Warfield – Diamond celebration for ‘Jewel of the Kootenays’

This weekend the Village of Warfield is celebrating its diamond jubilee and everyone is invited.

The Village of Warfield is celebrating its diamond jubilee and everyone is invited.

The weekend will commemorate the village’s history on both Friday and Saturday with several events for the whole family.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend,” said Teresa Mandoli the recreation coordinator for the village.

On Friday everybody is welcome to attend the Warfield Community Hall for tea and music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Citizens can also use this time to test their knowledge on the area by participating in a game about the heritage of the area.

The self-proclaimed “Jewel of the Kootenays” is renowned for its distinct small town culture and beautiful gardens.

“It’s going to be like a Trivial Pursuit,” said Teresa Mandoli. “We have a little booklet that we’re going to use dating back from 1952 until now.”

The tea will also include performances by Terri Mandoli and Roland Perry.

The 60th anniversary will offer the community a chance to smell and taste delicious food, as well as hear local bands perform.

“It’s a community filled with family and friends,” said Teresa Mandoli. “And the anniversary is great for new families who have moved to the area. It helps them experience the village and closeness some of us have through the programs offered in the community.

“Usually if you meet somebody once, you start bumping into them everywhere.”

The festivities will continue Saturday with a pancake breakfast in the Warfield Community Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $3 per person. The proceeds raised during this event will be used to replace the picnic tables at the pool park near the hall.

“It’s a future project,” said the chief administrative officer Vince Morelli. “We’re going to be replacing some of the picnic tables at the park.”

Many other activities will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Webster School field, including games and live entertainment for every age.

Highlights include performances from the Maple Leaf Band and Trail Pipe Band.

As well, several vendors will be selling pizza, ice cream cones, hotdogs and sandwiches. Several artisans will also be attending the event to display artwork.

Afterwards the community is invited to attend the Warfield Centennial Pool, a project that was built in 1967 to commemorate Warfield’s silver anniversary. The pool staff will be available to greet the community for the free swim between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The annual Warfield Day celebration will wrap up its diamond anniversary with a barbecue. Steaks and burgers will be served up by volunteers in the Warfield Community Hall at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets for beef or vegetarian burgers are $5 and $10 for steaks, the village office is selling tickets.

For more information call 250-368-8202.

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