Summer has finally arrived on the Sunshine Coast and just in time to usher in a full slate of summer activities. We’ll highlight a few of our favourites in this blog.
The BC Day long weekend is first up on the calendar, and we’ll raise up our BC flag to mark the occasion. The annual sandcastle competition takes place this weekend on the beautiful sandy beach at Davis Bay. This is a very popular community event in an outstanding location and I’m always amazed at the incredible creativity on display. It’ll be a busy day for us, as that evening we’ll celebrate with neighbours at our annual Lower Sandy Hook pig-roast.
The Festival of the Written Arts is the following August 5th weekend. This is their 29th anniversary, so, what are the highlights? This year’s Giller prize winner, Johanna Skibsrud will talk about her first novel The Sentimentalists. John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce, returns to the Festival with a new book The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, Margaret Trudeau, wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau makes her first appearance at the Festival with her third book Changing My Mind, and will be interviewed by award-winning journalist Vicki Gabereau. All together, there will be 21 authors speaking over this wonderful 4-day weekend event. Tickets are still available for most events and our Beach House is also available. Team up with another couple and come and enjoy one of Canada’s best literary events.
Our annual Summer Craft Fair also takes place on the same weekend. This is one of BC’s largest gathering of juried artisans and the quality is extremely high – it’s always a great opportunity to get in some early Christmas shopping.
The August 12th weekend is lots of fun, with the annual Sleepy Hollow Rod Run. The weekend kicks off with a classic car parade – over 450 vintage cars travelling along a 30km parade route. We’ll be set up, as usual, in Halfmoon Bay together with friends and family, tables laden with snacks and beverages, and enjoying watching these beautifully restored classic cars. The next day all of the cars are lined up along both sides of the main street with the owners on hand to talk about their restoration projects. On Sunday many of these cars will be involved in drag racing up at the airport.
So now that summer has graced us with her long-awaited appearance, we’re all set for a busy few weeks of fun and festivals.