Echoes From 'The Happy Party': Whistlerites wax poetic on local life 

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"Where we love is home — home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It was too great an opportunity to miss. Here was a special gathering of long-time Whistler locals that probably wouldn't be repeated for some time to come. Wouldn't it be wonderful, I thought, if we could somehow harness the magic of the evening for posterity? So I put it to the Happy Party's organizers: What if we created a scrapbook of sorts where people could sign in and write a little something about themselves and why they loved living in Sea to Sky country?

And the gals were on it like mushrooms on a cowpie. Between Deanna White and the Marshall sisters (see Pique's Alta States Dec.13, 2012), the three managed to collect dozens and dozens of comments. The following is just a sampling of the testimonials they were able to amass.

Oh, and by the way, Linda Marshall wants everyone to know that the next Whistler Happy Party is already scheduled for December 12th, 2013. Put it on your calendar now, she says, it's going to be quite the gathering!

So where to start? One of my favourite comments, as it turns out, comes from two relatively recent arrivals — Dwayne and Vivian Congdon. Some of you may remember Dwayne as the Everest Summiteer who accompanied Sharon Wood to the top of the world's highest mountain in 1986. Well, as Vivian writes, the couple moved to Sea to Sky country in 2012. "We love snow, winter, snowy white and not too cold," she explains. "We love our community of friends, many imports from Ontario but now totally committed to Whistler life." She then concludes: "It's a perfect place for Dwayno the mountain guide and Viv the (black diamond) ski bunny and life coach. I LOVE LIVING IN WHISTLER!"

David MacPhail, Whistler's answer to Dr. Gadget (at least as far as skiboot design goes... and whatever other secret project he has up his sleeve), writes that he moved to Whistler in 1971... and only moved away once ("That was enough!" he says). His reason for loving this place is a wee bit more succinct than Vivian Congdon's. "Energy + intellect," he writes, "equals happiness."

Then there's Janice Lloyd who moved here in 1970... and never left. "(My friend) Al Schmuck," she explains, "brought me to the lot next to the one he'd just bought. At the time I was staying at the ski patrol cabin for $2.00/night. I was stunned by the view and immediately bought the lot for $4,000.00! It was love at first sight with my land — I married a house!" And then she offers this postscript: "Al is sorely missed — my wonderful neighbour of 40 years." It's a thought shared by many in this valley...

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