By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE – Thursday, February 7 – 4:45 a.m.
Big Bear Lake, CA – The Big Bear Heritage Parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
The Big Bear Lake Planning Commission approved the Old Miners’ Association’s parade permit during its February 6 meeting at Hofert Hall.
Old Miners’ spokesperson, Mike Copley, told ROTWNEWS the parade will step off at 4 p.m. and make its way to Big Bear Middle School (Georgia Street).
ENTRIES AND VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
“The Old Miners’ Association is looking for volunteers who want to co-chair the parade and other upcoming events,” Copley explained. “We’re also looking for youth bands and civic groups who would be interested in being in the parade.”
Copley — who reminded everyone of the Sunday, February 10 Old Miners’ Association meeting at 3 p.m. at the Robinhood Resort located at 54o Pine Knot Avenue — can be reached by calling (909) 866-5850.
The meeting is open to the public and will include the showing of the movie DON’T FENCE ME IN (1945) starring Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, “Gabby” Hayes and the Sons of the Pioneers.
Big Bear Lake, CA – The Old Miners’ Association is seeking a permit for a June 15 Big Bear Heritage Parade.
Representatives of the Old Miners’ will be on hand to present their proposed date, route and time for the annual parade when the City of Big Bear Lake Planning Commission convenes at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. The public hearing on the major special event request will take place at Milton W. Hofert Hall, located at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake.
Old Miners’ spokesperson, Mike Copley, told ROTWNEWS the plan submitted to the Planning Commission calls for the parade to start at 4 p.m. on Big Bear Boulevard, assembling at the Brown Lot (Snow Summit) and disassembling at Big Bear Middle School.
“We’ll work with the Planning Commission to come up with the final plan,” Copley stated.
Last year’s parade was held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, after merchants on Big Bear Boulevard appealed to the City Council regarding the original start time of 11 a.m.
NEXT OLD MINERS’ MEETING
The next general meeting of the Old Miners’ Association will be Sunday, February 10, at the Robinhood Resort, located at 54o Pine Knot Avenue in Big Bear Lake at 3 p.m.
The movie DON’T FENCE ME IN (1945) starring Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, “Gabby” Hayes and the Sons of the Pioneers, will screen immediately following the meeting.
“Scenes from DON’T FENCE ME IN,” Copley said, “was filmed at the Peter Pan Woodland Club House near Big Bear Lake. Many decades ago, the Peter Pan Club burned to the ground, but not before the area now known as Big Bear City sprung up around the once-thriving club.”
Copley told ROTWNEWS that many streets in Big Bear City Bear are character names from the classic J. M. Barrie tale. Songs include Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Along the Navajo Trail,” “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “The Last Roundup,” “Choo-Choo Polka,” “My Little Buckaroo” and “A Kiss Goodnight.”
The public is invited to attend the meeting and movie presentation.
For additional information about the Old Miners’ Association call Copley at (909) 866-5850.