Two Langley tourism projects funded

The city of Langley tapped out its tourism fund by awarding approximately $10,600 to support two projects this summer.

The project to make a “viral video” boosting Langley received $8,000 after Sherry Jennings, the chamber’s promotions leader, asked council members “if you can find it in your heart to fund this.” The three council members present, Hal Seligson, Bruce Allen and Doug Allderdice, provided the majority vote needed for approval.

Jennings described it as a “Langley Loop video.” A song has been written, the local singing group The Rural Characters will record it and George Henny will be one of the acting “stars” in the production. Jennings said she hopes the video will be ready by May 20.

“It sounds better than ‘Do Nothing Here,’” said Councilman Allen, referring to a failed old advertising slogan, before casting his yea vote.

The council also agreed to give $2,600 to the second annual Langley Style fashion show. The first effort last summer was surprisingly successful in drawing business to town, backers said.

“It was the biggest day I’ve had in 22 years,” said Cynthia Tilkin, who owns a women’s clothing store.

The money will be used for off-island advertising for the show, which will be held in the Clyde Theatre on a date to be announced later.

Mayor Larry Kwarsick said the city has money to fund the two projects, but that’s it for now.

“The pipeline is closed after this allocation,” Kwarsick said. “We had the funds because tourism is up, but no more.”

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