(not so) Sneak prieview for Doukhobor Centre

Open house held ahead of May 1 seasonal opening of Castlegar facility

Creston’s Ewashen Brothers (from left

Creston’s Ewashen Brothers (from left

This past Sunday featured a look at what visitors can expect to enjoy starting on May 1 – a new season of all that’s going on at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, to be exact.

Sunday was the occasion of an open house, with a wide range of musical artists contributing to an open mike.

The spiffy new digs of the Selkirk Weavers and Spinners Guild were on display… part of the impressive complex situated in spectacular Ootischenia.

“The weavers have moved into a new space,” described Peter Perepolkin, outgoing president of the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society, operators of the centre, “it’s about three times the size so they have a lot more display space.”

Perepolkin, moments prior to the society AGM in which a new president (Vera Woykin) was named, described enhancements to the centre including a new kids’ room.

“We’ve done a lot of restructuring around the village. We now have separate gift shop and office, the A/V room has been totally redone. So there’s changes all the time.”

Museum administrator Lisa Poznikoff weighed in, “Our major display will be the interactive youth addition. Not just for youth… everyone will be encouraged to actually touch the artifacts… play with the toys… things like that.”

Another attraction on the grounds will be Apple Guy, Erran Rilkoff making avaible choice apples and other local produce.

The seasonal opening day of the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, once again, is May 1. Make plans to visit, or re-visit.