Hedley to celebrate Stamp Mill Day

This year, Hedley’s Stamp Mill Day will honour our old timers and former residents and offer friends and visitors a full day of small-town fun.

Hedley’s Nickel Plate mine was at one time the largest gold producer in Canada. The 40 half-ton stamps in the state-of-the-art crushing mill started pounding 24/7 on May 4

Hedley’s Nickel Plate mine was at one time the largest gold producer in Canada. The 40 half-ton stamps in the state-of-the-art crushing mill started pounding 24/7 on May 4

Did you ever live in Hedley? Welcome back!

The celebration will be held May 21, 2011. Hedley OAP starts the day with a pancake breakfast. The Museum offers beef-on-a-bun for lunch, and the Community Club ends the day with a chicken barbecue in the park.

The Museum offers an old-timers’ room where we hope people will rest, visit, share memories and show off photos and other keepsakes. The yard will have live music by The Seniors, and gold panning practice with a bit of real gold for a small charge.

Guided tours to the Stamp Mill ruins on the mountainside at 10:30 and 11:30 and a 2:30 p.m., walking tour of Old Hedley will be free and will leave from the Museum.

Hedley Community Club will welcome people to Woodlie Park in Hedley’s center for a free afternoon of live entertainment, games, and a pie eating contest at 3:00 p.m., followed- not too closely- by the barbecue.

What’s new?

The Similkameen Band’s Snaza’ist Center re-opens for the season with a beautifully expanded gallery.

The Snaza’ist Archeology Program, a one hour combination of talk, film and guided tour for all ages, will be available on demand. There is a $5 single charge or family rate.

The new Hedley Inn and Hostel will hold an open house.

Old St. John’s Church has been locked for many years, and will be opened to host the annual Silent Auction, a fundraiser for the Museum. Take home a church pew! This year’s feature auction is a set of six massive, 10’ long fir church pews.

 

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