What a weekend it was. The best word I can think of to sum it all up is, gratitude. Slow Food Cycle Sunday, held Aug. 18 in Pemberton, had a terrible pall cast over it when a vehicle rollover occurred on Pemberton Meadows Road just outside of town around 11 a.m. Hearing all of those sirens go off carries an extra-scary significance when you live in a small town; because here, everyone knows everyone. At home, just after finishing a volunteer shift at the registration tent, when I heard the first siren I thought, “I hope it’s nothing serious.” At the second siren, I became a bit more concerned. By the third siren and the many after that, I knew it was something bad.
It took awhile to learn that no cyclists had been injured or killed. For that I am eternally grateful. The carnage could have been so much worse. For the man who died in the accident and those injured – no words can adequately describe the awfulness of the event.
As I finally made my way out of town and up the Meadows Road around 1 p.m., I still had plenty of time to complete the route — stopping at farms along the way, picking up some gorgeous Pemberton produce, and revelling in the annual Pemberton event that is really just one long block party. As always, it was a well-organized day with thousands of participants.
But in conversations with other local folks Sunday afternoon and on Monday, I can’t help but wonder how Sunday’s events might change the future of Slow Food Cycle. Do there need to be road blocks to screen vehicles coming in to town the morning of the event? Should the Meadows Road be closed completely to motor vehicles? Can it be? Will local government continue to support this event after such a close call for participants? So many questions, so much to think about, prepare for, and examine in the year ahead.
Tomorrow in Pemberton, that’s Friday, Aug. 23, the fifth-annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride is coming through Pemberton at around 1 p.m.
The Pemberton Legion is holding a hamburger barbecue from 12:30 until 2 p.m. to collect donations for this organization which raises funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Military Police Fund for Blind Children. Everyone is welcome to stop by for a burger and to visit with the riders.
For more details about the ride you can visit www.mpnmrr.ca.
Registration for programs in the Pemberton Fall 2013 Leisure Guide began August 20th, so you won’t want to waste any time stopping by the Pemberton Community Centre to register for what you want.
You can see the guide online at www.slrd.bc.ca (go to the “Departments” heading at the top of the page, then click on “recreation”), or stop by the centre and pick up a copy at the front desk.
Growing Great Children presents Dawnn Whittaker, founder of Cheekychops Consulting, who is bringing a free workshop to Pemberton addressing how to help your child get more sleep. This workshop is geared towards families with children age four to 18 months.
This event takes place Saturday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Junction Amenities Building. For more information, and to register, contact email@example.com.
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