Hey Ocean Family!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we’re already well into August. It feels like the summer has shot by me at breakneck speed. This is my first summer as a Fun Finder though, and as the old adage says: ‘time flies when you’re having fun’. Seriously though, this weekend was one of those weekends where I really thank my lucky stars this is my job.

Friday evening marked the beginning of the 20th annual (!) Free-B Film Festival put on by the fine folks of the Victoria Film Festival. Every summer, they set up a big projection screen in the Cameron Bandshell at Beacon Hill Park, and play a series of cult classic films over the course of a few weeks in August. The best part is that it’s absolutely free to check out! It was really awesome, so many people came by and set up around the stage with blankets and snacks. One group of filmgoers set up a picnic blanket with a whole pizza! Now that’s doing it up right. By nightfall the bandshell was absolutely packed with people, all ready to see the film of the day: Legally Blonde. A cult classic. It was a wonderful event, and I can’t wait to stop by the park to see some of the other screenings.

On Saturday, Jen and I went down to Royal Athletic Park to see the Victoria Harbourcats play in the penultimate game of their regular season. It was a juicy matchup with their cross-ocean rivals, the Port Angeles Lefties, whom the Harbourcats had beaten 21-5 the night before. It was also the final fireworks night of the season, so you could say that the Harbourcats were looking to end the season with a bang. It was a wonderful night at the ballpark, the temperature was perfect, the crowd was lively, and the game itself was a really excellent back-and-forth affair. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that baseball is one of my absolute favourite things on planet earth, so spending the evening at the ballpark is absolutely ideal for me. As always, we had a lot of swag to give away, and a lot of people stopped by to say hi. The game was excellent, and the fireworks after were even better! I don’t know how they do it, but they put on quite literally the best fireworks displays I’ve seen in Victoria.

Sunday, Jen and I had a very full day up in the Langford area. We began the day up at City Centre Grille and Langford Lanes for the Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground Fundraiser. City Centre Grille provided a wonderfully decadent breakfast buffet for those in attendance, and all proceeds went towards the building of the new Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground at City Centre Park, adjacent to Westhills Stadium. It’s truly the ‘fun’ centre of Langford over there, City Centre Grille serves up delicious food and bowling at Langford Lanes is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. It was a wonderful fundraising initiative and we’re glad we could be a part of it!

On our way back into town, we stopped by Noah’s lemonade stand in Langford. Noah is a local kid who took initiative to participate in the Make A Wish Foundation Lemonade for Wishes campaign, setting up a lemonade stand in his neighbourhood and taking donations for the Make A Wish Foundation. His lemonade stand attracted quite a few people in the community, and it seemed like a really successful afternoon for Noah and for the Make A Wish Foundation! Thank you Noah, we’re happy we could stop by!

Finally, just before we went back to the station on Sunday we stopped by Cupcakes at Uptown to grab a few delicious treats. They’re in the middle of a Canada-wide competition to be named the Sweetest Bakery in Canada, and if you’ve ever had their cupcakes, I think they absolutely deserve that title. Check out their facebook page to see how you can help vote them in!


It was another fun weekend! Here’s to the rest of the summer!


-Fun Finder Sam

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