A Slocan Valley institution is celebrating its 50th Birthday 

Archie Bunker and All in The Family topped the TV ratings, 12,000 anti-war protestors were arrested in May Day protests on Washington’s Capitol Hill, and WAC Bennett was the premier of British Columbia.

The year was 1971.

Folks in what must have been an absolutely idyllic corner of BC set about to open a rural community centre in the heart of the Slocan Valley, to host events and build community. And that’s what its done, and then some, since.

The Vallican Whole, is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year. A

Administrator Marya Solinsbee provided Nelson’s Kootenay Co-op Radio with a flashback or two, and a glimpse into The Whole’s future.

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