2014 Lions Club Salmon BBQ: Sun Aug 31

Illustration & graphics © Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs
By time-honoured tradition, the Mayne Island Lions Club hosts a salmon barbecue at Dinner Bay Park on the Sunday before Labour Day, and this year it falls on the last day of August.

Come and feast on barbecued salmon! Or, if you don't like salmon, take barbecued chicken instead! The salmon -- or chicken -- comes with all the fixings, dessert and coffee or tea, all for $18.00.

In the big bingo tent we shall have continuous bingo games with proceeds earmarked for the Lions' scholarship and grants-in-aid educational program, and on the Peter Archer stage, Scott Naylor's rock band (The Mortimers) will keep you entertained as you wile away the afternoon.

We start serving the salmon and chicken at 12 noon, and the kitchen remains open until 5 p.m. This is a popular event for visitors to Mayne Island who like to celebrate the end of summer with a feast of barbecued salmon.

"The Mortimers" band -- Kurt Turner, Greg Wall, Jimm Fedyk, Colin "Boomer" Pow and Scott Naylor -- is four years old and has already made a reputation for rock dance music dating from the 1950s to the present. All four are veterans of the rock band scene.

The Lions annual 222 draw also takes place at the Salmon Barbecue, with a top prize of $800.00. Proceeds go towards paying for a safe bicycle path from the ferry dock at Village Bay to Miners Bay. Everyone is welcome!

For further information please contact Allan Evans jaxevans@shaw.ca

posted August 2014

All about Herons - at the Mayne Library: Sun Aug 17

You are invited to the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, August 17th at 3 pm. The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council presents a reading/presentation by Julie Emerson of her book about our local Pacific Great Blue Heron with photos by Martin Passchier: "The Herons of Stanley Park”.

A family-friendly event - ages 6 and up welcome! Find out all about herons. See you there, the day after the Fall Fair.

For further information please contact Julie Emerson alwayssunny@telus.net

posted August 2014

Ruth Moody - Outdoor Concert: Sat Aug 23

Who: Ruth Moody and her band.
Date: Saturday, August 23.
Where: Ag Hall Fair Grounds -- Outdoor Concert.
Time: 7:30 pm (gates open at 7 pm).
Tickets: $20 -- available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware, & Farm Gate Store.

Ruth is a founding member of Wallin' Jennys; she's performed in sold out venues around the world and is a featured artist on Mark Knopfler's latest album.

This is going to be a great show; please come out to welcome this amazing artist.

For further information please contact Kathie Warning, (250) 539-2399.

posted August 2014

2014 Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 16

Come and join us at the Agricultural Society's 89th Annual Fall Fair.

Parade. First off is the Parade which starts at 11:30 am. Everyone loves a parade and ours is full of local and a few imported characters, music and marching. Be sure to be early to get a good spot.

Entertainment. The fair grounds and Agricultural Hall open at 12 noon after the parade. We have an action-packed day planned for you. Ben and Michelle will be back this year, but this time, with events, races and competitions for both adults and children including a bike decorating contest, an egg and spoon race, nail driving, double buck log sawing, and a tug-o-war.

There will also be a visit from Mr. Bubbles, the Balloon man, a scavenger hunt, face painting for the children, and demonstrations and hands-on participation of pottery-making, butter churning, knitting and weaving for all ages.

Community Groups. Our Community Groups will have displays, participating games or demonstrations during the Fair. The Lions will again have their famous Bingo Tent on Dixon Road.

Food. On the Fair Grounds there will be burgers and hot dogs from the Legion/Lions bun wagon, ice cream cones by the Parents Advisory Committee, water and soft drinks from the Silver Maynes, and popcorn from the Agricultural Society.

We will also have coffee, tea and cookies in our rest area behind the Hall. If you have bought some lunch at the Farmers Market and are looking for a quiet place to enjoy it you are welcome to join us at the rest area.

Fall Fair Entries. Be sure to visit our Hall to see the entries (and the Judges ribbons!) for produce, flowers, crafts, and baking, to name only a few of the more than 1,000 entry items open for competition.

Agricultural Displays and Museum. Across the road you can visit the jail and farm museum for a look at Mayne Island history; a mason bee information display; and for the kids, hands-on wheat grinding, old-fashioned manual water pumps, clothes washing and bubble blowing, Ricky Martin's  horses and Duncan Martin's Backyard Chicken display.

