Editorial: Volunteers brew a fantastic party

Oak Bay Tea Party a success thanks to volunteers, supporters, crowds and Mother Nature

After a few days of rainy, blustery weather, the clouds parted just in time for the sun to shine on a fantastic Oak Bay Tea Party weekend.

From the opening of the midway Friday afternoon until the last baron of beef was served Sunday night, the community turned out to celebrate.

Residents and visitors of all ages lined the parade route Saturday morning – thanks to all for their friendly waves and good wishes – then headed to Willows Park and beach to continue the festivities.

Other than a few parking complaints, Oak Bay Police reported no problems with the 54th annual festivities.

As Monday morning dawned, organizers commended all involved for a successful weekend.

“You can’t beat the weather we had, the beach was packed and the grass was packed,” said Oak Bay Tea Party Society chair Sandy Germain, a long-time volunteer marking her first year at the helm. “We have such a great group of a volunteers that pull everything together every time.”

Why do they do it?

“We get to see all the people have a great time enjoying the hard work that went in to it. Plus look at the venue we have to work with. There’s not a bad seat in the place.”

So now, with the 54th annual party in the history books, planning begins for next year. More volunteers are always needed and new ideas welcome. Contact oakbayteaparty@gmail.com to learn how you can get involved.

Re-live the magic

Those who missed the parade, were in it themselves, or just want to relive the magic can check it out one more time on Shaw Cable. Tune in to Channel 4 this Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. to take in the “colour and community expression of the 54th Annual Parade from Oak Bay Avenue.”