Monday, 20 August 2012

Retro Music Weekend at Sun Peaks Resort

Saturday, August 18 was HOT HOT HOT. But I spent the morning at the Kamloops Farmers' Market with my fibre wares. It is always an interesting day - and this day was no different. My first customer (buying mittens in August for Christmas presents) had lived in the Northwest Territories, and we spent some time chatting about places we had both been in - Hay River, Fort Smith and Yellowknife. Another customer, a mayor from Nova Scotia who was heading home after spending some weeks in Kamloops, exchanged business cards with me in case we decided to trade homes for a few weeks next summer!! She comes here every year for a few weeks, leaving a heritage home overlooking the ocean.

A quick unpack at home, and we were headed up the mountain to Sun Peaks Resort for the Retro Music Weekend which is a weekend of tribute bands.
This is the third year for this festival. We attended the first year, but missed the second. The crowd was decidedly larger than the first year. Friday night was Beatles night (Fab Fourever), which unfortunately we missed. The first act on Saturday was a Neil Young tribute (Live Rust), which we also missed due to previous obligations, but from all we heard - we should not have missed it.

Then came Guns N FN Roses - Axl would have been proud. Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Show), and then Arrowsmith (Arrowsmith Rocks) closed the evening. Close your eyes and you could not tell the difference.

The weather was perfect - next year the Resort will probably have to move the bandstand to the mountainside. The crowds are definitely getting larger - a good thing for the resort. Kevin Costner attracted 6000 fans and Matthew Good will no doubt attract as many on the long weekend in September.

Sunday was Sun Peaks Farmers' Market Day -

The festival ended with a 2-hour ABBA Again concert - young and old alike enjoyed, clapped, sang and danced.

The final event of the weekend was the inaugural 540 Longboard Challenge - money prizes for these young daredevils. They came down a long and windy course through the subdivisions to the finish line in the village.

What a great weekend!

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