2010 Japanese Garden Lights

Toby Snelgrove has passed along some images of some of the activities during opening night at the Japanese Gardens. They are available to view and download here.

The woman of the Japanese Gardens sort, organize, and purchase the lights. Thirty-five volunteers from the Lions, Parks and Rec., and the women of the gardens set the lights up in 3 hours. Len Epp and his lighting group take about 2 days to complete the electrical. A must see.

Wassail with Vox Trium - Tue Dec 21

Concert: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 7:30PM,
Doors at 7:00 PM
St. Mary Magdalene Church,
Mayne Island

Songs to drive the Cold Winter Away!  Music from several traditions and eight centuries including poetry, stories, and audience participation caroling.  Come join Lael Whitehead, Gail Noonan, and Stephen Cropper to welcome in the Yuletide Season with an evening of song and good cheer!

Tickets $15 - available at Happy Tides, Miners Bay Books and at the door.  Includes free drinks and goodies at intermission.

More information can be found at www.voxtrium.com or by calling (250) 539-2206

Santa Ship photos

Toby Snelgrove sent along his pictures of Santa's visit to Mayne Island last weekend for anyone to view and download. See them here.

Mayne Island Christmas With Bob Connolly - Fri Dec 17

A Mayne Island Christmas - December 17th, 2010 at the Ag Hall.

Doors open 6:30 pm and event starts at 7:00 pm.

Local entertainer Bob Connolly is hosting the event as well as performing with some great guest entertainers.

There will be carols, games, door prizes, contests, dessert buffet, coffee & tea all included with each ticket. Cash bar will also be available.

Tickets are available from Bob and can be requested online. Tickets will only be available at the door if the event has not sold out.

Join us for some Christmas cheers!

For further information contact: Bob or Trish (250) 539-2420 (604) 594-3000 tlcbc@telus.net

Christmas Craft Fair - Sun Dec 12

Merry Marketeers and More Christmas Craft fair.

Sunday, December 12th, 10 am - 2 pm. At the Agricultural Hall.

Come see what our local silversmiths and crafters have made for you and yours. Stocking stuffers from soaps to teas and even socks! Beautiful calendars, tuna, preserves, buttercrunch (yes it's back!) and much, much more.

Stay for lunch and a cuppa and catch up on the latest.

We look forward to seeing you.

Hand crafted gifts and goodies for everyone.

Refreshments available.

For further information contact Glenda (250) 539-5432

Trincomali Community Arts Council Opening - Dec 3

Friday December 3, 7 pm to 9 pm the Trincomali Community Arts Council invites you to the opening of the "Light and Darkness"illumination at the Mayne Island Library.

If you are not able to attend the opening evening, please visit the library during their open hours. The Light and Darkness show will be on display until February 2, 2011.

Thank you for supporting island artists.

For further information contact Barbara McIntyre (250) 222-3700

Carolyn Mark's Floating Christmas Review - Thu Dec 9

Oh Come All Ye Faithless to the biggest extravaganza of the Season!

Carolyn Mark (Juno nominee and West Coast Music Award recipient) and her team of assassins shall tackle the problem of Christmas with singing, dancing, beautiful music and costumes.

See Dave Lang full fill his life long dream of doing the fan dance from White Christmas! Hear Grayson Walker sing his touching hit "Christmas Alcoholic". A killer band and beautiful harmonies and stereo emcees: Wes Borg (3 Dead Trolls In A Baggie) and J.McLaughlin-What more could you want? Okay there's more!

This floating Island tour starts with One Show On Mayne Island -Thursday December 9th at the Agricultural Hall

So bring BOTH your Friends!

Advance Tickets $10 at Miners Bay Books or at the door.

Doors at 7:30 show at 8pm

For further information contact Annette Witteman  annettepmw@shaw.ca  (250) 539-5011

Know Your Winter Birds - Sat Dec 4th

Join Michael Dunn at the Church House, December 4, 2010 for a fun and hands-on workshop on identifying birds.

This session will focus on those bird species that winter on and around Mayne Island.

Michael will provide participants with the basic skills and techniques for improving observations of birds and increasing abilities to identify them.

The workshop will be part indoors and part outdoors so please bring appropriate outdoor clothing.

Session starts at 1 pm and will end around 4 pm. Also please bring your most used bird identification guide, paper and pens. Look for posters on the event.

