Family Day Extravaganza at The Reach kicks off Heritage Week!

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Bring the entire family to a fun, FREE Family Day Extravaganza at The Reach Gallery Museum on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1-4pm! During this BC Family Day weekend celebration, children, parents and grandparents can participate in a variety of arts and heritage hands-on activities, hear and share precious family stories, learn about artifacts that tell our community’s stories, plus enjoy entertainment and favorite refreshments.

“This is also a kick-off to Heritage Week, which is from February 18 to 24. Since we’re home to the national award-winning museum exhibition Voices of the Valley, we want to invite everyone to take a tour and get involved in other activities on Sunday of the Family Day long weekend” explains Anna Williams, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement.

Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections and spellbinding storyteller, will regale you with fascinating, sometimes funny, and always insightful stories about Abbotsford’s past using objects from The Reach’s collections. Families can also take part in a How to Create Your Own Family Tree art project, where they will be guided through investigating, sharing and recording your family’s history.

The Family Day Extravaganza at takes place on Sunday, February 17 from 1-4pm at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, and is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Sunday Family Arts activities are sponsored by Prospera Credit Union. 

Following the Family Day Extravaganza, Heritage Week at The Reach features a free C3 (Culture, Coffee + Cookies) presentation on Wednesday, February 20 at 10:30am with Kris Foulds on The Draining of Sumas Lake, whichranks among the largest earth moving projects in Canada’s history. Also, on Saturday, February 23 from 1pm-4:30pm, award winning literary figure Philip Sherwood leads Part 1 of his 2-part Life Writing Workshop. Seats are still available for this workshop, which will appeal to anyone who wants to write their life story or their family history.

Finally, if all this heritage has made you thirsty and you want to support The Reach and local business, the new Trading Post Eatery at 3058 Gladwin Road will generously donate $1.00 from every 16oz. Rye Amber Ale sold at their Abbotsford location during Heritage Week (February 18 to 24) to The Reach’s history and archives programs.       

For more details on the Family Day Extravaganza and other Reach Heritage Week programs go to:

Image: Children’s fun with A. Williams at The Reach, by Rupi.

Media Contact:

Anna Williams, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement

604 864-8087 x127;

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3