June 30, 2012
— or as some remarked rather cynically, “Junuary 30th!” What a day! One minute pouring rain, the next sun doing its best to pour through, rain battling back, sun peering out again. It seemed early in the day that it might be a “lost cause” market-wise, as the only folks on the street at Penticton’s downtown market were the vendors. But the amazing thing was that every time the rain let up for a moment, and the sun’s rays broke through, suddenly the street was flooded with customers, feet sloshing through the puddles even as they turned their faces happily upward toward the warmth of the sun. Then the rain would pour again, and they’d disappear – I assume it was a great day for the coffee shops along the street!
It was my first day at the market as a vendor. Fortunately for me, I was placed under an overhang — for shade! Well, it turned out I didn’t need much shading, but I was certainly grateful for the protection from the downpours.
Anyway, here are some snapshots of Penticton Downtown Market on the July Canada Day long weekend in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan. Well, the mostly sunny South Okanagan, that is…
Oh, yes, the next day, Canada Day, started out the same. It was definitely an on-again, off-again morning, weather-wise. But the sun redeemed itself in the afternoon, and except for occasional splatters, the big birthday party in the park was a success I’m told. Happy 145th Canada!