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Summer in Mission is a wonderful and vibrant time of the year.  It is when we usually come together to celebrate friendship, community and warm weather at a variety of different gatherings and events, including my personal favourite, outdoor concerts.

As is the case throughout the country, our summer festivals and plans will look very different this year. Events are going virtual, being modified to better ensure safe physical distancing, or are being cancelled altogether.

I know many in our community are missing their normal summer events. I share this feeling and would like to touch on the Twilight Concert Series and the Mission Folk Music Festival, both of which I look forward to each year.

This year the Mission Folk Music Festival will be delivered virtually. It will be a great way to celebrate music and community, and to listen to truly excellent music from the comfort of our own homes.

Some of my best memories of living in Mission these past 24 years were made at the Mission Folk Music Festival. From my humble beginnings at the front gate to a proud paying customer and choir member, the Folk Music Festival defines ‘My Mission’.

Another favourite, the Twilight Concert Series, was cancelled this year. Normally, every Wednesday and Friday night throughout the summer, we would be listening to some amazing musicians. But I’m hopeful that next year will be different.

If you have the chance, support a local musician this summer. Supporting local talent is one way to show your #ILoveMission pride.

Stay calm. Stay strong. Love to you all. Until next time.