For further information go to the Mayne Island Conservancy Society web site or contact Michael Dunn: (250) 539-5745

Mayne island Housing Options Task Force Meeting - Sun Nov 28

"Current & Future"
Open Discussion Meeting

Sunday, November 28th
Agricultural Hall
1 pm - 3 pm

Join us for coffee, treats & brainstorming the needs of our community. Bring your ideas and concerns. Together we can make the difference!

For further information contact: Terrill Welch, Chair tawelch@shaw.ca (250) 539-3677

Grief and the Holidays - Wed Dec 1

Mental Health on Mayne Committee presents

Coping with The Holiday Season

Christmas, like so many special occasions can produce many anxious and painful feelings for grieving people.  Many have little energy to do any activity and wonder how they will get through.  On December 1st, at 1pm, come to the Agricultural Hall for a short talk on grief, loss and practical tips for managing the holidays.  Come to share your thoughts and questions with others who are grieving or wanting to help those in grief.

Presenter: Margaret Fletcher, RCC. Margaret is a Registered Clinical Counsellor on staff at Delta Hospice Society and is part of the Community Palliative Consultation Team with Fraser Health Authority in the Delta Community.  She also has had a family cabin on Mayne since 1960.

Wednesday December 1st
1- 3 pm
Agricultural Hall

Admission by donation

For further information contact: jessica.easton@me.com - (250) 539-2123

Sponsored by Mayne Island Health Centre Association MIHCA

Mayne Island Little Theatre Show - Nov 25, 26, 27

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents
the Pulitzer Prize winning play


Plus a bonus comedy treat

Oh My God!

November 25, 26 & 27
8pm - At the Agricultural Hall

Tickets at the Trading Post

Adults $12
12 Years and Under $5

For further information contact Brian (250) 539-3027

Movie Night: the Clean Bin Project - Sat Nov 13th

The Clean Bin Project is a feature documentary about a regular couple and their quest to try and live completely waste free. Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer will attend this special community screening of their film.

Saturday, November 13th
Agricultural Hall
Admission by donation.

For further information contact Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619 or (250) 405-5194

Taizé on Mayne - Sat Nov 13

Of Song, Meditation and Reflection

Music by the Vox Trium & Carol Barker

7 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday November 13, 2010
St Mary Magdalene Church

Everyone is Welcome (no Sermon!)

An annual event at St Mary Magdalene church which we usually plan close to Remembrance Day where everyone is welcome to attend a free concert-like service in a candle-lit meditative prayer service of songs, psalms and silence.  

For further information contact Dereck Atha

MIECS Gala Fundraiser at the Oceanwood, Wed Nov 10

Please join us for a Gala Cocktail Party, a fundraising event for the Mayne Island Early Childhood Society, Wednesday, November 10th from 7 - 10 PM at the Oceanwood Restaurant & Inn.

The evening promises to be a delightful one! Enjoy fine company in elegant surroundings, with exciting live music and an enticing silent auction for your entertainment.

All funds raised this evening will go to support our non-profit Society's programs for families with young children here on Mayne Island.

Your $30 ticket comes with a glass of wine and delicious hor d'oeuvres.

This is sure to be the go-to event of the autumn season, so don't delay, buy your ticket soon!

Tickets available at the Trading Post or call Tina to reserve a spot.

For more information contact Tina Farmilo, (250) 539-2402.

An Evening of Great Music - Sat Nov 6

Come out and enjoy an evening of entertainment by a couple of local groups.

T.D. Christopher and his band Little Rodeo play a mix of country and bluegrass music.

Bill Bender combines a soulful lyrical mix of reggae and blues.

You can listen to some samples for Little Rodeo on at www.myspace.com/mylittlerodeo

So come out and kick up your heels!

Saturday, November 6th  Ag Hall
$10 in advance or $15 at the door

Doors open at 7 pm and we go on at 7:30 pm

For further information contact (250) 539-2590, td_christopher@hotmail.com, www.myspace.com/mylittlerodeo

Respect Email Privacy

Not a subject that is necessarily Mayne Island related but something that I've been noticing lately both from Mayne Island emailers and others. Sometimes when people decide that all of their friends just absolutely must hear about the latest issue that they find important, they make the mistake of exposing everyone else's private email address to all their contacts.

So I made the cartoon-infographic above. Please feel free to copy it and send it to someone you've noticed that has made the same mistake.

