Traditionally, November 1st is a Halloween hangover day. Whether that hangover is from countless individually wrapped bite size confections, or from those ghastly spirits, November 1st is usually ushered in with little more than Halloween decorations coming down and Christmas lights going up. Well this year there was a little something extra as Squamish is now one step closer to kicking the broken record playing ‘There’s nothing to do in town’.
That’s right, Last Saturday, Squamish’s new skate park went from talk to action with the Art & Soul Fundraiser being a complete success. Like all events, the organizers worried about timing. It appears there was nothing to fear as the graciously donated Totem Hall was packed with people all to eager to help out the cause.
Like any event, countless thanks must be given to all those who made it possible.
Let’s start with the art. Along each wall artists were busy all day to auction off their blood, sweat and tears that evening. And what amazing blood sweat and tears it was. From fabulous sculptures to bright canvases, each talent was giving their all. And who could forget the crazy bare foot painting dancer who boogied down while working on his masterpiece. He wasn’t alone though, the soul portion of the evening, Rhythm Method, was having a great time making people dance.
Then there was the plastic wrap vixens. Oh yes my friend, the event also featured amazing hairstyles on some beautiful ladies wearing only jeans, plastic wrap and a smile. Sure plastic wrap keep’s the freshness in, but it also makes it very hard to breathe. But these vixens truly suffered for their art as they held their breath for several hours walking around all night in plastic wrap and some fabulously creative hairstyles by Megan (The Beehive) and Kylie (Special FX).
Like any Squamish fundraiser, the turnout was unbelievable. As was pointed out “It’s amazing how many people will gladly fork over money to get rid of the skaters on their streets.” As well, the auction portion of the evening went very well thanks to the endless energy of miracle MC Tamara who made sure every piece went for what it was worth.
When it was all said and done, Art and Soul pulled in close to fifteen grand. That’s incredible. With that, Squamish’s new kick ass skate park has turned from an ‘if’ to a ‘when’.
For those to tired to make it, It’s not to late to give. Donations continue to be graciously accepted at one of the main brain centers behind the whole thing: Anthony at Dedicated Skate and Snow on 2nd.Ave. Parents, picture it. You can finally stop that ‘click-clack click-clack’ of a skateboard coming down the street. Or those lucky enough to live beside a particularly nice waxy curb. Imagine no more click, clack, grinds, slides or slaps. Yes, this skate park is a good step for Squamish, and it’s tax deductible, how’s that for a cherry on the cake.