Resorts hosting big party

Mark Chandler will be cooking up a storm of bacon inspired dishes at the Party on the Drive September 9 from his Extreme-Eatz food truck. Read more about his business in an upcoming edition of The News. - Brenda Gough photo
Mark Chandler will be cooking up a storm of bacon inspired dishes at the Party on the Drive September 9 from his Extreme-Eatz food truck. Read more about his business in an upcoming edition of The News.
— image credit: Brenda Gough photo

September 22 is the last day of summer and with shorter days on the horizon as well as our famous liquid sunshine, Parksville’s Resort Drive has put together a big street party to keep the summer fun going a little longer.

Party on the Drive will bring art, music and nature together on Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. along Resort Drive — no matter what the weather brings.

The new collaboration of the resorts along the drive was formed to create a festival in Parksville that everyone in the community can enjoy.

It has been a busy summer for Ocean Trails Resort, Oceanside Village Resort, Beach Acres Resort, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre, Sunrise Ridge Resort, Madrona Beach Resort and Ocean Sands Resort and Sunday’s party is not only a celebration of the beautiful location but everything else that makes the area such as great tourist destination.

Robynne Shaw, general manager of Sunrise Ridge Resort said their goal is to offer a fun, family and free event for locals and visitors alike.

“Basically, we just want to have some fun on the drive and share our community with everyone.”

She added they have beautiful sites that front Resort Drive and while summer is a very busy time, the events they will offer are intended to build out the existing season.

Events planner Carrie Powell-Davidson has been working for months on the big bash and has gathered a wide array of artists, musicians and food vendors for the event. The goal of the event is to bring Oceanside artists and musicians together. To that end, photographers, painters and other artists who reflect life in Oceanside through their artwork will be on location.

There will be various stages throughout the area that will see local musicians from a variety of genres including jazz, folk, rock and ambient music.

Local ensemble Kumbana Marimba is one of the acts that are sure to get the party started.  Also in the musical line-up are The Jagsters, a fresh distinctively diverse, R&B style band with soulful vocals.

The Hermits Music made up of Dave Kilbank and Paul Bezooyen will draw on over three decades of writing, recording and performing.

Canadian recording artist Dave Marco who is the lead singer for the Island band Big Twang Theory is an act you don’t want to miss.

For those who want some down time Holly Carnegie Letcher is creating one of her unique labyrinths. Attendees will be able to walk the labyrinth while listening to the mystical sounds of Peter Jack Rainbird.

The artisans that will be on site include Errington pastellist Dan Gray, known for his dedication to plein air and his depictions of wildlife.

Artist Roxann Hurtubise, better known as Roxy Wallhanger, will have original photography, handmade local artisan jewelery, wood work and crystal gems.

Vancouver Island photographer Randy Hall who specializes in nature photography will have his images on display that capture natural settings such as seascapes and forest landscapes as well as the plants and animals that inhabit these parts.

Local blacksmith artists Dave and Tamaki Friesen of Crossed Heart Forge will be bringing their portable forge and creating some ornamental ironwork.

Other artisans include Nanoose Bay’s Leanne Helin, Valeri Capewell, Stoneworks Jewellery, Wendy Maurer and her Beads of Joy, D’s Aboriginal Art and Gifts photographers Alan Cornall and Craig Carmichael.

To round out the offerings, food vendors will be located at various resorts providing tasty treats for purchase and it is not just the resorts’ famous chefs who will be cooking up a storm.

Be sure to bring your appetite and grab a curb on the drive because the ever popular food trucks will be serving some amazing cuisine.


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