For more info on the subject and further instructions please go to this incredibly informative blog: NetManners.com - Don't Brush Off Email Privacy

Another related issue is passing on your friend's email addresses to web sites such as e-card online greeting card sites or sites that say something like "send this article to a friend". Whenever a web site asks you to give them someone else's email address, — don't do it. In many cases the web site may be performing a service and keeping that email address you just gave them private, but you don't know that. And it's not really your right to pass on other people's email addresses to third parties. Just think if they asked you for your friend's phone number and home address too ...

And just a note regarding the MayneNews email list: I use an email service provider, MailChimp, that has very high standards around the issues of privacy and spam. Information submitted to the list when you subscribe is kept strictly private and will never be used for any other purposes than sending you the MayneNews emails. If you decide to unsubscribe from the list you will never be contacted again. ( Unless of course you realize what a mistake unsubscribing was and decide to re-subscribe.)

Subscribe to the MayneNews email list.

Kids Halloween Party at the Fire Hall - Oct 31st 6PM

The red boots are out about town looking for your spare change in support of the Halloween Party. Thank you for your support.

Please Note: Fernhill Road will be closed to all traffic from Felix Jack Road to MacKay’s farm gate from approximately 7:30 Pm to 8:15 Pm for the fireworks display.

Thanks again to the MacKay’s for generously allowing the use of their field to stage the fireworks display – even better this year!

Halloween at the Fire Hall is a community activity. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. Gather around the big bonfire with old friends and new, and enjoy some free hot chocolate and hotdogs! Put on your best or scariest Halloween Costume or come as you are.

See you at the Fire Hall!

Happy Halloween from your Volunteer Firefighters.

MIFD Food Bank drive — Oct28—Nov15

***We Need Your Help!***

The Mayne Island Firefighters need your help to fill the Food Bank!

Mayne Island Fire Rescue, Shaw Communications, and Campbell's Foods are making Halloween time, Oct.28 to Nov. 15, "Fill the Food Bank" days on Mayne.

We are coordinating with the Fire Fighters Kids Halloween Party (6 pm on Oct. 31st) to make it a great day for everyone and collect a lot of food – Please bring a non-perishable food item to the Fire Hall on Halloween night for the Food Bank.

All food donations collected on Mayne island will be matched by an equal weight donation by Shaw Communications and Campbell's Foods. And all the food collected on Mayne, stays on Mayne!

Working together, we can do amazing things! This October & November, let’s fill the Food Bank.

We have added two more drop-off locations — food donations may be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Look for the special donation boxes at the Fire Hall, Tru Value Foods, Miners Bay Trading Post, Mayne Island School and Sussex Realty until November 15th, 2010. All food donations up to November 15th will be weighed, and Shaw Communications and Campbell's Foods will match the weight of the food we collect. Sorry, cash donations are not matched.

A huge thank you for all your donations to the Food Bank, now and throughout the years!

Contact person for this event: Deputy Chief, Steve DeRousie: (250) 539-0835 or email dcmifd@shaw.ca
web: www.mayneislandfire.com

Conservation Covenant Workshop — Sat Oct 30

By request the Mayne Island Conservancy Society is offering a workshop on Conservation Covenants on October 30th from 11am to 3:30pm at the Ag Hall (lunch provided).

This is a follow up from our workshop on the Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory mapping last April. The workshop will include stories told by landowners from Pender and Galiano who have placed conservation covenants on all or part of their property and short case studies from a DVD called People Protecting Places.

Following lunch, Kate Emmings, Ecosystems Protection Specialist with the Islands Trust Fund, will talk about the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) and Adam Taylor, Executive Director of Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), will address other covenanting possibilities including steps to be taken towards achieving a conservation covenant. If time permits, there will be an introduction to the EcoGift program.

If you have questions please contact Helen O'Brian, MICS, or planner Alison Fox, Islands Trust.

If you are planning to attend please RSVP Helen so that we can better arrange lunch.

Contact Info: Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619 or (250) 405-5194 or heleno@gulfislands.com. Alison Fox afox@islandstrust.bc.ca

Islands Trust Fund accepting applications for membership on advisory panel

The Islands Trust Fund is looking towards the horizon and needs your help.

The Islands Trust Fund invites applications from Islands Trust Area landowners and residents interested in sitting as members on Regional Conservation Plan Advisory Panels to provide advice and guidance on the draft 2011-2015 Regional Conservation Plan.

