Weekly Feel-Good Stories From Whistler #4

A woman watches a small waterfall in Whistler on a forest trail.

Weekly Feel-Good Stories From Whistler #4

The long-weekend in Whistler was unlike any we’ve ever had. Although we couldn’t invite family, friends and visitors to join us for spring skiing and patio après, we did get creative about fostering a sense of celebration and community.

People put Easter egg pictures in their windows for kids to hunt, families beamed into dinner via FaceTime, we took strolls in the sunshine along the Valley Trail, hit up some virtual après action and focused on celebrating what we have, instead of what we don’t.

This is the fourth installment of our feel-good series; here’s what people in Whistler are doing to keep safe and stay connected.

Taste Whistler

Want to know what’s open for takeout and delivery in Whistler? Check out the new Taste Whistler app that the Restaurant Association of Whistler (RAW) launched in partnership with local business, Barber Media.

Seeing a need for up-to-date information on our food, beverage and grocery scene with a simple way to place an order, these locals stepped in to make it easy to connect with a free app.

We’re all missing our favourite Whistler patios, so we reached out to our restaurants and bars to see if we could recreate some of the menu items we love at home until we can return to the real deal.

This week The Raven Room sent us a recipe for their beer brined pork loin chop and just the thought of it is making me drool. Check out our recent Facebook post for the full recipe instructions.

If you decide to make it at home tag #TheRavenRoomWhistler and #OnlyInWhistler on Insta or @RavenRoom and @GoWhistler on Facebook so we can check out how it went!

Creative Spirit

With the tagline “Creativity is an antidote to isolation”, Arts Whistler has launched a new section of their website that highlights online resources, virtual events, courses and classes that all have a creative twist.

Whether you’re looking for music, theatre, or daily hands-on projects, this is a great place to go for at-home art ideas.

For many creatives, working freelance in these time has been especially hard in terms of both generating income and digging deep to keep the imagination and motivation flowing.

One of Whistler’s most cherished entertainers and our 2019 Champion on the Arts, Ira Pettle has moved three of his programs online. A mix of free and pay options for kids and adults, he’s offering a bi-weekly Toddler Music Class: Music Together, Virtual Dance Parties and The Monologue Project, an at-home performing arts education and production experience. For more details, contact him at ira@irapettle.com.

“The silver lining to it all for me is that now, more than ever, we need to generate community, move our bodies, and find innovative ways of learning and further developing our skills and passions.” – Ira Pettle.

Like watching movies? The Whistler Film Festival is looking for volunteer screeners to help adjudicate their film submissions.

Applications are also now open for the Heavy Hitting Horrorfest and there are fee waivers in place during April for any filmmakers applying in the following categories: Canadian Narrative Feature Film, Canadian ShortWork and BC Student ShortWork Competition.

Virtual Events

Susan Reifer’s Learn to Meditate classes at the Whistler Public Library have now shifted online in 2 one-hour sessions via Zoom on April 28 and 30 at 7 PM.

Open to everyone, from first time to lifelong meditators, you’ll learn practical foundations of non-denominational meditation and mindfulness. Register for free via email: jbruce@whistlerlibrary.ca (you will be expected to attend both classes).

WNORTH has a yearly conference focused on helping women rise in the workplace, which usually takes place at Nita Lake Lodge in the spring. Not to lose momentum after its postponement, local founder, Heather Odendaal, launched PIVOT, a free virtual panel series hosted on April 15, 16 and 17 at 10 AM PST.

The panel series focuses on adapting in a time of crisis and couldn’t be more relevant for today when businesses are reeling from recent changes. Speaking with industry leaders like Cisco, Amazon and PwC, these sessions are designed to uncover solutions and share tactics that can help us all move forward.

The Easter Bunny had a word with the moon and turned it a festive pink last week. This supermoon was the first full moon of the spring and was a welcome reminder of the beauty in our world.

Like you, we’re passionate about exploring Whistler, but now is not the time to travel. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe.

If you follow our social media channels, you’ll notice we’re continuing to share photos of Whistler. We hope to inspire feelings of calm and happiness during a time when we all need it most.

Dee Raffo

Dee Raffo

You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.

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