Plenty of activity during festival

This weekend will be the 33rd Annual Action Festival.

This weekend will be the 33rd Annual Action Festival.

A weekend of slo-pitch, music and lots of fun in Memorial Park.

In addition, there will be the parade on Saturday morning, fireworks Friday night as well as the annual Giant’s Head Run and Man of Steel Triathlon.

Definitely a fun weekend and one of the events that makes Summerland special.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the visit by Gord Hume and the ongoing work on creating a Cultural Plan for Summerland.  Action Festival, the Festival of Lights, the Good Will Shakespeare Festival and other past festivals, such as the Taste of Summerland, are examples of events that Gord Hume spoke about as they help define a community, give it vibrancy and expand the economic base.

Having hundreds of runners, slo-pitch players and others descend on Summerland this coming weekend has to be good for the local economy.

If you leaf through the Action Festival event guide that arrived in the mail last week you will see that a wide range of bands and individual musicians will be performing this weekend in Memorial Park.

You’ll be able to enjoy jazz, country, R and B, folk, blues, rock, west African drumming and so much more.

Enjoy music by some talented local musicians as well as from elsewhere in the Okanagan, the Lower Mainland and beyond.

And speaking of music the Summerland Community Art Council has begun organizing for this summer’s Wednesday’s on the Water series.

Last August many of us enjoyed a wide range of musical styles down at Peach Orchard Park.

This year there will be music in July as well as August.  If you, your company would like to be a sponsor or you or your group would like to perform contact Carmen at the Arts Centre for more information.

When you are downtown for Action Festival there is also  an opportunity to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some sweets at the annual Summerland Art Club art show and sale taking place in the lower level of the Summerland Library.

In addition to tasty treats you will be able to view a variety of art styles and media.

Who knows you may find just the right piece of art you are looking for, either as a gift or for your own place.

David Finnis is the publicity chair and past president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9908 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.