Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Community Culture: Harrison Festival of the Arts takes a Step beyond




“Live, Work, Play”; the best communities offer all of these elements to its residents but Harrison Hot Springs BC takes a step beyond ramping up its "Play" part by welcoming the world.

Starting Friday, July 10, 2009 is the 31st Annual Harrison Festival. My family and I have attended this event many times, and for us, it is a "July" highlight giving us exposure an amazing array of international music, art as well as those mysterious creative juices that seem to surround such happenings. Evening performances fall into the “do not miss” category and are held in the cozy 242 seat Memorial Hall located on Esplanade Ave. just off the beach. This year’s schedule includes 8 nights of music, a literary reading and a play production from the University of the Fraser Valley. The Hall is pretty intimate which makes sure that you experience all things wonderful on a warm summer night, throbbing rhythms, an engaged audience in a small heritage hall venue.

For kids there is Children’s day which is held July 15th, 2009 11:00 am to 4pm. Jugglers, comedy and music mixed in with a lot of kid’s activities. The cost for the day is a reasonable $6.


“On the Beach” music is all but free. This year the new plaza shown in the picture I took last week will soon be the epicentre of entertainment. A button donation of $2 supports these concerts. A great deal of volunteer time goes into ensuring that the “Show goes on” and that everyone has a good time. Give them a hand by donating what you can.

For “Play” Harrison Hot Springs offers one of July's best cultural experiences. Plan to attend.

More information can be found at http://harrisonfestival.com/
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