Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:02 pm

bert425 wrote:I love that you bought rainbow socks (multiple pairs!). . and then walked around all day without putting them on - wearing NO socks.

despite the fact they would have matched your tie dye Disney shirt.

LOL


Yeah, I planning to wear them, but with shoes that would accommodate them. The ones I had on were snug, and
wearing the socks would have made it a tight fit for me to wear all day. Dumb me for picking the wrong shoes. :sad:

So I let the t-shirt speak for the socks, LOL! And people did notice me, more than if I had worn the socks, I felt. ;)

I also checked at the Pride Society Tent outside the Main Gate, and found out that The PNE isn't the first Cdn.Fair to do a Pride Day.
Edmonton, Alberta's Fair did it before us! Now the main question is, will either Fair repeat the day, next summer? We shall see, eventually.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:11 pm

~ Night Time @ The PNE ~

Usually by the end of The Fair, I have visited the fairgrounds at least once in the evening. Usually for a Concert Series performance.
But not this time. No Concerts seen, and nothing really to make me stay way into the night hours.

But I still enjoy seeing The Fair at night, with lights on, especially in Playland. So yesterday was an Evening Visit. Along with a new
burger to try at Gourmet Burgers (sadly no crickets, this time). And it ended with a 15 minute show called NOVA, end of the night.

Pardon that a number of the photos are not in focus. I was snapping away, as I moved along through the fairgrounds and Playland.
But I think there's a few good ones taken, here and there.

Enjoy
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On my way to the bus stop. Didn't look too great up above.
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These smaller condo units are popping up all along this one street!
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Outdoor House Art.
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Here we go, again.
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Groove & Tonic is the name of this great covers band.
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Destination achieved!
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The new Special Burgers being offered this year.
And I have no idea where a "milkshake" fits into these.
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Le Main Menu.
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What I decided to have. Plus fries = $16 - $! coupon = $15 Cdn.
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lol
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Voila!
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Got myself a Shock Top Belgian Ale, and was set for dinner.
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They "lit the fires" in the Beer Garden. It was a bit cooler that evening.
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Not too busy, as the majority were heading to the big concert in a 1/2 hour or so.
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The burger - was - Awesome! Even with pineapple in it! Very impressed with this one.
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Evening sky looking better.
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Darkness descends.
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The PNE Prize Home looks nice at night.
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Coco's! Winner of my PNE Corn Dog Challenge! Congrats!
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Looking over to POPnology and the Pacific Coliseum.
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I believe in Aretha Franklin!
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The Agrodome. Where Knights of Valor takes place.
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I see you peeking out from there. (To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:26 pm

After eating, I then headed (in a round about way) to Playland, to check out those lights.
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Traveling down the"Street Of Dreams" at night.
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I love this little trailer!
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Oooooo purty at night!
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Hmmm. Wonder why the Hastings Racetrack is open this late?
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Oh. Night races! Very cool idea.
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Hope the horses are okay with night races. (o;
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The Rib Fest was still going strong.
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Orbiter!
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The Baby StarFlyer!
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Ferris Wheel #2!
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The Celebration Plaza Beer garden also had a Big Screen, for those who missed out on Reserved Seat
tix or free entry into whichever Concert was happening that night.
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Mob Central.
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This is what happens when nothing is left.
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And this was last night's Concert. And it was loud enough to hear in Playland over the rides and screams!
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Zoooom!
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Kettle Creek Mine coaster at night. Even the kids stay up late during the PNE.
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Whooosh!
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Yellow train running. (To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:39 pm

Still checking out Playland here. Eventually, I headed back to the Festival Park,
another beer, and waiting for the final free show of the evening to happen: NOVA.
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Our little Carousel.
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Bug Whirled. These figure-8 coasters are now Everywhere in North America!
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Crazy Beach Parrty running, but not very lit up.
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The Fuzzy Green Beast.
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Beside the Side Car Bar, this was happening, Very noisy (but fun) at times with the metal in back.
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Hell's Gate down. Again.
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The main arcade of Playland.
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"What The Fudge" in it's own glow.
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Long queue for mini donuts.
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Yellow train running uphill.
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Wheee!
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Followed by red train.
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Glass House in need of some.....window cleaner?
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Enterprise never went totally vertical. And I watched it for three cycles.
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The Wine Chalet gets attention in the evenings, here.
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Everything quiet at Farm Country.
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Groove & Tonic wrapping up their second show. (To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:50 pm

The PNE always tries to end each evening with a short, but interesting show that's suited for the night.
Last year it was flying LED drones in formations etc. This year, something a bit different...and in a bubble!

