Fantastic musical evening at the Ag Hall Saturday Night

The Mayne Island Music Society concert last night featuring Whidbey Island, Washington's Billet-Deux was just excellent all around. The Hall was packed with folks who appreciated the show and stayed right to the end.

Jurgen Gothe was a great emcee, humorous and entertaining. The opening act, Vox Trium, with Mayne Islanders, Gail Noonan, Lael Whitehead and Steve Cropper featured some beautiful harmonies and witty music, including Gail's catchy tune, "Sourdough Starter", that I've now got stuck in my head.

Although I didn't partake in the food myself that was offered by chef Volter Jendhoff, it looked great and I was told it was very tasty. And how nice to be able to have a glass of wine or beer with the show.

Billet-Deux just knocked me off my feet. Utterly masterful musicians all, playing with a ton of confidence and in complete sync with each other. The style was Django-inspired "Gypsy" Jazz but with a repertoire that included a tour through modern jazz history and even a brilliant solo cello rendition of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". A number of pieces written by the group members were all played with skill and soul. All-in-all one of the best evenings of live music I've experienced here on Mayne.
Thanks to all who brought it together and to the Mayne Island Music Society.

All photos above courtesy of Toby Snelgrove

Posted October 2009

What's Going On With The MayneNews List?

My goal with the email list is to make it as effective as possible for spreading community announcements, news and information to Mayne Islanders and friends of Mayne Island.  To really make the list more useful, it needs to be seen by as many people as possible who would want to keep informed of these events.

First I need to make sure the emails are getting through to the recipients. With spam-blocking tools, both at the Internet Service Provider level and within people's email software, many emails that are sent out may never be seen. I have found out recently that sending email from a personal email address to a large list of people is one of the best ways for spam blockers to give that email a high score as potential spam. Then the email either never reaches the intended recipient or their email software throws it into their junk mail or trash mailbox. So I have enlisted the services of an "Email Service Provider" whose business it is to see that email from legitimate emailers can get their messages through to inboxes without getting tagged. These services don't do business with spammers and insist that your list be made up of people who want to be on the list. They also insist that the emails sent out contain full options for unsubscribing from the list. This means that at least for the ISPs the mail coming from them is seen as legit and doesn't get tagged as spam.

The one I picked is called MailChimp (cute name) mainly because their service seems easy to use and because they offer a free account for smaller lists and non-profits. MailChimp offers a number of tools that allow me to monitor if the emails are getting through and to also create nifty-looking HTML emails including graphics and colour. They also offer automatic list management tools that make it easy for people to sign up or unsubscribe from the list as they choose.

I also hope to increase the size of the list. I think that over the years with the move from dial-up internet access with Imagen to broadband with Cablelan and then Shaw and the subsequent shuffling of email addresses, there are many folks on the island who I'm sure would like to see these community announcements, but who may not even know that they are being sent out. They may have received them at one time but when they changed email addresses they were dropped off the list. I put an article in the Mayneliner to let people know about the list changes and how to contact me to sign up. If any of you want to help in this, it would be great if you could talk up the list and inform people to either go to this blog to automatically subscribe or to contact me at info [*at*] .

Another aspect of this is the blog that I'm trying to develop along with the list. More info, pictures and links can be added to the blog, then it would probably be wise to send out in the emails. The blog also allows for some interactivity because interested people can add comments to the blog postings to generate additional discussion. Or, for instance, someone forgot to mention something in the email that went out, they can comment on the blog posting rather than send out a second emailing and annoying people with too many emails in their inbox.

I truly hope I can take this really valuable community resource that Judi entrusted in me and develop it even further. Any suggestions, ideas or comments are welcome. Please comment right here in the blog or send me an email if you're shy.  :-)

Posted October 2009

Saturday Night Live at the Hall - Billet-Deux - Oct. 24th

An update with some interesting additions about the Mayne Island Music Society Show on Saturday:

Mayne Island Music Society Presents: Billet Deux from Seattle.

This show has some added frills with Jurgen Gothe doing a live disc drive style show throughout the evening.

Volter Jendhoff, a European trained chef will be serving some Jambalaya – Cajun style. Check out his food before he opens his new restaurant right here on Mayne Island. Drinks available.

Opening act is our new local singing sensation Vox Trium – Gail Noonon, Lael Whitehead and Steve Cropper.

Don't miss this show!

