Pictures from the May Day Celebrations

Don Barthel has passed along an album of great pictures of the May Day celebrations on May 21st. You can view them all at the following link:

Willow Weaving Workshop, June 4 & 5

Alastair Heseltine, a master weaver and artist from Hornby Island, will be coming to Mayne Island to offer an introductory willow basketry course.  Participants will learn to weave a round basket in a traditional mediterranean style over the course of the two-day workshop.

The event will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday June 4 & 5.  All working materials will be provided, but participants are asked to bring a pair of pruners, a pillow and a packed lunch for each day.

Cost for the workshop will be $180. Prepayment will be prefered to hold a spot as space will be limited to ten participants.

Check out some of Alastair's recent work at

And Contact Daveed at (250) 539-2034 or email for more info.

Farmers Market 2011 Begins - May 21

The Farmers Market is excited to begin it's 2011 season this Saturday May 21, from 10am til 1pm.

As always we will be at the Ag hall grounds this Saturday and every one until Oct 8th.

We look foward to seeing you this Saturday and throughout the season.

We are always happy to have new vendors for a day or for any number of days throughout the season, please contact Richard De Armond at or at (250) 222-0034 for information.

May Day on Mayne - Sat May 21

Come one, come all to the annual Mayne Island May Day celebrations!

Meet at the Agricultural Hall at 1pm for the vibrant procession down to Miners Bay Park.

There will be Morris Dancers, musicians, May Pole dancing, children's games and races, raffle prizes, crowning of the May Queen by the Green Man, cake and lemonade (please bring your own cup) and of course Fun! Wacky May Day costumes are encouraged!

This event is sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and its tireless volunteers.

For further information go to the MICS web site or contact Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619

Click the link to see some great photos from the 2010 May Day Celebration by Don Barthel and Toby Snelgrove.

Mayne Island Youth Fitness 1st AGM - May 18

Mayne Island Youth Fitness is holding its 1st AGM at the Mayne Island Community Centre at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

Please send nominations for positions and agenda items to We will review where MIYF has come from, where we are now and what the future vision is. Current agenda items include: election of board members, financial report, Events: past, present & future.

Please come out to find out what Mayne Island Youth Fitness is all about, become members! Run for a position and find out how you can help support these non-profits events Youth Fitness continues to put on for all youth that live on or come to Mayne Island.

For further information contact Anita McCamley

May Day Dance - May 21

The Mayne Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a May Day Dance at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The band playing is the Wharf Sreet Band from Victoria. They are a well known and popular dance band and work regularly in the Greater Victoria and South Island area. Their music covers rock, blues, Motown and funk.

Their main goal is to get people of all ages on the dance floor by playing crowd pleasing danceable songs. They played here two years ago and were a great hit. Check them out live at .

Hours 8:00 - 12:00 with doors at 7:00.

Tickets $15 at the door or in advance at Home Hardware and Tree Frog Gallery.

All ages welcome.

For further information contact Collen Dearden (250) 539-5971

Mayne Island Youth Fitness Sports Day - May 14

Mayne Island Youth Fitness Presents a Track & Field Sports Day for all youth ages.

Date: Saturday May 14th, 2011

Time: 10 AM to 2 PM

Registration Fee: $5 to all MIYF 2011 Members, $20 to non-members, includes membership for 2011

Ribbons for participation in each event.Trophies for high scorers within age/gender categories

Snacks and refreshments available for $1 each

Register early so the event will go ahead. We also need volunteers please too!

Thanks, MIYF

For further information contact Anita McCamley

MI Housing Needs Community Meeting - May 16

Time: 1-3 pm

Location: Agricultural Hall

Purpose: The Mayne Island Housing Options Task Force will present their research findings about housing needs on Mayne Island and invite public input into recommendations to our Local Trust Committee.

The task force received 203 household survey responses which will be combined with other questionnaire, and interview information to identify current and future needs for housing diversity on Mayne Island.

Contact: Terrill Welch, Chair, Mayne Island Housing Options Task Force. Email: Telephone: (250) 539-3677

Mayne Island Music Society - Tim Hus - May 14th

Tim Hus considers himself first and foremost a cowboy singer. Recently nominated ""Roots Artist of the Year"" for the 2011 Canadian Music Awards, Tim’s music covers roots, folk, rural redneck and blue collar. “The songs I sing are mainly about miners, loggers, farmers, railroaders, ranchers, cowboys, oil riggers, truck drivers, fishermen, gunfighters, bootleggers, brawlers, gamblers, drinkers, and low down two-bit sons-of-guns”. Whatever the topic, Tim’s “Canadiana Cowboy” music inspires foot-stomping standing ovations as he travels from coast to coast.

Tim recently released his fifth CD and has been touring throughout Canada, the USA, and  Europe - performing 200 concerts in 2010. He spent the last two summers opening  concerts and backing up Canadian icon Stompin' Tom Connors.

Mayne Island Agricultural Hall; Saturday, May 14

Doors Open at 7:00; Open Stage at 7:30; Main Act at 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 -  at Happy Tides and at the door.



Let's hear your stories of how you came to live on Mayne Island

MayneNews is asking you to tell your neighbours your stories of how to came to live here on beautiful Mayne Island. I'm sure there are some great stories out there. Mine's not terribly exciting, but I'll go first to get things started. You can see it below this post. (Or here if you're viewing just this single post)

Send your submissions directly to me: . Try to keep the story under 500 words. You can use only your first name if you want like I've done or if you feel more comfortable use your full name. Remember this is posted on a public web blog, so keep it PG. :-)

A little picture would be nice, so your friends and neighbours who know you will recognize you when they read your story. I'll try and post one or two a week on the MayneNews blog in order that they come to me and I'll put links to them in emails going out the MayneNews email list as they are sent.

Eagerly awaiting your interesting and unique stories. -- Jim.