Music. Our musical entertainment this year will be the always enjoyable Bob Connolly and the Pender Piper and Drum Corp. Brian Haller who did such a great job last year will be returning as our Master of Ceremonies.

Door Prizes and Raffle. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon. The Raffle Prize draw takes place at 4 pm, so make sure you have a ticket.

And last but not least, the price - same as last year, only $2 per person, children 12 years and under are free. Best deal in town for a full days' entertainment!

For further information, please contact Velda (250) 539-5933.

posted August 2014

Mayne Lions Club Fall Fair Bingo: Sat Aug 16

Here’s a welcoming notice to visitors of the Mayne Island Fall Fair, August 16. Next door to the Fairgrounds, on Dixon Road, the Lions will pitch a big tent for bingo players.

Come and enjoy a game of bingo! The Lions bingo games fund the Lions scholarship and grants-in-aid program which opens the door of opportunity for Mayne Island students and residents. Play bingo, help a Mayne Island student and have fun, all at the same time! This is not a chance to miss.

For further information please contact Allan Evans jaxevans@shaw.ca

posted August 2014

Tequila Mockingbird - Outdoor Concert: Sat Aug 9

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

This great band has roots in the West and for the past few years have been crafting some amazing sounds (from Flamenco to Bluegrass) Join us for a great evening.

Where: Ag Hall Fairgrounds -- Outdoor Concert.
When: Saturday, August 9.
Time: 7:30 pm. Gates open 7 pm.
Cost: $20
Tickets Available: Home Hardware, Happy Tides, & Farm Gate Store (children under 12 are free).

For further information please contact Kathie Warning, (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2014

Food Preservation Workshop: Sat Aug 9

Join us for a food preservation workshop hosted by Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Agricultural Society. It will be at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Saturday August 9th 2014 from 2 - 4 pm.

Do you want to be able enjoy the bounty from the garden during the winter but are unsure of how to preserve it? How about submitting an entry in the Fall Fair?

Successful food preservation depends on the quality of the produce and the methods used. Learn a variety of methods such as canning, pickling, drying, jam and cider making from fellow Mayne Islanders. Entry by donation.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill, info@conservancyonmayne.com.

posted July 2014

MILT presents Comedy Night: Fri Aug 1

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents Comedy Night, Friday August 1st at the Ag Hall. Doors open 7:30 pm,  show 8 pm. Cash bar.

Featuring comedian Sean Proudlove from Yuk Yuks Comedy Club.

Tickets $15. Available in advance at the Trading Post, Farm Gate and Home Hardware.

For further information please contact Charles Andre, (250) 539-2524.

posted July 2014

New Viewscope at the Georgina Point Lightstation

Parks Canada have installed a new high-powered viewscope at the Lighthouse Park, looking out over Georgia Strait and Active Pass. When I went to check it out today, there just happened to be orcas heading by. It works very well.

There has also been a nice red adirondack chair installed (bolted down), looking out over the same area.

posted July 2014

Call for artists - Festival Active Pass

Call for artists for Festival Active Pass - A Birding, Nature and Arts Festival focused on the Salish Sea.

Festival Active Pass is in the process of planning for its 2015 event. In its inaugural year, this three day event will be held April 17 - 19, using Mayne Island as its first location. The festival will focus on local flora, fauna, and creativity and occurs during the highest migratory period of several bird species in Active Pass. The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council will be partnering with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society to hold this event and encourage both tourism on the islands and an appreciation of our unique ecosystem.

We are sending a call out to any artists who would be interested in being added to the festival map, included in the open-air art market in Miners Bay Park, or has any ideas for events to include in the festival programming.

We will be including art in the following formats:
• Open Studios around the island (possibly organizing a studio tour)
• A Group show in one of the many venues on Mayne Island
• Plein-Air painting/creating in Miners Bay Park or the Lighthouse
• Demonstrations/Workshops in differing art techniques
• Tables in the tented Art Market in Miners Bay Park ($30 for the weekend)

The artwork can be of any media. Ideally, we would like to showcase art that focuses on local flora & fauna, Active Pass & The Salish Sea, birds & marine life and the Southern Gulf Islands.

If you would like to submit an idea for an arts segment of the festival, or would like to be part of the Festival Active Pass Art Market or Group Exhibition, please e-mail us at sgiartscouncil@gmail.com. Please include your contact information.

For further information please contact Andrew Ferneyhough bedowynn@gmail.com

posted July 2014