Editorial: Take it easy on the refs

As one festival ends, another begins.

Thanks to Powell River Film Festival and Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts, among a bevy of other local happenings, February is far from a dull month. Even Mother Nature has been cooperating lately, shining brightness at an otherwise gloomy time of year as far as weather is concerned.

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Ever hear the phrase: “There’s never anything to do in Powell River?” If yes, give the speaker a reprimand of some sort, but not too harsh, Pink Shirt Day is coming up.

While the performing arts festival kicks off Saturday and stretches into March, this coming weekend is particularly busy around the city as organizations and teams compete for attention.

Sports is rivalling arts when it comes to providing enthralling entertainment. In addition to Powell River Kings wrapping up their regular season and preparing for BC Hockey League playoffs, four other teams are in the midst of, or about to begin postseason drives of their own.

The Zamboni will be working overtime at Powell River Recreation Complex. Powell River Regals and Powell River Pee Wee Reps join the Kings at the rinks, combining for at least five games, possibly six, from Friday afternoon through Sunday. What more can a hockey fan ask for?

Hockey and arts not your thing? How about soccer? Powell River Villa hosts a second-round Jackson Cup match at Timberlane Park on Saturday, and even if it does rain, the bleachers are covered, so no excuses.

What about the artsy folk who also fancy hockey and soccer?

Get out your calendar and plan a weekend of entertainment. Step away from the computer and see what you can fit in.

For the most enthusiastic, it is possible to do it all, or at least most of it. Just be prepared to spend six hours in the arena on Friday, eight more on Saturday and return for game three of the Regals’ series against Kelowna on Sunday, if the teams split the first two games.

Regarding the aforementioned Pink Shirt Day, keep that event in mind when attending sporting events, even before or after February 26. The referees are not out to get your team, so don’t bully them. It’s just a game. Cheer loudly for the home team and don’t give yourself a heart attack yelling; it won’t change the call.

Culture and sports never sleep in Powell River. Before you blink, Kings and the Midget Reps will be engaged in playoff series at Hap Parker Arena, then Townsite Jazz Festival will be here, then PRISMA, followed by Kathaumixw, and so on, and so on.

Unfortunately, Villa and the pee wees play at the same time on Saturday. Decisions, decisions…

Who says there is never anything to do here?

 
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