The third annual Shawnigan Gathering takes place Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th. This is a free, family-oriented event. On Friday evening, join us between 6:30 and 9:30 for wonderful local music, including the Twisted Vine Farm Band. Bonterra Pizza will be available for sale by the slice.
On Saturday, there will be presentations, music, and dancing throughout the day, as well as a Community Trade Fair, with over 35 local businesses and organizations represented. Opening ceremonies are at 10:00 am, with free coffee and muffins available. At 11:00, Co-Design from Vancouver will lead us through an interactive design workshop to re-launch our community vision for the Elsie Miles Park. Co-Design has a very interactive and youth-friendly approach to engaging people in the design of their community spaces - they are the driving force behind the designs of Granville Island, Robson Square, and the Woodwards Building in Vancouver.
At 12:30, Rick Juliusson will present about the great success of the HUB community centre, and tell us about the new Cowichan Food Co-op (the Cow-Op). At 1:00 pm, Sandra Mark and Cavan Gates from Christina Lake will present on the success of the Christina Lake Cooperative Investment Fund. At 2:30, Trina Burns will explain how businesses are working cooperatively in Shawnigan, and tell the story of "The Hive." Rob Douglas will give a presentation at 3:15 on the Cowichan Elder Cooperative. Finally, at 3:45, there will be a very exciting Shawnigan announcement.
Between presentations there will be musicians and dancers to entertain the audience. There will be food vendors on site, as well as arts and crafts activities, and free child-minding throughout the day. Join us for a wonderful weekend of community-building.