South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Summer's last huzzah? Festivals and community picnics

Perhaps this was it. Perhaps this was the last nice weekend of the summer. Certainly the weather office thought it would start clouding over, with rain by Sunday.

Planners can't see what the weather will be like, and neither, so it would seem, can the weather people. Saturday was beautiful. Hot. Sunny. A perfect summer day.

The weekend of September 8 and 9 was busy for outdoor activities: festivals, open houses and community picnics.



Northwood United Church Fall Fair

I think that's what it was called. I trundled off there with my sainted mother. She had donated a banana loaf, and would have volunteered for one of the tables, but there were already plenty of takers.

 The Metropolitan Concert Band braves the heat

I scored a delightful late 1960s lazy susan (wood, with flowers painted on it) and an apple pie that I was assured was baked just that morning. Mum walked off with some cookies. We stayed clear of the evil silent auction tables.

Here's their website.


Fleetwood Festival

This was put on by the Fleetwood Community Association, an organization that's been around since the mid-1920s. There was an exhausting array of tables, pamphlets and demonstrations. A miniature train ride puttered in the park next to the community centre.

 Fleetwood Festival 2012


One of many performers at Fleetwood Festival 2012 


Here's the Fleetwood Community Association website.


But wait... there's more!

Yes, lots more. Also happening Saturday was the Head of the River regatta, down the Nicomekl River to Blackie's Spit at Crescent Beach. Here's the Nicomekl Rowing Club website.

Seeds of Hope opened at Surrey Central Library. Actually it opened Friday, but I'll consider that part of the weekend. Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps towards Change is an exhibit about, well, sustainable living. Information here.

The Glades Garden in South Surrey had a rare open house as well. Apparently there are a lot of rhodos there. City link here.



Yes it did cloud over, and there was a few sprinkles, but it didn't really start to rain until evening. Events planned  for Sunday included:

A NDP Picnic in the Park at Guildford Heights Park. Link here.

The Parkinson's Society of B.C. had a fundraising SuperWalk at Bear Creek Park (link)

The BC SPCA had a "fur"tastic Paws for a Cause fundraising walk and community event at Crescent Park (link).

Paws for a Cause - dogs mingle after the peanut-butter eating competition



But surely that's not it for the year!

No, of course not. A quick glance at a few of the various calendars shows there are lots of events, exhibits and activities coming up, but this is the last out-doorsy weekend. Starting September 15 weekend most items will be centred around indoor activities.

Here's my list of calendars.



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