PHOTOS: Fernie Chautauqua festival returns in 2022

People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)People gathered on the City Hall lawn for Chautauqua 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Nicolas Francoeur-Leblond, Inès Kroeger, Anne-caroline Kroeger and Elsa Kroeger were attending the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Nicolas Francoeur-Leblond, Inès Kroeger, Anne-caroline Kroeger and Elsa Kroeger were attending the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Jenn Swansburg of the Fernie Quilt Guild with daughters Myla Swansburg and Eilie Swansburg at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Jenn Swansburg of the Fernie Quilt Guild with daughters Myla Swansburg and Eilie Swansburg at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Pat Moore of the Elk Valley Métis Nation was tabling at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Pat Moore of the Elk Valley Métis Nation was tabling at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Will Ripley, Venice Ripley, Smith Ripley, Lindsay Day, and Veronica Shier were at the Sunday Fall Fair the same weekend as the Chautauqua festival in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Will Ripley, Venice Ripley, Smith Ripley, Lindsay Day, and Veronica Shier were at the Sunday Fall Fair the same weekend as the Chautauqua festival in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Hark Raving Sirens were playing live on the City Hall lawn for the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Hark Raving Sirens were playing live on the City Hall lawn for the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Kids were dancing to the live music playing on the City Hall lawn for the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Kids were dancing to the live music playing on the City Hall lawn for the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Lindsay Vallance of the Fernie Heritage Museum was giving official public tours for the first time of the museum artifact centre under the Catholic Church during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Lindsay Vallance of the Fernie Heritage Museum was giving official public tours for the first time of the museum artifact centre under the Catholic Church during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Lindsay Vallance of the Fernie Heritage Museum was giving official public tours for the first time of the museum artifact centre under the Catholic Church during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Lindsay Vallance of the Fernie Heritage Museum was giving official public tours for the first time of the museum artifact centre under the Catholic Church during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Photos from an exhibit at the Fernie Heritage Museum called ‘Women of Michel’, open during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Photos from an exhibit at the Fernie Heritage Museum called ‘Women of Michel’, open during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A panel luncheon called ‘Michel Reminiscing’ at the Fernie Seniors Centre during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie with Women of Michel artists. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)A panel luncheon called ‘Michel Reminiscing’ at the Fernie Seniors Centre during the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie with Women of Michel artists. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Karen Brown, Melissa Leslie, and Angie McGivergan attended the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Karen Brown, Melissa Leslie, and Angie McGivergan attended the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Hailey Bell, Angie McGivergan, and Lexi Bell in Fernie’s heritage firetruck at the 2022 Chautauqua festival. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Hailey Bell, Angie McGivergan, and Lexi Bell in Fernie’s heritage firetruck at the 2022 Chautauqua festival. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The McLellans and Andersens taking part in crafts at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The McLellans and Andersens taking part in crafts at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Nycki Wannamaker cleaning a kitten at the Twin Meadows Animal Rescue table at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Nycki Wannamaker cleaning a kitten at the Twin Meadows Animal Rescue table at the 2022 Chautauqua festival in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie’s Chautauqua festival was back in action over the weekend to celebrate the Elk Valley’s heritage, arts and culture.

The annual festival has been limited for the past two years due to the pandemic, and Fernie Heritage Museum executive director Jim Takenaka said on Saturday that they were more of less back to full speed in 2022, and hope to keep growing.

He said it’s “a full weekend full of fun,” and that things were going great.

“We’re really happy,” he said.

The festival took place throughout Fernie from Sept. 9 to 11, and featured an exhibit called ‘Women of Michel’, art on the City Hall lawn, live music, tours of the museum’s artifact centre under the Catholic Church, walking tours, and more.

The Elk Valley Métis Nation had a presence for the first time at the festival with a booth on the City Hall lawn, according to elder Pat Moore.

She said several enjoyable conversations were had.

“When we gather we share our stories which is helpful to understand our culture. A big thank you to Fernie museum (Jim and Lori) to reach out and invite to such a great cultural event,” Moore said.

Jenn Swansburg, a member of the Fernie Quilt Guild, was at the City Hall lawn with her daughters showing her art.

“It’s actually really nice to be back at Chautauqua. It’s been about two years where we’ve missed it, and it’s just nice to see everyone.”

Melissa Leslie was attending the festival on Saturday.

“Lovely fall crisp day, super sunny out, nice day to be out in the community.”

READ MORE: Events were held throughout the weekend to celebrate heritage and culture

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