Kris Foulds is among the presenters at the Coffee, Culture and Cookies sessions in October at The Reach Gallery.

Kris Foulds is among the presenters at the Coffee, Culture and Cookies sessions in October at The Reach Gallery.

Culture, Coffee and Cookies at The Reach Gallery Museum

Free sessions held Wednesday mornings in Abbotsford

The free public Culture, Coffee &Cookies (C3) at The Reach Gallery Museum marches into fall on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with a tour of current exhibitions.

The tour with docent Morian Perepelitza begins at 10:30 a.m.

Perepelitza will take participants through the 2017 Fraser Valley Biennale featuring 21 artists from Hope to Langley, Nova Scotia artist Ursula Johnson’s Mi’kwite’tmn, Abbotsford’s Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin’s Out of the Current, and Art on Demand 3.3 GAP by young Rossland artist Sage Sidley and curator Chantelle Fawcette.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m., Bill Overy recounts the experiences of him and his wife, Edna, along the Oregon Trail.

They learned along the way about the trials of one of the biggest migrations of population in North America, and will show photographs from the route.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. features local historian sketch artist Ernie Poignant sharing My Stories: 98 Years in Abbotsford.

Poignant is set to bring his memories of being an eight-year-old and watching the construction of the Mission Bridge, along with other local history high points.

The Reach’s curator of historical collections, Kris Foulds, completes the month on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. with the important historic milestone – The Draining of Sumas Lake.

What began as a strategy to manage the spring freshets that inundated Sumas Prairie annually resulted in a plan to drain Sumas Lake completely.

The drainage still ranks among the largest earth-moving projects in Canada’s history, and Foulds will share the history of the project and the multiple perspectives of its lasting impact.

All talks are free and take place at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. Visit thereach.ca or call 604-864-8087 (ext. 0) for more information.