebrate Christmas.”
And doing their part to help out those in need, admission to the daytime activities at the farm is a minimum $2 donation (kids are free) , with the proceeds going to help the local food bank.

The Bottega farm is located on Sallows Road, just off Saucier Road in South East Kelowna, and there will be signs posted to direct you there.
As well, the musicians will also perform Christmas Presence in Summerland at the Summerland Baptist Church Dec. 4, in Penticton Dec. 11 at the Penticton Vineyard Church and again in Kelowna Dec. 18 at Trinity Baptist Church.


What: Christmas Presence, an evening of seasonal songs and stories. Featuring Kim McMechan, Graham Ord, Andrew Smith, Norm Strauss and Brian Wiebe. Part of the Bottega Christmas market and art show.

Where: The Bottega Farm Inn, 4485 Sallows Rd., S.E. Kelowna

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Market and art show runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets: $2 for admission to the market and art show (kids free) and $10 for the concert. Available in advance at the Streaming Cafe, 596 Leon Ave., or at the door. Also available online by contacting
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