There is a buzz around town this week as everyone prepares for Fernie’s first Wapiti music festival this weekend.

Since I moved to Fernie, three years ago, one of the things I tell people I miss the most is live music. Some of the bars here have bands performing occasionally, but they usually play really late at night, and I’m afraid my job (and age) doesn’t allow me to stay up all night like I used to. And a lot of the bars seem to be replacing live bands with DJs anyway, which really isn’t the same. I like to see instruments, preferably guitar, bass and drums. Maybe I’m old fashioned but that’s music to me.

So I’m very excited to get out this weekend and hear some upcoming Canadian talent right here in Fernie this weekend, and really hope the community supports it, so that it will become an annual event.

The weather forecast is looking good, but here in the Elk Valley, you just never know. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for perfect skies and a great turnout.

Almost everyone I have spoken to has said they will be going. Most haven’t bought a ticket yet, of course, but that’s just the Fernie way! See you all there!

Coming back from a weekend in the states on Sunday, I wondered what the hold up was when traffic came to a standstill just outside Whitefish.

I watched in fascination as a helicopter landed on the road right in front of me, and the ambulance came up to meet it. It wasn’t until I got home and people told me Jeff Stuffco had been in an accident, that I realised the guy being airlifted was someone I know from Fernie.

I know from the phone calls I have been getting this week that many people care about how he is, and the community is hoping he makes a fast recovery and is back in Fernie soon. I spoke to his wife, Janet, and she seemed unaware of how much people here are concerned for him. Our thoughts are with him and his family and everyone at The Free Press hopes he’s home soon.

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