Marie Harrop recently celebrated her 99th birthday. Friends of Fintry offer this lovely lady sincere congratulations.
Marie and her husband Art Harrop lived and worked at Fintry from 1939-47. Art actually began there as a 19-year-old in 1933, working in the dairy operation and later in the orchard and packinghouse.
The couple married in 1939 and moved into the chalet at Fintry. The home, located a stone’s throw from what’s now the 307th step of the staircase along the falls, burned down decades later. After wearing out several pairs of shoes climbing up and down the steep slope to and from the chalet, Marie asked Art to inquire about moving to another house on the property. They moved into a little house, also gone now, just west and south of the White House. Although the chalet was a better structure, their new home was easier to get to.
Marie says she enjoyed living at Fintry, where she was homemaking, swimming and playing tennis at Ewings Landing. Still, she found the days long and wanted something else to do. She asked Art to talk to Fintry’s Estate Manager, Mr. Angus Gray, about another job she might do, perhaps in the packinghouse. Mr. Gray agreed and Marie became a fruit packer along with a largely Japanese crew in a packinghouse by the lake on the Fintry property. She did that happily for a number of years.
Marie recalls meeting Capt. Dun-Waters on only a few occasions. At that time (1939), he was very ill but she remembers him being a very nice man. Marie and Art worked at Fintry during the Fairbridge Farm era. She remembers the young people there learning how to farm. Until recently, she maintained contact with some of them.
Marie and Art moved from Fintry to Ellison in 1947 to work on the Bulman Ranch so their girls could attend school.
The sun shone on hundreds of visitors who came out to enjoy a family fun day on the grounds of the manor house last month. Though the Fair opened at 10am the activities really got going when the Kalamalka Highlanders made an entrance. (One of the pipers was visiting from Scotland and was very impressed with the venue and all it has to offer).
The Firefighters had their trucks ready to show the kids and delicious ice cream to enjoy on a hot Autumn day.
Vendors included wine from Edge of the Earth Winery, beautiful glass from Kelly Glass, delicious cheese from Terroir Cheese, wonderful products from The Soap Garden, Spices & Garlic from BC Buds Garlic, Bird Boxes from Ken Cuffe, Wooden Jewellry & Fruit from Dylan Olafson & Sandy Metzler’s Food 4 U preserves etc.
Delicious food from Oh Natural Foods, That Donut Guy & Mobile Munchies was very much appreciated.
Then the Vikings invaded! Showing off their traditional viking combat skills this talented group showed us the different weapons used in the time of the vikings. Dressed to fit the part they put on demonstrations that included one on one combat with axes, spears, swords and knives. Even an archery demonstration. The kids even got an opportunity to get in the act with foam ‘swords’. This was the Kelowna based group (The Ulfhethnar) has appeared at Fintry but, judging from the crowds reaction, it won’t be the last.
Thank you to everyone who made the Fair a wonderful memory.
Summer is trying so hard to hang on in the Okanagan. Hikers are out enjoying the sun while boaters enjoy life on our beautiful lake. With the stunning Autumn colours displayed throughout the area it is no wonder we love to call the Okanagan home. At this time of year we look forward to sharing Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends as we reflect on all we have to be thankful for.
The Board members of Friends of Fintry would like to thank you all for your support over the years. Our season will come to an end this Thanksgiving but the Board will be busy during the winter planning for the new year.
Improvements to the Manor House will continue through the fall and winter. With the new prep kitchen, caretaker’s suite and rooms for two summer students completed in Spring 2017, there is much planning to be done and decisions to be made.
We hope you take the time to enjoy this beautiful weather we are having and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
These are just a few of the vendors we had on the grounds of the Manor House last Sunday. The summer event is so much fun with many campers enjoying the event for the first time along with visitors from many parts of our country and even our world.
Returning visitors often bring family & friends with them to share in the history of Fintry & enjoy a good old fashioned fair.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the event a success. Thank you also to everyone who came out to enjoy the day and to those who came to sell their wares.
In this post we welcome one of our new vendors, welcome back returning vendors and recognize a vendor who can’t make it to this Sunday’s event.
At this time we would also like to extend our appreciation and thanks to the Kelowna Calligraphy Guild. The talented members of this local group have supported Fintry from the beginning. Please take the time to thank them when you attend our Summer Fair this Sunday.
We are very pleased to have Bob Kingsmill return to Fintry. This very talented Potter has a studio in Coldstream and Granville Island. His work is hauntingly beautiful and we are so pleased to have him offer his pottery for sale at Fintry this weekend.
