Letters: Festival noise annoying

Port Renfrew resident dislikes loud music during festivals

After reading the update regarding the new initiative and partnership between Tall Tree Festival and the township of Port Renfrew, I went to the mentioned website to view these trails. Some of these trails would be under the jurisdiction of the CRD and some on logging lands (some private, some TFL). If my memory serves me right, as funding disappeared for upkeep of some of the trails and when we went under the CRD in 1990 they had no money for upkeep or insurance. So, is Tall Tree Festival going to be paying for upkeep and insurance, the extra garbage, toilets, etc.? I wonder who they have been talking to on behalf of the township of Port Renfrew, your article was the first that most of the residents had heard anything.

Tall Tree puts on two music festivals per year in Port Renfrew, with one Feb. 7-9. Way to wreck the locals’ weekend. We put up with non-stop noise. This is a sleepless weekend for most non -goers.

Tall Tree is selling 250 tickets to this three night event. Saturday and Sunday night it is to be held in the Rec Center and this building does not have that capacity to hold this many people. The 250 does not include event organizers, bands, security,  or first aid. Last year the building was left with a very dirty floor, their signage left up.

As for the festival held at the end of June, the whole valley hears the non-stop music from up Browns Mountain. Last year we had campers pulling out of town because of the noise. And this after we have fought so hard to get a good name with tourists after years of out of control parties on weekends out here. The cars waiting to get up the mountain block one lane on an already narrow road.  There is going to be an accident here one year because they do not use traffic control.

I like to party with the best of them, so I have been thinking of maybe finding out what neighbourhoods the organizers live in and hold an all weekend party. Don’t think they would like it. Tall Tree has held enough events in our quiet little town and it is time to put an end to them — no more. I do have a challenge for the Tall Tree Festival organizers, put on a family music festival, some good old rock & roll, some country, bit of jazz. Who knows, could have a warm welcome here. Start in the afternoon and by 11 at night, everyone is happy. Now an event like that would bring lots of business to this town, what do you think Tall Tree, up for the challenge?

If families are planning to come spend a nice quiet Family Day weekend camping, sightseeing or whatever in Port Renfrew, my advice is to make different plans.

Brenda Buck

Port Renfrew

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