Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 2 Fall 2016 - Page 28

Fall FEATURED EVENTS Fall in Fernie features a cornucopia of cultural delights from early September until winter sets in. CHAUTAUQUA! SEPTEMBER 8-11TH Now an annual festival, Chautauqua is a spectacular four-day celebration of the history and culture that has shaped Fernie’s community, past, present and future, on September 8-11, 2016. Highlights include the living traditions of the Ktunaxa First Nation in a passionate performance of traditional dance and storytelling, a taste of Fernie’s Italian community at a banquet supper with author Lynne Bowen, and the naturally delightful Our Harvest Feast and Fest and Fall Fair. A backdrop of Historic Downtown Fernie’s iconic rose-gold sandstone buildings and early fall foliage sets the scene for a party of epic proportions. Chautauqua evokes the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of yesteryear with the foot stomping beat of the Kootenay Stringbenders at the Kootenay Hootenanny and other local talents on the Chautauqua stage, farm-to fork goodness at harvest celebrations, and 28 tourismfernie.com/events plenty of local art, history, and tales of the past. Take an architectural heritage walking tour, explore Fernie’s talented community of artists at open houses and art demonstrations, enjoy social events or discover local interpretive trails or the new community archives. For more information visit ferniechautauqua.com.