Saturday, August 25, 2007

Powell River Blackberry Street Party

We just got back from the annual Powell River Blackberry Street Party. What an event! Marine Avenue is blocked off from Alberni to Wharf Street and is lined with booths celebrating everything blackberry, and then some.

Powell River Books (that's Wayne and I) set up Mr. Float Cabin (our bookmobile) out in front of Rocky Mountain Pizza. We had lots of visitors to our booth to watch the continuous slide show and to meet and greet the famous (infamous?) author, Wayne of course.

Wayne was pretty much tied to the booth, but I got to walk the whole length of the street party to see what was happening. There was square dancing, rubber ducky races, classic cars, raffles, games, vendors of local products, information booths, a chance for kids to play street hockey with the Powell River Kings, the Clansman Pipe Band, singers, bands and food, food, and more food. Blackberry pie, blackberry shortcake, blackberry cheesecake, blackberry tarts, blackberry smoothies, blackberry slushies, blackberry malts, I think you get the idea.

What an event for the town. I think everyone was here at one time or another. When they said thousands would come to Marine Avenue for the party, they sure were right. On some sections of the street you had to squeeze through.

A huge thank you to the organizers and the Marine Aveune Business Association for sponsoring the event. A good time was had by all. And thank you to all of the patrons of Mr. Float Cabin and Powell River Books. -- Margy

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