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BC FESTIVAL NEWS
He is the unofficial GOODWILL Ambassador for the BC Square & Round Dance Festival 2019, but he seems to have swum away to parts unknown. He was last seen in Saskatchewan and was heading north to the Yukon. If you’ve seen him, please let us know his current whereabouts.
In case you are not familiar with Sammy, he is a wooden Salmon on a wooden base – carved by local artist Brian Hurstfield from Sorrento. Since January 1997, Sammy has already attended the 38th Australian National Square Dance Convention, in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Cottonwoods Campsite – Lee Creek, Duncan, Victoria, and Penticton. While in Penticton “Sammy” was presented to a nurse who works at an American military base in Saudi Arabia. (as she traveled the farthest to this dance). From there he has traveled to Minnesota and Hawaii (where an Enderby couple saw him at a dance.) From there he was off to Texas.
Now in 2017 Sammy has decided to come out of retirement and be the unofficial GOODWILL Ambassador for the BC Square & Round Dance Festival 2019
The way Sammy will get to travel the world again is by visiting a club dance in a location, and the dancers attending that dance that traveled the furthest distance take him back to their club and send him on his way in the same way.
We ask that whoever is in possession of Sammy on May 1, 2019, return him to us so he can be present at BC Festival 2019. (We sent with him- a map of BC showing where the Salmon Arm is, and several brochures of the area as well as addresses for Shuswap Tourism, and local Chambers of Commerce.
A Facebook page called Sammy the Traveling Sockeye Salmon has been started. We ask you as Sammys host to post a picture of your club with Sammy and other information about the dance and other remarks. Using this social media we all can track Sammys adventures and hopefully it will encourage others to partake in such activities..
I got the idea from the Prairie Squares in Grande Prairie, Alberta (where I started dancing as a teenager in 1959.) They had a traveling (Trumpeter) Swan that traveled all over Canada, the States and Australia for four years, returned and then spent another four years on the road again. I figured that this was something we should do so I ran it by the executive of our club, but they felt they had no money for something like this at that time so I had Brian carve it and make the wooden carrying case. Sammy is a likeness of a male Sockeye after swimming upstream to spawn so you can imagine he isn’t real handsome. BUT Brian did a fantastic carving job. It looks like the real thing. When we get him home I will loan him for special occasions, but have a place in our new “dancing” room for him to live.) … He came home by courier from Texas in time for Festiva1″99” And now in 2017 he is anxiously awaiting his new adventure `Travelling the World` promoting Square Dancing and Festival2019 in Salmon Arm, BC
We ask that whoever is in possession of Sammy on May 1, 2019, return him via courier to
PO Box 3038,
4552 20th Ave NE
Salmon Arm, BC
Dear Dancing Friends,
The Thompson-Shuswap and Okanagan Square & Round Dance Associations invite all dancers worldwide to come dance with us at the BC Festival on July 11-13, 2019 in Salmon Arm, BC.
The BC Festival is a biennial event sponsored by British Columbia Square & Round Dance Federation and hosted by different regions of the federation. In 2019, two regions will host this event; Region 3 in the Okanagan and Region 9 in the Thompson-Shuswap. These regions encompass clubs from the Kamloops area, through Salmon Arm, and down to Penticton. Please check their websites for more information about these clubs: region3.squaredance.bc.ca and region9.squaredance.bc.ca
Included in the three days of dancing with panels of callers, cuers, and instructors, there will be workshops offered for various levels in Square, West Coast or Condensed, Round, Clogging, Contra, and Line dancing. In addition, there will be a Trail-In dance on July 10 and a Trail-Out dance on July 14.
The Thompson-Shuswap and Okanagan regions are renowned for their wineries, orchards, lakes, and beaches. Why not make it a holiday as you weave your way through the wonders and beauty of the Thompson-Shuswap and Okanagan Valleys.
Our website, bcfestival2019.com is currently being designed and should be online very soon. Information about where you can dance during your visit and festival updates will be posted as they become available.
The Festival program and general information are outlined in the brochure. By completing the Expression of Interest form, you’re helping us develop dance and workshop programs that you’re sure to enjoy. Festival fees are listed on the Registration form.
Invite your friends and dancers, whether they live in BC, elsewhere in Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, or Asia. They’ll have a great time, meet old friends, make new friends, and create lasting memories for years to come.
Thannnnnk you for helping us promote BC Festival 2019. See you on the floor!
BC Festival 2019
250-462-5217 or 250-833-9227