Queen Silver Star II royalty during the Vernon Winter Carnival parade back in 1962 - Queen Diane Davidson Beaumont and Princesses Karen Reimer and Sonja Soichuk. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo 15868)

Vernon museum grooves back to the ’60s

Retro Carnival Cocktail Party turns back time

There’s an old joke – if you remember the 1960s, you probably weren’t there!

Whether or not you actually remember the ’60s, the Vernon Museum is giving you providing an opportunity to experience a 1960s Cocktail Party, complete with retro cocktails, such as Manhattans and Gimlets, and classic ’60s appetizers – deviled eggs and Jello salad, anyone?

The Winter Carnival Event will feature music from the entire decade – the Beattles, to Motown, to Psychedelia. Local sponsor, Record City, will be spinning a few vintage vinyl records from the era.

“We’ll be representing the whole decade in music, from the British Invasion to the Woodstock era,” said Lisa Ramsey of the museum.

There will be a display of some of the iconic clothing worn over the course of the decade, an era that has influenced fashion ever since.

To encourage party-goers to get in the mood, anyone who comes in costume will get a complimentary cocktail.

“As well as the music, we’ll have ’60s trivia – and a contest for best costume,” explains Ramsey. “Winners have a chance of winning prizes from Kalavida SUP shop and The Rail Trail Café – and we may have some surprise genuine 60s items as prizes, too!”

Museum curator, Cuyler Page, will be bringing out some of his own collection of ’60s memorabilia, including original posters from concerts of bands such as The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead.

Page also has a video of the first Easter Be In, filmed in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in 1967, only the second such event after the first in San Francisco two months earlier.

“Interestingly, the same clothing my wife and wore to the Be In, we were also wearing in a photo used by the Canadian Government in a brochure called Canada Guide for Citizenship,” explains Page. “Not to date myself,” he laughs

Whether you remember the ’60s, wish you could have been there, or want to experience an authentic ’60s cocktail party, all are invited to the Remember the ’60s? Cocktail Party at the Vernon Museum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. onward.

Tickets are $10 and available through the Vernon Winter Carnival Office until Sunday Feb. 9 or at the door, if available, from 6 p.m. on at the Vernon Museum, 3009 32nd Ave. Call 250-550-3140 for more information.

READ MORE: Okanagan students make ice sculptures in downtown Vernon

READ MORE: Carnival crowns 60th Queen Silver Star


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Break and enter, vehicle thefts hit North Okanagan

Truck and scooter stolen and local business broken into over the weekend

‘Fed bears are dead bears’ North Okanagan residents warned

Several bears spotted near Okanagan Rail Trail, and getting into garbage

Morning Start: Night Owls Tend to Be Smarter Than Early Birds

Your morning start for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Ear-to-ear smiles for Kelowna woman’s 75th birthday surprise

Helen Bellinger’s early 75th birthday celebrations involved a cluster of bright yellow smiley-face balloons

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm with comedy sweep

Toronto-raised Daniel Levy and Ottawa-born Annie Murphy both got supporting actor nods

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Squabble over mask policy at LUSH in Kelowna mall

The woman filmed the encounter at LUSH Cosmetics, where wearing a mask in-store is company policy

Former Kelowna cop faces fourth lawsuit alleging sexual assault

Ex-Mountie Brian Mathew Burkett is also separately facing seven charges of breach of trust

Province opens ‘middle income’ housing in Kelowna

Prices on the units are $1,300 for a one-bedroom and $1,780 for a two-bedroom, nearing area-average prices

Most Read