Roedde House Museum May 2018 Newsletter
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May 2018

"You are as welcome as the flowers in May." 
Charles Macklin

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

We're kicking off the season with a month full of community, beginning with some exciting news! Annika Penner, our Museum Manager, has moved on to a new employment opportunity at the end of April. With that, we would like to introduce our new Museum Manager, Kelsey Johnson! We are so excited to have Kelsey as part of Team Reodde and we look forward to what the future holds! Please read on to learn more about our new Museum Manager Kelsey.

With community in mind, we are also celebrating our anniversary! As Roedde House officially opened as a museum in 1990, we would like to celebrate our 28th anniversary with the community. For the month of May, Roedde House Museum will be admission by donation during our regular hours:Tuesday-Friday & Sunday, 1-4pm.

Likewise, Roedde House Museum will be open on Victoria Day, Monday May 21st, to celebrate the long weekend and public holiday. Come by for a visit from 1-4pm!

We look forward to welcoming you in May,

Our May Newsletter Features:

  • Au Revoir Annika!
  • Welcome Kelsey Johnson, Roedde House's New Museum Manager
  • Join us for Jane's Walk - Sunday May 6th!
  • Exhibition Reminder: "Canada, Your Prints are Ready!" 
  • Upcoming April Jazz & Classical Concerts
  • Meet Our Neighbours, Provincial Edition - Mackie Lake House
  • Events from Our Neighbours
  • Volunteer Call Outs

Au Revoir Annika!

"After a wonderful three years at Roedde House, it is with a mix of sadness and excitement that I am announcing my departure from the museum. I will not be going far, as I am taking on an exciting new career opportunity at the HR MacMillan Space Centre. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Roedde House and I greatly value the relationships I have built and the learning opportunities that I have been privileged to enjoy here. I wish Team Roedde every success for the future and look forward to returning as a visitor!"

Roedde House Museum has been inspired by Annika's dedication, passion, and ambition as Museum Manager. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Annika for all her hard work and amazing contributions! Best of luck Annika!

Welcome Kelsey Johnson, Roedde House New Museum Manager!

"Dear Roedde House Museum supporters,

I am thrilled to have accepted the position as Museum Manager and am excited to meet you virtually and in-person!

Coming from a community arts background, my studies, career, personal interests, and passions have been shaped by this. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University, with a focus on Cultural Policy and Film & Video Studies. My professional background is in cultural development, at both the national and local level.

In my career I had the opportunity to work with the Creative City Network of Canada, a national non-profit organization made up of municipalities, arts organizations and individuals working to support cultural development. This was an extremely valuable experience connecting me to the amazing work of dedicated cultural workers across Canada – from capital cities to rural communities.

I most recently worked at the City of Ottawa as an assistant in the Cultural and Heritage Services Branch, supporting the Branch Manager and operation of all units including Museums & Heritage, Arts Centres, Cultural Development, Archives, and Event Services. It was a very rich and rewarding experience supporting a variety of projects, programs, initiatives and events within the City’s Cultural and Heritage Services.  

After four years spent in Ottawa and Montréal, I have recently relocated back to Vancouver’s West End. I feel so lucky to be living and working in this amazing community and I am eager to begin my journey at Roedde House Museum. I so look forward to meeting all of the dedicated staff, board members, volunteers and supporters of this wonderful organization, and learning more about the Roedde Family. I am a tea enthusiast, so please stop in for a cuppa and a chat - I’ll have the kettle on!"

Join President Billie-Ann Woo
& Roedde House Museum for Jane's Walk Sunday May 6th! 

Have you ever been curious about the quaint park in the heart of the West End? We will be exploring Barclay Heritage Square and learning about the different buildings on the block and some landscaping highlights. We will end the walk at the Roedde House Museum where visitors can have a free tour to learn about this heritage house.

Walk Name: Barclay Square Heritage Walk & Roedde House Museum
Date and time: Sunday, May 6th 2018 at 11am - 12pm
Meets and Ends at: Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St, Vancouver, B.C.
Walk duration: 1 hour + optional House tour

About the walk leader Billie-Ann Woo: I am the Roedde House Preservation Society President so most of my expertise is within the museum walls. I do love the Square and I think it’s such a gem of a park with the winding paths and little patches of greenery. The Square has such a unique history that I’m excited to share with everyone.

