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Taghum Hall brings people together safely this fall

At Taghum Hall’s roots is a deep tradition of bringing people together. This fall is no exception — at just took a little ingenuity..

“Folks can still celebrate fall at the Hall,” says longtime board member and event organizer Heather Haake, “just in smaller numbers and a little more carefully."

"There’s plenty we can do outdoors, and the hall can accommodate 30 socially-distant individuals. So we’ve put our heads together and come up with some pretty fun stuff.”

The 2020 Harvest Festival is the first event on the fall calendar on Sunday, October 18 from 10am to 3pm. Entirely outdoors, folks can enjoy the weird vegetable competition, baked apple pie contest, and autumn bouquet challenge, as well as more than 25 friendly vendors and their goods and some home-grown entertainment.

On Sunday, October 25 the Autumn Afternoon Tea offers two sittings (people are asked to pre-register their “bubble” of two to six people for the noon or the 2:30pm sitting) for a three-course gourmet menu, with vegan and gluten-free options available on request, and musical entertainment.

Also on the menu for November is Taghum Hall’s first “Pod Concert” — at which pre-registrants are seated with their “bubble” to enjoy great local music beginning with the Clint Swanson Trio in November — and Brushes and Lunch with painter Margaret Stacey.

Regular drop-in activities continue, including Monday Bridge from 1 – 4pm, Tuesday Watercolour from 10 a.m. – noon, and Thursday Acoustic Jam from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Details about these and other events are coming soon and can be found at taghumhall.ca or on Facebook. All events are subject to Covid-19 safety protocols including face masks, sanitizing, and contact tracing.

“We’re lucky to have a great gang of volunteers who really make things happen at the Hall,” says Haake. “It’s really important that people can enjoy things together safely.”

Taghum Hall began the 1950s when the Doukhobor community built a gathering place from wood salvaged from the Lemon Creek Japanese Internment Camp. Over the years the Hall changed and grew to become the volunteer-run, community-building entity it is today. Substantially renovated in 2010, the Hall is slated for a redesign of the grounds and a kitchen renovation to ensure that the facility remains a community cornerstone for decades to come.