It was all about community Sunday, as Cumberland hosted the Big Day After block party.
After weeks of waiting and wondering about where The Big Time Out festival was going to be held, Cumberland’s downtown business community came together to organize the Big Day After, which featured live music, shopping specials, vendors and children’s activities along Dunsmuir Avenue.
Tina Willard-Stepan, who owns Seeds Natural Food Market, was very happy with the day.
“It was really a very successful day for many of the businesses and a really great event with a really positive feel,” she said.
Willard-Stepan guesses that 500 to 600 people went through the village during the day.
“As well as being a happy event, I know it was a good day for a lot of businesses,” she said. “It was really nice to see the business community pull together. To pull off an event so quickly and have it end up so positive … it was a really good pulling together of all the businesses to work together.”
Willard-Stepan thinks the event attracted a lot of people from the Big Time Out and people who were visiting for the festival.
“A lot of Cumberland came out to share in it,” she said. “We had lots of positive feedback from the people who attended.”
Musicians volunteered their time to perform on a stage beside the King George Hotel, and musicians played all the way up and down Dunsmuir Avenue.
The organizers invited the community to bring what they wanted to share, and there were vendors, crafters, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hula hoops and much more.
“It was a very spontaneous sharing of skills,” said Willard-Stepan.