The Ocean Park Community Hall is pleased to welcome Ocean Yoga with Joani Mortenson, to the regular programming roster.
Ocean Yoga is dedicated to providing safe and inclusive classes that focus on the importance of resourceful breathing techniques, and the healing benefits of cultivating an abiding body-mind connection. To see the full program schedule visit http://joanimortenson.com/yoga/
Get your best Halloween costume ready for the first ever adults-only Halloween Dance hosted by the Ocean Park Community Association on Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 pm at the Ocean Park Hall (1577 128th Street). Enjoy live music by local band The Retrogrades, playing the top Rock n’ Roll hits from the last 4 decades. This event is a FUNdraiser with proceeds going towards “lighting up the Village” this holiday season. Get your tickets here:
The Haunted Forest at Ocean Park Hall has been created specifically for older children who have retired from the Annual Halloween Parade! Kids can visit the hall on Friday night, October 28th from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm and tour the spooky backyard. Be prepared to scream! Entry into this event is $2 and all proceeds will go towards the LaRonde PAC.
The 6th Annual Ocean Park Village Halloween Haunt takes place on Saturday, October 29th at the Ocean Park Hall. The parade around the village begins at 12:30 pm sharp! Please meet in the parking lot of the hall and follow the Halloween mascot (the sasquatch) as we trick-or-treat at storefronts. Post-parade activities at the hall include popcorn and water provided by Schill Insurance, along with short Halloween movies and spooky decor!
Do you have a special event, celebration or perhaps a wedding coming up? Consider booking the heritage Ocean Park Hall. Established in 1925, the heritage hall is cozy and well taken care of. With recent renovations to the commercial kitchen and men’s, women’s and all access washrooms, guests will appreciate the modern amenities, yet historic feel of the hall. Seating capacity is up to 100 people, and renters have access to tables and chairs, as well as a stage, partition, music system and projector screen. Take a look at recently added photos of the hall and the very affordable rates.
If you’re planning a spring social, birthday party, wedding or a special family celebration consider booking the Ocean Park Hall! With recent renovations to the kitchen and bathrooms and fresh paint throughout, this heritage hall is a very charming and cozy space to book! Rental rates are very affordable and Community Connect members receive an additional 15% off their booking. Learn more here.
BC Heritage Day is held on February 15 each year around the province of BC and lasts the whole week with provincial heritage sites promoting their unique history. This years theme is titled “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places” and the Ocean Park Community Association is pleased to announce, that for the first time, the Ocean Park Hall has been marked on the City of Surrey heritage tour which takes place this spring!
The Ocean Park Hall is a very special place for many generational Ocean Parkers. From hosting dances to lectures, performances and important public information sessions, this little hall has really held it’s own over the years. If Ocean Park can declare their own distinctive destination, then this year, we celebrate the Ocean Park Hall.
Here’s an excerpt from the Ocean Parker: Special Heritage Edition via Jack Berry about the Ocean Park Hall: ”
“The Ocean Park Hall had, to some degree, an effect on my early years.
My family came to Crescent Beach by train in 1925 with the speci c purpose of working in the Crescent Beach Hotel owned by Captain and Bessie Williams who were relatives on my mother’s side. Before my father bought our house on McKenzie Avenue, we either stayed in the hotel or at the farm house known as Crescent Lodge but as I was always underfoot they bundled me off to relatives in Mission. When I returned to Crescent Beach in 1927 the Hall had been built and was ready for opening. On that night we all climbed into Capt. Williams’ Model T Ford and rode up to the Hall. My aunt Bessie along with other ladies of the sewing circle had fashioned a patchwork quilt. e ladies had sold ra e tickets on it to raise money to add a kitchen to the Hall. During the evening proceedings Bessie called me (Little Jackie) over to pull the winning ticket – I pulled my mother’s. People were just too polite in those days to yell “Fix!”. From that day forward the Hall was well used – especially for monthly whist drives and dances. My parents provided the music, mother on the mandolin, father on the piano and sometimes Frankie Smith on the drums. Mother’s mandolin is on display in the Surrey Museum. I also have them on tape. During the winter months my parents managed the hotel but when they left early on a Saturday night to go to the Hall, at nine-thirty, I had to close the shop and turn the lights out then go up to my bedroom on the second oor – all alone in that big hotel on the waterfront with the wind whistling through the banisters and making other weird noises.
For six years I attended the little Crescent School with eight grades which also used the Hall for weekly badminton practices and yearly Christmas school concerts. On one of them I can vividly remember being Prince Charming and dancing a minuet on the stage with Jean Patterson. On another I was black face in ‘Tom Sawyer’ after which I acquired the nick name of ‘Marsa Tom’. Kids can be so cruel! I also remember many other concerts and I hated them all – the only people who enjoyed the occasions were the parents who doted on their little ham actors. And another thing, most kids received lovely toys and games o the Christmas tree, I always wound up with a lousy book! I nally came to the conclusion that because my parents were too busy to join the school P.T.A. that when it came to wrapping up and and designating the presents, blood was thicker than water.
In later life I have had many occasions to visit the Hall – lectures, dances, ea markets, craft sales, etc. and once twenty- ve years ago, I put on a lecture and slide show on the history of Crescent Beach. In those days I was involved with Surrey Museum Historical Society and also worked part time in the Museum. At present, I have a pictorial display of the history of the Crescent Beach Hotel and another one on Crescent Beach on the north wall of the Crescent Legion Hall. Viewing is limited to members and guests.” Jack Berry
The next time you pop by the hall, take a moment to honour the heritage of this little building that has acted as an anchor for the Ocean Park community.
PS: Stay tuned for your invitation to the annual Heritage Tea taking place this May!
Peruse and shop the art of 11 established lower mainland artists at the Ocean Park Hall on Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Artists work includes oils, acrylics, watercolours and mixed/media collage. Take a look at some of the participating artists and their work listed below or visit their website.
A truly inspiring art sale is coming to the Ocean Park Hall this Saturday, October 31 and November 1st from 10 – 5 pm. The Zimbabwe Gecko Society African Craft Show & Sale is an annual event created by local residents Susan and Frank Janetti that raises funds for projects in Zimbabwe. As stated on their website “The Zimbabwe Gecko Society’s goal is to create long-term, sustainable Community Health in Zimbabwe. To do this, we support already existing programs that are struggling to keep going in an economically depressed country. Sustainable projects are the only way for communities to provide long-term solutions for the extreme poverty experienced by many. These projects establish self-sufficiency of both individuals and the communities they live in. The goal is to create permanent change, breaking the cycle of poverty by giving those most in need the skills and resources they would otherwise never have access to.” The monies raised from this art sale will allow the Janetti’s to continue their hard work in Zimbabwe. To learn more about the The Zimbabwe Gecko Society visit their website. Or, plan to attend the art sale this Saturday!
Take a look at the amazing art and crafts you can expect!
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