town party 

Planning for the second annual Whistler Town Party is continuing at a rapid pace. The Town Party is a community celebration featuring art, tributes and a chance to kick up the heels while kicking off the 1999 World Ski and Snowboard Festival. The event is described as a chance to have one last rippin’ party before the end of the ski season that involves the whole community. It will be held in the Macdonald Ballroom of the Chateau Whistler, Saturday, April 10. "The Town Party embodies all the elements of a community celebration," says event chair and founder Don Anderson. "It will be an important annual gathering for the community of Whistler for years to come." The ballroom will showcase Artrageous 6, an exposition of the finest local artwork in a variety of media. Artrageous! is a non-profit art and music extravaganza. The extravaganza will feature some of Whistler and Pemberton’s best artists, sculptors, photographers and computer artists, and will offer interactive displays and performance pieces around this year’s central theme: skunk cabbage, or community celebration. Disco sensations Wünderbread and the reggae band Boom Daddy will entertain event-goers, in a big way. "As the busy winter season draws to a close during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the Whistler Town Party presents an opportunity for our community to toast the season and recognize the accomplishment of those townspeople who make Whistler a better place to live and work," says Doug Perry, managing director of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. The Town Party will also feature a silent auction with all proceeds to be donated to the John Ryan Regeneration Tour. Organizers are still looking for individuals to come forward to donate items to the John Ryan Regeneration Tour Auction, which will be the principle fund-raising activity at the Town Party for Ryan’s cross-Canada tour for spinal cord regeneration research. "To date many local businesses have been very supportive of the event," says Anderson. "This year’s party will be much bigger than last year’s extravaganza, as we’re expecting a turn-out of over a thousand." The Town Party is intended to remind Whistlerites that Whistler has an identity that goes well beyond its numerous number one ski resort rankings, with a goal to remind people that Whistler has a community of people of all ages and profiles, of all interests and backgrounds, and of great energy and enthusiasm. Whistler/Blackcomb is sponsoring the party, as are the Chateau Whistler Resort, Dubh Linn Gate, Nester’s Market, IGA, Whiski Jack Resorts, the WSSF, La Rúa/Caramba, Mountain Paint, Slalom Photo, and the TD Bank. Ticket’s for Whistler’s rip-o-rama are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To donate an auction item, contact Vic Charlebois at 932-4773. Whistler’s fourth annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival is gearing up for another electrifying ten days, April 9 to 18. With more than 2,500 participating athletes, 50 live bands and 28 events.

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