Boy, it sure doesn’t feel like summer outside. As some of you know, I am in the midst of planning a new summer festival for New West, appropriately called Summerfest in Grimston Park. It hardly seems possibly that we’re only a little more than a month away from the July 17 event with all this rain!
Happily, things are ticking along. I’ve made a new page for the event on tenthtothefraser.ca, but I’ll also post some updates here for those who like to follow along. Here’s the short version of what’s in store:
Tenth to the Fraser is proud to present a new community festival in New Westminster’s West End: Summerfest in Grimston Park. Meet your neighbours, explore the new playground at Grimston Park, enjoy free live music and activities, and, at dusk, watch a movie under the stars. Bring the family and pack a picnic or bring a little cash to buy food on site. Summerfest is brought to you by Tenth to the Fraser, the West End Residents’ Association, the West End Business Association and New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation.
We’ve got a couple of major sponsors on board now (thank you Derek Thornhill and Dawn Black!) and a number of other individuals and organizations that are chipping in money, time and services to help make this thing happen.
I have always used Tenth to the Fraser as a catalyst for deeper personal connection to my community, but this is taking it to a whole other level. I’m not just making new friends through the blog, becoming involved in existing events or supporting others to launch new events. I’m starting something new, something I’ve never done before. Honestly, it’s a little scary. Thankfully, I’m not alone. Working with me on the organizing committee is Gavin McLeod from WERA, West End-er Mary-Ann Mortensen, Renee Chadwick from New West Parks, Rec & Culture, and John Ashdown from the West End Business Association. With their help, things are taking shape nicely.
It may be cold and rainy now, but I am envisioning the hot sunny days ahead, and looking forward to playing with the kids in the Grimston wading pool, hearing my fave RCFM busker Ross Werlick work the frets on his steel guitar and laying back on a blanket at dusk to watch E.T. phone home.