Feature Story                                                                                              Thursday, August 21, 2014


The Sounds of Summer

Chilliwack residents throw their support behind local musicians at Party in the Park

Staff/Voice photos


Abbotsford singer-songwriter Amanda Thate performs at Party in the Park last Friday. Below, Grace Banks talks about CYC's Baby Friendly Initiative.


ack up another successful Party in the Park (PITP). It was the third of four Friday events this year at Central Community Park. Chilliwack band Niki Werner, Abbotsford Country music artist Amanda Thate and local rockabilly band the Loungehounds headlined.


Thate's latest album; Something Great, features a single called Hit and Run  which is getting airplay and gaining traction on the charts.


"It went across Canada and radio stations are picking it up. It started at No. 404 on the Country music charts, and it's sitting at No. 129 right now," she told the Voice after her performance.


Thate's developed a strong fan base in Chilliwack since first playing PITP last year.


"I wasn't sure what to expect coming in to this venue," said Thate. "Loved it. It was packed and last year it was such a sunny beautiful day, and I today, I wasn't expecting too many people, but even with the overcast skies it's been a great turnout and they're so welcoming and supportive. You can tell by the amount of people that are dancing at the front of the stage. I love it all. It was so fun."


Fans can look forward to more from Thate in the near future. She says she's planning on getting back to work in the studio once she's had time to write more original songs.


Keep updated on Thate via her website www.amandathate.com


Grace Banks from the Child and Youth Committee in Chilliwack spoke about a new program they’re offering called the Baby Friendly Initiative. This program is sanctified by the World Health Organization and promotes 10 steps to successful breastfeeding.


Banks is working toward making Chilliwack a baby-friendly community where breastfeeding is the easiest choice for women and children.


Lemonade and cotton candy added to the festive atmosphere last week on Mill Street.


“Party in the Park welcomes infants and children with their mothers and fathers.  The Chilliwack Baby Friendly Initiative Task Group is providing a place where mothers may sit and feed their babies and children within the community setting. Just look for the lounge chairs with the green leaves,” explained Banks. “We know these youngest members of our community have tiny tummies and are trying to grow so they need to eat often.  Health Canada coined the phrase: Breastfeeding: Anytime and Anyplace. So we are simply helping our youngest members and making things easy for their mothers.”


The fourth and final PITP event wraps up Friday with "Hero Night" theme. See Evolutionz Dance, Curbside Traditional Jazz Band, Murphy's Lagh, the Chillbillies, Todd Richard and Neil Diamond tribute artist Nearly Neil with the Solitary Band on stage.


For more information about Party in the Park and sponsorship packages, visit the Chilliwack Business Improvement Association online www.downtownchilliwack.com


For information on the Baby Friendly Initiative, visit www.childandyouth.com


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