WHITE ROCK â€” It’s not every day that White Rock’s iconic pier turns 100 and with "The Party of the Century" just around the corner, this could be the one and only chance to booze it up on the pier (legally) and for a good cause.
Created in celebration not only of the pier’s 100th anniversary, but also Semiahmoo Arts’ 40th, the Party on the Pier! offers guests an evening of entertainment, food, drink and merriment on the historic structure.
"We’ve got several local restaurants presenting their fare on the pier and we’ve got a few wineries and breweries as well," said Mary Brunet, Semiahmoo Arts’ executive director.
On Thursday, Aug. 28, along with the food and beverage stations set up along the pier, there will be a stage for entertainment at the end of the pier, which will feature musical acts Mostly Marley and Powder Blues Band.
Other entertainment includes period-costumed actors interacting with guests, artists painting "en plein air," dancing and a silent auction.Brunet said people love the idea of havinga celebration on the pier and noted that there was no better time to hold something like this.
"This is the only time something like this has ever been done," she said.
"It’s a great local icon and important to the community of White Rock, so we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate by throwing the party of the century."
Tickets for the event are $100 and the pricing, said Brunet, is reflective of what the event is celebrating.
"The pier is 100 so the ticket price is $100, but it’s also our 40th anniversary so embedded in that is a $40 donation to Semiahmoo Arts, which you also receive a tax receipt for," she said.
In addition, each ticket holder will also receive a commemorative Party on the Pier! glass, a $10 gift card to Guildford Town Centre, appetizers and a drink.
"So this is our major fundraiser and we are a non-profit charity supporting arts and culture on the peninsula," said Brunet.
Volunteers are still needed for the event, to help with set-up, tear down and other event logistics.
Tickets are available online at Semiahmooarts.com and by phone, 604-536-8333. Volunteers can also sign up on the website.