River Market ‘Goes Country’ to Raise Funds for Royal Columbian Hospital

River Market will step back in time to reinvent a Royal Columbian Hospital tradition: the Country Fair fundraiser. From 1943 to 1969 RCH volunteers invited residents to the “Come One, Come All to Country Fair” held at the City Market in New Westminster. During this year’s Canada Day long weekend, River Market will host an updated version of the Country Fair in a four-day fundraising extravaganza celebrating RCH’s history and contribution to New Westminster.

Kicking off the weekend celebration, River Market will host an evening fundraiser “150 & Going Strong” on Thursday June 28th featuring celebrated rhythm and blues musicians Lesismore and a menu of fantastic BC wines paired with local food prepared by River Market restaurants. Historians Dale and Archie Miller will regale guests with stories from the hospital’s incredible 150 year history. Tickets for the fundraiser are just $35 and can be purchased online.

On Friday June 29th River Market Food Hall will be transformed into a walk-in movie theatre where families can watch Footloose and grab dinner from one of the many restaurants including newly opened Re-Up BBQ and Wally’s Burgers.

Saturday June 30th is when the Fraser Goes South! The Market will be overrun with gingham, hay bales, sunflowers and specially handcrafted tea bar by Great Wall Tea. There will be entertainment for the whole family including a performance by the Vancouver Circus School, Square Dancers and musical performance by the New Westminster Secondary Jazz Quintet. River Market patio will play host to a bevy of country fair novelty games, animals from KJM’s Southland Farm location and so much more. Thankfully the prizes for winning the novelty games will not include a squirrel cape, which was a featured prize at the 1948 Country Fair! A perfect way to wrap up the weekend and to celebrate Canada Day will be a pancake breakfast at Paddlewheeler Pub from 8am – 10am continued with a Crepes breakfast, music, face painters and Canada Day fun for all.

Proceeds from all four event days will benefit the recently established Brooklyn’s Wish Fund in support of Royal Columbian Hospital families who due to unexpected medical circumstances require their newborns to receive care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.). Families often struggle with travelling time, parking and paying for accommodation while their newborn receives care and Brooklyn’s Wish Fund was set up to help parents and caregivers as much as possible.

For more information on how you can take part in River Market Country Fair festivities please contact call 604-520-3881, email events@rivermarket.ca or visit rivermarket.ca/events.

Halloween Craft: My Little Pumpkin Frame

This is a guest post from Melissa Balfour from New Westminster’s Pretty Up Parties. Melissa provides themed party decoration rental kits and party planning services to Greater Vancouver hosts and hostesses.

Get the kids together to participate in this Halloween craft activity that makes a great gift for family and friends who also love your little pumpkin!

The finished Halloween photo frame
The finished Halloween photo frame

You’ll Need:

  • 2 orange pipe cleaners
  • 1 green pipe cleaner
  • 1 sparkly green pipe cleaner
  • 1 orange Halloween garland
  • 1 piece of black foam
  • 1 picture
  • glue
  • magnets
  • scissors
  • foam letters spelling BOO!
Here's what you need for the craft
Here's what you need for the craft

Glue picture to the black foam. Cut out the picture with foam back and set aside to dry. With the remaining foam cut out black squares to place underneath your BOO! letters. Glue letters to the foam and set aside to dry.

Place orange pipe cleaners side by side and twist both ends together to form a circle. Circle should be big enough to fit around your picture.

To make the frame, twist the pipe cleaners together and then wrap the garland around the pipe cleaners.
To make the frame, twist the pipe cleaners together and then wrap the garland around the pipe cleaners.

Wrap garland around the pipe cleaner once and then once more to hide all the orange pipe cleaner. Now you’ve got your pumpkin body!

Cut green and sparkly green pipe cleaner in half. Bend in half and twist together to form the stem. Attach cut ends to the pumpkin body by bending the end around the garland.

Place a line of glue around the edges of your picture. Carefully place your pumpkin body over the picture and mold into a pumpkin shape around the photo. Add glue to the back of your letter shapes and place on the front of your pumpkin. Place a book on top of your pumpkin frame until the glue has set. (For faster results use a hot glue gun to glue pumpkin body to the picture and letter shapes to the garland.)

Once the glue has dried, remove book and fluff up the garland! Peel back tape from magnets and place on the back of your photo. Trim the corners of the photo and foam so that it does not peek out from behind the pumpkin body. Place on your fridge and enjoy!