Have you heard about the BC Farmers Market Tour & Taste contest? The Sechelt Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market and Sunshine Coast Tourism are representing the Sunshine Coast. Go to the contest website and follow the instructions. The Sechelt prize includes a night’s accommodation at The Oceanside, and vouchers to the Sechelt Fames’ & Artisans Market and Batch 44 Brewery & Kitchen. The contest ends Sept. 4.
I volunteer at the Sechelt market and I want to give a shout-out to all involved in the planning and organization. And there would be no market without vendors. A dedicated group of artisans, farmers and others, spend every Saturday from April to September showcasing their wares. My motivation isn’t entirely altruistic (hey Mom, I used the crossword puzzle word!). What I receive from my interactions with vendors, volunteers and visitors far exceeds what I give. Several weeks ago, I wrote in my journal that “I like me when I’m ‘Listening Linda’, when I’m 100% engaged with people. When I listen to someone’s story... feel their joy and empathize with their challenges.. what happens is a lovely connection for both of us. I have created a safe space for someone to share their story and, by doing so, I have been shown a kindness, a trust.” That is what I receive at the market (plus lots of lovely veggies and maybe a piece of local pottery)!
While checking out the SC Tourism website, I was reminded that there are so many places to experience on the Sunshine Coast! I had a wonderful day trip to Electoral Area B’s Thormanby Island with the Newcomers Club. It was during the August 2022 heat dome, so the cool waters were a welcome reprieve. I enjoyed my visit to neighbouring Keats Island where we hiked the trails and marvelled at the Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park campsites with their picturesque views. I’m not tempted to buy a tent though. As much as I love the beauty of nature, when it comes to sleepovers, I’m definitely a “glamping” kinda gal! I’m looking forward to the Princess Louisa Inlet tour this year — a world-famous fjord, no less — and a stop at Chatterbox Falls (if anyone knows the name’s origin, I’d love to know, being, you know…a chatterbox myself!).
Speaking of contests, the Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Awards invites you to vote for your favourite local business or non-profit. The Halfmoon Bay Community Association’s Fair has been nominated! Please take the time to Coast Your Vote in the Health, Wellness, and Lifestyle category, #11 Halfmoon Bay Fair, by Aug. 3. The 55th Fair was a doozy — so many happy people.
Over the summer, you can listen to local musicians on the shores of Coopers Green Park in Halfmoon Bay. The HBCA has rolled out its line-up for their Lazy Daze Music Series. The first event takes place on July 28; check the website for details!