Kootenay Elders celebrated in new book, May 28, New Denver.
“ Open the door; step inside. The kettle’s on, and there are stories to be told that will nourish your personal journey with aging.” Lee Reid will be sharing delightful and moving stories from her book about creative aging, at the Hidden Garden Gallery on Sunday May 28, 1:30-3:30.
Growing Home:The Legacy of Kootenay Elders was published in early 2017 by Nelson author Lee Reid. Her book chronicles the pioneer spirit and life experiences of long-time area residents as they navigate the gifts and the difficulties of aging throughout the seasons on their land. The book is beautifully illustrated by Nelson artist Amber Santos, with photography by Winlaw’s Rod Currie and other talented photographers around the region, including New Denver’s Sean Arthur Joyce.
Lee will be accompanied with background music by Nelson poet Elizabeth Cunningham and friends. Elizabeth, a published poet, will read some of her own work. Come and join them for an afternoon of music and stories that will inspire creativity and courage with aging.
Learn about Doukhobor culture and history through Lee’s story on Pete and Shirley Relkoff from Appledale, or explore the early Chinese influence in Nelson through the story of Italian George Coletti, age 95. George was a good friend and navy buddy of New Denver’s John Norris.
Two stories celebrate New Denver elders, their gardening lore, and the culture they have built in their community. These mystery seniors might just be your neighbours. You will have to come and find out!
You will hear the story of Helen Jameson who has operated the only wildlife sanctuary in the West Kootenay for the past 40 years. Helen is the 2017 recipient of the Nelson award for citizen of the year. “I live alone in the wilderness, and can get snowed in for days. When I read the stories of other seniors in Lee’s book, I realized I was not isolated. Like me, they had all lost people they loved and they found the strength to keep going. I felt connected to all the people I read about in the book, and now, when I go into Nelson, people recognise me and say ‘hello’. This feels really good.” Helen Jameson, Blewett
Tom Wayman and Pat Morrison talk about gardening and creative work in their Winlaw stories, and Pass creek resident Ellie Lazareff describes how she builds community at age 78.
Growing Home is about spring planting and fall harvest and the meals served and the tales told around the kitchen table. Lee invites you to pull up a chair, open your heart and dig in on May 28 at the Gallery.
Admission is by donation at the door, to benefit the Gallery Information: 250-352-3870 www.growinghomestories.com
facebook: Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders.