Oak Bay ready to pour it on for Tea Party

Citizenship judge will conduct affirmation ceremony Sunday

All the midway fun and excitement will return to Willows Beach as the Oak Bay Tea Party runs this weekend.

All the midway fun and excitement will return to Willows Beach as the Oak Bay Tea Party runs this weekend.

A seven-minute interlude could reignite Canadian passions during this year’s Oak Bay Tea Party.

Citizenship judge Gerry Pash only needs seven minutes to inspire citizens during a set break between the Commodores gig Sunday evening.

“Part of my mandate as a citizenship judge is community outreach,” he said, ‘helping Canadians realizes what they’re taking for granted.”

He’ll lead a group citizenship affirmation ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity for people who are Canadians already to reflect on the freedoms, rights and responsibilities of being a Canadian citizen,” said Pash. “I will speak a little bit about the freedoms and rights – and what does Canada ask in return – then we’ll go straight into the oath.”

Despite taking only seven minutes in total it can still be inspiring, as Pash knows from previous affirmations at large gatherings. He’s led the oath at a HarbourCats baseball game, Sidney Days’ community picnic and Fort Rodd Hill.

“It’s done across the country in various locations,” Pash said. “People say ‘I’m a Canadian citizen. I was born here, but that felt good’.”

Commodores Big Band plays from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and popular Vic High appears Saturday.

“Vic High Rhythm and Blues band has done such a good job appearing year after year that they are this year the headliner for Saturday night,” said Bill Murphy-Dyson, chair of the Oak Bay Tea Party Society.

Oak Bay event-planners fill two days with events that could individually make a lasting impression: air show, bathtub race, teacup race, midway, fun run and live entertainment.

“The air show starts with skydivers landing on the beach and it ends with skydivers landing on the beach. It’s cool,” said Murphy-Dyson.

Add the ultra-traditional pancake breakfasts, ladies nail-driving competition and a parade and you have the Oak Bay Tea Party June 6 and 7 at Willows Beach.

Throughout the weekend, roast beef, pancakes, corn, tea and more will be available through the work of, and to benefit, non-profits Oak Bay Kiwanis, Royal Oak Lions, Capital City Lions, Girl Guides and Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society.

“It’s one of our functions to provide a venue for raising money for non-profit groups,” said Murphy-Dyson.

Parking, as always, will be limited. Parking restrictions are in place in order to permit emergency vehicles easy access to and from Willows Park.

“It’s best to ride your bike, there will be secure bike racks … there will be extra buses as well. Otherwise park your car blocks away and walk,” Murphy-Dyson said.

They also aim to have the greenest Tea Party yet.

“We are going to be the greenest, or one of the greenest events on Vancouver Island this year, thanks in large measure to one member of our volunteer committee, Noreen Taylor,” said Murphy-Dyson. “About three years ago, she showed up with some volunteers and I called her the dumpster lady. She was literally going into garbage and sorting it out.”

See the full schedule online at oakbayteaparty.com.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Muddy Valley Farm in rural Saanich is calling for witnesses after its large metal gate was stolen overnight on Monday, Jan. 18. (Muddy Valley Farm/Facebook)
Rural Saanich farm reports large metal gate stolen

Muddy Valley Farm gate stolen overnight by ‘at least two people’

A pinniped was attacked by an unseen predator off the shores of Dallas Road Monday night. (Courtesy of Steffani Cameron)
VIDEO: Seal hunting, not being hunted in video shot off Dallas Road

Victoria woman captures footage of pinniped activity off Dallas Road

Members of the Victoria Police Department, some of whom are shown here observing a moment of silence for victims of a mass shooting in Nova Scotia, experience stress and potential trauma more than most other workers, says Chief Const. Del Manak. While the number of shifts lost at VicPD are soaring, he sees it as a sign people are taking their own health and wellness seriously. (Black Press Media file photo)
Skyrocketing number of lost shifts at Victoria police has a positive side, chief says

Chief Const. Del Manak says officers, staff being more proactive looking after their mental health

A Seed and Stone rendering for White Rock, B.C. (Seed and Stone rendering)
Songhees Nation to open two Victoria cannabis stores spring 2021

Seed and Stone stores will open on Gordon Street and in the Bay Centre

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Updated: Ucluelet paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

A woman types on her laptop in Miami in a Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wilfredo Lee
British Columbia government lax on cybersecurity practices, auditor reports

The audit did not highlight a specific threat, but it found breaches in cybersecurity are increasing globally

A mattress on fire gutted the second floor hallway at Town Park Apartments C-block Jan. 17. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue images)
‘Suspicious’ Port Hardy apartment fire could keep tenants out of their homes for months

A burning mattress created smoke and heat, causing several tenants to jump from windows

Cranbrook Food Bank coordinator Deanna Kemperman, Potluck Cafe Society executive director Naved Noorani and Sunshine Coast Community Services Society executive director Catherine Leach join B.C.’s new Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne on a video call about B.C. gaming grants, Jan. 19, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. gaming grants reorganized for COVID-19 priorities

Minister highlights community kitchens, food banks

Most Read