Events bring out the best and the worst

Last weekend brought out the best in the Cowichan Lake area community. Between Canada Day and Bay Days festivities, local volunteers proved once more how great this community can be, thanks to the efforts of the area’s most devoted residents.

Last weekend brought out the best in the Cowichan Lake area community. Between Canada Day and Bay Days festivities, local volunteers proved once more how great this community can be, thanks to the efforts of the area’s most devoted residents.

Alternatively, last weekend also brought out stains in our community (though, perhaps they were tourists). Tobacco stains, to be specific. Nothing says “I hate my community and those that live in it” more than smoking cigarettes in public parks.

Those smoking would have to be blind to not see the smoke they exhaled gust directly into children’s faces.

Another unfortunate thing those attending last weekend’s festivities would have noticed is bad parents. It’s obvious when you see one, but it’s a tricky subject to broach with them. Despite no parent being perfect, every parent seems to think they are. How else can you explain their outrage when someone points out their poor parenting skills? If you’re playing a guitar chord wrong, someone will tell you. Why is parenting any different? As such, kids ran free and disrupted things, and nothing was done or said, beyond some grumbling. It’s unfortunate that others – namely school teachers – must later correct parents’ wrongs.

These two negative observations pale in comparison to the commendable efforts of those who put on the Canada Day and Bay Day festivities.

But, these efforts aren’t being put on hold until next July’s events.

The Saturday Bocce Ball Tournament was only the tip of the iceberg, and is part of a much larger effort to renew Honeymoon Bay Central Park’s lawn bowling green. Contact Bob Burden for more information on this effort.

The Honeymoon Bay Farmer’s Market happens not only during Bay Days, but every weekend, next to the Coffee Mill on South Shore Road. It’s not always as packed, but most of the vendors seen hawking their goods last weekend are there every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s a great community to live in. Experience it while you’re here.