Saturday’s Street Market should be a great family event

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By David F. Rooney

Saturday’s Street Market is not another limp-looking sidewalk sale — but a true event, with 42 booths offering food, music, children’s events and mercantile offerings from local businesses. There’s even a little live theatre thrown in.

“This is the evolution of the sidewalk sale,” said Nicole Cherlet, a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Committee that put together the downtown market scheduled for this Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm.

Conceived and organized locally this is, she said, “an authentically Revelstoke event” that blends together a wonderful cocktail of businesses, food vendors, and entertainers with a dash of the arts — all of them local.

Stretching down Mackenzie Avenue from Second Street to First and up First Street West to Campbell Avenue with a sprinkling of participating business down First as far as Alpine Mall.

This map can guide you to the different vendors. Click on this image to see a larger version. Map courtesy of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

This is a great way for families to have fun together. Mom and Dad can bring the kids downtown to have fun at the RCMP Bike Rodeo and the Bubble-Blowing Station or they can stop and enjoy the singing of young local diva Aza Deschamps. Older children and teens may want to check out the temporary tattoos at Mountain Glitter or maybe drop by Garnmish Jewellery to consider a Mother’s Day gift for Mom.

Feeling a little peckish? No problem. Dine on the specials available at Kawakubo, Emo’s, Mountain Meals, Padrino’s, the Taco Club, Twisted Berry or the Modern Bakeshop where you can enter a draw for a Mother’s Day cake.

If you’d like a break, stop by the Revelstoke Museum & Archives and step back in time for the Votes for Women Suffragette Tea. Meet historical characters and catch an original short play by Anita Hallewas while you enjoy a tea and perhaps one of those traditional crust-less cucumber sandwiches. (Click here to see the poster)

Getting around won’t be a problem, either. You can either hoof it or drop by Skookum, which is offering a deal on bile rentals: two hours on wheels for $10. Now that will get you going from one end of the Street Market to the other and then some — like all the way to Pharmasave to browse through the sweet deals on their outdoor tables.

In between shopping, grazing and watching the kids have fun, you can drop by Keisha Treber’s booth on First Street to see what kind of art work she’s creating. Be sure, too, to stop by the Community Wildfire Protection tent on Mackenzie to find out how you can contribute to making our town safe from wildfires. Or, if you’re interested in a real backcountry adventure, stop by the Flexpeditions booth, also on Mackenzie, and talk to their guides about that rugged getaway trip you’ve been dreaming about.

Saturday should be a great day for locals and visitors as the community celebrates spring with the first Revelstoke Street Sale. Don’t miss it!