Ribs, MJ, hockey dorm & more
If the Rotary RibFest is your favourite summer festival, you can relive some of that magic this coming weekend in Kelowna. The Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest will be held Friday, 3 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 9 p.m. at City Park in Kelowna.
Like the Penticton event, it’s free to enter the festival grounds where there’s non-stop live music, a beverage garden and activities for the kids.
I’m sure some of your favourite ribbers from the Penticton event will be in attendance in Kelowna.
Pat Lee, an award-winning author and playwright, is having a book signing today (Sept. 14) at Coles Book Store in Cherry Lane Shopping Centre from 1 - 7 p.m.. The Pen-Hi graduate will be on hand to sign copies of her fantasy romance series “The Daughters of the Crescent Moon” and other works. To learn more about Pat, visit: authorpatriciaclee.com
A happy birthday wish to long-time Herald subscriber and harmonica great Bill Coffin. Bill will celebrate his 89th birthday on Sunday. Just in time for Halloween is a new compilation CD of Michael Jackson songs, “Scream,” which will have a Halloween theme, kinda, sorta.
In addition to the obvious song, “Thriller,” there are spooky titles which include “Scream,” (his duet with sister Janet), “Ghosts,” “Dirty Diana,” “Blood on the Dance Floor,” “Somebody’s Watching Me,” (a Rockwell song which became a hit because Michael sang the chorus); and “Torture,” one of my favourites. The latter was included on a 1984 Jacksons album. Written by Jackie, brothers Jermaine and Michael traded verses. It only reached No. 17 on the Billboard charts and is all but forgotten. It falls into the “can’t believe it was never a hit” category. Laura Branigan was gone too soon.
According to our friend Keith Lacey from the Osoyoos Times, Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie has finally agreed to pen an autobiography. Chief Louie announced this at a fundraising dinner. I can’t wait to read it.
The best word to describe Rich Coleman’s reaction to Darryl Plecas taking the Speaker of the House job in the NDP minority government — “mean.”
The hockey dorm trial had Wednesday off due to co-defendant Mike Elphicke’s medical schedule but if you can’t get enough of this courtroom drama, Elphicke is offering a daily play-by-play on Facebook.
Elphicke’s Facebook page is called “Bring Loren Peter Reagan (Mason) to Justice.”
Usually when an individual is before the courts, that person shuts up upon the advice of a lawyer. Not Mike Elphicke. Once this trial is over, the city council of the day and senior staff all owe the public a detailed explanation.
At the time of the hockey dorm fiasco, Dan Ashton was mayor and members of council were Andrew Jakubeit, Garry Litke, Mike Pearce, Judy Sentes and John Vassilaki. Annette Antoniak was the CAO. Vassilaki was the only council member who voted against the hockey dorm.
More than an explanation, the public should also be given an apology.
James Miller is managing editor of The Herald. To contact the writer: email@example.com