By Abigail Uher
This past fall was an active period of fundraising for BC Heritage Fairs, as we were able to hold fundraisers in two different cities in southwestern B.C.
In September, we held our second annual fundraiser at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, A Night at the Museum with Heritage Fairs. It was wonderful to host another event at the Maritime Museum and we had a truly enjoyable evening that featured excellent student projects and presentations, delicious food, lively music, and a chance for supporters of the Society, alumni, students, and board members to gather together to support and celebrate the work of Heritage Fairs.
The event also featured TV personality and local author Mike McCardell as the keynote speaker. It was fantastic to get to hear his stories — many from his most recent book Shoelaces are Hard.
All in all, it was a fantastic evening that perfectly showcased what heritage fairs are all about and we look forward to hosting similar events in the Lower Mainland.
In December, we had our second fundraiser of the season—an evening at the beautiful Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria. While this event was a fundraiser for the BC Heritage Fairs Society, much of it was organized in partnership with students from the Camosun College Hospitality Management Program.
It was an exciting night that introduced the work of BC Heritage Fairs to many who were not already familiar with the Society, while also being a wonderful evening for the many board and society members who were also in attendance.
Thank you to all those who supported BC Heritage Fairs throughout the last year, whether through buying a ticket to a fundraiser, or becoming a Society member. We are so thankful for your ongoing support which, in turn, allows us to continue our work supporting heritage fairs and history education throughout British Columbia.