The Regional Conservation Plan outlines goals and objectives for land conservation in the Islands Trust Area, and sets out a strategy for the Islands Trust Fund to meet those goals and objectives. Sitting on a Regional Conservation Plan Advisory Panel is an excellent opportunity for islanders interested in and knowledgeable of conservation to help guide the direction of land conservation and preservation in the Islands Trust Area

Visit us online at www.islandstrustfund.bc.ca/planning.cfm to view the draft Plan and learn how you can apply for a position on one of the panels.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:30 p.m. October 20, 2010.

For further information see the following Islands Trust Fund web page: www.islandstrustfund.bc.ca/planning.cfm

Movie Night — Temple Grandin — Thu Oct 14

Mental Health on Mayne Committee presents ...
Movie Night —Temple Grandin

This is a movie about courage, determinism, and hope - a must see.

Dr. Temple Grandin is a living legend in the autism community. She is a high functioning autistic who describes how her mind works, how she feels, etc. She is the spokesperson for many people who suffer from the stigma of being different.

2010 winner of 7 Emmys.

Thursday, Oct. 14
Ag Hall 7 pm
Admission by donation.

Small group discussion to follow.

See a review: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/temple_grandin

For further information: jessica.easton@me.com (250) 539-2123

Temple Grandin trailer

Halloween Dance with Lester Quitzau Trio — Sat Oct 30

Mayne Island Music Society is excited about hosting a Halloween dance with the Lester Quitzau Trio.

This unique group of seasoned musicians combine to entertain with soulful acoustic and electric Blues and Roots music -   “rockin' real slow and easy, front porch style and then on down a long winding road, covering many a mile, with heart and soul at the wheel”.

Two-time Juno award winner Lester Quitzau leads the group with his unique style on slide, acoustic and electric guitars and his well-crafted songs and warm vocals.  His talent, combined with a humorous, open and friendly personality and his spontaneity never fails to make an audience want to sing, dance, laugh and hang out with him.

On bass, renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Joby Baker (Djole', Mark Atkinson Trio, The Bills, Mae Moore, Cowboy Junkies). Drummer/percussionist Billy Hicks (The Powder Blues Band, Diana Krall, Hugh Fraser)

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to this creative trio – or to trot out your own creativity - as you don your Halloween costume and kick up your heels at the Ag Hall on October 30th!

Doors open at 7:00 — music at 7:30

Tickets at Happy Tides ($15) and at the door ($18). Kids under 12 free.
Costume Prizes. Refreshments.

For further information go to the Mayne Island Music Society website.

Community Apple Squeeze — Sun Oct 24

Got lots of apples on your tree and don't know what to do with them? 

The new community use apple press will be on the grounds of Ag Hall on Sunday, October 24th. from 10am-2pm.

Bring your apples and containers and let's get juicing!

For further information contact Helen O'Brian heleno@gulfislands.com (250) 539-5614

Know Your Grasses — Sun Oct 24

Mayne Island Conservancy Society presents ...

Get to know your grasses with Miriam Isaac-Renton. Miriam will introduce the basics of grass identification, local and invasive species. She will leave you wondering how you could be so fascinated by grass!

Location: Ag Hall
When: Sunday, October 24th
Time: 1 - 3 pm

Bring samples of grasses you want to identify. Participants will receive a “cheat sheet” for identifying the most common native and non-native grasses.

For further information contact Leanna Boyer (250) 539-5168 ed@conservancyonmayne.com


Contra Dance with Sybaritic String Band - Sat Oct 23

Dance on Mayne welcomes everyone to attend our Hallowe'en costumed Contra Dance at the Ag Hall Saturday October 23, 2010.

Doors open at 7 pm, and a beginner session will be held at 7:30 for those new to contra dancing. The dance starts at 8 and goes until 11.  Live music will be provided by one of BC's hottest contra bands, the Sybaritic String Band. Watch for our posters for information about them, or check them out on YouTube.

Don't know what contra dancing is?  It's a lively dance form done to fast paced jigs and reels.  All dances are called and taught on the spot.  If you know how to walk, and count to 8, you are good to go.  Knowing your right from your left is an advantage, but not a requirement. You don’t need a partner, and, — oh yeah, it's fun, too.

