Local potter to open Mother’s Day weekend


The Old Church in August 2008

The Old Church in August 2008


Jeff Bettle, owner and operator of The Old Church Pottery & Gift, located about 5 km north of Minnedosa, is opening for the season.  Jeff says ” new stock is coming out of the kilns daily.  I’ve got cannister sets, mugs, pitchers, butter dishes, and a variety of functional pottery.”    The winter was long and Jeff is looking forward to the spring and the opening.


Jeff’s perspective about people dropping by his shop is about meeting people and finding out about why they are in the area.  “I enjoy seeing people who are interested in things of substance, who like to pass time at a special place, or who might come to contemplate in my Japanese rock and gravel garden.”

This past winter Jeff has insulated the building.  His studio was insulated and drywalled, and a new furnace was installed.  

The Cameron Community Church was built in 1910.  Today, it is The Old Church Pottery and Gift, where travellers can purchase pottery, ice cream, local jams and jellies, paintings, woodwork, and willow furniture.  

Jeff can be contacted at the church at 1.204.867.5016, or by emailing him at jbettle@yahoo.com


New website for Sonics and Sojourns

The 2nd annual Sonics and Sojourns Festival of Learning and Music takes place from September 18 – 26 this year.  It features an innovative and eclectic blend of community-based activities, national park science workshops, interactive music, theatre in the schools, local and regional cuisine, and art and craft from the Riding Mountains.  One of the hallmarks will be a new Low Carbon Showcase, providing festival-goers with the opportunity to learn about various innovations in clean energy and house-hold and personal consumer products that have a low carbon footprint.

A new website provides all of the details about this fall experiential tourism festival.  You can find it at http://www.sonicsandsojourns.com

We look forward to seeing you at the festival.

Celes Davar, Festival Chair and Program Director

Harvest Sun Café spring hours and April 25th Songwriter

Nadia and Tara, from the Harvest Sun just forwarded the following information about the Harvest Sun Café hours (Kelwood, Manitoba), meals, and a singer-songwriter for April 25th.  Contact them at Harvest Sun.  If you are travelling to Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park or Dauphin during the summer months, try out this wonderful establishment on Highway #5, just north of Neepawa, that prides itself on supporting local producers, and producing good “local food” menus.  Or if you are camping at the national park, or taking one of Earth Rhythms’ wonderful cultural adventures, then you might want to take a slow drive to Kelwood along Highway #19 looking for wildlife in the evening.

Hello all!

The cafe is reopening on April 5th for our first Sunday Brunch & Sunday.  

Supper buffet from 10am-7pm…this season we are going to be open every Sunday..

Our spring hours of operation are 8am-4pm Tuesday thru Saturday,and 10am -7pm on Sundays. 

We will open full time on June 2nd. Our Dinner & a Concert this month falls on April 25th w/ singer songwriter Del Berber.

Hope to see you soon,

Nadia & Tara