One of our new vendors is Edge of the Earth Vineyards from Armstrong. They invite you to a wine tasting on the grounds of the Manor House.
Unfortunately Crepe Bistro will not be with us for the Summer Fair. They have been a big part of events in the past and we hope to have them back with us in the future. Look for their delicious sweet & savoury crepes at the Vernon Farmer’s Market and other Okanagan events.
Public service should be a part of events in the Okanagan. Fintry will again have a spot for the ‘Don’t Move a Mussel’ information booth. It is unfortunate that this invasive species is threatening our local waters. Being informed and sharing that information is the only way we can keep them from calling BC home.
The Summer Fair is this Sunday on the grounds of the Manor House from 10am to 4pm. See you there.
We’re getting closer to the big Summer Event at Fintry. Here are a few more of the vendors that have added their unique talents to past Fairs.
B.C. Bud’s Garlic…. Bud is not only a valued member or our board, he is a Master Gardener and the proud owner of B.C. Bud’s Garlic. You will see him at the Master Gardener’s booth as well as the booth (next door) selling his delicious garlic / herb mixtures. Yummmm
Wendy Sandor is a true artist. Her Pine Needle baskets reflect the history of our amazing country. Wendy’s cloth weavings are a beautiful reflection of a more peaceful past.
Dylan Olafson turns a simple branch in to a beautiful piece of jewellery. The simple things that we see every day can be turned in to a piece of art. Arbor Alchemy will have a booth at the Summer Fair.
Marzio Manderioli was at our Mother’s Day Event. He is a master cartoonist who takes minutes to turn your likeness in to a cartoon that you will treasure forever.
Tom & Leigh Dick brought their flowers to our Mother’s Day event. If you were one of the lucky ones these flowers are now adding colour to your summer garden.
Getting excited about the Fair this Sunday. Look forward to seeing you all there!!
Among our loyal and much loved vendors has to be the House of the Caribbean. Jack & Melinda Taylor never fail to please the crowds with their Jerk Chicken among other delights.
Okanagan Spirits are also great supporters of Fintry. They produce a wonderful Scotch called “The Laird of Fintry” as well as many other award winning spirits. Last event they were next to the FireFighter’s ice cream stand. We heard from a number of people how delicious the sample of fruit spirits tasted over their ice cream. Rumour has it they will be in the same location this Sunday!
Oh Natural Foods will also be at Fintry July 17th. They were new to the May event and got rave reviews from all who enjoyed their smoothies and lunch dishes.
Len Marriot, of Terroir Cheese, shared with us his delicious product. There is nothing like a truly mouth watering bite of his fresh cheese!
Hans & Sandy Metzler (Food 4 U) brought their baking and preserves to sell at the May event. Most of us have little time to preserve like our parent’s and grandparents did. Such a delight to taste their home made goodness!
Remember…. the next Fair at Fintry is this Sunday, July 17th from 10am to 4pm.
People come to the events at Fintry not only to see the Manor House but to enjoy the atmosphere of a good old fashioned country Fair. These events would not be possible without the wonderful vendors who display their wares. Some of these vendors try to make each one of our events, others come when they are able and there are always new vendors signing up.
For the next few days we would like to highlight a few of these amazing businesses.
The North Westside Fire Department has been a part of Fintry for years now. They help with parking, have a fire hose demonstration for kids to take part in, they sell ice cream which is always a hit and have helped us out with games like tug of war.
Georgia Scott operates the ‘Buster’s’ Kiosk at the Manor House during the summer and sells here beautiful jewellery during our events.
Micah Rattink is the owner of Dawnfire Forge. As a blacksmith he brings an ancient art in to modern times. It’s great to watch his demonstrations.
Helena Hobart is the very talented owner of Cabin Country Creations. Helena is always coming up with new ideas for her line and has even found the time to recover the cushions for the Manor House deck furniture.
Bob Raymond, Willowbrook Nursery, always has amazing and interesting plants for your garden. The colours and varieties are often quite unusual. Both the Perennials and Annuals will add interest to your garden.
These are just a few of the many vendors we would like to thank for making the Fintry Fair a great success.
Watch this blog as we spotlight more vendors in the days leading up to the big Summer Fair this Sunday, July 17th.
Come join us on July 17th for the Summer Event at Fintry. Over the next few days this blog will post new entries that spotlight vendors who have been a part of the events at Fintry. Each year it gets bigger and better.