Downtown gets ready to party with ‘Anticipation’

Downtown Vernon merchants are banding together for the second annual Anticipation in preparation for the busy holiday season

Anticipation is defined by Wikipedia as an emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety in considering some expected or longed-for good event.

“I love the holidays,” said Angie Tumlinson from the Sprouted Fig, “but many people dread the season.”

That is why Tumlinson, Diane Rowland (Betty Lou’s Boutique) and Lorna Robb (Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio) have joined forces to help people anticipate the joy of the holidays again, with the second annual Anticipation Nov. 3 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

“Anticipation unites many businesses to help take the stress away from the winter season and to give ideas and inspiration,” said Robb.  “Another part of their vision is to have an event to put everyone in the mood for a happy and thrilling time of year, to anticipate the holidays with delight.”

Betty Lou’s Boutique, Pampered Perfection, Square One, Faith and Company, Under Cover Essentials, Cougar Canyon and Cowboy’s Choice will give you ideas on how to dress for the holidays. Crush Bistro and The Fig will serve appetizers to give you more time with your family and friends.

Tumlinson is excited to unite retailers (most from her beloved Downtown Vernon) to bring good food, good fashion and good fun to guests of Anticipation. A fashion show, food and beverage tastings, dance demonstrations and other surprises are in the works to get everyone energized for the holidays.

“We are riding the wave of excitement from Dancing with the Vernon Stars,” said Robb, organizer of that event. “The camaraderie I experienced of businesses big and small inspired me to join with Anticipation organizers.

“The sparkle, the glamour and the creativity just seemed to overflow and find a home in Anticipation. So if you missed Dancing with the Vernon Stars, you can catch some of that positive energy in Anticipation.”

Kiss FM personality Dawn Tyndall will host the event that will celebrate the holidays with anticipation. All proceeds will go to the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Anticipation tickets are $45, available in advance at The Sprouted Fig, Betty Lou’s Boutique and participating retailers or online at  (limited space available).