Join us for Jane's walk on Sunday May 6th! For more information about Jane's Walk, check out their website here.

Exhibition Reminder: "Canada, Your Prints Are Ready!"

Photos from inside "Canada, Your Prints Are Ready!" at Roedde House Museum

Have you seen Roedde House's new photography exhibit? Curated by Peter Lowery, "Canada,Your Prints Are Ready!" features a diverse selection of vintage original photographs, cameras, and miscellaneous photographic artefacts. Peter is frequently at the museum willing to provide insight into the exhibition!

"Canada, Your Prints are Ready!" is on throughout summer 2018.

Roedde House Museum is proud to present the Kelby MacNayr trio on May 10th 2018.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 7pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for seat selection.

Tickets are available at the door or by reservation. Please call or email to reserve your spot. Concert Series passes always welcome.

Celebrate Mothers Day and all the wonderful women in your life with In Praise of Women, a concert featuring music by women composers, including Vancouvers own Dorothy Chang and Eileen Padgett. Seldom do artists of such individual accomplishment combine so spectacularly to jointly render chamber music magic. Joan Blackman, violin, Julia Nolan, saxophone, and Jane Hayes, piano are a searingly musical trio, and this event is truly not to be missed.  

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 4pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for seat selection. 

Roedde House Sunday Tea & Tour included in concert ticket. Please arrive between 1pm and 2:30pm to redeem this feature. Contact Roedde House Museum at 604-684-7040 for more information.
Reserve your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours - Provincial Edition!
Mackie Lake House in Cold Stream, B.C.

Photo courteous of Mackie Lake House

Christine Kashuba, Mackie Lake House Manager, shares insight to the museum and foundation:

When was Mackie House built and who lived at the house originally?
Nestled on the shores of Lake Kalamalka in the beautiful Coldstream Valley is this exquisitely crafted 1910 heritage home, featuring Arts and Crafts style architecture with a dramatic Chateau style roof. Mackie Lake House is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of grand house architecture in British Columbia.
Originally part of Coldstream Ranch, this five acre property was subdivided and sold to Margaret Spinks. She, in turn, sold the property to Ronald Buchanan of Montreal who commissioned this unique house to be built in 1910. In 1925 the Buchanans sold the house to the Gordon Layton family from England. In 1940 the Mackie family bought the house from their friends the Layton’s for $7000.
Hugh and Grace Mackie, with their children and Hugh's brother Austin, came to Coldstream to begin the prestigious boys school - Vernon Preparatory School est. 1914. The Mackie family lived at the school until retiring from the Vernon Preparatory School in 1946 and moving into what is now known as "Mackie Lake House".

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When and how did Mackie Lake House become a museum?
The youngest of five sons and remaining son of the family, Patrick (Paddy) Mackie, inherited the house and in 1993 formed the Mackie Lake House Foundation "to preserve and present the buildings, grounds, furnishings and related history of the Mackie Lake House for the enjoyment and education of the public."
What is a unique feature about Mackie House?
One of the unique features of the Mackie Lake House is the very dramatic tall chimneys complete with the letter S - a structural support not S for Santa! The house is Arts and Crafts style architecture. The Mackie Lake House was listed as one of Canada’s Historic Places in 1987 and has Provincial Heritage Designation.

Photo courteous of Mackie Lake House: "S" Shaped Chimneys
Is the house open to visitors? If so, what can visitors expect to experience? 
Mackie Lake House is open by appointment year round and provides many opportunities for guests to visit one or more event.  In the warm season choose to experience our Tuesday Tours, Morning or Afternoon Teas on Thursdays, or Outdoor Concerts Friday nights once a month.  
Any up and coming events?  
Embrace the timeless elegance of this superbly crafted 1910 Heritage Home overlooking Kal Lake. Join our weekly tours, savour Tea on the verandah, or enjoy an outdoor concert. Celebrate your wedding or event on our spacious grounds. All of our event tickets are available at