Tickets are $15, or $10 for kids 12 and under.  Tickets will be available at Happy Tides or phone Dieter at (250) 539-2205.  Attendance is capped at 50, so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. If you can volunteer to billet dancers from off island, please call Dieter at (250) 539-2205 or e-mail ken.brock@shaw.ca

So come on out, wear a costume (not too heavy - it's a very active dance), and prepare to have fun!

For further information contact pamelarice@shaw.ca or (250) 539-5882

Sybaritic String Band performing in Vancouver

David P. Smith & the Euphorians - Fri Oct 22

Please come and enjoy another night out in our beautiful Agricultural Hall

David P Smith is back by popular demand with the Euphorians.  The Euphorians are six excellent musicians who occasionally join David for a tour or recording. They include: Megan Boddy, Stefan Bozenich, Eric Gallipo, Scott Henderson, Rachelle Reath, Marek Tyler.

Friday, October 22,
Doors open at 7:30 show at 8:00 pm
$10 at the door

For more info contact Annette Witteman annettepmw@shaw.ca
(250) 539-5011

Planning a More Engaged and Politically Aware Community - Oct 17th

Care to join us?

Come to the Ag Hall
1 pm, Sunday October 17th
for a presentation by special guest Sheila Malcolmson, Chair of the Islands Trust, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Bring your ideas, questions and creative energy.

Also see 1972 video interview with Alan Steward (one time owner of Hardscrabble Farm) called Islands in Transition.

See you there!

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

Wireless Internet Coming to the Queen of Nanaimo

I thought to ask a member of the crew of the Queen of Nanaimo yesterday if a WiFi service like they currently have at the Tsawwasen Terminal and on the two largest vessels will be coming to the Queen of Nanaimo.

She informed me that no time frame has been given, but the crew was told "it WILL be coming" and that "it's just a matter of time".

They already have an internet connection onboard that is wired to the various BC Ferries computers on the ship. This connection may possibly have to be upgraded because it was explained to me that depending on the ship's position they lose their internet connection from time to time. And then routers would have to be added to broadcast WiFi for the passenger's use.

I would imagine that they would have some technical challenges in getting WiFi to work around a metal vessel. I would guess they would have to place a series of routers in different locations throughout the ship.

I'll try and keep abreast of it and report to MayneNews readers when an announcement of the date occurs. I don't know if anything is planned for the Cumberland or some of the smaller vessels. If anyone has any info on that, please send it to info@maynenews.ca or post it in the comments below.

BC Ferries FOI requests

I came across the following article in the Vancouver Sun, listing their Freedom of Information requests pending with BC Ferries. Something I expect a few Mayne Islanders might find of interest.

A list of FOI requests filed by the Vancouver Sun - 09-30-2010

BC Ferries has announced that, when it becomes subject to Freedom of Information requests again on Oct. 1, 2010, it will post details of all Freedom of Information requests it receives on its website.

News organizations, including The Vancouver Sun, generally keep details of their FOI requests to themselves, for fear competing newsrooms might ask for the same things and beat them to the story.

With BC Ferries’ policy, however, that need for secrecy no longer exists. Below is a list of some of the requests for information The Sun has sent BC Ferries. You can use the list to come up with ideas for your own FOI requests.

* In an electronic spreadsheet, the name, title, remuneration and expenses for all BC Ferries employees earning $75,000 or more for the 2009-10 fiscal year or the 2009 calendar year.

* A copy of any customer satisfaction surveys conducted by or for BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2009.

* A copy of any reports or audits prepared by outside agencies or consultants since Jan. 1, 2009, on compensation for BC Ferries’ board and senior executives.

* Any reports prepared by or for BC Ferries on the collision at the Mayne Island ferry dock on August 3, 2010, not including any reports already publicly released or available on the BC Ferries website.

* A copy of any reports produced by or for BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2010, on the anticipated cost of offering WiFi service on some ferries routes and the actual cost and challenges involved in rolling out the service.

* A copy of any contingency plans produced by or for BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2008, on how to prepare for an increase in ridership during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

* A copy of any report produced by or for BC Ferries since Feb. 1, 2010, on how the corporation dealt with increased traffic during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

* A copy of CEO David Hahn’s employment contract.

* A copy of the employment contracts for Rob Clarke, Mike Corrigan and Glen Schwartz.

* A copy of any internal reports, memos, briefing notes or media lines produce by or for BC Ferries since Nov. 1, 2009, on how the corporation should respond to the comptroller-general’s report.

