VW buses in force in Orillia from tomorrow
Buses in Mariposa keep the festival spirit alive despite COVID downers
If you’re near Orillia on Saturday, head downtown to see a parade of hippie buses.
The cancellation of the popular Mariposa Festival for a second year was a sad, if expected, announcement. But to keep the spirit alive, locals Linda and Doug Alcock invited van owners who would normally camp at the festival to strut their vintage car rides down Mississauga Street.
Life in a battered Volkswagen Westfalia is a great adventure
In one of the largest van meetings in North America
The event is intended to Orillias Streets Alive! support, a lively arts program that has a different theme every year. This year it’s a road trip to Mariposa with thirty artists taking part, creating two sides of the classic VW hippie van; The completed installations have been on view in downtown Orillia since June and will remain in place until October.
The 15-20 VW Westfalia buses expected to attend tomorrow’s show are part of a regular group called Buses at Mariposa, and the organizers of the bus parade saw a natural fit with this year’s art theme. After meeting in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 10:30 am, the buses will loop around town near the waterfront and then park in various locations in the area. People are invited to check out the classic rides, tour the interiors, and speak to the owners. Many of the owners are musicians, Alcock notes, so a jam session is more than likely going to break out.
Check out some fabulous classics as well as artistic renditions of the same subject. People’s choice for the art installations is open. It’s like a pop-up car show that may or may not include Grateful Dead music.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.