Called NOVA, it was a laser light show, but with this "bubble" over all of the stage, none of the laser lights
shot into the sky and got lost. All was contained, and it made for a really cool 15 minute show!

Hard to explain it all, but here's the photos that I took of it...
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Earlier in the evening, this is what I saw from the Beer Garden, while eating my burger.
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Check, check, check.
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Planning to see this again, in the new year (Feb-March I believe).
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After visiting Playland, I got myself an Adirondack chair and got much closer to the bubble.
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Sky looked fluffy, but no rain, yay!
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The show starts.
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See the face, peeking through the triangle?
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WTF?
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This was nice.
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It's over.
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Bows. And goodnight from The PNE, everybody!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ratdogg68 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:55 pm

Great report, The Bubble looks interesting.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:04 pm

^ Thanks! I do what I can, with what I've got for TR photo taking, lol. Plans are to visit The Fair one more day,
tomorrow (Closing Day of The Fair), to get a few more random shots. And I wanted to see that NOVA "bubble"
again, close up. I know it's usually deflated over all it's platform and equipment, during the day time.
Hopefully, one of the two guys running the show might be close by, and I can ask a few questions about it all.

If not, I'll still get a shot or two of a deflated bubble. :wink:
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How the main PNE info.flyer describes NOVA.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:37 pm

glad to see they are getting a good turn out at night.

surprised you didn't go to any bands, a few of them looked like fun (the 80's night in particular, I certainly would have shown up for).
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:43 pm

^ You mean for the Concert Series? The minute the tickets go up for grabs every year, it doesn't take too long,
to totally sell out the main orchestra area for a good # of them. I got lucky last couple of times (Huey Lewis & News
last year; Boy George in 2016). But I procrastinated too long for this set. My $ only goes so far at The Fair,
plus the energy to get through it all physically, considering it does get The Crowds particular days. And
not necessarily on the weekends, either. Depends on who's playing that night, etc.

Also, seeing any of these acts for free, meant standing in queue in the middle of the day for tix, and then lining up
to get choice free seats in the upper "bowl" of the Concert area. Not worth the time or energy, for myself.
That's why I try and make this like an out-of-town visit, and get a good seat for myself. And it's not too $$$ at that.

The two acts I would have loved to see at this year's Fair, was Jann Arden (Out Day At The Fair) and Cyndi Lauper
(tomorrow night). The PNE really does come up with a great variety of acts for the Series, I will give them that.

And with cover bands playing in Festival Park, I use them as an added nicety while having a brew or eating.
Depending on who's playing, and when they're playing, during the daily schedule. :wink:
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Where I'm heading tomorrow mid-afternoon, Closing Day of The PNE, for some nom nom nom BBQ chicken! (o:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:47 pm

~ Closing Day at The PNE ~ :(

All good things must come to an end. And so be it, for this year's PNE.

I arrived mid-afternoon, had my Henry's BBQ Chicken & Fries, and got myself a few brews during
"Happy Hour" that happens at all the bars at The Fair (3-5pm). Ran into some friends of David's and mine.
Then after eating, continued on up to the Side Car Bar in Playland, for a couple more "reasonably priced" beers.

Took lots of photos from there, as it's the perfect spot to get people to show off their Arcade winnings, etc.
And then I headed home, happy with PNE memories, and thinking about the summer ahead. :airtime:
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On my way to the bus, I pass this residence that keeps bees!
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And egg laying chickens, too!
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Bus to The Fair isn't too crowded. Easy transport.
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I wonder what kind of METAL they serve?
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One more time through the main gate.
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Dare I go in?
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I dare!
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I wanted to get a photo of these oversized bottle caps "art".
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Wonder what the view is, from up there?
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Destination reached!
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The price board.
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Noted.
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I got a 1/4 chicken, with a HUGE amount of fries. And a Happy Hour beer!
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Yum!
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So - many - fries!
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Second beer.
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Third beer.
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Line up for ice cream. It was hot today.
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Labor Day crowd a-plenty! (To be continued...)
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