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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 12:52 AM

Time for some mid-November humour.  During our summer holidays, Angela and I wanted to buy some good examples of Okanagan wine, to bring home with us.  Our tour guide listed one interesting vineyard, Blasted Church vineyard.  Agreeing that there had to be a story behind that name, we went to check it out.

 

The wine is actually pretty good.

 

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The staff at the vineyard told us a story with a chuckle:  there really is a Blasted Church.  The original church was located in Fairview, BC.  The church fell into disuse as the town declined.  Finally, in 1929, the Presbyterian Congregation in Okanagan Falls, BC decided to dismantle the church and move it to Okanagan Falls.

 

In those days, buildings were dismantled by boarding over the windows and sealing the doors.  Then a stick of dynamite was suspended in the building.  The idea is that the resulting force would loosen all of the nails, allowing for easy removal of the boards with less damage to the wood.  Unfortunately, someone got a bit too enthusiastic when placing the dynamite:  why stop with just one stick when you have four sticks to use?  :lol:   Alas, the steeple and the iron cross on top didn’t make it.

 

We had a good chuckle but wondered if the vineyard staff weren’t pulling our legs a bit.  So, on our way to Oliver, BC, the next day, we decided to visit Okanagan Falls and see if we could find it. 

 

Eureka!  We found it – minus the steeple. 

 

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Looks pretty good, for a church that was originally built in 1897. 

 

 

If you want to check out some good wine, check out the vineyard's web site.

 

https://blastedchurch.com/

 

The church's web site can be found here

 

https://okfallsunited.ca/

 

Personally, I think that the vineyard's web site was a lot funnier, but that's just me.  Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 03:06 AM

Excellent photos and very cool story.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 03:33 AM

Cool story Mark.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 08:51 AM

Very nice series...and a great story...All I was missing was the wine and cheese... :D


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 11:43 AM

Some of the stories at the wineries are really funny.  Did you check out Silver Sage?  If not, put it on your list as it is probably the most entertaining winery you'll ever visit.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:14 PM

Some of the stories at the wineries are really funny.  Did you check out Silver Sage?  If not, put it on your list as it is probably the most entertaining winery you'll ever visit.

 

Dang!  How did we miss that one?  Thanks for the heads up, Gordon.  :)


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:14 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, everyone.  :)


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 06:16 PM

Excellent photos Mark, and a great story too. I like the church, still looking good.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:46 AM

Excellent photos Mark, and a great story too. I like the church, still looking good.

 

Thank you, Ron.  The wine is also VERY good.  ;)


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:21 AM

Good story, Mark and excellent photos.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:41 AM

Reminds me of something Red Green would do.  (For those unfamiliar with Red check this out  http://www.redgreen.com/)


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:05 AM

Good story, nice shots. Must have been a great church service!


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:41 PM

Good story, Mark and excellent photos.

 

Thank you, Art.  :)


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:48 PM

Reminds me of something Red Green would do.  (For those unfamiliar with Red check this out  http://www.redgreen.com/)

 

:lol:  :lol:

 

That was also my first thought when I heard the story, Cliff.  For some reason, your link is kaput (the dreaded 404:  page not found) even though it's identical to the one below.  I have no idea why one would be so different from the other.

 

http://www.redgreen.com/

 

If folks still don't get it, this Wikipedia entry may help a bit.

 

https://en.wikipedia..._Red_Green_Show


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:53 PM

Good story, nice shots. Must have been a great church service!

 

Thank you, Dennis.  I think that it can be safely said that that service ended with a bang!  :lol:


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