Fringe Natures #7: Turning

June dandelion turning to seed

Date: Monday June 20th, 2022 

Time: 15:00 (3:00 pm) to 17:30 (5:30 pm)  

Where: Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre  

What: Catch the FEELed Lab Fringe Natures one last time before the sun does that little turn that she does on the Solstice, the days start getting shorter again, and the Lab hubbub pauses a summer break!

Fringe Natures #7: Turning will be a celebration of our first year together! While all are welcome, we particularly invite anyone who has attended any of our events this year – we would like to turn them over together, and learn from you about what you enjoyed, what you would like to have more of, and how we can make our research and programming more accessible, joyful, relevant and sustainable next year.

Our year-in-review will be accompanied by food, campfire, and snacks. We will also teach you the ancient Latvian folk art of turning wildflowers and grasses into wearable objects (this is a summer solstice tradition). Please also bring your own traditions for marking the turning-of-the-sun to share with us, if you like!

What to bring: weather-appropriate clothing (this event will be outside!) and a mug for tea (optional). 

How to get there: Woodhaven is located in Kelowna’s lower mission neighbourhood. The Ecocultural Centre, located here, abuts Woodhaven Regional Park and can be accessed via bicycle, bus, or personal vehicle. 

If cycling or driving, approaching from Gordon Drive, turn west onto McClure and then south (right) onto Raymer Road. Once on Raymer Road, there are three turns—east (left), south (right), and east (left)—that will take you to the end of the road which, even after all of that turning, is still called Raymer. Where the asphalt ends, Raymer Road becomes an unmarked gravel path navigable by most bicycles. While the path is wide enough to drive a small car though the trees, parking at the centre is limited. Please park at the end of Raymer and walk up the path (unless you must park inside for accessibility reasons). 

If you wish to travel by bus, BC transit route 17 begins at H2O Centre and drives south. The stop closest to Woodhaven is 870 Block Gordon Drive, from which you can access a wooden bridge over Bellevue Creek that exits onto Raymer Road approximately 200m west from its end, where the aforementioned path begins. In total, the walk from the bus stop to the Ecocultural Centre is approximately 500m. 

Please be advised that there may be a significant amount of botanical debris on the path. Pedestrians and cyclists heed caution. The path meanders approximately 300 metres to the Ecocultural Centre buildings.  

This event will take place rain or shine – we have access to shelter in case of rain. Please note that the toilet on-site is up one flight of outdoor stairs. Chairs will be available for everyone. We will conduct the gathering in a COVID-safe manner, allowing for distancing and wearing masks when inside or if in close proximity. Hand sanitizer will be available.  

Elsewhere participants: Closer to the event, we will share a link where we will invite you to share any feedback about FEELed Lab events this year, or what you would like to see happen next year.

If you have a summer solstice tradition that you would like to share (in photographic, written, poetic, or other form) please do – we will collect them and share them on our blog!

Fringe Natures is an occasional outdoor event series hosted by the FEELed Lab. These events invite deep curiosity about who, and where, we are, and what the heck we are doing here. All FEELed Lab events strive to be feminist, anticolonial, queer, and accessible spaces! As we move toward increasing the accessibility of all our events, please le us know if there’s anything we can do to accommodate your specific needs.  

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