Leigh-Anne Maxwell-MD Hennessy Art Show: Fri Aug 2

We're looking forward to showing our work. Please join us at the opening reception - Friday, August 2nd from 7 - 9 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

The show follows Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th from 11 am - 4 pm.

I'm looking forward to this upcoming show. For one thing, I can finally get out of the studio. There are about thirty five paintings and drawings ready to show. It's unfortunate this nature inspired artwork has to happen indoors. As much as I like the idea of painting outside, there are just too many distractions. It's important to strike a balance though. I love rambling around in the woods and along the shorelines. Those walks are the start of paintings.

One time I climbed up through the trees toward a ridge at the top of a mountain. It was a little off the beaten path and the sun was going down but I knew there would be enough time to stop and enjoy the view. Sure enough, it was perfect, all of it, the incredible sight line, the warm breezes and best of all, the peace and quiet. What snapped me out of this reverie was an odd munching sound. I turned in the direction of the sound and about ten feet away was the most unexpected sight. A horse. That horse was clearly as content as can be, chewing away, scanning the horizon, minding his own business and so bizarrely out of context. As it turns out, his owner was a little further along, snoozing under a tree. I'm doing a painting based on that experience - a horse at the top of a mountain. People ask where the ideas come from. I guess that's a good example of how it all pieces together.

Speaking of piecing together, MD Hennessey accepted my invitation to partner up for this show. I've always loved her art and she has a real following of fans, which is great because I'll be darned if I can figure out how to describe the work. MD calls it folk art but it's so much more than that. It's whimsical, absurd, thought provoking, delightful ... just come and see for yourself. I know she's been busy. There will be a lot of new work.

For further information please contact Leigh-Anne Maxwell mikemaxwell@shaw.ca

A Wonderful Concert by Jason & Pharis Romero

Last night's concert (Jul 26, 2013) by Jason & Pharis was really something wonderful. A beautiful summer evening and the pair were everything their reviews promised. Gorgeous, expressive vocals and harmonies and great musicianship.

In case you missed the show, check out some of their music and videos on their website: http://pharisandjason.com/

Toby Snelgrove took some great shots of the concert and made them available for viewing and download on his photo web site.

Help Wanted Village Bay Beach

We are now hiring able bodied people to stack seaweed on either side of the Village Bay boat ramp. Pay is $15.00 per hour. If interested call Jill Nolli at (250) 539-2898. This job is only 2 or 3 hours per day so we are very flexible to be coordinated with another job you may have.

Seaweed is available for pick-up at Village Bay Beach. Adding seaweed to your garden cuts down on the need for water. Help preserve our valuable Mayne resource. Seaweed, or ulva provides all the trace elements for very healthy plants, especially tomatoes. Help yourself.

Village Bay Improvement Association.

For further information please phone Jill Nolli (250) 539-2898 or Carole Neill (250) 539-2223 or email jillinolli@shaw.ca.

MICS' 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance: Sat Aug 3

Get your tickets for the Mayne Island Conservancy Society’s 10th Anniversary Dinner and Dance.

Dine from a local menu created by the Bennett Bay Bistro and rock the house to music by Mayne Island’s newest band – Salt Chuck Highway. Beer & wine at the no host bar. Peter Robinson and Briony Penn will help us celebrate our 10th birthday.

This Conservancy event is a benefit for our new CAMAS Fund.

A limited number or tickets are available at the Trading Post and the Farm Gate store.

The Dance is 8:30 pm to Midnight at $15 while “the whole meal deal” Fundraising Dinner & Dance is $50 and starts at 6:30 pm. Community Centre doors open at 5:30 pm.

More information at www.conservancyonmayne.com/camas_10th.php. For any further information please contact Deb Foote (250) 539-5261.

