Virtual Travelogues – Come Join Us


Not only are we missing trips abroad during COVID we are also having to forgo our usual travelogues that we have presented for the last ten years. We are now pleased to offer you the delights of ‘virtual travelling’ using Zoom. These presentations are free to attend but we ask that in lieu of the $5 admission, that you consider making a donation by clicking the button below.

Our first Virtual Travelogue will be presented on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 10:00 a.m. (PT) by Sue Harnett. She will give a half hour on “Exploring Ethiopia, its History, Culture, and Landscapes”, followed by an interactive question period.

Wayne Emde will present on Friday, January 29, 2021 10:00 a.m. (PT). His presentation is: “Boots, Packs and Time – Journeys Through Five Countries”.

Link to RECORDING of Wayne Emde’s January 29 presentation on walking 5 countries:

Link to Sue’s previously RECORDED travelogue on Ethiopia:
For this recording you will need the passcode: 9q+^6#uZ

All donations go directly to aid the Grandmothers in Sabie, South Africa, who are dealing not only with raising their Aids-orphaned grandchildren, but also the ravages of the pandemic.

If you have not participated in Zoom presentations before there are comprehensive instructions here. Please note that the instructions are slightly different for desktop/laptops than for ipads/phones. You can set it up ahead of time to check your audio and video. If you have technical difficulties please send an email to and we’ll be happy to help.


No Need for A Passport or a Suitcase! Travelogues 2014

The travelogues have been one of our favourite fund-raising events.  Not only do we get to hear about far away places and adventures, but we know that all the money raised is going to a great cause.

This year we have 4 great travelogues planned

Epic High Arctic – Friday, January 24 – presented by Ann Davis

India: Brimming with Life – Friday, January 31 – presented by Mary Stebbins

Finding Granny in China – Friday, February 7 – presented by Linda Kenneday

From Russia With Love – Friday, February 14 – presented by Bob and Arlene Spearman

All presentation are at 10:00 am in Room 006 at the People Place, admission $5.  Coffee and goodies will be available by donation before the presentation.

View the poster for more info.

Walking for the African Grannies

Grannies, relatives, and friends of Grannies a Gogo, please join us for a walkathon to raise money for our Gogos (grandmothers) in South Africa.
Walking for the African Grannies – Walkathon
Polson Park
Sunday September 9, 2012 (Grandparents Day)
Print a copy of the sponsor sheet below, find some sponsors for your walk and then join us at Polson Park on Sept. 9, 2012, along with your sponsor sheet and funds raised.
Weather permitting, bring a picnic lunch and join us in the park after the walk.

Please download the pledgesheet and bring to the walkathon.

Travelling Again – new Travelogues

Yes, once more you can sit back & enjoy 2 new trips without leaving town. Maybe you want to be inspired to think about where you will head to later this year or next or perhaps to enjoy the colorful slide shows & hear of life in far off locations without having to pay, pack and get there!

Friday, May 4th at People Place, 3402 27th Ave., Suite 006 7:00
$10 donation for 2 presentations and refreshments.

Buenos Aires European influence with “Latino sizzle”
Presented by Susan Fenner, with a look at the tango heart beat of Argentina, and the beguiling people and places of its’ many barrios. Included is a side trip to Iguazu Falls. Below, In Buenos Aires, La Bocca neighbourhood of ‘licorice allsorts’ coloured buildings, street musicians play their beloved tango tunes daily while locals dance intimately in the streets. Truly a delightful feast for the eyes and the ears while stopping to enjoy the food is a treat too.



Journey to The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi
Presented by Sue Harnett. You can enjoy the sights and insights of the real Africa where she traveled and volunteered as a teacher for 2 years. One can travel safely in this scenic small friendly country, which has National parks, high plateaus, rivers and is dominated by Lake Malawi. In contrast Namibia is full of vast empty space – one can travel a day and not see another human! Climb sand dunes of Sossusvlei, see the Big five in Etosha or drive the Skeleton Coast.

Day of Craft Workshops

Day of Craft Workshops to Benefit African Gogos
It’s a chance to develop your photography skills, or to learn the art of labyrinth, or to make a number of autumn themed crafts. Organized by Cheryl Curran, “Grannies à Gogo: the Vernon – South Africa Connection” will sponsor a day of Crafts Workshops on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Desert Cove Estates. Both men and women are welcome.
Local photographer Tom Skinner, the honorary mkhulu (Zulu for grandfather), will lead three sessions on making better use of your digital camera, and Cheryl Curran will teach the art of using a labyrinth. Other craft-making includes wreaths, pine cone trees, fall centre pieces, beeswax tapered candles, lavender sachets and pomanders. Extra bonus – all materials will be supplied, thanks to generous donations from community members.

To register, look over the schedule and fees below. Then email your name, phone number, and the specific workshops for which you wish to register, to Be sure to state the name and time of the session you wish to attend. Or phone 250-545-7021.

To confirm your reservation please make out a cheque to “Grannies à Gogo”, and mail it to Joan Davidson, 6451 Southwind Road, Vernon, BC, V1H 1B7.  A confirmation will be sent to you immediately upon receipt of your cheque, along with the important details of your chosen workshop, and directions to Desert Cove.

Workshop Schedule:

9 am. – Photography (session 1) – $20 (Bring your camera)

Coffee break

10:30 am. – Photography (session 2) – $20 (Bring your camera); Labyrinth walk – $10; Wreaths – $20; Pine Cone Trees – $10; Fall Centre pieces – $10; Beeswax Tapered Candles – $10; Lavender Sachets – $5; Pomanders – $5

Lunch Break

1:00 pm. – A repeat of all the morning sessions.

The lunch break will be at your leisure, as some crafts may take a bit longer than others. So bring your own bag lunch and enjoy the lovely gazebo garden at Desert Cove. Coffee and tea will be available.

Auction Item – “Sunflower” Quilt

This beautiful quilt was donated to the Grannies by a respected local quilter to be sold to raise funds.  The quilt is queen-sized and has some lovely detailing.

This “Sunflower” quilt would make a cherished gift or you could use it to brighten up your guest room.

If you would like to submit a bid for this quilt please send an email to with your name, phone number and the amount of the bid. Bidding on this item will close on Sunday, June 26 at 6:00 pm PDT.

CURRENT BID: $300.00

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Travel to the Galapagos

The 2nd in the Grannies Travelogue series will be this Friday, January 28, 2011 at the People Place in Vernon.

Escape to the Islands of Great Boobies, the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy an introduction to Blue-footed, Red-footed and Masked Boobies, Galapagos Frigate Birds, the Brown Noddy, Land and Marine Iguanas, the Giant Tortoise and many other species unique to the Galapogos Islands. Ponder, too, with Hugh and Anne Clarke, Charles Darwin’s devotion to studying the lowly ground finch in the midst of this grand array of unusual and unique species.Blue Footed Boobie


All presentations will be held at 10:00 a.m at the People Place, 3402 – 27th Avenue. Admission is $5 per session.