Trying to define a town is always a tricky business. Is it the physical setting and the built environment that make the town? Or is it the people who determine the community’s character? To some people, it’s what the town isn’t that helps give it its identity.
We’re no closer to defining Pemberton than we’ve ever been, but with Pique Newsmagazine’s first Best of Pemberton awards we have a better understanding of some of the things that Pembertonians cherish. The online polling took place this summer and brought in dozens and dozens of suggestions about what makes Pemberton Pemberton. And some of the secrets are now out there for the rest of the world.
Two areas garnered the majority of votes for best ’hood in Pemberton, Creekside and Vinyl Village. VV, of course, has undergone a little re-branding and is now known as The Glen — a point that one voter wrote, “takes away a considerable amount of the charm, not to mention the alliteration.” It doesn’t matter what you call it, however, as Vinyl Village came second to Creekside in the voting for Pemberton’s best neighbourhhood.
Best Party 2006
There wasn’t much doubt about this category. There were a handful of votes for things like Canada Day, the library’s wine and cheese party and the Winterfest concert with the Hairfarmers, but the runaway winner was a true expression of Pemberton, the barn dance. Getting to and from the barn dance can be problematic, but there’s no question that once there, Pembertonians know how to party.
Best Pemberton Trend
With more than 20 different trends identified by voters, this category was wide open — and diverse. Entries ranged from “making babies” to “looking at how to leverage the 2010 Winter Games”. But a few themes emerged: dogs, coffee and the Pony Espresso. All three could be combined to form a uniquely Pemberton trend — dogs drinking coffee at the Pony Espresso — but after careful scrutiny of ballots and hanging chads the judges have ruled that partnering up with man’s best friend is the best trend in Pemberton.
Worst Pemberton Trend
The same introduction for the Best Pemberton Trend category could be used in the Worst Pemberton Trend category: there were lots of ideas but a couple of themes were clear. One of the themes was Whistler, with entries that included “going to Whistler but not admitting it”, “trying to be like Whistler” and “Whining about Whistler.” But the other themes had to do with shoes and what’s left behind by man’s best friend that may end up on your shoe. Dog poo and not cleaning up dog poo was the worst Pemberton trend, but the plastic Crocs shoes were a close second.