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21 Oct, 2012

Who’s Getting Fresh?

Category: Shopping & Services

The Downtown Langley Business Association’s new “Get Fresh” program which was launched in May of this year has been a hit with local merchants and businesses.  It was created from the desire to revitalize the downtown core by offering interested businesses the opportunity to apply for grants designed to improve the overall appearance of their business.  The four grant types include merchandising, exterior painting, awning and signage cleaning, and facade improvements.  Businesses are able to apply for one or all of these grants and so far the DLBA has received 44 letters of intent.  The next time you’re in downtown Langley, you may not recognize your favourite shop!

19 Oct, 2012

Haunted History

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture

I’m not saying I believe or I don’t believe but either way I am scared of ghosts. And just in case, and because you never know, I randomly put out into the universe “Ghosts… you are not welcome in my house.” You are not supposed to invite them in. That being said, I was strangely SO EXCITED to go on Fort Langley National Historic Sites Grave Tales – a tour through the ‘haunted’ locations in the village of Fort Langley.

17 Oct, 2012

5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Find in Langley!

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Itineraries, Shopping & Services, Wine & Food

As a fairly recent new resident to the area, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing many new things, and have brought an outsiders view to my work which complemented that of my coworkers; most of whom were born and raised in Langley.  I had to learn the routes throughout the community; how to get to the grocery store, where the local farmers market is, which the best exit off the freeway is to get to where I needed to go, and so on.  Because of my many exploratory travels, I had the opportunity to discover a lot about a place I really knew nothing about.

15 Oct, 2012

Artfully Displayed

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Shopping & Services

I’ve always boasted about the artistic talent in the Fraser Valley.  There are reminders everywhere – from the beautiful galleries and public art displays to the many unique celebrations such as “Art in the Vines” at Township 7 wineries or the annual “Arts Alive” Festival.  I’m a frustrated artist, and while I’ve never put a paint brush to canvas or created something so spectacular that I could start to think of a new career path, I have long appreciated the beauty of art and respected the depth of the natural talent of an artist.  Someone once told me that an artist lies in each of us – I’m not so sure when I see how little the stick men have evolved in my now adult children’s drawings – but when a friend called to ask me to accompany her this past weekend on the annual Langley Art Studio Tour, I cleared my calendar for the day.

12 Oct, 2012

A Haunting Tour into the Past – Fort Langley’s “Grave Tales”

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Heritage & Culture, Itineraries, Wine & Food

Fort Langley offers ghastly, ghostly and eerily erudite October walking tours!

One recent evening, we meet our guide, who’s outfitted in Hudson Bay trader garb. While fortifying ourselves with Fort Wine Company’s cranberry wine, fine BC merlot and delicious local cuisine at Beatniks’ Bistro, Amn Johal introduces us to some of Fort Langley’s monthly themed events. “Grave Tales 2012 itself is based on scholarly Fort Langley research, residents’ insights…and notable paranormal encounters!”

04 Oct, 2012

Local Wine & Turkey Pairings

Categories: Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Wine & Food

Thanksgiving is now only a few days away and if you’re like me, frantically trying to hunt down the perfect sized turkey at the nearest supermarket or local turkey farm, hoping there are still a few boxes of stuffing left on the shelves (I wish I could say I had my own secret recipe), and planning on picking up some of the freshest cranberries at Saturday’s Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley, then you might have also forgotten to pick up a bottle of perfectly paired local wine.

22 Sep, 2012

First Day of Autumn

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Heritage & Culture, Itineraries, Shopping & Services, Wine & Food

Children are back in school, the heat of the summer has gone, and a crisp breeze makes you zip up your jacket and throw on a scarf. As you head out the door you are met with golden leaves scattered about the lawn at your feet. It’s autumn.

17 Sep, 2012

Langley Art Studio Tour 2012

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Shopping & Services

Every September, the Langley arts community’s collaborative efforts form the well known Langley Art Studio Tour; a self-guided tour spread across two weekends in late September. The tour showcases local art studios that wind a route throughout picturesque Langley. Headed by co-founders (and artists) Deborah Strong of Cat and Mouse Designs and Vivian Harder of Thunderfoot Studio, the goal of the Langley Art Studio Tour is “to showcase the visual arts in the Langley community and create connections between artists working in isolation from one another”.

15 Sep, 2012

The 34th Annual Old Fashioned Fall Fair Country Celebration

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Agritourism, Heritage & Culture

The 34th Annual Old Fashioned Fall Fair Country Celebration at Campbell Valley Regional Park is a great way to relive your childhood memories of farm animals, Ferris wheels, and funnel cakes.  This September I did just that.  The live music was fantastic as long as you enjoy some good country tunes, and the food vendors were just what you’d expect with the traditional freshly squeezed lemonade, kettle corn, and Ukrainian hut.

27 Aug, 2012

The Langley International Festival

Categories: Activities & Recreation, Wine & Food

Over the course of two jam-packed days (August 25th and 26th), thousands of people celebrated multiculturalism through food, music, dance, and art at the Willoughby Community Park in Langley.  Some of the highlights of the festival were sports tournaments, children’s entertainment, Bard in the Valley, tons of delicious food and tasty drinks, live performances, art vendors, and last but not least…the 21stAnnual Great Canadian Volkswagen Show!