2019 Travelogues

This very popular series continues with four presentations:

Jan. 11Three Rivers: Budapest to Amsterdam by Wayne Emde
Jan. 18China, Vietnam, Cambodia: Teaching & Touring by Sandee Carson
Jan. 25The Rock: Nfld’s Vikings, Icebergs and Birds by Marnie & Ted Melnyk
Feb. 1India by the Five Senses by Suzy Sims

All presentations are scheduled for 10 am at the Schubert Centre 3505 30 Ave, in The Emerald Room. Admission $5


Icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland.


2018 Travelogues

The Grannies à Gogo series of four winter Travelogues have proven so popular that they will now be hosted in a new venue, the much more spacious Emerald Room at the Schubert Centre, 3505 – 30 Ave, Vernon. Take note! The impressive 2018 season of four new destinations is the eighth season of these remarkable Travelogues. The first in the winter series focuses on the Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba on Friday, Jan. 12. The next looks at Myanmar/Burma on Friday, Jan. 19. The third travelogue explores the spectacle of Iceland on Friday, Jan. 26, and winding up the winter series we travel to Portugal on Friday, Feb.2.  All the slide-show presentations are scheduled for 10:00 am at the Schubert Centre.

Churchill Polar Bear

            Marnie & Ted Melnyk kick off this series with Churchill in Polar Bear Season, a week-long “learning vacation” at the Northern Studies Science Centre at Churchill, Manitoba. Throughout that time they had a scientist guide who gave daily informative talks about their wildlife research. They joined an international group of about twenty people who could interact with the research and, for example, helped with a seal count. While spending two days on giant tundra buggies they successfully sought out and found polar bears and other wildlife, capturing them with their cameras.  Another highlight included a helicopter ride over the Hudson’s Bay coast, viewing the tundra and polar bears with cubs. They will complete the presentation with a look at Inuit art, the culture, the history, and the community spirit.


In the second travelogue Sue Harnett presents Myanmar/Burma and shares the complexity of this country’s past, present, and future which is currently so much in the news. Sue shares her observations and experiences while touring this changing country, noting the underlying political climate where powerful and corrupt ‘generals’ are in control and people are reticent to talk. Yet there is also a real feeling of optimism, since the first “free election” and the lifting of sanctions, and of economic progress. She perceives bustling modern cities, lovely landscapes, opulent temples and Buddhist beliefs and traditions which are respected.

Hengifoss Waterfall

The season’s third travelogue has us Warming Up to Iceland with Connie & Dudley deLeenheer. As the much quoted saying goes, “Nobody goes to Iceland for the weather”, and they quickly found out why it is so popular as a tourist destination. Iceland presents the opportunity to experience pure, unspoiled nature with very little in the way of human interference. They were fascinated by the gems of nature and the dramatically varied landscapes, some of which were very moonscape-like, where movies such as ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Interstellar’ have been filmed. Beautiful fjords and spectacular waterfalls provide diversity. Connie has a connection to Iceland since her great-grandparents were born there. She was impressed by the challenging life of people who lived in sod houses back in the day, yet they were resourceful and managed to get through their hardships with their daily phrase: “Everything will be all right.” Iceland is a very old and awe-inspiring country and was home to the world’s first organized parliament.

Queen Leonor Spa

Rounding out the Winter Morning Travelogue series is Portugal – Where Old World Meets the New, seen through the photos and comments of Juve & Isabel Furtado. Beginning in Isabel’s native city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, they focus on sites of historical importance such as the impressive 1502 Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower, both renowned for their magnificent architecture and interesting histories. Also catching attention are the irresistible Portuguese “pasteis de nata” or custard tarts like no other. They travel to the City of Porto, famous for its port wine, and to the coast of Algarve with its beautiful beaches and picturesque old towns.

Join us as we armchair travel to these four captivating destinations! All presentations will be held at the Schubert Centre, 3505 – 30 Ave, Vernon at 10:00 am. Admission is $5 at the door. All proceeds directly support bereaved African grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Schubert Centre will have coffee/tea and cookies available by donation to the Schubert Centre.

Grease – Movie Sing-Along!

Time to get out those poodle skirts and blue suede shoes for a fun-filled evening with Sandy and Danny.

Grannies à Gogo presents the original Grease movie with all your favourite lyrics to sing along to.

Friday, November 3 at 7 pm


Presented on the big screen at OK College Campus in Vernon – Room D-310. Doors open at 6:30 (rush seating).

Tickets – $15 available from Grannies à Gogo members or from the Bean Scene (2923 30th Ave, Vernon)

Hosted by Rick and Coreen Smith – refreshments available – room for dancing!


We are going to have a great calendar!  Thank you to everyone who entered photos in the contest and took part in the People’s Choice event.
Thanks to our fantastic judge Ian Bull – very patient, informative and fun.  He was impressed by the quality and variety of the photos entered.
And the winners are:
January – Barb Melanson
February – Wayne Emde
March – Anne Clarke
April – Gabe Stebbins (first prize)
May – Mary Stebbins (the mom of the first prize winner!)
June – Carol Schroeder
July – Carol Schroeder
August – Barb Melanson
September – Barbara Dirk (third prize)
October – Sarah Hanson
November – Anne Clarke
December – Sue Harnett (2nd prize)
January ‘19 – Mary Stebbins
Winning Photo: Adventure Calls
People’s Choice Winners:
Winter – Sue Harnett
Spring – Anne Clarke
Summer – Eileen Kaul
Fall – Anne Clarke
Calendars will be ready for purchase soon – watch for an announcement as these sell quickly!!

Travel to Nepal and Vietnam

The Grannies à Gogo are happy to present two new travelogues:

Friday, May 5:

Nepal: A Pilgrimage in Diversity will be presented by Virginia Dansereau for Grannies à Gogo: the Vernon – South Africa Connection on  at 7:00 pm at The People Place, 3402 – 27th Ave, Vernon. Admission $5. Join us as she explores city antiquity highlights juxtaposed with a rugged trek through spectacular mountains.

 Friday, May 12:

Vietnam – Fascinating History, Scenery, People and Cuisine will be presented by Carol Schroeder for Grannies à Gogo: the Vernon – South Africa Connection at 7:00 pm at The People Place, 3402 – 27th Ave, Vernon. Admission $5. Join us for a look at Vietnam’s colourful sights, people and flavours.

The Science of Happiness

Grannies à Gogo is pleased to present Dr. Ben Coleman and the Science of Happiness. Dr. Coleman will speak on the science of developing and leading a happy life.

Dr. Coleman has researched the subject of happiness for the past decade and his presentation will include voluntary audience participation with tools that participants can take home and put into practice.

This presentation will take place Friday, Feb. 24 at the People Place, 3402 27th Ave., lower level, at 7 pm.  Doors open at 6:30.

Admission by donation (minimum $5) and all proceeds go to the African grandmothers raising their AIDS orphaned children.