Freezing temperatures and cheery Christmas shopping brought out the best in everyone in Vancouver DTES
Roland Clarke, Richard Cunningham, Jacek Lorek, Hendrik Beune and Vendors braved the sub zero weather to work at the DTES Street Market.
Roland Clarke, Coordinator says:
182 Sunday Markets at Pigeon Park!
Surprisingly sunny despite reports of rain! To me, anyway, this is clear proof that the gods of weather surely shine on our little market here in the DTES.I did a little calculation earlier today, and figured out that this market, on December 1, 2013 is actually the 182nd consecutive market held at Pigeon Park on Sunday for the past 3 and half years. 182 markets is nothing to sniff at. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication at the hands of the volunteers and the coordinators.
Here is how I did the calculation:
1) The first Sunday market at Pigeon Park was held on June 13, 2010
2) 29 market days were held in 2010, 52 in 2011, 53 in 2012
3) December 1 is the 48th market held on Sunday in 2013
This gives a total of 182 Sundays where there was a market held at Pigeon Park by the DNC or the DTES Street Market Society.
Our 200th market day will take place on April 6th (close to my birthday), and I am proposing a large celebration for this event. We should invite the mayor, councilors and dignitaries from all over Vancouver. Lots of time to plan…
Loss of a Loved Volunteer – Steve Beharriel
On November 20th, 2013 we lost one of our volunteers at the Street Market. Steve Beharriel was an RPIC (Responsible Person In Charge), and our Sergeant-At-Arms for the board of our Society. He had never missed a meeting for as long as people could remember, until he missed the Saturday meeting after welfare day. Later, on Sunday, we found out that the coroner had been to his room the day after welfare and taken him away. I can say that he was always pleasant to work with, never caused trouble and really loved the market. We talked briefly a few times and he told me that his mother was a school teacher. Friends say that his family is from Ontario.
Roland Clark, Jacek Lorek and Jezzën Haight-Mick Manton of DTES Street Market with Richard of AHA MEDIA test a new power washer and leaf blower in Vancouver. Wes Regan of HXBIA cleans up wet leaves on Hastings Street with the new leaf blower in Vancouver
The DNC would like to invite special guest Jak King to our next board meeting for a discussion on the Coalition of Neighbourhoods and the Grandview Woodlands Area Plan.
Jak King has lived in Grandview for more than 20 years. Now retired from industry, he is an historian and has published two books of local interest: “The Drive to 1956″ (2011) and “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive to 1999″ (2012). He is currently preparing two further volumes on the history of the Drive. Jak is active with the Grandview Heritage Group, has a long-time interest in questions of urban design and streetscape preservation, and is an inveterate blogger.
Pete Fry, Chair of Strathcona Residents Association also spoke to the DNC Board
Mild Temperatures during Grey weekend drew happy bargain hunting crowds to the Pigeon Park Street Market by the DTES Street Market Society in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
A big thank you to Chef Alain Chow of Winner Winner Chicken Dinner for his very generous donation of Chinese Style Pizza Buns to help feed the Street Market’s hungry vendors and volunteers
Peter Thompson shows off his new found art bought at the Street Market!
It’s always a good time to come shopping at the Street Market!
Many thanks to Todd Harris of Sanitation for City of Vancouver for helping us keep the Street Market neat and tidy!