Call your friends, pack up your family, hop on your bike and head out to Cumberland’s annual celebration of culture, community, heritage and the harvest.
The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours ArtsFest takes place Oct. 2-3 in the heart of legendary Cumberland.
The Foggy Mountain fun kicks off Friday, Oct. 2 with a guided heritage walking tour of the village, leaving the museum at 4:30. This 75-minute tour led by Meaghan Cursons features stories, rumours and reflections from Cumberland’s amazing history. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register today, this tour is by donation to the museum.
Then grab a tasty dinner or drinks in the Village and head over to the second annual Fall Fair Follies at Cumberland United Church. Back by popular demand, Fall Fair Follies is an old-fashioned variety show featuring local musicians, dancers, actors and other mad-capped sorts in a Muppet Show-like mash up of songs, skits and laughs. Doors open at 6:30 and showtime is at 7.
On Saturday the action is centred at the corner of 1st and Dunsmuir from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an old fashioned apple press (bring your apples!), heritage games, museum tours, a tasty canteen, the Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest, kids hands-on art projects, harvest vendors, community groups, artist demos, dance performances, workshops and live music. The day begins with an official welcome from the Wachiay Friendship Society Drumming Group and performers throughout the day on two stages include Broke ‘N Merry, Forbidden Pooh Bluegrass Band, Ebb and Flow, Maple Creek, Jim Lambert, Camp Road Band, Cathy Stoyko and Sandman the Rapping Cowboy!
Visual artists also play a big role in this celebration of local talent and community spirit. Featured artists include Ron Pogue, Jenja McIntyre, Iceberg Glass, Rhia Ironside, Gillian Brooks, One Tribe Screen Printing, Amy Muloin and many more.
Want to get in on the Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest action? Dust off your aprons and start baking! The now-legendary Pie of the Year Contest is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Forest and all the entry information is available at www.cumberlandforest.com or on Facebook at Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest. This is a not-to-be-missed event! People’s Choice Voting runs from 12-3, celebrity judging and community tasting starts at 4. The whole thing ends with a live auction spectacle with all proceeds to save the forest.
The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours ArtsFest is a collaboration of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, Cumberland Museum and the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Each organization brings a special character to this fun filled community event. To check out the detailed schedule go to www.comoxvalleyarts.com or visit the event on Facebook. This event is supported in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the BC Arts Council.