* Any overall analysis prepared by BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2009, comparing the profitability and net cost of all its routes.

* A copy of any e-mails between David Hahn and Transportation Minister Shirley Bond since June 1, 2009.

* A copy of any e-mails between David Hahn and former Ministry of Transportation Kevin Falcon between June 1 and June 15, 2009.

* Any reports prepared by or for BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2006 on the steps needed to implement a mandatory drug testing program.

* A copy of any reports prepared by or for BC Ferries since Jan. 1, 2006, on the scale of drug use at BC Ferries.

* An itemized list of David Hahn’s expenses since Jan. 1, 2009. I want all fields associated with each expense, such as the date and category of each expense (hotel, taxi, food, per diem). If possible, please provide this in spreadsheet format (ie. Microsoft Excel).

* A copy of all emails from or to David Hahn and from or to Darrin Bowland between March 1 and March 30, 2006, concerning the Queen of the North and/or ship safety at BC Ferries.

* Any memos or correspondence to BC Ferries staff since Nov. 1, 2009, on how staff and management should respond to the corporation being subject to Freedom of Information requests again.

* Any estimates produced by or for BC Ferries since Nov. 1, 2009, estimating the cost to BC Ferries of responding to Freedom of Information requests.

* A copy of all e-mails from or to David Hahn, Mark Stefanson, Deborah Marshall or BC Ferries’ FOI manager since Jan. 1, 2009, on the corporations’ plans to post details of FOI requests, and records released through FOI, on its website.

I just checked and the BC Ferries promised "FOI tracker" is not up and running yet, but they promise it will be at this page: http://www.bcferries.com/about/foi/

Pictures from the 2010 Terry Fox Run

Here is a link to a few pictures taken by Toby Snelgrove at the 2010 Terry Fox Run for cancer research conducted on Sept. 19. Pictures are free to download.

Terry Fox Run 2010

Community Centre Work Party - Sep. 29th

Mayne Island Community Centre

We're Having A Work Party
(And We Need Your Help!)

Wednesday, September 29th
9 am to noon

at the Community Centre

Taking down, cleaning and putting away a tent the size of ours requires many helping hands. There are also several smaller clean-up and organizing tasks inside and out to do before the weather closes in.

We’re serving a Volunteers Lunch when the work is done, so pack your gloves, bring your rakes, cleaning rags, skills and energy and join the fun!

RSVP, or just show up!

For further information contact Dave Lindquist (250) 539-2128 or dalindquist@gmail.com

MIYF presents Will Millar - Sat. Sept. 25th

Mayne Island Youth Fitness presents Will Millar, formerly of the Irish Rovers along with Chuck McCandless in an evening of stories and song.

This is a benefit concert to support Mayne Island Youth Fitness Programs. Will Millar is a well known and beloved celtic entertainer, musician, singer/songwriter and artist.

The concert is at the Mayne Island Community Centre on 
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 7-10 pm. 

A variety of refreshments will be available.  There will be a silent auction, a raffle and other great surprises.  

Advance tickets are $15/adult and $5/child. Advance tickets at Home Hardware or through Anita -- miyf@shaw.ca  or (250) 539-2790.

Tickets at the door $20/$10.

For further information, contact miyf@shaw.ca or Anita - (250) 539-2790

Walk on an Ancient Shore - Sep 5th

Walk on an Ancient Shore.

On September 5th, join the CRD Regional Parks guest naturalist Michael Dunn to explore the ancient seabed on the way to the summit of Mt. Parke.

Bring a snack and water and wear sturdy shoes. The views are the best in the Gulf Islands. Meet at the Kim Road (off of Felix Jack) access at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The CRD classifies this event as a longer hike, having fewer interpretive stops. Trails may be uneven with steep sections.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. All ages

For further information contact Michael Dunn: (250) 539-5745

Sweet Lowdown - Friday Sept 10

Mayne Island Music Society presents Sweet Lowdown

Formed from a love of all things sweet and lowdown sounding, The Sweet Lowdown has been playing together since the spring of 2008. With a fiddle, banjo, guitar, and three voices, the youthful trio blends old time, bluegrass, and blues traditions with original songwriting to create a sound that is unique and at the same time, timeless.

Shanti Bremer began playing bluegrass banjo at age 12. In addition to The Sweet Lowdown, she currently plays with Victoria bluegrass band Last Train and as a guest with the Rock Island Ramblers.

