VIDEO: Shawnigan Lake celebrates the opening of pavilion at Elsie Miles park

The ribbon is finally cut and the new Shawnigan Lake Paviliion is open. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The band, Turn Up the Beat, plays at the opening of the new pavilion at Shawnigan Lake. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A yummy cake draws a crowd after the official opening of the Shawnigan Lake Pavilion Saturday, Oct. 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
MLA Sonia Furstenau speaks about the community building effect of the pavilion project. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Area Director Sierra Acton talks about the future use of the pavilion. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
One of the two trees planted by the Baha’i community near the pavilion. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Mark Granfer talks about the planting of two trees as members of the Baha;i community celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen
A special blessing is offered by First Nations and Baha’i representatives that the pavilion become part of the natural beauty of the site. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Members of the Shawnigan Players enact a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to signal the Players’ delight in a new venue at Shawnigan Lake. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Members of the Shawnigan Players enact a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to signal the Players’ delight in a new venue at Shawnigan Lake. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

It took 14 months, but, on Saturday, Oct. 7, the people of Shawnigan Lake gathered at Elsie Miles park to celebrate the opening of their new all-season pavilion.

With the band Turn Up the Beat playing, and then the Shawnigan Players presenting scenes from their summer Shakespeare plays, the event was upbeat with everyone looking towards the future.

Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau said she was delighted to be able to see the completion of what has been a real exercise in the whole community working together, sentiments that were echoed by new Area B director Sierra Acton, TimberWest’s Domenico Iannidinardo, South Cowichan Rotary’s Andrew Higginson, and Mark Granfer, of the Bahai community, who also planted two trees to add to the beauty of the area.

Luckily, the weather stayed dry and sometimes even sunny for the presentations, and at the end, a shower of rain only emphasized the usefulness of the pavilion as everyone could continue enjoying their celebration cake under its sheltering roof.

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