Kimberley’s First Saturdays off to good start

First Saturday of May offers high tea, live music, art exhibits and rodeo

They were two-stepping in the Platzl last Saturday

They were two-stepping in the Platzl last Saturday

Not bad at all for its inaugural appearance, says Carol Fergus of the Kimberley Arts Council on the First Saturday festivities in Kimberley on May 4, 2013.

“There were people in the Platzl,” Fergus said. “Even at 10 in the morning when we were setting up people were wandering in, families with children and when they saw the activity they hung around. It’s a start and it’s positive for us. We heard a lot of good remarks. I think it has value going forward.”

First Saturdays will be held on the first Saturday of every month through the summer and early fall. The concept is to get a number of events going and entice people to go from one to another. This past Saturday, the big event was the Bull-A-Rama at the Civic Centre, but there were also activities in the Platzl, at Centre 64 and Chateau Kimberley.

“Centre 64 was busy,” Fergus said. “The high tea at the Chateau was very successful. The weavers were happy with the number of people at their open house. It was a good first start. The whole day had a good feel.”

Fergus says there is room to grow the booths in the Platzl but that will come with time. In the meantime, it was a great first time and plans are underway for June’s First Saturday.