Branch # 7 Kelowna
Updated Sept 13, 2019
Once again we are practicing on Wednesday’s at 7PM – Rutland Activity Centre  
Because of special activities around our September BBQ, Thanksgiving and Nov11.  Shamma won’t be doing any Sunday workshops for a little while.  She is back in Kelowna and will be helping when we can arrange it.
Calvin is on tour and will be in Kelowna Sept.29.  Doing some afternoon workshops and a concert
 If you are coming our way please call 250 717 8432 and talk to John or Lynn to makes sure you aren’t disappointed .  
 For more information on Kelowna Branch #7, visit their website at:
With a population of more than 180,000, Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Bordering Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is well known for its hot summers and temperate winters.

Kelowna is one of the most livable cities in Canada. In the recent Canada Pulse survey, 90% of residents reported “My city is a great place to live.” 

The Orchard Park Mall (the largest in the Interior of B.C.), has more than 150 retail outlets .    With an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine and 13 inches of precipitation, the Okanagan is the “Arizona of Canada.”     Orchard Blossom Time:Mid-April to mid-May.     Picking Times: Cherries-July; Apricots-Late July; Peaches & Pears-Late August; Apples-September and October

Quick Facts

Kelowna is home to more than 180,000 people.
The Central Okanagan Regional District has a population of 211,000.
Kelowna is 344 metres (1,129 feet) above sea level.
Okanagan Lake is 110 km long.
The average daytime high during July and August is 27.4 C.
The average daytime high during December and January is -0.3 C. The average low is -7.7 C.
Kelowna receives over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually and 28 cm of rain.
The new W.R. Bennett Bridge is five lanes in width and almost 1063 meters in length. It remains the only floating bridge in Canada.
Kelowna General Hospital largest and most comprehensive in the southern interior of B.C. with a full treatment cancer clinic.

Membership Branch #7 BCOTFA
  •   40 members 30 Musicians and 20 fiddlers
Regular meetings / Jams
  • The Schedule for jams and practices has changed to the following and you can check by calling 250 717 8432 before coming.
  • There is also a Sunday Jam on the third Sunday of the month from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  The first hour is a learning session with Shamma Sabir when possible.
  •  There is a Fiddlin’ For Fun session on the First Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Rutland Activity Centre.  The purpose of this session is to work with children and learning adults who would like to learn some fiddle music and we focus on Waltz, Jig and Reel as well as some novelty tunes.  Outside of the school students, young and old, are also welcome and a $2 drop in fee is requested.

Lynn Tribe,
PO Box 20111 TCM,
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9H2

Monthly Newsletter  
A monthly newsletter and schedule of events is posted on the Kelowna Branch #7 Website
Special Events     Dance every 3rd Friday of the months September to May from 7:30 PM at the Rutland Senior Activity Centre, except December or when conflicting with a Stat Holiday.  In the 2019 winter months (November, January, and February)  we’ll be holding a tea dance on Sunday afternoon or the 3rd Sunday as many of our patrons dislike driving at night in the winter.  (Friday nights will be dedicated to other fiddle activities)
Annual Contest Weekend (Contest committee is already working on 2020)– First Weekend in June – FIDDLE FEST 2019
  • If you missed Scott Woods you missed a fabulous event.
  • Fiddle Fest  event will held at Rutland Centennial Hall (Was 180 Rutland Road  —Now same place but new street address)  more details will be posted once we have them.   
  • Registration  will take place Friday before the Concert and Saturday Morning.
  • There will be Saturday morning workshops and Afternoon contest.
  • Pre Registration

Friday, May 5, 2020

  • Concert: 7:00 PM
  • Featuring TBA
Saturday, June 6, 2020
  • Workshops – 9AM til 11:00 AM
  • Fiddle Contest:  ONE round only, starts at 1:00 
  • Place: Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 N Rutland Road, Kelowna, BC
  • For more details, see the Kelowna Branch #7 website – Contest Page.

Date,   TBA
BBQ at Rutland Activity Centre  3:00 PM

December 6, 2019  
Branch #7 Christmas Party. Dinner starts at 6:00PM

Executive for 2019
President: Irene McAvena      Vice Pres.: John Tribe     Treasurer: Karen Omit     Secretary: Lynn Tribe

1 Yr. – Vic Ukrainetz, Smiley Barnhart, Carol Jenson
2Yr. – Heather Bartel, Carol Fox, Mabel Babcock