Doors open at 7 p.m.


Posted October 2009

Celebrate the life of June Yates - Oct 25th, 1 pm

GICEL Children's Summer Eco-Camp Fundraiser Concert - Wed. Oct. 21

Get Back to the Garden

A Fundraiser for GICEL’s Children’s Summer Eco-Camp on Mayne
Family Concert at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, Wednesday October 21st – 6:30 PM

Things are heating up all over the planet! In recognition and support of Global Climate Change Week, Salt Spring Island Celtic harpist and singer-songwriter Oona McOuat and her band Dream Deep will perform a family and community concert on Wednesday, October 21st , at the Ag Hall at 6:30PM. The concert will open with Mayne Island school children performing material from that day’s in-school workshops on Music and Nature—including a mini Faerie Camp!—led by the visiting musicians.

The evening will feature wild cellist Corbin Keep, Hawaiian woodwinds whiz Richard Lee and percussionist Chris Bertin, as well as a special update on climate change and the oceans, by international marine ecologist Jeff Ardron.

This event marks the launch of Oona’s sweetly eclectic album Honey and Holy Water, an immediate top-seller on ‘CD Baby’ that is getting airplay around the globe. The concert is also a fundraiser for GICEL’s children’s Summer Eco Day Camp on Mayne. Soothing, grooving, eco-Celt, organic and emotive, Oona’s music is a river connecting song to sustainability, heartache to hope, passion to possibility. Her music inspires us to not only love the world, but believe we can transform it.

Tickets are free for kids 12 and under, $8 for teens and $12 for adults and are available at Happy Tides, and online via PayPal at For more information, please contact Tina Farmilo at 539-2402, or get a taste of the music at

Posted October 2009

Mayne Island Music Society Event - Billet-Deux - Saturday, October 24

Please plan to join us for an evening with Billet-Deux

About Billet-Deux: Formed in 2002, Billet-Deux plays acoustic jazz influenced by the work of Django Reinhardt and his musical heirs. Music filtered through the cafes of Paris, the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Classical concert halls, and modern jazz all combine within Billet-Deux to create a incredible musical experience. The group has built a large and loyal following through the years with their masterful melding of the gypsy jazz, modern jazz, ethnic, and classical genres. Billet-Deux latest CD release "Deux" has generated airplay around the country, reaching many jazz top 10 playlists, and generating new fans.

Check out the Billet-Deux website
Listen to samples of Billet-Deux music

When: Sat. Oct. 24, 7:30 pm sharp! (doors open at 7:00).
Where: Agricultural Hall
Tickets: $15 in advance at Happy Tides, $18 at the door

Short opening act featuring Vox Trium ( Lael Whitehead, Gail Noonan, Steve Cropper). -- Jurgen Gothe will MC. -- Food and beverages available.

For upcoming events, check out the Mayne Island Music Society

Posted October 2009

Resilient Mayne Event Oct 20th

What are you doing on Tuesday October 20th? Would you like to hear some great speakers, share in a potluck meal and join your fellow Mayne Islanders for a conversation on our community’s future? THEN “Mayne 2030” is for you!

A Panel and Community Dialogue on the Future of our Island Community

Tuesday October 20, 2009

Mayne School Gym

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Panelists include:

Dr. Stephen Sheppard, UBC Landscape Architecture

Frank Moreland, Edible Strategies Enterprises

Sandra Mark, Edible Strategies Enterprises

Kevin Pegg, Energy Alternatives


The evening will include a potluck dinner, so please bring something to share.

Contact: Michael Dunn, 250-539-5745

**Sponsored by the Resilient Mayne Initiative

Posted October 2009

Mayne Island Car Stops

Car Stop info and a downloadable PDF map available at

The List Will Go On.

Dear List Serve Members:

Hi, my name is Jim T. and I've volunteered to carry on the Mayne Island community news and events list that Judi has tended for many years. I have acquired a new domain for the email. Please send any future submissions to me at info [at] . (copy into your email program and replace [at] with @).

I intend to carry on the same policy that Judi had for inclusion, community events and news of interest to Mayne Islanders or friends of Mayne Island, excluding outright business advertisement.

I have also acquired a new blog -- For anyone who is interested I can also post your announcement to the blog. Let me know if you would like this. I am thinking this might allow for some additional interactivity, since viewers can post comments there.


Posted 10/14/09

Welcome to MayneNews!

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