There is always a fantastic turnout at the Pemberton Remembrance Day ceremonies. Every year it seems like there are even more people than the year before. In a crowd of what surely numbered in the hundreds last Sunday (Nov. 11) at the cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion, I was touched, as always, to see many families with children from newborn into their teens along with longtime locals whose children have long flown the nest, plus young adults home for the weekend from university or their jobs — in short a large number of people from the Pemberton community representing a huge cross-section of those who live here.
As I thought about how Remembrance Day is truly a Pemberton community event, it also struck me that if it wasn’t for the sacrifices of many who have gone before, we might not even be free to be a community at all. How fitting it always is to see that Pemberton remembers.
A fundraiser for local ski racer Charley Field of the B.C. Alpine Ski Team will take place at the Pemberton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Friday (Nov. 16) beginning at 6 p.m. Charley is continuing her quest to race at the national level.
The $20 per person cost will get you a prime rib dinner with Pemberton farm veggies prepared by that master chef himself — Charley’s Dad, Murray. The event will also feature local entertainment, a 50/ 50 draw and a silent auction.
See you there, Pemberton!
The Pemberton Youth Soccer Association is holding a bingo fundraiser Friday (Nov. 16), from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre. There will also be a hot dog and bake sale. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
The ever-popular Whole Lotta Led is playing at the Pemberton Legion this Saturday (Nov. 17), 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Esso Station, Pemberton Valley Supermarket and at the Legion. Ticket price includes one free drink. Organizers advise buying your tickets as soon as possible, as this event usually sells out.
All are welcome to attend the Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing at St. David’s United Church this Sunday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m. You can stay around and visit your friends afterwards, as light refreshments will follow.
Save the date: Pemberton’s annual St. David’s Christmas Bazaar will take place on Dec. 1 beginning at 10 a.m., this year at a new location. Signal Hill Elementary School will be the site of the fair. The new location will mean the fair will be smaller than in years past, when it was held in the gym at the now-town-down old community centre. Because of the smaller space and first time setting up at the school, organizers are asking that only hand-crafted items be sold at the event. However, if all the tables don’t sell out, they will then be open to other vendors as well.
So far, St. David’s famous cookie table with there, as will Meg Gallup with her fabulous pottery. Other vendors will be on hand with wares that include knitted and crocheted items, baking, jewelry, stone carvings and more.
To book a table, you can call Arlene at 604-894-6754 after 6 p.m. or email email@example.com.
Growing Great Children’s fourth annual Glamour and Glitz, a ladies night out, is coming up on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberton Legion — a brand new venue for this event. This year’s version of this always fabulous gathering will feature canapés by John from Collective Kitchen, plus shopping, martinis, live music, a scarf exchange, raffle prizes and a silent auction.
And of course, the company will be fantastic. Stay tuned for details at www.growinggreatchildren.com or search out Glamour and Glitz “Ladies Night Out” on Facebook.
Send comments and event listing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Pemberton column will appear Nov. 29.