Music director Carolae Donoghue said the event will include a performance by Nola York from London, England, who will do a handful of Beatles and Elton John covers. Also on the program is folk/rock singer Gord McLaren, blues artist Allan (Dr. Electric) Markin and Destiny, the Dance Band. Brett Martin will serve as MC.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted. People are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair. T-shirts are on sale for $20 with the majority of proceeds going to the committee.
Save Skaha Park is a newly formed organization that objects to a proposed waterslide at the park.
“The artists are donating their time pro bono, and if we collect any money, fine, but the most important thing is that everyone enjoy themselves,” Donoghue said. “If the weather holds, it will be a great afternoon.”
Meanwhile, spokesperson Lisa Martin announced Tuesday the committee has obtained legal counsel from a Vancouver firm that specializes in municipal law.
“In the interim, we will continue to demonstrate our opposition to this project in every possible legal way to put pressure on city council to stop this travesty,” Martin said.
Martin said the group’s petition, which began in July, now has more than 4,000 residents’ names plus an additional 1,600 non-residents calling for a referendum on a 29-year lease for a large portion of the park.
“While we are dismayed that residents of this city are having to use their own money for this legal battle, it is both humbling and heartening that so many people are supportive in the fight against commercializing our beloved park,” Martin said. “Legal counsel does not come cheap, so we encourage everyone who abhors this plan to contribute according to their means.”