Amanda Blied brings a unique voice to old time music, loves the bluesy side of bluegrass and keeps busy writing original songs. Amanda is a former member of Victoria a capella women's choir, the Balkan Babes.

Miriam Sonstenes is a classically trained violinist, who currently plays with Victoria bands Flash in the Pan and Sweet Ginger as well as with Sweet Lowdown.

Friday, September 10th
7:30 pm Ag Hall
(doors open at 7:00)

Tickets at Happy Tides
($12) & at the door ($15)


For further information see the Mayne Island Music Society website http://www.musiconmayne.ca

The paintings of Mayne Island's Glenn Payan

I was walking down Granville Street one day recently enjoying the art in the gallery windows when I was surprised to see a gorgeous depiction of the Georgina Point Lightstation, that all of us Mayne Islanders know so well, that stopped me in my tracks. I was able to find the artist via Google and was pleased to see a great selection of Glenn Payan's wonderful paintings on a few web sites.

I contacted Glenn and found that he has a home on Mayne and is a part time Mayne Island resident. I think his work is quite beautiful. I love the simplicity of the forms and the intense, vibrant colour.

Glenn is represented by the Ian Tan Gallery (LINK) in Vancouver and the Canada House Gallery (LINK) in Banff. You can also see some of Glenn's painting on his Flickr page (LINK) and glennpayan.com.

If you'd like to see one of his paintings in person he has an original for sale at the Gulfport Realty office.

Terrill Welch Solo Exhibition: Sea, Land and Time - Sep 3 - 22

You are invited to Terrill Welch’s solo exhibition of original oil paintings and photography on canvas: Sea, Land and Time 

September 3 – 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, September 3, 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm

Mayne Island Reading Centre (the Library)

Miner’s Bay, Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

Take a creative journey with Terrill Welch, British Columbia artist, photographer and writer, as she expresses island life in Sea, Land and Time. Her exhibit displays all new work showcasing the beautiful, mysterious, and rugged southwest coast of Canada. Terrill’s distinctive palette, quick sure strokes, and photographic images capture forest, sandstone, sea, and sky reminding us that there is only one moment – this one.

Terrill Welch’s paintings and photography have been described as impressionist, intuitive and attuned to the essence or resonance of her subject.

Terrill Welch would like to thank Mayne Island Trincomali Community Arts Council for this opportunity.

Full artist biography with images at http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/artist-biography

For further information contact Terrill Welch by email: tawelch@shaw.ca or phone: (250) 539-5877 or Terrill's blog: http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/

Photos from the Fall Fair

Toby Snelgrove took some photos of the Fall Fair and the parade last Saturday.

See them on his website: Mayne Island Fall Fair 2010

Photos from the Generation Next event on August 20th

Toby Snelgrove took a few shots of the MILT Generation Next event at the Ag Hall Grounds on Friday.

See them on his website: Mayne Island Little Theatre — "Generation Next" Aug 20

2010 Mayne Island Fall Fair - Sat Aug 21st

Don't miss the Mayne Island Fall Fair, the oldest fall fair in the Gulf Islands, at it's traditional place at the Agricultural Hall.

Parade at 11:30 am — the Fair starts at noon

Images from the the 2009 Fall Fair by Toby Snelgrove. See more at his website.

Dance On Mayne Potluck and Dance - Sun Aug 29th

Dance on Mayne invites everyone to our end of summer potluck supper and dance Sunday August 29 beginning at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share to the Ag Hall; join us for supper and for dancing afterwards.

We offer a lively variety of country dancing styles including English, Scottish, Contra and Folk. No experience necessary; we call all the dances and talk you through them.

This is a free by donation event for the entire community.

For further information contact: pamelarice@shaw.ca or call (250) 539-5882

Deadhead decks the dock on Horton Bay

Submitted by Toby Snelgrove

One never knows what challenges the sea offers. However, owning an aluminum boat was my attempt to reduce the hazards at sea - especially hitting a deadhead at 20 MPH.

Unfortunately, I did not anticipate the ability of the deadhead to attack my dock. At high tide the deadhead positioned itself under the front of my dock. As the tide went out, the dock was raised. As the dock raised, my 16 foot aluminum power boat was raised with it ... rather, the port side was raised and the starboard side hung down. As the tide went out, the boat was lowered into the water, starboard side first. Once the deadhead was cut away, the boat sat comfortably under water.

