Every time I think I want to move out of Pemberton, I realize I would be hard-pressed to find a kinder, more caring community.
Pemberton is a small town with a big heart, a place where people care about each other and the community at large. The majority of Pembertonians go out of their way to help others.
Last year, Hillary Downing hosted two members of the Timber Builders Guild, who were in Pemberton building the downtown barn. When two of the men who built the barn returned this year to tighten some bolts, they were a little shocked at how little it had been used.
So the woman housing the travelling builders decided to do something about that. That something is Barnstorm, an event that will rock the barn on Friday, July 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a mere $10, folks will be treated to the “country-soul” of The Deslondes, a band from New Orleans that’s been building a solid West Coast audience over the past few years. There will also be a beer garden, food trucks and a liquor licence that allows the under-19 crowd to attend. It’s an event that will not only raise money for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, but it will also help to ignite the barn’s potential.
This event deserves to sell out its 300 tickets not only because of the cause it benefits, but also because of the people behind the event. Barnstorm is a grassroots fundraiser being produced by a family that has always generously given to the community.
They are also a family that lives with one of its members fighting recurring brain tumours. And they do it with incredible grace. But people who know them would expect nothing less of Hillary and her husband, Dr. Hugh Fisher.
The Fishers have always involved community members. For more than 20 years, Hugh has been a vital part of the Pemberton Canoe Club, fostering and developing impressive dragonboat and flat water canoeing programs. And as one of the community’s favourite physicians, he also helped ensure the community’s health.
Hillary has worked in community social services and been active on many boards and committees. Their now-adult children are no slouches either. They are exactly the type of people you’d want as friends or neighbours. They are among the many dedicated people in Pemberton who generously give of their time and energy to create the kind of community they want to live in. And that’s a great reason why we should all try to get our hands on tickets to Barnstorm.
Great things happen when a community comes together. We’ve seen it again and again in Pemberton. Our local BMX and skateboard parks, the green space next to the medical centre, the museum and library — all initiatives that were started and executed by community members. This event will be another one of those great things.
Another reason to go to Barnstorm is because it’s going to be incredibly fun — the name practically guarantees it. Barnstorm refers to the old-time rural tradition of musicians going from barn to barn to perform and entertain. This time around the band will be staying put, but the audience will definitely be moving. And by getting together, quaffing a few cold ones and giving ’er on the dance floor, we’ll also demonstrate that we’re a community that cares about and supports each other. And isn’t that the type of town we all want to live in?
Tickets for Barnstorm are $10 and are available at both Mount Currie Coffee Company locations (Pemberton and Whistler), AC Petroleum and the Pemberton Bike Co.