It's here -- one of the busiest summer weekends here on Pender. The ferry lineups are long, it's hard to find a parking space down at the Driftwood Centre, and the grocery store will run out of bread by Sunday afternoon. But, all is well...most residents are happy to share Pender's wealth with our summertime visitors. After all, the quiet winter months are not far away, and there will be lots of time for winter walks in the woods with no one else around, and long evenings spent around the woodstove reading and playing cards.
But enough about winter. You're here because you want to find out what's happening this Canada Day Looong Weekend. So I'll stop my ramblings and get on with it:
Friday, June 27
10:00 - 4:00 - Nu-To-Yu (Pender's thrift store) is having their famous stuff-a-bag day. All the clothes and linens you can fit in a paper bag for $5.00. Also on Saturday.
Saturday, June 28
9:30 - 1:00 - Farmer's Market at the Community Hall. Local produce, baked goods, preserves and crafts.
10:00 - 1:00 - Library's Book and Bake Sale. All proceeds to the Health Clinic Fund.
1:00 - Pender Island Museums 100th Anniversary Celebration. At Roe House.
Tuesday, July 1 CANADA DAY
Festivities are sponsored by the Legion -- multiple venues:
10:00 Children's Face Painting. Free flags, badges and Maple Leaf Tattoos.
11:00 Canada Day Parade.
11:20 Singing of "O Canada" and address from Islands Trustee Gary Steeves
12:00 Cake and entertainment by the PI Quartet and PI Jazz Band
Hope Bay Bible Camp (Hooson Road)
12:30 - 3:00 Childrens' games and races. Free watermelon, ice cream and pop. Hot dogs also available.
3:00 Beer Garden opens at the Legion
6:00 BBQ Steak Dinner. $10.00 -- Come and celebrate!