The Festival Board of Directors, production team, volunteers and I are looking forward to welcoming you to the festival next week. The weather report is grand, the grounds are looking lovely (despite the lack of rain) and excitement is building on the Sunshine Coast for our annual gathering of Canadian writers and their readers.
You may have noticed a warning in the Festival brochure about Cowrie Street (the main downtown street in Sechelt) becoming one-way in June. That didn’t happen after all so you don’t have to worry about a different traffic pattern. The Sechelt Farmers & Artisans Market will be taking place on Cowrie Street on Saturday, August 17 from 9 am to 2 pm. You can still access our lower parking lot via Shorncliffe Avenue and we will have, once again, a drop-off and pick-up area. There is plenty of street parking and an acre of parking lot behind us, up the hill, at Chatelech Secondary School. If you’re new to the Sunshine Coast, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you get your bearings. If you travel with a GPS, our physical address is 5511 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt.
We continue to fine-tune our zero waste practices and encourage you to bring your own water bottles and coffee cups. We will have a good variety of food and beverages on site and you can pick up a list of local dining options at the Information Booth.
Please consider bringing a book to contribute to our Books for Bella Bella campaign in support of the Thistalalh Memorial Library in Bella Bella that was lost to fire in early July. Read more about it here: http://www.writersfestival.ca/newsletter.htm#bella.
We wish our friends at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival a wonderful and successful festival. We wish you a smooth and safe trip whether you’re coming from down the road or from the other side of the country.
We leave you with one important fact: 7 Festival events are sold out. 15 are not!Information about ticket availability is on our website at www.writersfestival.ca. Lots of room left. Spread the word. There's room for everyone!