Special to The Morning Star
A recent celebration of local history included food, friends, stories and a special surprise.
The Kingfisher/Mabel Lake/Hupel History Project hosted a potluck dinner to update the community on the history book’s progress.
The finished product will include stories and interviews from past and present area residents and histories on the many events, activities and places of the Kingfisher, Mabel Lake and Hupel area.
The steering committee displayed the material already collected for the project, including family histories, photos, newspaper clippings and videos/DVDs, and encouraged more people to become involved.
The stories flowed nicely after a delicious potluck dinner, providing more fodder for the book and acting as a catalyst for more people to write out their own histories.
The evening also included a slide show of photos of old buildings in the area put together and presented by long-time resident Bill Bigney.
In keeping with the historical theme, the Enderby and District Heritage Commission presented two heritage plaques.
The commission, with support from Area F director Jackie Pearase, designated as heritage buildings the Kingfisher Hall and the Dale house, located at 1962 Mabel Lake Rd.
Jade Lawrence accepted the plaque for the hall on behalf on the Kingfisher Community Society and a surprised Robert Dale received his plaque – he and his wife Marion recently moved to Enderby, turning over possession to their son, Wade and wife Barb Bannister.
“Wade will have to find a place to put the plaque because he lives there now,” laughed Robert Dale.
“The change of ownership in the Dale house underlines the importance of people taking the time to record their local history,” noted steering committee member Joani Cowan.
“Everyone who lives or has lived in the area is encouraged to take part and contribute to this important historical project.”
People wanting to be involved in the Kingfisher/Mabel Lake/Hupel History Project can contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.