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COVID-19 Update – May 12, 2020

(There’s useful information in our first update from April. Check it out, too.)

Before any of this started, we’d planned to open on May 9th for the season–not only did that not happen, but we’re still not sure when we might be opening this year; there’s still too much unknown about the sorts of restrictions and adaptations that will be required by our Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Fortunately, after 143 years, we know the spectacular heritage of this place isn’t going anywhere and we are finding ways to manage through this challenging time.

We’ve now cancelled all concerts, weddings, in-person workshops, dinners and more that we had planned for this summer. If you’ve already made a paid reservation or paid an event deposit, please get in touch so that we can sort out reimbursement.

These unique challenges have required us to be creative and so we’ve launched a new-and-improved Pantry Share program (with delivery to your door!), we’re offering daily “Virtual Field Trips” on Facebook Live and YouTube. Our Online Store is filled with all sorts of new products as well, and if you live in the Okanagan, Similkameen or Lower Mainland we can deliver them to your door!

One of the most straightforward ways you can help support us through these challenging times is to buy a Season Pass to the site right away. (And one for your friends, of course.) If we’re open for less than 75 days this year, your Season Pass will automatically be extended to the 2021 season. But in the meantime, that money will make a real difference for us.

As things change, we’ll be sharing more information regarding our plan for the season and how we hope to take care of ourselves, our site, our employees, our vendors and our community. You can always follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates.

Ultimately, we’re all in this together, even if we’re apart.

We ❤️ you. (Go wash your hands.)

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COVID-19 Update – Mar 20, 2020

The last few weeks have been an overwhelming torrent of news and information, and it’s quickly become clear that things won’t be returning to normal anytime soon. That’s a bitter pill for us, because up until now, we’ve been working incredibly hard to make this summer our best season yet–booking incredible music artists (including a Grammy winner!), planning workshops and presentations and much more. We’ve made improvements on site, installed new signage and many other things we’ve been looking forward to showing off… but now, it’s clear, we have to wait.

Effective immediately, we’re cancelling all events and bookings scheduled between now and May 9th, 2020. If you’ve already made a paid reservation or paid an event deposit, please get in touch so that we can sort out reimbursement. And going forward, we’re going to be changing our cancellation policy on reservations, bookings and event tickets–we won’t be able to provide refunds for sales after today, but will instead provide credit towards another reservation, booking or ticket.

As a business we’re in a holding pattern right now–we have staff scheduled to start in two weeks, suppliers we should be contacting to bring in product, summer students to start to recruit and train. All of that is currently on hold and we’re not sure we’ll be able to generate much revenue from our usual sources: admission fees, meals, campground reservations, etc. Meanwhile, we still have bills to pay, so need to generate some measure of income–that way we can keep working on getting the site ready for whenever we’re allowed to open.

One of the most straightforward ways you can help support is through these challenging times is to buy a Season Pass to the site right away. And one for your friends. If we’re open for less than 75 days this year, your Season Pass will automatically be extended to the 2021 season. But in the meantime, that money will make a real difference for us.

Over the next few days and weeks, we’ll be sharing more information regarding our plan for the season and how we hope to take care of ourselves, our site, our employees, our vendors and our community.

Ultimately, we’re all in this together and we’ll get through this.

We ❤️ you. (Go wash your hands.)

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Contest: Share Your Grist Mill Stories with #OurGristMill

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Share Your Affection for the Grist Mill
For A Chance To Win
One-Of-A-Kind Grist Mill Experience

We often hear from our repeat visitors that the Grist Mill and Gardens historic site is close to their heart.

For some people, parts of the history of this place have a special resonance. For others, it’s the sense of sanctuary that comes from the tranquility of the gardens and grounds, especially after a long hot day of traveling. Sometimes, they’ll mention a performance, a presentation or a meal that just “felt right” or inspired them to try their hand at something new. Many will mention a life event like a wedding, a school field trip, or a family outing. Whatever their personal stories, we’re always left feeling humbled and honoured at the way people speak about this place.

We would love to hear about your personal connection to the Grist Mill and Gardens.

How to Enter

(entries can be made via any of the methods outlined below): 

  1. Tell us why the Grist Mill and Gardens is close to your heart with a post on our Facebook Page. Stories or photos (with captions explaining the moment you captured) are both encouraged.
  2. Post a photo taken at the Grist Mill and Gardens on Instagram and include a caption explaining the moment you captured and the hashtag #OurGristMill
  3. Tweet a photo or short story about a special experience you had at the Grist Mill and Gardens on Twitter and include the hashtag #OurGristMill

You’re welcome to post as many stories as you’d like, but you’ll still only have one chance to win per each of the three methods listed above. Prizes will be drawn on August 7 and August 14, 2016.

Rules & Regulations

There are 4 prizes available in total including an Experience Package worth $400 that includes a private dinner for six in our lovely garden, a basket of Similkameen products from our gift shop and more. Lesser packages of event tickets and products from our gift shop will also be available.

The contest is open to any legal resident of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) who is at the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry, except current employees of the Grist Mill and Gardens or their immediate family members. The odds of being selected as a potential winner are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

Full Details
Copyright in all entries submitted for this Competition remains with the respective entrants. However, entrants agree that by submitting an entry to the competition, they grant the Grist Mill and Gardens a royalty free, perpetual irrevocable worldwide licence to use and republish their entry. This includes sharing the entry through social media and publication by the Grist Mill and worldwide in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material. (To translate: we don’t want to get in trouble if we share your story with others.)

The winner will be notified by the Grist Mill and Gardens on or before August 15 2016. The winner will be selected at random from a ballot which comprises all the qualifying entries. All entries must be submitted by the original writer of the entry. All entries considered inappropriate or offensive by the Grist Mill and Gardens will be disqualified. Any winner who is not contactable or who fails to return contact within 72 hours of notification after reasonable efforts have been made to contact them will be disqualified, they thereby forfeit their right to the prize, no compensation will be given and a reserve entrant will be selected as an alternative winner.

The prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable. In the event of unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to substitute the prize package for an alternative of equal or greater value. We reserve the right to modify, delay, postpone or cancel this contest in the event of circumstances outside of its reasonable control.

This contest and its rules shall be governed by the laws of British Columbia and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of BC courts.

 

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