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Gumboot Nation: Creek Daze a coming!

Sunday, Aug. 14 is the date set for this year’s Creek Daze. For more than 40 summers, this Roberts Creek tradition has taken many shapes and forms. This year’s festivities look ramped up to help us get all our Creeker Ya Yas out! 
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When my son was 11, I made him a coaster cart from two bicycles. He sat low to the ground between them with an innovative (IMHO) steering assembly. We talked each other into him using it in the Higgledy Piggledy Parade and as he was the first to leave the old staging grounds at the hall, he headed to the pier in an excited rush. The crowd gathered at the Gumboot, in anticipation of our homegrown parade, gave a cheer as he flashed by, assuming the rest of the procession was close behind. They waited for 20 whole minutes before the next “float” caught up to the four-wheeled demon! 

Sunday, Aug. 14 is the date set for this year’s Creek Daze. For more than 40 summers, this Roberts Creek tradition has taken many shapes and forms. This year’s festivities look ramped up to help us get all our Creeker Ya Yas out! 

Early birds can get in some free outdoor kundalini yoga at Library Park (9 to 10:15 a.m., bring your own mat), poke their head into the bookworm’s dream of a book sale at the library (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and still be there when the parade kicks off at Roberts Creek School. All are welcome (encouraged) to participate in the Higgledy Piggledy Parade, gathering at 10:30 a.m. for an 11:11 a.m. start. From the school, the procession makes it way to the mandala and pier, where the road is lined with a garden of earthy delights in the form of food supplied by: All Thai’d Up, Mamma Musey Pierogies, Semir’s Hot Dog Truck, Little Spoon Ice Cream, Bite Me Donuts and 30+ vendors of tees and jewellery and what have you. There are youth vendors who I guarantee will brighten your day. The main stage starts pumping up the jams at 11:30 a.m. and continues to 6 p.m. A personal favourite, MC Scott Collison, will keep the afternoon chugging along with entertainment from The Jeevious Family Band, Mack Avery, Aerion, Hein D’Gardn, Lance Moone, Stories of the Land – Candace Campo – Talaysay Tours, Jay Alexov with the Sizzling Stompers, and, believe it or not, more! Days like this don’t happen all on their own. A small army of volunteers make it happen and you can be part of that action by contacting hallmanager@robertscreekcommunity.ca or visit volunteersignup.org/BCJ83. 

Besides all of the above, Slow Sundays in the Library Park will be going on, as it does each week in the summer, from noon to 4 p.m.. On tap this Sunday Aug. 7, BUGS Ukulele Singers, Gord Beynon – Mandolin and Bonar Harris, John “Ten Bear” Thompson, Budge Schachte and Graham Ord. Next week, choices will need to be made, as the mandala stage will be competing with Ukulele Singalong, Caleigh Jenkins, Mark Gubrud, Stacie Haugen, David Morgan and Richard Price and Martini Madness. 

Let’s not forget the Legion has two events close to my heart this week, Friday Brain Freeze Trivia on the 5th (6:45 p.m.), and Because, Euchre! Tuesday the 9th (7 p.m.). See you there? 

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