Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 19


Don't miss the excitement and fun of the 92nd Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair!

Starting at 10 am, the Fair grounds, Gold Nugget Cafe, Museum and Farmers' Market open. Watch the parade at 11:30.

The Fair and Hall exhibits officially open at noon. Ongoing during the day located on the grounds will be Mr. Bubbles Magic Show, Pender Highlanders Pipe Band, Zucchini Races, Eric the Juggler, Trophy Awards and Raffle Draw.

Behind the Museum, try your hand at Gold Panning, pet a Miniature Horse and talk to Eden about her Chickens. Wander through the Barn and Museum and view the household wares and farm equipment of the past.

See you at the Fair! For further information please contact Heather Dow mayneagsociety@gmail.com.

posted August 2017

Art Show and Opening: Aug 4, 5 & 6


Please join us on Friday, August 4th, 7 - 9 pm for the opening reception of our art show, “Island States”, at the Ag Hall. All paintings by Tania Godoroja Pearse and Kathy Kaiser, are recent and have not been shown before.

We are delighted that, in addition, Bill Hayward is showing some of his wonderful wire sculptures and Kristine Webber is including her beautiful ceramics. See you there!

The showing continues Saturday & Sunday August 5 & 6th, 10 am - 3 pm.

For further information please contact Kathy kathykaiser48@gmail.com.

posted July 2017

Giambori presents “Live at the Vet” Aug 29 & 30


Concerts on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 at 7 pm at the “Vets”, 390 Navy Channel Road.

What is Giambori?  It is a chamber music festival that has it’s roots in the hills of Tuscany where it was born and flourished in  the beautiful  rural  valleys  north of Lucca and just into the “Garfagnana”.  Chris Redsell founded and directed it in Italy where he lived  and it eventually attracted high calibre musicians from around the world who came for the music making and festive environment they found there. Giambori played in the most beautiful mountain side villages, in stunning walled piazzas and churches and then were feasted by the very generous and hospitable villagers well into the night.

In 2014 Chris and his wife Donna moved to a new Mediterranean climate here in the Gulf Islands and now live on Mayne. Provoked by many musicians who hankered after that Rural Italian Chamber music experience Giambori has been reborn here in the Gulf Islands and this will be the third season –playing on Mayne, Saturna and Galiano. In the past two summer seasons the emphasis has been on string quartets. This summer the concerts will be based around The Piano Quartet.  This season the musicians are made up of one musician (cellist Eric Wilson)) who has played in the Italian Giambori, two of his fellow faculty members from UBC, David Gillam (violin) and Chiharu Iinamu (piano), Chris Redsell (violist) and Elisabeth Jahren (piano and accordion).

Music will include a piano quartet from Dvorak and music from Mozart, Schubert and Rachmaninov.

Tickets are $25 (under 18, $10) and are available at Farm Gate store, Home Hardware & Happy Tides. Parking is limited so please carpool.

For further information please contact Chris chrisredsell@shaw.ca.

posted July 2017

Movie Night Under the Stars: Sun Aug 6


Annual Movie Night Under the Stars -- Sunday, August 6 at dusk - approximately 9 pm - at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own cozy blankets and chairs. Popcorn, drinks, & snacks will be available. The movie will be the 1981 classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

Come out and enjoy the evening. Everyone is welcome. All donations will go towards The Terry Fox Foundation.

Don't forget the Mayne Island Terry Fox Run/Walk on Sunday, September 17 starting at Miners Bay Park. For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2017

Free Fall Fair Workshop: Mon July 31


Have you wondered what makes a prize winning fruit, vegetable or flower? Join Julie Schueck for a free workshop Monday, July 31 from 1 to 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Learn how to best present your exhibits and what judges look for in determining the winning entries.

For further information please contact Heather Dow mayneagsociety@gmail.com.

posted July 2017

Artists on The Point Auction & Party: Sat Jul 29


Mark your calendars Mayne Islanders - This is an event you will not want to miss.

Starting in May of this year, creative people of many disciplines have spent some rich inspirational time on St. John Point. The objective, to create a piece of work to donate to a fundraising auction. The work that has been delivered thus far is amazing.

There will be music & prose featured through out the evening, kindled, again by the Point. Be prepared to be entertained by your favourite Mayne Island musicians.

