Big Day After will fill Cumberland’s Dunsmuir Avenue on Sunday

After an eventful two weeks in Cumberland waiting and wondering about where The Big Time Out festival was going to be held, the local downtown business community has decided how to respond.
They are going to celebrate.

THE BIG DAY AFTER this Sunday on Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland should look much like this scene from a previous Market Day in the village.

THE BIG DAY AFTER this Sunday on Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland should look much like this scene from a previous Market Day in the village.

After an eventful two weeks in Cumberland waiting and wondering about where The Big Time Out festival was going to be held, the local downtown business community has decided how to respond.They are going to celebrate.With the blessing of the Chamber of Commerce, Village council and Big Time Out organizers, shops are coming together to hold a Big Day After Block Party this Sunday following the festival, which is taking place nearby Friday evening and Saturday in Royston at Ash Berry Farm.“It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for Cumberland this past couple of weeks,” says local business owner Eugene Chung. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to celebrate our little village and make lemonade out of what could be seen as lemons.”The Big Time Out festival did not receive approval by Village council to go ahead within the Village boundaries, something that was a great disappointment for Cumberland.“We are still the little village that does big things,” says one Chamber representative. “We are really excited to come together and celebrate this.” The event is free and family-friendly.It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Dunsmuir Avenue. Festivities will include live music from local artists like Luke Guthrie, Pamela Tessmann and Corwin Fox.There will be a variety of children’s activities.Prizes will be up for grabs in many of the local businesses.  There are vending opportunities as well — Cumberland-based crafters/artisans/non-profits can set up for no charge in front of closed businesses or negotiate with the store owner. For other crafters/artisans/organizations that sell non-competing product, the cost is $20. Setup must be complete by 9:30 the morning of the event. Call 250-218-6335 to register. Dunsmuir Avenue from First to Third streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. — Cumberland Chamber of Commerce

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