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Yeehaw! The Pemby barn dance returns

Cowboys and gals are invited to wrestle up cowboy boots and hats for the annual Pemberton Barn Dance



What: Pemberton Barn Dance

When: Saturday, July 28

Where: Root House on Pemberton Meadows Road

Tickets: $35

Mosy on down to the 12 th annual Pemberton Barn Dance with not one, but three live music acts to kick your cowboy boots up at on Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m. at the Root House on Pemberton Meadows Road.

“The barn dance is a fantastic down to earth musical experience,” said Paul Selina, president of the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce, one of four organizations hosting the dance. “You can dance inside on the root house floor or kick your heels up in the grass outside. I think what makes it so great is there is such a positive atmosphere because of all the work that the volunteers put in.”

The Pemberton Barn Dance is one of spud valley’s biggest events of the year with farmers, ranchers and partygoers pulling out all the cowboy stops, from Wranglers to Stetsons. Country music fans gather in an old root house, which is still utilized today to store spuds, lending a distinctly Pemberton farmland flare to the community celebration.

This year’s lineup includes Squamish’s Brent Lee Band as well as Pemberton’s own Hay Fever and solo entertainer Pierre.

In addition to live music, the barn dance hosts a mechanical bull for the first time, as well as a beer garden and Lions Club barbecue.

Buses will run from Whistler to Pemberton leaving the Telus Conference Centre in Whistler at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Buses will return leaving Pemberton at 11:30 p.m. as well as 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. The two-way bus tickets are $10. Buses from the Pemberton Legion will leave throughout the night starting at 8 p.m. Bus tickets are $5 return.

Barn Dance tickets are $35 each.

All proceeds will benefit the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce, Pemberton Lions, Pemberton Legion and Pemberton Rotary.

Advance tickets are available at Pemberton Valley Supermarket, Pemberton Legion, Pemberton Esso gas station and the Whistler Question.


New Pemberton Farmer’s Market growing

Volunteer Kim Davitsky welcomes the Pemberton community to get growing and join the newly opened Pemberton Farmer’s Market, up for picking every Thursday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. outside of Solstice Organic and Natural Foods.

“We just wanted to create a place where people come and hangout and see what is in our community,” she said.

She hopes more people will get involved. Right now the market includes a modest showing of roughly a dozen vendors showcasing locally grown and made produce, baked goods, clothing and crafts.

Helmer’s Organics is a regular presence, sharing their mixed leafy green and potato wares. Artisans showcase everything from custom-made clothing to leather shoes. Shoppers can also find authentic Indian sweets and savoury bites. A good portion of the market changes up every week, so browsers can stumble on something new each visit.

Local musicians strum up live music for the festivities, making Thursday nights in Pemberton a community event.

Vendors interested in joining the market can contact Solstice at 604-894-1410.


Bargaining for talent

Shaw TV Whistler is on the lookout for two charismatic volunteer hosts to steer a new weekly show that gets locals bargaining for a great cause.

The two talented hosts should be know-it-alls who can rattle off commentary on everything from skis and blenders to cars and toasters. Volunteers must be willing to commit four to six hours of research and preparation time to the position as well as a three to four hour shoot night.

If you think you have what it takes to captivate an audience, drop by the Shaw TV Whistler studios located above Marketplace across from Elements or call 604-932-2002.


Indie films continue to roll to large crowds

LUNAFliks is on a roll, popcorn-ing more than 700 film enthusiasts at its last two Thursday film outdoor screenings under the stars at Lost Lake Park.

The film night that welcomes viewers to pack a picnic basket, blankets and friends to the favourite community pastime carries on the reel indie film showing with the Swedish flick Slim Susie Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. at Lost Lake.

The comedy follows the story of former beauty queen Susie, played by Tuva Novotny, who goes missing in a quaint rural village filled with small town madness.

Her older brother Erik, played by Jonas Rimeika, returns from Stockholm to find out what happened to his sister and is shocked to discover his once sweet innocent sibling is anything but.

Slim Susie , directed by the award-winning talents of Ulf Malmros, has been described as a black comedy likened to a partnering of Pulp Fiction with Trainspotting.

“Humourous, vulgar, sexy and violent,” raved Gunnar Rehlin of Variety magazine.

Bring something to sit on, warm layers and leave the booze at home for this alcohol-free event.

DJ FSU spins raga beats at 9 p.m. with the film beginning at 10 p.m.

WAVE runs a bus from the bus loop located across from Skier’s Plaza starting at 9 p.m. for $.50 a person.

Admission is $3 for LUNA members (moviegoers ages 18 to 29 years old) and $5 for non-members.

Films are cancelled in the event of rain. Call the LUNA hotline at 604-966-4800 for daily updates.


Hooking up singles for an adventure

Dating in Whistler just got easier.

Meet Market Adventures, a Toronto-based dating service that boasts more than 55,000 members, is now hosting monthly events in Whistler, inviting singles to partake in everything from wine making and kayaking to rock climbing and yoga.

“B.C. singles need some help coming together,” said owner Kate Weiss. “We provide the fun, so that all they have to do is show up.”

Sky is the limit this month with adventurous singles hooking up with ziplining Sunday, July 22 at 8:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. in Whistler.

Participants will ride along treetops of old growth forests on Cougar Mountain then connect with likeminded outdoor enthusiasts over a wilderness barbecue.

Tickets are $170.

To sign up for the zippy social outing, visit meetmarketadventures.com and click on events.


New photo competition Clik captures biking

Artist Arne Gutman and Joe Lyons, the president of the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA), wanted to introduce a photo competition to Crankworx festivities. Only they wanted to put everyone on equal footing. Whether shooters were clicking on pro digital Cannons or old snap and develop film, the Whistler duo wanted the competition to be about the talent behind the lens rather than the lens itself.

Clik, a new 24-hour photo competition was born, clicking off Sunday, July 22 in Whistler. The local competition puts photographers on an equal point and shoot setting by making them all shoot with disposable cameras.

Photographers will have 24 hours and one camera to shoot mountain biking images that capture both imagination and the sport.

Industry professionals including writer Ian Miller, sports-action photographer Bruce Rowles and pro rider Brad Bethune will be the jury evaluating photographers’ works.

The competition will culminate in an exhibit Tuesday, July 24 at 8:30 p.m. at Behind the Grind, where winning photos will be displayed both on the wall and in a slide show. Animal Nation will perform the latest tracks from their new album, Time Zone, to keep the party riding well into the night.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) animal shelter, the Zero Ceiling Society and Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA).

The competition is limited to 100 shooters. To register, drop by Whistler Photo Source.

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