Culture, Coffee & Cookies Brewing at The Reach

By December 26, 2014Arts

Submitted. Who says that kids have all the fun? Not the creative arts and heritage inspired minds at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford! They are brewing up Culture, Coffee & Cookies also affectionately known as C3 for 2015.

Cover photo: Book cover of It’s Not The Ships…My War Years by local author Philip Sherwood

“We put our heads together to explore and develop a program that provides stimulating and enjoyable learning opportunities for people of retirement age, but that are also of interest to any age group,” explains Anna Williams, the educational coordinator for The Reach. “We expect that people in Abbotsford and beyond will enjoy gathering in a relaxed and social setting here at your Reach to discuss and actively engage in community culture.”

The weekly Culture, Coffee & Cookies series starts on Tuesdays in the New Year at 10:30am with the first one on January 6th titled: It’s Not The Ships…My War Years. Local author Philip Sherwood will talk about his book’s wartime memoirs of Canada’s most highly decorated submariner. Following Sherwood’s and each cultural presentation or activity, the public will enjoy refreshments of coffee and cookies while socializing with their peers.

The succeeding C3’s confirmed to date include: January 13 @10:30am, The Face of Abbotsford, led by Kris Foulds, The Reach’s collections manager. She serves up the history of cultural migrations to Abbotsford: what drew newcomers and how each group contributed to today’s Abbotsford.

At the January 20 @10:30am Writing A Letter to Your Grandchildren session, Bill Overy will explain how to write and produce a small book on your life that you can pass down to future generations as a precious keepsake.

On January 27 @10:30am, local historian and associate professor at UFV, Molly Ungar will revisit the post-war era in Canada with Moments to Remember: The Fifties in Canada and the Fraser Valley, an audio-visual talk. She will touch on the Cold War, suburbia, teenagers, TV dinners, hula-hoops and rock ‘n roll, just some of the new developments that Canadians experience, and now recall as a “Golden Age.” Yes, you have permission to bring and test run your hula-hoop!

The weekly Culture, Coffee & Cookies is free with pre-registration at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, by phone: 604 864 8087 (dial “O”), or online at and click the link to register.

About The Reach
The Reach is a registered charity and “Class A” facility in the Fraser Valley that is operated by a small staff team with the assistance of a Board of Directors and 100+ fabulous volunteers. With your support, we will continue to develop and present the best in the visual arts by local to international artists, preserve and share the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage, provide engaging multidisciplinary public programming for all ages and offer FREE admission to exhibitions and a wide range of other cultural events.

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