Volunteers needed for Pemberton Winter Fest 

Splash into the polar bear swim or entertain at the street party: Pemberton’s 4 th Annual Winterfest invites the entire community not only to celebrate but participate in the everything-winter festivities Feb. 8 to 17.

“Help us promote Pemberton’s unique and exciting mountain culture throughout this two-week festival,” said Shirley Henry, volunteer coordinator. “With your help, we are able to deliver a fantastic festival to the community.”

Fantastic doesn’t even begin to describe the countless homegrown events hosted throughout the festival.

Musicians, singers, dancers, jugglers, clowns and thespians are needed for street performances on Saturday, Feb. 9. Amateurs and professionals alike are invited to participate.

One of the highlights of the festival is the community parade on Feb. 9. Floats, whether manual powered or motorized, are needed. Float themes can range from representing the gold rush to the farming community. Participants must sign up no later than Jan. 26.

There are plenty of opportunities for vendors to set up shop during the festival. For a nominal fee, artisans and artists can sell their baked goods, preserves, crafts and arts at a number of events.

Contact France Lamontagne at 604-894-0095 to learn more about volunteering or signing up for the above events.

There are lots of ways for artists to get involved in the festival. The Artisans Exhibit will showcase local creativity Feb. 15 to 17 at the Pemberton Valley Lodge. The exhibit will show everything from woodworking and First Nations art to metal works and jewelry. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 12. To register, contact Marnie Simon at 604-894-0242.

Sculptors, painters and photographers are also needed for the Mountains of Art Showcase on Feb. 8 at the Big Sky Golf and Country Club. The deadline for applications is Jan. 11. For registration forms, contact Karen Love at 604-894-5558.

Event photographers are also needed Feb. 8 to 17. Photographers must have a digital camera with a high-resolution setting. Contact Lamontagne at 604-894-0095 before Jan. 12.

 

Snapping up heliskiing trip win

For two years running, internationally-acclaimed photographer Blake Jorgenson has won the Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry photo exhibition hosted in February by the Whistler Arts Council as part of Celebration 2010.

Jorgenson’s glimpses into the freedom and beauty of backcountry skiing have won over viewers, which has earned him not only the People’s Choice Award for Best in Show, but a heliskiing trip with Coast Range Heliskiing to boot.

Amateur and professional photographers from the Sea to Sky corridor are invited once again to compete for Best in Show, snapping images of skiing and snowboarding in B.C.’s beautiful backcountry whether accessed by foot, snowmobile, helicopter, watercraft or dogsled.

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