B.C.’s period of prohibition from 1917 to 1921 actually preceded prohibition in the U.S., when liquor sales were prohibited from 1919 to 1933. After BC’s prohibition ended, U.S. citizens who lived near the border would make their way to Canada to wet their whistles. “Free Auto Camp” was proprietress Mrs. McRae’s invitation for Americans to stop and drink at her camp. (The Reach P341)

B.C.’s period of prohibition from 1917 to 1921 actually preceded prohibition in the U.S., when liquor sales were prohibited from 1919 to 1933. After BC’s prohibition ended, U.S. citizens who lived near the border would make their way to Canada to wet their whistles. “Free Auto Camp” was proprietress Mrs. McRae’s invitation for Americans to stop and drink at her camp. (The Reach P341)

Culture, Coffee and Cookies at The Reach

Free sessions every Wednesday morning in Abbotsford

The Reach Gallery Museum continues its free Culture, Coffee and Cookies (C3) series this month.

The series runs every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way).

Kris Foulds, the highly knowledgeable curator of historical collections at The Reach, presents The Shady Side on Feb. 14.

People often think of the past as the “good old days” peopled by hard-working, pious pioneers. Similar to today, the past had its share of scoundrels and scallywags, which Foulds will introduce with stories of the shady side of early Abbotsford.

At the session on Feb. 21, Carolyn Abramson and The Pentones discuss the Underground Railroad.

Abramson is a descendant of Barbadian slaves and, because of this heritage, has a natural interest in the history of slavery and its cultural aspects.

The underground railroad played an important part in providing hope and freedom for American slaves.

Their needlecrafts, their spiritual music and their stories are compelling, and it’s Abramson’s passion to share this information through music, quilts and storytelling.

The Pentones are four seniors who share Abramson’s love for music and who enjoy giving back to their community. They are Ron Schaufert (guitar and bass), Rose Schaufert (soprano), Ester Unrau (alto) and Earl Colpits (tenor).

On Feb. 28, Richard Toews presents The Quiet in the Land, the internal struggles of hero Johann Toews.

It’s 1917 Russia, and the peasants are restless. Johann, the son of a Mennonite pastor, is witness to a profound contradiction between the Mennonite theology of non-violence and the social reality within their colonies.

In keeping themselves separate from the world, the Mennonites treat their Russian peasant workers as no better than cattle. Johann must act, however, and discovers that decisions have consequences.

Visit thereach.ca or call 604-864-8087 for more information.