Festival Nanaimo – Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of Festival Nanaimo. I learned loads at Tafelmusik, had a blast at Barrage 8, taste tested some Nanaimo Bar treats (see, how hard I work to get the full story for you :)), have my kidlets volunteering  to help with Symphony of Roses, we’re enjoying some of the great Spring Break programs – whew! This is all such fun.


The third week is spectacular too! Here is what you get to experience this coming week:

Artist-led Spring Break Art Camps inspire kids to experiment, create, learn and share.  March 21 – 24 it is Inside Out / Outside In for young ones Ages 5-7 from 9:30am – 11:30am. Places and Traces is for ages 8-12 and happen from| 1:00pm – 3:30pm. These workshops happen at the gorgeous Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial Street.  Visit nanaimoartgallery.com or call 250.754.1750 to register.

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The Nanaimo Museum is hosting family activities from now until March 24. There will be Family Discovery self-guided tours & new evening events along with our popular drop-in workshops. Admission is by donation for all of the spring break programming. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.   Check out all the information here – http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/marchbreakevents.html


Crimson Coast Dance Society’s Body Talk Project Finale performance happens on Sunday, March 20th at The Port Theatre.  SPRING BREAK PERFORMANCE featuring the Body Talk Cru, Dianna David, & Community Participants in MIRROR IMAGE. Tickets can be purchased through the Port Theatre and are $22 each – http://www.crimsoncoastdance.org/index.php?p=2_1_WORKSHOP-PERFORMANCE


The Downtown Historic Pub Tour happens on March 17 at 6:45pm. This walking tour is laced with bizarre 19th century tales of law and justice, prohibition and intrigue, brew houses and bootlegging, the Downtown Historic Pub Tour is definitely refreshing and out of the ordinary. Led by your eclectic guide Kevin Storey, you can load up on local history and landmarks as well as quirky facts and photos about our ever-evolving provincial liquor laws. During the tour you will enjoy a complimentary beer at the Palace Hotel and a slice of Mambo’s famous pizza! This tour is just $25 per person, we visit two historic pubs and it lasts about 2 hours. No registration required. Please meet at the Nanaimo Bastion around 6:45pm. http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/heritage-events.html


Get your fitness gear ready – there are some great outdoor activities to enjoy this week. Join the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition for their St. Paddy’s Cycle on Thursday, March 17th.  This fun bike ride starts at 6:15pm at 321 Selby Street and ends back at the Tap House for a refreshment!

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The Sweet Ride! – March 20th 2016 is a bike tour around our city with stops at participating shops, restaurants and coffee shops – part of Nanaimo Bar Sunday. Warning: chocolate might have to be consumed. The ride is 25 kilometers so the little indulgences along the way certainly will be burned off. Rain or Special offers from businesses on this Nanaimo Bar Sunday. Kindly register and donate $5 towards the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition.  Learn more about the bike rides here – http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/cycling-events.html


I love St. Patrick’s Day –  the fun, the history and the MUSIC. So excited that De Danann ‘the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music’, will be performing in Nanaimo on Saturday, March 19th at the Port Theatre. De Danann formed in 1975 in Galway and quickly became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music for almost 30 years. De Danann’s distinctive approach to the tradition and their creation of music rich in character and spirit have been the cornerstone of Irish music for over two decades. Jigs and reels are played skillfully, showcasing accordion, fiddle, banjo and bouzouki accompanied by propulsive bodhrán rhythms. This show will be extra fun because the Irish Rovers are joining them!  Wear your green and come have a great time!  http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/dedanann.html


Sweet alert! Sunday, March 20th it’s Nanaimo Bar Sunday. This is self-guided tour in your car or join the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition’s “Sweet Ride” cycling tour, to discover the Nanaimo Bar. Special Offers from local businesses. Love having Cherub Chocolate, Island-ish, Longwood Brew Pub, Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge, Power House Living Foods Co. and Tea Desire part of this fun and tasty Sunday! http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/nanaimobarsunday.html

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BIG BAND is coming to Nanaimo – World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is happening for two nights – Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd.  I am so “In The Mood” for this show.  The Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Millar Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently performing over 300 concerts annually around the world performing all your favourite Glenn Miller songs: “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Stairway to the Stars,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Blueberry Hill” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to name only a few! Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgiRRayXAIQ – then book your tickets. This will be a show filled with memories and glorious big band music.  http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/glennmiller22.html


Enjoy this week! So much to do and see – and taste! I encourage you to sit down with a Nanaimo Bar and check out the Festival Nanaimo brochure (http://www.festivalnanaimo.com/images/Festival-Nanaimo-2016-Event-Programme.pdf)  to see all the things coming up.


-Kim Plumley


Tel. 250-390-9285

Twitter: @kimplumley

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.plumley

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