Brookswood Summerfest turns 15

Come Saturday, the sidewalks, parks, and parking lots of Brookswood will be filled with activity and offerings as the annual Brookswood Village Summerfest comes to life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An inclusive family event, Summerfest is now in its 15th year and delivers something for everyone according to organizer, Felicity Holmes.

“It’s a community event for the whole family,” Holmes noted. “It’s a lot of community as well as local artisans as well as local merchants.”

With everything from sidewalk sales and street entertainment to a Shred-a-Thon and a food drive for the Langley Food Bank, Ella Little of Ella’s Clothes Closet noted it’s an event where everyone in the community pitches in and does their part to make it happen.

“Everybody just does something,” Little said. “[The Shred-a-Thon] was very popular last year. It’s where you take your papers and old documents for shredding.”

She invitied visitors to bring what they need shredded with them as they check out Summerfest.

Brennans’ Mens and Ladies Wear will host a barbeque and offer a contest to win two kid’s bikes while local Critter Care Wildlife Society is on hand.

Artists will set up in the parking area behind Super Save Gas to display their work and the summer food drive will have a table in the same area for visitors to drop off non-perishable food donations for the local food bank.

“The RCMP and a fire truck will be at the water park in Brookswood Park, the kids can check out the fire truck,” noted Homes who added that there is an incredible range of things to see and do planned for Saturday.

“Facepainting, balloon artistry, street entertainers, sales, you name it,” she added.

Another highlight of the event is the return of Tattoo, the painted horse, that was vandalized close to a year ago.

“The horse is going back into the park,” said Little.

Tattoo’s journey has inspired a children’s book and author Rei Charles will also be at the Brookswood Village Summerfest from 1 to 2 p.m.

As a true community event, organizers invite everyone from the community and beyond to take part.

Seniors give thanks

Also taking place in Brookswood is Friday’s celebration at the Brookswood Seniors Centre.

According to Brookswood Senior Citizens president, Bonnie Hartup, over the last three years a number of organizations have contributed to the betterment of the centre.

“So many groups and individuals have lent their support,” Hartup said. “We want to acknowledge all of them by hosting a celebration and acknowledgement of them.”

This special event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Brookswood Seniors Centre at 19899 36 Ave.

Built in stages from the early 60s to the early 80s, the centre was in need of “some TLC” and received help from the Rotary Club of Langley, their carpenter, Allan Richmond, Brookswood member, Dave Wright, The Township of Langley office and maintenance department, local businesses such as Nufloors, Crystal Glass, Super Save Disposal, High Seas Flooring, and Team Home Depot, Hartup noted.

This assistance allowed for a wheel chair accessible ramp, two new bathrooms and a new coat room to be built, along with the replacement of two furnaces, fixtures, plumbing, flooring, windows, baseboards and more, as well as refreshed paint.

Friday’s event will also honour the seniors group’s 40th anniversary.

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