Second Sundays a charm

Second Sundays is in its eighth season — and proving it'll likely be around for a ninth.

The monthly music and art festival has grown from a few vendors and one musician in 2009 to tents lining blocks of Prince George and North Boundary streets and three stages placed at every end.

Its next dates are Sept. 10 and Oct. 1; the October date is the first Sunday of the month because of a conflict.

Shirley Vermillion created the festival, which is held on the second Sunday of each month — hence the name.

"I just always wanted to share that with more people," Vermillion said. "I love musicians. I love artists."

The festival has four regularly attending artists and 70 other slots on any given weekend. Three stages and one intimate courtyard hosts a dozen bands, most of which are local, over the six-hour event.

Vendors sell anything from hand-crafted jewelry to stained glass lamps to paintings on leaves. There is often handmade pottery and soaps and a Silver Steve, a man painted in silver who stands as still as a statue all day long.

Some food is available. Local farmers will sell freshly harvested fruits and vegetables and two Prince George Street restaurants come outdoors to sell from a tent: Vegetarian restaurant Lokal and sweets shop Kilwins.

Want to go?

What: Second Sundays

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 before wrapping up its last event of the season Dec. 10

Where: Parts of Prince George Street and North Boundary Street are blocked off for the day.

Parking: Throughout the downtown area

Info: 2ndsundays

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