Fifty shades of fall festivals 

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Feeling festive? Me either. These are not the days of miracle and wonder. These are not the days of summer, or late summer, or native Canadian first nations aboriginal peoples summer. These are the days of autumn, shoulder season or the aptly named fall.

fall (fôl) n. An act of falling or collapsing; a sudden uncontrollable descent.

Yes, that would just about sum it up. Of course, while it's overcast and raining as I write I'm pretty certain cosmic forces are about to converge to ensure Whistler enjoys unnaturally sunny, warm weather between now and, say, November 1.

The mere act of writing this is likely to bring the sun out and make these words seem foolish. Having done this column thing for something like 17 years now I no longer have the capacity for feeling self-conscious about making a fool of myself in public. Go ahead and laugh.

And, I'm leaving town. Don't get your hopes up. Not forever — just for October. Whenever I leave during the drooping shoulder seasons the weather clears up. Whenever I leave during the dry days of winter, it dumps like we've never heard of global warming. Think of it as my gift to you. Not only gone but better weather in my stead.

All that being said, this is the time of year Whistler wants to hold a festival. That is to say, this is the time of year the RMOW's department of Fun Times — Festivals, Events and Animation — wants to have a festival. Given the reputation this town enjoys as a party town, I can't imagine very many people would object to the idea. Since it's getting colder and people are keeping their windows closed at night, maybe even the people near Whistler Olympic Park will find less to complain about.

I've heard rumours about this idea but was surprised to discover there was a Request for Proposals issued to find the person to make it happen. I was even more surprised when I discovered the deadline was the end of this week, as in tomorrow, Friday. Part of my surprise was no doubt due to the fact I couldn't easily discover much about the RFP on the muni website. While the RFP references the FE&A page, there's nothing there about it. Nothing in the old search engine under "late winter festival" or "early fall festival" either which is puzzling considering that's what it's called.

I'm beginning to wonder whether it was a secret and I shouldn't have found out about it at all when I finally did. I wonder who else didn't find out about it. Whatever, I'm sure the people who are really good about putting on events and festivals found out about it in time though I'm not entirely sure about that.


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