Getting real at summer exhibition

The Summer Recreation and Lifestyle Exhibition returns on May 7.

  • Apr. 1, 2011 9:00 a.m.

As winter starts to fade away Real Storage is getting ready to host the Summer Recreation and Lifestyle Exhibition on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be an open-air, market-style event to bring the general public together with businesses, entrepreneurs and groups working in and around the Columbia Valley.

Marianne Thiesen is the  manager of Real Storage in Windermere. She feels that this event will be a great way for residents of the Columbia Valley and beyond to change things up after the chill of winter has gone.

“There are a great many businesses in the area providing all kinds of goods and services, some we know; some we don’t. This type of event provides an opportunity for us to learn more about what is available, to get to know the people behind the business and to browse some great products. The show provides a venue for new businesses or home-based businesses to get the word out, and gives well-established businesses an opportunity to interact with customers in a different way,” Thiesen said.

She went on to explain just how important and diverse the word recreation can be.

“Recreation means different things to different people. It is what we do when we aren’t working, so you might enjoy boating, fishing or mountain climbing, or tinkering in the garage.  I might prefer to spend time in my kitchen or redecorating my home.  It is about the things that give you enjoyment or help you rejuvenate.”

As for what people will get to see at the event, having something for everyone is key.

“It’s the day before Mother’s Day so there will be some great gift items for Mom, and for Dad, although Mom might like these too, gadgets, tools, accessories for the boat or RV, entertainment ideas and products, adventure tours and packages, and some big ticket items that you will really want to see.  You will be able to talk to those who are passionate about certain issues and maybe you want to get involved,” said Thiesen.

Although this will the first time Real Storage has hosted this type of event, Thiesen  is hopeful it will develop and change and become an annual event.

Anyone interested in learning more can contact Thiesen at  250-342-4494 or email mthiesen@real  Information and registration packages are available at Real Storage, the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Deadline for booking display space or booths is April 18.