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Steveston Village

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Place to be This Fall

Now that summer is a sun-filled memory it is time to turn our attention to one of the loveliest times of the year, autumn, and all of the fabulous fun-filled events Steveston Village offers.

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is a key player in organizing many of the community’s eagerly anticipated celebrations. The SMA’s signature events (Steveston Scarecrow Crawl, Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village, Girls’ Night Out and Christmas in Steveston Village) are designed to get local residents out strolling the streets and exploring local businesses.

blue canoe scarecrowSteveston Scarecrow Crawl

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has become one of the community’s well-loved attractions. During the month of October cleverly themed scarecrows lurk in doorways and peek out of store windows. These delightful handcrafted guardians often reflect the personality of the shop to which they belong.

Many of them are not garden variety scarecrows – in fact, you never know quite what you will spot – whether it is a giant slug, a couture ‘crow, nautical or fairy tale characters (we are after all “Storybrooke”). Bring your camera, pose with your new friends, and step inside the businesses to visit the talented merchants responsible for creating these mascots.

Halloween Costume ContestSteveston Insider Costume Contest

Back by popular demand! Steveston Insider is excited to once again sponsor a Halloween Costume Contest. Photos will be taken by Sandra Steier at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. All photos will be posted on Steveston Insider’s website and the lucky winners will be notified. Get creative and good luck! At 3:00 p.m. head out to trick-or-treat at participating businesses.

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston VillageSteveston_Insider_Halloween
Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village is always a seasonal highlight for little pirates, mermaids, princesses and dragons. It is a real “treat” to see imaginatively costumed children in the daylight hours receiving a Halloween goody from participating merchants. Taking place on Saturday, October 31 between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., this is the perfect warm up act for the big night! Maps of participating businesses will be available and treats will be handed out while supplies last.

Halloween_Cannery_Steveston_Palla_MediaHalloween at the Cannery
Halloween is a busy time in Steveston Village. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery invites you to solve the Case of the Cannery Curse! Meet their ghostly victim, and other ghoulish characters, on a self-guided mystery tour of the historic cannery. Drop in on October 23, 24, 25 and 31 any time between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., for this family-fun event. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance. Contact the Cannery for tickets and further information (604-664-9009).

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BCBack for its second year, The Cannery Farmers’ Market 2015-16 season starts on Sunday, October 4. Stock up on local produce and crafts on the following Sundays: October 4 and 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and 20, January 17 and 31, February 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17. Steveston Insider is proud to play a role as a Cannery Farmers’ Market sponsor.

Steveston Girls Night OutGirls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out takes place on Thursday November 26. This SMA event has become legendary and “girls” come in droves to be part of this special night out on the town. Women of all ages take to the streets of Steveston to power shop at SMA businesses, which offer exciting specials and incentives. This is the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. SMA restaurants will be offering pre and post shopping drinks and dining.

Follow “Steveston Girls Night Out” Facebook page to ensure you are in the loop; learn when tickets go on sale for the after party – tickets sell out almost instantly!

Festival of Trees_Steveston_Palla_MediaFestival of Trees
During the month of December enjoy a walk through an indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees when the Steveston Merchants Association partners with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the Festival of Trees. Steveston businesses personalize their trees with festive flair.

Steveston Village Christmas Horse CarriageChristmas in Steveston Village
To cap off the year, Christmas in Steveston Village puts holiday shoppers in the Christmas spirit. New this year, this special event has been split over two days, Sunday November 29 and December 6.

Car_Cruise_Steveston_Palla_MediaOn November 29 enjoy the charm of riding aboard an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage with festive music playing as the majestic team of horses clip clop along and loop the village. Visit local shops and do some Christmas shopping – it’s never too early to start. You will find unique gifts and as an added fringe benefit, you will feel good about having shopped locally and directly supported the community.

The 2nd annual Christmas Classic Car Show will parade through the village on December 6 at 12:15 p.m. then be on display until 3:00 p.m.

Santa_Steveston_Palla_MediaEvery year crowds of adoring fans line Fisherman’s Wharf for a glimpse of Santa as he arrives on December 6 on board a Vancouver Whale Watch boat with his entourage of elves. Free Santa hats are handed out (courtesy of the Steveston Merchants Association) while supplies last. It is a sight to see the village filled with red hats!

Follow Santa to the Cannery and take a photo of your child sitting on Santa’s lap.Then admire the Festival of Trees and shop at The Cannery Farmers’ Market. There may even be a little extra Christmas magic – stay tuned for details!

Scarecrow Fever Returns to Steveston

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Scarecrows are a classic symbol associated with farmers’ fields. They range from being cute and comical to downright creepy. They can be very simplistic or extremely intricate. Scarecrows, the farmer’s stationary helper, date back 3,000 years. There are records that scarecrows were used in ancient Egypt, Greece and pre-feudal Japan. Last year the Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) introduced the first annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl with the purpose of attracting people to the Village during autumn. The event was an astounding success, and the SMA board of directors quickly concluded that it would become an annual celebration.

When the Scarecrow Crawl was conceived, the SMA board of directors was uncertain how many businesses would participate in the event. We knew that SMA member businesses would show their community spirit and create scarecrows; however, over the course of the month over sixty scarecrows popped up! Fisherman Freddy at Pierside Deli, Lulu at Pieces, a Canucks green man at Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, a charming waiter at Tapenade Bistro, a monkey scarecrow at A Monkey Tree, a sassy scarecrow at Bare Basics, nautical scarecrows, and many more creatively themed scarecrows greeted people at the entrances of many Steveston businesses.

People took the opportunity to stop and pose with scarecrows, and the streets buzzed with energy at this tribute to our riverside village with neighbouring farmland. One of the most exciting aspects of the Scarecrow Crawl is it is a work in progress. On any given day in October there are likely to be new scarecrows appearing as Scarecrow fever spreads!

The SMA is hoping to see even more scarecrows take over Steveston. We are also extending the invitation for the community to join in the fun, and are hoping to see scarecrows spread into Steveston neighbourhoods. On a recent walk through my neighbourhood, I saw a wonderfully inviting scarecrow and harvest display signaling a change in the season. A few years ago, I had a terrific time building a scarecrow with my children. We went to a local thrift store and bought overalls, a plaid shirt, a straw hat, gloves and boots. We assembled a very welcoming fellow who greets us every autumn at the front door, where he sits comfortably in an Adirondack chair. I enjoy seeing his button eyes, and hand stitched smile.

Build a scarecrow and place it at your doorstep. Scarecrows are whimsical and add character and personality to your home, just as festive Christmas lights and wreaths do in the winter. There are plenty of websites devoted to designing and building scarecrows, they do not have to be stuffed with straw. You can use crumpled newspaper or old rags. Exercise your creativity. Children love this activity; it is like a month long extension of Halloween!

For inspiration, visit the village and see what the merchants create. Grab a coffee or a hot chocolate and go a Scarecrow Crawl. Walk through the entire village, you will find them lurking everywhere. Do not forget to bring your camera. Oh, and we dare you not to smile!

by Sarah Gordon