This coming weekend Placencia’s biggest festival hits the sand at the Point (the beach next to the Municipal Pier) for 3 days of music, merriment, and LOBSTER! We were there Sunday afternoon and work was already beginning because getting ready for an event of this magnitude takes a tremendous effort. But luckily, like most things on the peninsula, it’s a collaboration and everyone pitches in. Have I mentioned lately how much I love this community?!? Here’s a peek at what was popping at the Point on Sunday and a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Lobsterfest.
Maintenance and Beautification
Village Council, Placencia Public Works, and neighborhood volunteers were busy tidying up and beautifying the beach in anticipation for tent set-up this week. The planks along the boardwalk were secured and stained, electric was run the length of the festival grounds, and the Sierra brothers painted a gorgeous mural at the bottom of the pier.
Circulating the Point Petition and Filming a Short Documentary
The land dispute over the Point Beach Accretion being granted and sold to a private owner is still in limbo. For the back story read this post: Point of Contention. The new adjacent property owner hasn’t apparently relinquished claim to the .4 acres, but this past week the Lands Department has filed their first appeal to reclaim the area for the Village. I don’t really understand what this process will look like and I don’t believe there’s many (if any?) historic examples to refer to, so it is important that we keep on top of this. Now is not the time to drop the ball; we don’t want to lose the momentum of this reclamation movement. Taking back the Point could be a precedent scenario and local film maker, Skip Weaver, is documenting the story from a community perspective. Eworth Garbutt is obviously one of the top crusaders spearheading this campaign and he was circulating a petition we can all sign to support of the realignment.
Looking Forward to Lobsterfest
Broooo!!! I can’t wait for this weekend and THIS Lobsterfest is going to be bigger and better than ever. Some of the main differences this year are:
- it will be 3 days instead of 2
- there will be a cover charge to attend the dance/ party on Friday and Saturday nights (it won’t be a big fee per person, but it will be a huge revenue source for Village Council which has specific projects in mind that the proceeds will fund- namely repairing the trash compactor on our garbage truck and paying for an expansion of the VC office which is currently the size of a shoe box)
- the entertainment tent with the stage and Village Council’s bar will be at the very far tip of the Point which will ensure that it is beautifully breezy at night instead of stifling hot like last year when there was hardly any circulation
- the football field will be opened for parking and the fee that they collect for that will go to pay for resurfacing the field afterwards
- greasy pole! I’m most excited for this stupid funny competition. The entire weekend is loaded with entertainment, performances, and games but greasy pole is something I’ve never seen before but have been begging for it to be added… and it’s happening!
PLEASE, if you can help by volunteer bartending for a few hours over the weekend, sign up for a shift with Village Council by calling 523-3396 or 615-6712 and stop by the Village Council/ BTIA booth to sign the petition! If you aren’t going to be here for the festival but want to purchase raffle booklets then message me to arrange before Sunday!