Mother’s Day Tea -  Sunday, May 13 with sittings at 10 am and 2 pm
Celebrate the special women in your life!  Seated on the beautiful screened verandah overlooking Kalamalka Lake and our scenic gardens let us pamper you. Enjoy a selection of teas served in fine bone china, delicious finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, followed by delicate desserts. Let us guide you through this exquisitely crafted grand country mansion on an optional tour included with your ticket. Tickets for this event are $40 per person.
“A Secret Garden” Tea Party - Saturday, July 7 at 10:30 am
Mackie Lake House is please to host this child friendly Tea Party inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book The Secret Garden. Our beautiful garden space will be the setting for this delightful afternoon tea, an echo of our adult teas. Tea will be served in child-sized fine bone china accompanied by delicious finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with Devonshire cream and seasonal jams, and child friendly dessert.  Children are invited to bring their favourite adult to enjoy this Secret Garden Tea Party. Tickets are $30 for one child and an adult, additional children $12.50 each to a maximum of 3 children per adult.

Music at Mackie - Outdoor Concert Series: Friday June 15- Feet First and July 13 Cod Gone Wild 
Pack up your favourite picnic supper, a lawn chair and enjoy the music while you dine "al fresco" on the lawns overlooking Kalamalka Lake at historic Mackie Lake House. If you prefer, add a picnic supper with your advance ticket purchase or just come listen to the music, the choice is yours! Beer and wine are available at our Cash Bar. Remember to bring your lawn chair or blanket so you have a comfy seat!  Tickets are $25, children under 12 free. Gates open at 5 pm and the music begins at 6 pm.

Does Mackie Lake House do rentals as well?
The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Historic House and Grounds for meetings, strategic planning days, workshops and seminars. Rent the Mackie lake House and add some history to your meeting or event!
The unique and comfortable atmosphere of the Mackie House main floor and screened porch offers a productive and enjoyable meeting or workshop space for up to 50 people for your business or club. It is also an excellent space to celebrate special events such as employee achievements, retirement, or yearly events.  Additionally, the majestic front lawns overlooking Kalamalka Lake are a picturesque location for your events and can easily accommodate up to 200 people.

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An event booked at Mackie Lake House offers a unique and memorable experience. Please contact us at or 250-545-1019 for venue availability or to arrange for a site visit.
Can you tell us more about your Artist in Residence program?
The Mackie Lake House Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program is a collaborative partnership between Mackie Lake House Foundation and Vernon Public Art Gallery (VPAG). The Artist-in-Residence Program is made possible through the generosity of Patrick (Paddy) Fylton Mackie who established and funded the Mackie Lake House Foundation. Patrick Mackie was a patron of the arts and a gifted artist in his own right and the Artist-in-Residence Program was established in his memory.
We are pleased to announce the call to the artists for the 2018 Mackie Lake House Artist-in-Residence program. The residency is designed to offer established Canadian artists solitude and time to create. The residency includes a three-week stay at the Historic 1910 Mackie Lake House in Coldstream, BC, an honorarium, and a solo exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The exhibition will include working sketches and finished works produced during the residency.
The purpose of the Artist-in-Residence program is to foster the discourse and production of visual arts by providing artists a place to pursue their artistic discipline in a tranquil location away from their normal busy life. One work of art inspired by the location and produced during the Residency will be donated to the Foundation to be displayed in the House. The artist will grant rights for the image to be reproduced as cards or small prints with full credit given to the artist. For the application form and supporting information please see our website.

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Where can readers find out more about Mackie House?
Readers can find out more at, Facebook, and Instagram


Events from Our Neighbours

Marpole Museum & Historical Society
Treats and Treasures
Saturday, July 7th 2018, 10-3PM
Refreshments available. 
For more information visit Marpole Museum website

London Heritage Farm Annual Plant Sale
For more information, check out London Heritage Farm website


Volunteer Call Outs

Join the front-lines and daily operations of Team Roedde! We are looking for friendly, passionate, and dynamic community members to join our diversely talented group of volunteers. Check out these Roedde House volunteer opportunities:

Docent/Tour Guide

Events Volunteer Photographer

Collections Textile Volunteer

Please contact Darcie at 604-684-7040 or to apply.

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!


Are you interested in becoming a friend of the Museum? Then we’d love for you to be a part of the Roedde House Preservation Society! For one year, Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the museum, news and invites to our special events, and a discount on house rentals. Members also have a direct impact on the decision-making of the Museum by voting at our Annual General Meeting. We want the people who love Roedde and all that it is to have a say in its future! Memberships start at $10. Join HERE.


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