Typical of Mayne Island, a crew came to the rescue at 7am Saturday morning. Ron Willick, Bob Irving, Marian MacLean helped me and Jessica do our best to prevent the power boat from sinking to the bottom of the sea. Here is a link to the image of the rescue.

Mayne Island Little Theatre Music Concert & Dance - Aug 20th

Mayne Island Little Theatre — "Generation Next"

The concert on Friday night August 20th will be a night you will not want to miss. Mayne Island Little Theatre is hosting a fundraiser for the next generation of kids at Mayne Island School and six former students all of whom are also MILT ‘kids’ have generously agreed to come back to the island to perform for us.

Michelle Footz, whose performance name is Shelder Jayne Footz, does a fusion of spoken word, jazz trumpet and ritualistic pagan music.

Janine Chambers is a slam poet who has been writing ever since we’ve known her.

Marlies Iredale performs as Marley Daemon and her music is folk/jazz.

Meg Iredale, billed as O’mally, sings her original songs with a folky, old time flavour.

Lindsay Bryan is a singer/songwriter who has just recently played Lilith Fair. Her style is indie/folk/pop.

Matt Reid will be bringing his band SiMmeR. The music is funky, jazzy with elements of reggae. SiMmeR will top off the evening with a great dance atmosphere so bring your dancing shoes.

We can’t think of a better way start the Fall Fair Weekend and kick off our 30th year of theatre here on the island.

There will be a cash bar and lots of goodies to eat. So please come out to see these talented kids who are all grown up and support The Mayne Island School Performing Arts Fund.

The show begins at 8 pm at the Community Centre. Tickets are $15 and $5 for children 12 and under. You can get your tickets at the Trading Post.

For further information contact Brian at (250) 539-3027 or May at (250) 539-2530

Open Air Evening Concert and Dance - Fri Aug 13

An outdoor show on Friday, August 13th from 7:30 to 11:00 at the outdoor stage of the Agricultural Hall.

As the sun sets, we'll dance under the island sky to the soulful sounds of three bands based on the southern coast of this beautiful province:

Compassion Gorilla MySpace Page
 - Worldbeat/Folk/Ska

Dirty Grace MySpace Page
 - Folk/Jazz/Dub

Myriam Parent MySpace Page
 - Bilingual, Orchestral Folk

We are asking for $10 of your heard earned pay at the door to cover costs and pay musicians.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

For further information contact Chris Fretwell: c_frets@hotmail.com

MICS events: John Elliott and Rob Walker - Aug 14

Walk and Talk with Tsartlip Educator and Historian John Elliott

John Elliott is an educator, historian and member of the Tsartlip First Nation, part of the Saanich People, whose territory is centered on the Saanich Peninsula and the Southern Gulf Islands. He is Chairman of the Saanich Native Heritage Society, and language and culture teacher at the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School. This event will be an opportunity for Mayne Island residents and visitors to learn about the indigenous history and cultural heritage of this area, and the relationship of the Tsartlip to these islands.

Time: 2 pm - August 14, 2010
Place: Henderson Community Park (at the end of Beechwood Drive)
Meet at the Trail head at the end of the dirt road. Bring water, sunscreen and adequate footwear for trail walking.

The Fire Management Paradox: Balancing Re-growth and Risk in Canada's National Parks

Rob Walker will talk about the paradox inherent in trying to manage forest fires in protected areas and how Parks Canada tries to overcome it. I will use examples from two very different ecosystems, Garry Oak ecosystems, found locally, and Whitebark Pine ecosystems, found at treeline through portions of the Western Cordillera, to illustrate our approach. We will explore their status, ecology. fire regimes, cultural connections and the fire management approaches that Parks Canada, and others, are taking to sustain them.

Time: 7:30 pm - August 14, 2010
Place: Dinner Bay Park Pavilion

For further information call (250) 539-5168, or visit the Conservancy web site

Christina's Tumbler Tomato Tips

Just became aware of some great tips from Mayne Island's Christina Pechloff of Christina's Garden on the subject of growing tomatoes in containers.
This is the time of summer when container grown tomato plants will start to go yellow and look really sad if they aren't getting enough of the nutrients and minerals they need to be healthy and produce delicious fruit. Folks who grow the Tumbler tomato plants I sell in the spring ask me about what I do to provide the plants with the nourishment they need, so......

Christina's Garden: Tumbler tomatoes in containers, part 2