Enertainment Briefs 

Creekside attracts a crowd

Barb Cummings says the first Creekside Festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 7 was a success, thanks to community sponsorship and donations, and plans are in the works for another next year.

"We’re really pleased," said Cummings, event manager.

The busking musicians, who decided not to play as a competition but rather as a show, entertained people milling along Lake Placid Road from the former Husky site to Alpha Lake Park.

"It was sweet of them, they were just there for the spirit of the day. In return each of them were offered a free ski day," said Cummings.

Children’s activities were in full swing at Alpha Lake Park, the "art zone," where Food Plus, the Whistler Community Arts Council, and Whistler Kids of Whistler-Blackcomb sponsored the painting event. An impromptu open-air hip hop lesson near the lake was also appealing to the pre-teen crowd. Meanwhile there was chatter of children and parents as youngsters painted designs on wood squares, which will be installed as a collage around a construction zone.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people stopped buy the festival, which raised more than $5,000 for the Whistler Library/Museum Capital Campaign.

Changes to next year’s festival will include mics for the buskers and more music.

Stone Hunter opens

A private opening of Stone Hunter Studio in Pemberton on Sept. 7 had a busy showing of artists, locals, and well wishers on hand.

The renovated warehouse building, which features timber from the old North Vancouver shipyards, was bright with the merry sounds of the Tragically Hick, while artists talked about art with children. The diverse collection, which had a strong pottery selection, included folding screen-glass tables as well as steel-sculpted arrows. Open portfolios on display also gave people ideas of different work that could be commissioned, while several buyers left with various items for their home.

An open house followed on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Chalky benefit raises $9,000

In the spirit of community, Whistler locals raised $9,000 in a silent auction, in addition to ticket proceeds, at the Sept. 9 benefit for John "Chalky" Chalk.

The fundraiser assists with Chalk’s medical expenses following an emergency liver transplant on Aug. 4.

The silent auction, which began at Tapley’s Pub (where Chalk tends bar), ended at buffalo Bill’s where an additional live draw was held. Server Tara Hughes, of the Brew House, won the seven-day trip with a friend to any RCI Resort world wide.

"I thought they were just pulling my leg when they told me," said Hughes.

Additional prizes included the ever-effective $1,000 cash, and a car.

Shhh… Snow White is here.

The Whistler Players seek new thespians for their upcoming production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which runs Nov. 21-23 at Millennium Place.

Auditions for the play take place Sept. 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., also at Millennium Place.

Looking to get creative, but behind the scenes instead? The troupe also seeks backstage hands and set designers.

For more information about joining the Whistler Players or to audition contact Bonnie Stevenson at 604-935-1930 or Heather MacPherson at 604-905-0590, or e-mail whistlerplayers@canada.com

Art meets outdoors

The first Squamish Valley Artwalk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday Sept. 22.

Organized by Jane Iverson and the Squamish Valley Artisan Guild, the walks take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s a self-guided tour offering a unique opportunity to meet the artists as well as see the inner workings of how an art studio functions.

Iverson invites interested parties to catch a glimpse of their studios, and enjoy four different galleries in Britannia Beach and at Squamish Town Centre.

Brochures are available from woodturner Martin Thorne at the Whistler Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 15.

For more information contact Iverson at 604-892-6366.


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