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Dog days of summer

23 July 2011

Humans aren’t the only ones who love the Penticton Downtown Saturday Farmers and Artisans markets.  They bring along their four-legged friends, who also enjoy meeting up with each other!  Here are some examples 🙂

Saturday market buskers

15 July 2011

One of the great aspects of Penticton’s Saturday Farmers and Artisans Markets in the city’s downtown core is the number and variety of buskers.  Penticton has a very active fine arts community, and musicians are an important part of it.  At the Saturday markets you will enjoy many different kinds of  instrumental music and singing.  An especially encouraging aspect is the number of amazing young performers who are honing their musical skills and learning the ins and outs of public performance.  You’ll have the opportunity to hear new musicians every week!  Here are some snapshots of buskers from just one Saturday morning:

Penticton Downtown Saturday Market

16 July 2011

Every Saturday from May through October, Penticton’s downtown business core is transformed into a wonderful street market.  The first 3 blocks of Main Street, plus adjoining green spaces overflow with

  •  farmer’s booths featuring the bounty of our wonderful climate and soils (the majority of the produce being certified organic!),
  •  artisan’s booths of the fine arts as well as crafts of all descriptions,
  •  numerous buskers reflecting the diversity of the musical arts,
  •  a great variety of food stalls showing off the ethnic diversity of our community,
  •  entertainment for your children,
  •  and quite often there are also performances of dance and/or live theatre.

The stores and restaurants along the street are of course also open, and many of them join the street activities with sidewalk cafes and displays.

Numerous residents and visitors turn out every Saturday morning from about 8 am till noon to take part in this truly community event.  And if you can’t make it out on Saturdays, there are also evening markets on the lakeshore.  This year (2011) they are taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August near the SS Sicamous.

The next few posts will feature some snapshots from the Saturday market.  Today’s pictures highlight some of the excellent variety of farmers market stalls and food vendors.

Farmers and Artisans Market

June 11, 2011

Hurrah!  Summer, it seems, is finally on it’s way!  The sun was shining for downtown Penticton’s Saturday Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, and with a pleasant 22 C, the crowds were out enjoying it all.  If you haven’t visited the weekly market, you are missing out on a Penticton highlight.  With two full blocks free of vehicular traffic, the market is a Penticton Pedestrian’s paradise 🙂

out and about

June 26, 2010

Some guy in shorts and t-shirt who must have been on his lunch break, was standing outside the back door of a business.  He had his shoes and socks off, and was vigorously walking on the spot; meanwhile, he was also wringing out a soaked towel, apparently exercising his arms and cooling off his feet!  Oddly entertaining for passersby!

Met 3 of the street church guys in a back alley.  We walked along for a few blocks, chatting together.  They told me about how they are fixing a house for a lady whose son recently passed away.  She wants her house to be a good place for people to stay as they leave the street and clean up their lives.  Cool!

There were literally thousands of people out to the Farmers Market and the Artisans Market; the Classic Car Peach Cruise (about 800 cars and quite a lot of motorbikes as well!); and the annual Elvis Festival, with close to 30 Elvis impersonators!  All on a beautiful hot sunny day in the beautiful parks by the beach.

An RCMP officer in red serge (dress uniform) was opening the Beach Cruise entertainment (a Johnny Cash impersonator!) by singing the US national anthem and then the Canadian anthem.  People commenting that he did a better job of the US anthem.  Hmmmm…  People inside the fence at the park stood to attention, mostly (except those in the beer garden); people outside the fence happily ignored the whole thing.  Hmmm again.

Sailboats, speed boats, seadoos, kayaks, canoes on the lake.  Parasailing too.  Perfect day!

A guy came along while I was sitting in the shade on some rocks by the beach.  We started talking.  Turns out he grew up in the same town as I did, but because he went to a different school, we never met.  However, I had known the girl he married; she was one grade behind me in my high school.  Our short chat turned into 2 1/2 hours… computers, electronics, home school, house churches, miracles, Christian TV, satellites, sailing/ canoeing/ kayaking, places we’ve both been, Bill Gates and other famous people he has met…  Yo! It’s a small world!

Walking home it was hot (at least 30 C).  I ended up phoning hubby when I was about 3/4 of the way home and begging for a ride. 🙂

Penticton downtown Saturday market

June 18, 2010

farmer and artisan market fun

July 9, 2009