It’s all about preserving some of the rich and storied heritage of Delta.
Holding an entertainment-filled annual fundraiser at Ladner Fishermen’s Hall on Saturday, Feb. 22, the Delta Fishing Heritage Society has been busy working on initiatives ensuring the story of Delta’s fishing history won’t be lost.
Society volunteers have been restoring an old Fraser River gillnetter that’s been in storage for a few years called the Persian Fisher.
A grant from a foundation overseeing an estate was given to the society to help that project.
President John Stevens said they have an agreement with the city to have the craft on display outside the new Delta Cultural Centre this spring.
Some of the group’s other ideas include various displays as well as interpretative markings for all the historic cannery sites, as well as being involved in a community-wide murals project which could really put Delta on the map.
An idea that hopefully can be realized in the long-term is the establishment of a Fraser River interpretative centre that could add a great deal to a revived Ladner waterfront area.
The location still has to be determined but it could possibly be situated across from Sharkey’s on the north side of the harbour, Stevens says.
The museum would have static displays as well as interesting interactive elements.
The society’s Richard Mayer said, “The whole point with the interpretative centre, and this comes back to the mission of the DFHS, is the relationship between the community and the river. Without the river, we wouldn’t have the Delta. It’s a really an interesting, symbiotic relationship we share with the river.”
Next week’s annual fundraiser will feature live music, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and more.
It takes place at the Ladner Fishermen’s Hall, 4481 Savoy St., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $40.
Call 604-946-5211 or 604-946-9902 by Feb. 18.
For more information about the society and the upcoming event, check their Facebook page or website at DFHS.ca/dream.