“Summertime, and the living is easy…” or so goes the old melody. Gibsons is a wonderful place to spend your summer; in fact, your personal living space may be a bit more busy than easy, as guests descend from across the country and around to world to share in what Gibsons has to offer. As I write this column, the weather is very nearly perfect, an excellent setting for the activities of our diverse community of world-class artists, artisans and musicians, our local festivals, and the arts organizations that promote an abundance of opportunities for arts and culture in the Gibsons area.
Again this summer, the Town of Gibsons is pleased to support Music in the Landing, with buskers providing impromptu weekend concerts on street corners, on the pier, and at the Winegarden Park bus shelter. What could be better than a visit to Gibsons Landing, sitting on the lawns or benches overlooking our busy harbour, listening to some of the Coast’s finest musicians, or discovering the many galleries, cafés, boutiques and specialty businesses that give our community charm and diversity.
Summer is festival time on the Sunshine Coast. In Gibsons, so far we have enjoyed the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival, a well-attended and star-studded event; and last weekend, Sunshine Coast Community Services’ annual Children’s Festival and Duck Pluck Raffle in Dougall Park provided a traditional – if somewhat damp — school’s out celebration for the youngsters. Deputy Mayor Tretick had the pleasure of assisting in plucking the winning ducks for the raffle. He waded in the temporary ‘duck pond’ created for the day by Gibsons Volunteer Fire Department members, netting prizewinners and smiles.
In a few weeks, Sea Cavalcade weekend will provide more smiles with a parade, fireworks and family fun – if you haven’t yet bought a raffle ticket, I encourage you to support the event, and I look forward to seeing all of you there.
This year, summer in Gibsons is extra special, with our Public Market offering treats, souvenirs and delicious meals every Friday, as well as the various Farmer’s Markets happening Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays in the Town. Join your friends and neighbours in sampling all that Gibsons has to offer. Visit our website at http:// www.gibsons.ca/arts-andculture for more information on markets, events and festivities – I hope to see you around!
Wayne Rowe, Mayor Town of Gibsons