All summer long a vibrant market and concert series at the Oliver Community Park has been the result of collaboration between Oliver Parks and Recreation, the Oliver Community Arts Council and Market Coordinator Audrey Enixon. Crowd numbers have exceeded 250 on some nights and each week the market features new vendors with homemade or homegrown products worth shopping for.
The Arts Council did a fantastic job with the Music in the Park series this summer and wrapped up their season on August 26 with the classic rock band “Uncorked”.
Thursday August 31 and Thursday Sept 7, the weekly Evening Market featuring local farm produce, bakery bread, cheese and several artisan products will continue in Community Park from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Each night will feature live entertainment, guest food trucks and children’s activities.
“We have had a fantastic summer of music and market at the park,” says manager Carol Sheridan, “and with there still being a week before the kids to get back to school and the need for a season wrap-up celebration we have extended the market and music nights for two more weeks.”
On August 31 enjoy back-to-back sets with local singer/songwriters Bianca Berkland followed by Aimee Grice. Bianca is a singer and pianist from Oliver, who has a unique blues, jazz influence in her voice. She has played with Kenny Wayne “Blues Boss” and at various other venues in the Okanagan. Aimee Grice is an avid singer and actor, sharing her voice regularly on stage with SOAP productions and at open mic nights at Medici’s. The “Sandwich Sheriff” food truck will be serving up delicious sandwiches and new local family-run winery La Casa Bianca will be offering tastings as well as a bouncy house for the kids.
September 7th don’t miss the final concert of the season with Oliver’s fresh new dance band “Starsick” featuring music ranging from rock to funk and punk to classics. There will be a guest food truck as well as children’s activities and a very special announcement regarding the Oliver Toddler Park Project! It does get darker earlier at this time of year, so music will start at 6:00pm and wrap up by 7:30pm.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a sweater or blanket and a lawn chair. The rain venue continues to be the Community Hall if necessary.