By Carol Sheridan
All summer long the popular Music in the Park concert series and evening market in Oliver will go on, thanks to the collaboration between Oliver Parks and Recreation, the Oliver Community Arts Council, and a new market coordinator, Audrey Enixon.
The 2017 Oliver market and music events will take place every Thursday at Community Park between 4:30-8 pm July 6 to September 7.
Enixon, also the owner of Made in Road 9 Bakery, moved to Oliver from Bordeaux, France with her husband a few years ago. She is very passionate about creating a market that supports the local food economy as well as provides a place for people to come together and socialize.
“A strong market is the window of a healthy town and helps to create a strong community,” says Enixon. “People in Oliver make good stuff and need to share that.”
The market will once again offer fresh, local produce and products, French bakery, artisan vendors and picnic food to enjoy at the concert.
Farmers who are growing fruit and vegetables, those who make their own food products, and artisans who are making their own items are invited be a part of the market.
The cost for a booth space is $10 per market; tables are available on site and all vendors are encouraged to bring a tent for shade. Oliver evening market vendor forms are available at www.oliverrecreation.ca or at the Oliver Parks and Recreation office. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Oliver music and market (OMAM) Facebook page.
The Oliver Community Arts Council has a fantastic Music in the Park series planned for this summer, starting with big band tunes from the Penticton Concert Band on Thursday, July 6. Music starts each Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Community Bandshell, and the rain venue will be the Community Hall (in case of bad weather).
Concert-goers are invited to bring a lawn chair and come down to enjoy music by donation. The Arts Council will wrap up their series on Thursday, August 24 with the popular party rock band “Uncorked.”
To keep the momentum of the market going during the week before the kids get back to school and provide a season wrap-up celebration, Oliver Parks and Recreation will partner with Oliver market and music for two additional weeks from 4:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 31 and Thursday, September 7. Each night will feature live entertainment, a food truck, children’s activities and the market.
For more information about Oliver market and music contact Audrey Enixon at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Facebook page. Evening market vendor applications are available on the Oliver Parks and Recreation website at www.oliverrecreation.ca.