Cumberland’s Annual Celebration of Harvest and Heritage; Culture and Craft; Forest and Food is just around the corner! The whole Comox Valley is invited to join in the fun at the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours Arts Fest Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th.
Things kick off Friday with a Cumberland Museum guided walking tour of the Village at 4 pm followed by the 4th edition of the Comox Valley Arts’ Fall Fair Follies at 7! Led by Kevin Flesher, the always fun, often zany, Fall Fair Follies is a jam packed local talent extravaganza that pulls hidden gems from all over the valley for an hilarious and entertaining Friday evening to kick off the Fair. Admission is by donation, and all ages are welcome (though sometimes the entertainment gets a little racy!)
Then on Saturday head to 1st and Dunsmuir for a multi venue, family friendly celebration from 10 am till 4 pm with historic walking tours and presentations, live music & dance performances, a miasma of wares and demonstrations, hands-on art, games and activities for the whole family, the highly-anticipated baking events for the Cumberland Community Forest Society, and so much more.
The Fair will be alive with bees, trees, scavenger hunts and loads of hand made goods & treats to peruse and purchase. Live performances are on deck from Damon Shea, Nathan Senner, The Ryks Davies Band, The Snow Monkeez, Farley Kat ‘N Jilli, and Roadside Rattle, and some special surprises.
Lush Valley will be on scene with their Community Apple Press and surplus apple and pear crops can be brought down and pressed into juice to share or take home!
KellyCat+KayBird Art Studio will offer free hands on art-making throughout the day. Or check out the Sound Station explorations in EDM, and Lampworkers demonstrating their glass craft. Cathy Stoyko and Arcana Dea Dance will also return with their mesmerizing dances from around the world.
Saturday walking tours include a tour of the Chinatown Site with the Cumberland Museum’s Dawn Copeman as well as a tour for children with Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program and an adventure with the Cumberland Forest Fairies, too!
Aspiring bakers should visit www.cumberlandforest.com for information about the Cumberland Cake Bake Off 2017! Bakers compete for fame, fortune and cool prizes and all cakes are part of a Silent Auction for the Cumberland Forest. Don’t miss the Cumberland Forest Cake Walks scheduled throughout the day and enter to win a cake of your own! Or have a seat at the Cumberland Forest long table and be introduced to some intriguing forest characters with their “Forest Stories”
Saturday Night at 7 at the Masonic Hall things wrap up with a “100 Thousand Poets for Peace”. Join Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson in a Global event that celebrates and promotes peace, sustainability, and justice and calls for serious social, environmental and political change! Natalie invites the public to bring poems written by your favourite poets that speak to issues hungering to be heard, calling to be confronted, and wishing to be witnessed. This event is registered with 100 Thousand Poets for Change: 100tpc.org Come Be The Change You Want To See In The World.
Cumberland is the place to be September 29th and 30th! Come and celebrate the arrival of fall, the bounty of our Community and the nature we all share. We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, which helps make this event possible. Check Facebook and these websites for up-to-date info and many more details: comoxvalleyarts.com | cumberlandforest.com | cumberlandmuseum.ca