Itchy Feet celebrates 12 years

Itchy Feet is one of Tumbler Ridge?s longest-standing programs. Put on jointly by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society and the Tumbler Ridge Public Library, it brings warmth to cold wintry evenings and satisfies wanderlust in erstwhile and armchair travelers.

Since 1993 monthly slideshows have been held from January through April, and have featured almost every conceivable corner of the globe, from Africa to the Arctic, from the summit of Mt Everest to remote Pacific islands, from Muskwa-Kechika to Mexico. The importance of Itchy Feet was formally recognized by the Peace River Associated Libraries in 2003 with the coveted ?Success Story Award?, and evenings continue to attract audiences in the region of a hundred.

While there is no admission fee, a donation box has supported the purchase of a new screen, and this year donations will go to a new set of encyclopedias for the library. Volunteers usually prepare traditional food to suit the evening?s travel destination, and special exhibits and costumes often provide further cultural ambience. 2005 shows have already focused on China, and the Dinosaur Trackways of the Peace River.

The next Itchy Feet evening will take place on Thursday 24 February at 7 pm in the Tumbler Ridge Public Library, with a feature on Bolivia. Renowned travel writer Viv Lougheed will show her slides of this fascinating South American Andean and jungle land, and one of northern BC?s best known authors, Barry McKinnon, will read some of his poetry on Bolivia. The following show will be on Kenya (10 March) with the season wrap-up on 7 April on the Tumbler Ridge area and Monkman Park, just in time to whet the spring appetites of hikers and explorers. Itchy Feet was started by Dr Paul Jurgens as a means of helping Tumbler Ridge residents cope with the rigors of winter. It has grown and endured, and become a unique and precious cultural series in the annual Peace Region calendar.