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Pemberton Celebrates Winterfest 2011

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Living in the mountains means living with winter and in Pemberton we’d rather celebrate the cold months instead of begrudging their existence. 

Every February, the town pools it’s civic, sports and cultural resources to produce Winterfest, a celebration for the whole family. From a street hockey tournament to a youth reading series and Polar Bear Swim, there was something for everyone in Pemberton the weekend of February 18 –20, 2011.

Pemberton Winterfest is for kids

For the under 10 set

Pemberton Kids Winterfest 2011Kicking off the second weekend of Winterfest on Friday, February 18 with the Pemberton Youth Readers Festival. Children’s author Chris Tougas, Mechanimals, had the under-10 set in stitches at the Pemberton Public Library at 3 pm. This one-time Spinderman artist demonstrated his technique at an Illustration Workshop. The afternoon was rounded out with a Family Pajama Story time at 6:30. FREE

At 8pm that evening, the Pemberton Community Centre great room turned into a thumpin’ dance club with the Youth Video Party for teens 13 to18. Tickets were $8 at the door.

The Youth Readers Festival started up again on Saturday, January 18 at 11 am with Sara Leach, Marty Chan and Rebecca Wood Barrett readings and finished up at 4:30 with a youth writing workshop led by Chan, the author of The Marty Chan Mystery Series. FREE

Pemberton Winterfest is for kids at heart

Pemberton Street Hockey 2011On Saturday, Street Hockey got the respect it deserves at the Pemberton Community Centre parking lot. Pre-registration was at the Pemberton Rona (formerly Home Hardware). Onsite registration was at 9 am, with the games running form 10 am to 4 pm. The Pemberton Lions Club was on hand BBQ-ing delicious burgers and hotdogs.

Inside the community centre, the Winter Carnival ran from noon until 3 p.m. featuring face painting, balloon animals and games. Be sure to bring your golf club next year! FREE

The Pemberton Legion rocked it old school on Saturday night with Whole Lotta Led. This Led Zeppelin tribute bands featured Hairfarmer, Grateful Greg, on vocals. Close your eyes and you’ll swear it’s Robert Plant wailing away. Tickets were $15 and available at The Legion, Esso and The Pemberton Valley Supermarket.

Pemberton Winterfest is for the brave and the crazy

Pemberton Polar Bear Swim 2011The Pemberton Fire Department invited everyone to take the plunge in the Polar Bear Swim at One Mile Lake at 11 am.

Bragging rights we're well earned, as well as some extra goodies for participating. Bring something warm to slip into next year! FREE.

The Spud Valley Nordic Club invited everyone to Nairn Falls Park between 1 pm and 3 pm to try out cross-country and skate-skiing. FREE.

Pemberton Winterfest is for Everyone

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Photos by Dave Steers