Some big news has hit our town in recent weeks — a new, huge music festival is coming to Pemberton next summer and the official go-ahead has been given for a new private school and recreation facility.
This is all wonderful; I just hope it doesn’t change the flavour of our town. We have a reputation here in Pemberton of being a close, connected, family-centred community. In recent years, we’ve gotten big enough that we no longer all know each other. But I really believe that despite our continuing growth, our small-town-ness remains — it’s practically impossible to walk anywhere in Pemberton without seeing someone you know to wave at or say hello to. Although in reality it’s usually several someones. And when it comes to volunteering or helping out neighbours or friends, Pembertonians are always up for the challenge.
In other big news this week — at least in my newspaper world — changes are afoot at The Question. Glacier Media, The Question’s owner, bought Pique in July and now some reorganization is taking place. The Question is now published on Tuesdays and, I’m told, will be a more community-driven paper. I’m interested to see how this all shakes out. In the short term, I’ll be writing this column each week for the rest of October, and then will switch back to appearing every two weeks with Anna Helmer, beginning Nov. 5.
But in newspapers, as in the rest of life, changes are not without precedent. Since I first connected with the Question back in the ‘80s as a potential reporter fresh out of journalism school — when Glenda Bartosh was the editor, buying a home in Whistler was laughably cheap by today’s standards, a byline was a big deal, actual dark rooms with chemicals for developing film and producing prints were the norm, and after putting the newspaper to bed the flats had to physically be taken to the printing house — changes have been steady. Since I started writing this column back in the early 2000s, there have been changes in editors, reporters, publishers and photographers. There have been new designs and the creation of a digital edition. The paper has reported on triumphs, tragedies and calamities, politics, heroes and criminals. Through it all, The Question is still going strong, which says a lot for the power that print still holds in our digital world. And for someone like me who still likes to put pen to paper and reads books that are bound and printed on paper, that’s a wonderful thing.
Next time you are on Cottonwood Street beside the Pemberton Community Centre you are bound to notice some new art underfoot. Two new stenciled crosswalks, blue and white and bearing a unique design depicting water and sky, were recently installed.
The brainchild of the Pemberton Cultural Roundtable, the crosswalks were designed by local artist Brigit Sirota-Goldammer. She will be creating two more designs for four more crosswalks to be laid down in the village this spring.
Trish Belsham, roundtable member, said the walks are a “great way of bringing art to the community.” She said this visible art can engage people and show people what art can be.
The roundtable began meeting last spring and is developing a cultural plan for Pemberton reflecting the community’s local culture. You can reach the roundtable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lace up those sneakers and prepare to get muddy. Lumpy’s Epic is back. The annual 12-kilometre trail run takes place next Sunday, Oct. 20. The run takes off from One Mile Lake in Pemberton, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the race starting at 10 a.m. The run winds through rolling forest trails with some magnificent vistas of the Pemberton Valley. Entry fees are $15 for adults. Children are free. All proceeds go to the Spud Valley Nordic Club (www.spudvalleynordics.com).
Dr. Art Hister has moved to a new date. Originally scheduled to speak on October 10, the full-time “media doctor” will now speak on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Ull’us Community Complex Gym at IR10 Road in Mount Currie from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hister has worked as a health analyst for BBC Radio, CBC Newsworld and is currently a health analyst for Global TV News in British Columbia. Among a number of other activities, he is a health columnist for several publications and websites and is the author of two Canadian medical best-sellers.
This free event, titled “Yes You Can: Easy Steps to Living a Happier, Healthier, Longer Life,” is presented by The Winds of Change.
Send comments and event listing ideas to email@example.com. The next Pemberton column will appear October 22nd.