On August 13th, 2017 the Cranberry Hall sponsored a 75th Anniversary celebration with events held at the hall, at Lindsay Park, and a block party on Coburn Street. The weather cooperated and several hundred people came to the hall for the unveiling of our permanent historical photo exhibit, now on permanent display at the hall. In conjunction with the Canada 150 celebrations and with the financial support of the Powell River Community Foundation, the Powell River Council for Arts and Culture, and the City of Powell River Department of Recreation, Arts and Culture, we were able to provide visitors with complementary packages of Cranberry 75 tea from Urban Teas, red beet seeds from Eternal Seeds, and a chronology of important dates in Cranberry’s history. We featured live music all day at the hall and the park, and a number of groups provided activities for kids and adults. Ioni Wais let a plant walk, Sandra Tonn led an outdoor qigong class, and former mayor Stewart Alsgard let a large group on an entertaining community walk. The day wrapped up with the Greek dinner and music by The Walter Martella Trio at Magpie’s Diner.
We also captured highlights of the event on video and hopefully will be able to produce a short documentary of the celebration sometime in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy this video created by one of our volunteers, Sherry Sakamoto, which goes a long way to give you a sense of the community support and enjoyment everyone felt at the day’s events.