Editorial: Trains, tea and taking time to enjoy Easter

It was a rainy, dreary Saturday morning, and the Peachland Museum was my first stop on this busy weekend work day. I packed up my camera and notebook, locked the View’s front door, and left on foot, using my hood to shield myself from the wind. As I hurried across the Legion parking lot and down the alley towards the museum, my mind was busy with the other stuff I had to do that day – interviews and some photo editing, thinking of stuff I need to write (including this editorial space), and other work-related stuff. I was steps away from the museum, when I heard the music. It was from a time long ago, and matched perfectly the vintage of the building I was about to enter. And when I did, my busy mind immediately paused: This place is amazing! Everywhere you look, there’s something that begs further investigation. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, one truly feels like you’re stepping back in time. Because I had an interview scheduled with Dave Winter of the Central Okanagan Railway Company, I had to make my way upstairs. And that’s when I saw for the first time what many have talked about – the train display that takes up the entire second floor. OK, this is old news to most of you, but as someone who has only lived here four years, for some reason I’ve never been, and if you haven’t – or it’s been awhile, this Saturday is a great time to go. The Central Okanagan Railway Company, a group of 26 or so volunteer model train and history enthusiasts, are hosting an open house at the museum on Saturday. Show up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and you can check out the trains, learn some history (the display winds its way through the Kettle Valley Railway, as it existed in the late 50s to 1960s), and if you’re lucky, you can even take the throttle and play conductor. Whether you’re into trains or not, it’s worth spending time here, because in this unique eight-sided 1908 building that is the Peachland Museum, the love for our town is obvious. It’s pretty amazing to see what a dedicated group of volunteers can accomplish — something that’s a Peachland truth, whether you’re looking at our new pier, for example, or attending a community event.

Speaking of events, Saturday is also when the Boys and Girls Club are hosting their annual eggs-elent (sorry, can’t resist punning) Easter hunt, where volunteers are setting up treats to find, a bouncy castle and crafts. It all starts at 11 a.m., and you can register by calling (250) 767-2515. 

If that’s not enough Easter for you, the Peachland Ambassadors, another great group of people in our community, are organizing an Easter Bonnet Tea, starting at 1:30 p.m. at 4th St. Place. Admission is by donation, and you’ll find plenty of fashionable inspiration, thanks to the United Church’s Bargain Bin.

So, Happy Easter weekend everyone! May you spend it with those you love, who love you back, and hopefully, you can get out this weekend — there’s lots of untold treasures in our town, and sometimes, you have to treat yourself as a tourist (or a journalist) to really appreciate them.

-Kristen Friesen

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