Artwork will be up for auction. Stop by on Friday July 28th between 4 pm & 8 pm, or Saturday July 29th between 10 am & 4 pm to spend time looking at the artwork and planning your auction strategy! The art work is sure to amazing. This is an event you will not want to miss out on.

The Auction and party starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 29.

There will be a cash bar (offering Mayne Island Brewing Co. beer as well as wine) and things to nibble on.

All proceeds from the Auction & Bar sales will go to the Campaign to Save St. John Point.

For further information please contact Deb Foote organicdeb@shaw.ca.

posted July 2017

Total Fire Ban & Work Restrictions in Effect


Total Fire Ban in Effect

This ban prohibits all of the following:
• Campfires
• Beachfires
• Open fires in an outdoor stove/chimney
• Category 2 open fire
• Category 3 open fire
• Fireworks, including fire crackers
• Tiki and similar kinds of torches
• Sky lanterns
• Burning barrels or cages of any size or description
• Binary Exploding Targets
• Gas stoves and other portable campfires NOT CSA/ULC approved
• Charcoal briquettes NOT in CSA/ULC approved devices
This fire ban will remain in effect until at least October. 

Work Restrictions in Effect

We are again on Extreme Fire Danger rating. Work restrictions began on July 26th.
All high risk work is now banned until the Fire Danger rating drops later in the season. 

High risk activities are listed as follows from the BC wildfire regulation:
• mechanical brushing;
• disk trenching;
• preparation or use of explosives;
• using fire or spark producing tools, including cutting or grinding tools;
• using or preparing fireworks or explosives;
• mechanical land clearing;
• clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing
• any of the following carried out in a cutblock (or Forest)
    • operating a power saw;
    • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    • welding;
    • portable wood chipping, milling; processing or manufacturing;
    • skidding logs;
    • yarding logs using cable systems;

Watch for fire signage or go to the Mayne Island Fire Rescue web site for updates.

posted July 2017

Emergency Notification System Sign Up: Sat Jul 8


In the event of an emergency in our area, the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will send messages to subscribed residents notifying them of potential threats to their safety and well being. The ENS ensures trusted and accurate info is distributed quickly. This info can be crucial in letting your family know where to go and what to do in an emergency. Each subscriber can choose whether to be notified by text message, phone message or email.

Mayne Island Emergency Program volunteers can help you with the sign up process. They will be outside the Tru Value at the Mayne Street Mall, Sat July 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can also sign up right now at www.crd.bc.ca/ens

For further information please contact Irene Barrett barrett@shaw.ca.

posted July 2017

Eelgrass: Understanding Our Shores: Mon Jul 10


Join us to hear UBC student Keila Stark explain the vital and complex Eelgrass ecosystems found along the coast of British Columbia. Keila is currently executing research analyzing the biodiversity of Eelgrass ecosystems for Mary O'Connor's lab of Zoology at UBC. This community event will take place at the Mayne Island Conservancy office on July 10th at 7 o'clock PM. Attendance by donation.

Keila's research currently focuses on multi-trophic level biodiversity analysis of Eelgrass communities from Tsawwassen North up to Haida Gwaii. Mary O’Connor’s lab particularly aims to identify the main drivers that determine Eelgrass community assembly at different spatial scales. Keila is interested in sampling the Southern Gulf Islands because of the local proximity to heavy human activity relative to more northerly sites, and the salinity and temperature gradient that is particular to the Gulf Islands region. She will be taking samples from established eelgrass meadows around Mayne Island with the help of the Mayne Island Conservancy.

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at (250) 539-5168 for more information.

posted July 2017

MI Music Society Presents Lester Quitzau: Sat Jul 1


Lester Quitzau Trio -- Saturday - July 1, 2017.
When: Canada Day! -- 7:30 pm (gate opens at 7 pm)
Where: Ag Hall Grounds
Tickets: $20 -- Happy Tides, Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware (children under 12 free)

Come out and enjoy Canada Day evening with this great Canadian roots music artist! -- Acoustic, electric guitars and well crafted songs with warm vocals; eclectic and enthusiastic, Juno Award winner!

Bring blankets, chairs, dancing shoes, some drinks provided. For further information please contact: Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted June 2017