Community Stewardship Award Presentation: Wed Jul 31

When: July 31st at 2:30 pm (during the Local Trust Committee Meeting)

Where: Agricultural Hall, Mayne Island

Each year the Islands Trust Council recognizes individuals and groups for programs or actions that have made a significant contribution towards the objectives of the Islands Trust. This year the Mayne Island Conservancy Society was nominated and selected for the Shoreline Care Program http://www.conservancyonmayne.com/shoreline.php.

The Local Trust Committee will also be inviting past recipients and nominees to acknowledge their contribution to our community.

Please join us for the celebration, there will be cake.

For further information please contact Leanna Boyer (250) 539-5937.

Mayne Island Car Show & Dance: Sat Jul 27

The 5th Annual Car Show, July 27 at the Community Centre from 11 am to 3 pm.

After a fun filled day come join us at 8 p.m. for a dance with the band Phoenix, sure to be a rocking good time.

Hosted by the Mayne Island Chamber of Commerce, Mike & Leigh-Ann Maxwell.

For further information please contact Lorie Brown gardenia@shaw.ca

Pharis and Jason Romero: Fri, Jul 26

Friday, July 26 -- 7:30 pm outside at the Ag Hall Grounds

Tickets $15 -- available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware, & Farm Gate Store (children under 12 free). Doors Open: 7 pm.

What others have said about Pharis & Jason:

This is music made on a timeless continuum... - Folk Alley

... Wonderful, achingly beautiful harmonies. It's all perfectly judged, precise but never flashy picking, tangible chemistry and warmth between them and grade a songs. - Maverick Magazine

With effortless harmonies, intricate finger-picking, and a refreshing veteran spirit, Pharis & Jason's second album displays a startling prowess. - Utne Reader

Bring comfy chairs and/or blankets for a wonderful evening!

Presented by Mayne Island Music Society

For further info about the concert please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

Pharis will also be holding a singing workshop on Thursday July 25 at the Agricultural Hall 7 - 9 pm. The cost is $20 per person. To reserve your spot, or for further info call Emily at (250) 539-5738.

More videos, music, albums and news can be found on Pharis & Jason's web site: http://pharisandjason.com/

John Coates 90th Birthday: Sat Jul 20

The Coates Family would like to invite everyone to help them celebrate their father's 90th birthday at an Open House on July 20, 2013, 1 pm to 4 pm at 380 Mount Parke Road. See you there.

For further information please contact Kathy Maclachlan k.maclachlan51@hotmail.com

Summer Story Times at the Mayne Island Library

Story times will be every Friday at 10 am throughout the summer.

Come and join us!

For further information please contact Libbie Bake libbie@shaw.ca

16th Annual Mayne Island Dog Show - Sun Aug 4

Photo by Toby Snelgrove
The Mayne Island Dog Show will be held at Miners' Bay Park on Sunday, August 4th.

Pre- registration for dog entries will be at the Farmers' Market the day before OR the day of the show at Miners' Bay Park at 1:30 pm. Showtime is 2:00 pm.

This is a fundraiser for community projects. There will be trophies and door prizes and many canine antics. This year, the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society will have a doggie boutique and dog and owner portraits by Toby Snelgrove at the show.

You don't need a dog to enjoy the show, just a sun hat and a chair. For further information please contact Carol Ashwell carolashwell@hotmail.com

YukYuks comes to Mayne Island - Sun Jul 14

"The Best of Yuk Yuks" is coming to Mayne Island Sunday July 14th, Ag Hall, 8pm.

Come and support the Mayne Island Assisted Living fundraising project. Be rocked by Sam Easton, Toby Hargrave, and Damonde Tschritter - all Yuk Yuks headliners.

Tickets: At Farm Gate, Trading Post, & from Jessica Easton & Toby Snelgrove. For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove toby.snelgrove@mac.com

Summer Fiesta by the Sea - Sat Jul 13

Hola! Didn't get that Mexican vacation this year? Not to worry!

Circle Saturday, July 13th, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on your calendar and come to the Summer Fiesta by the Sea.

St. Mary Magdalene's Annual Church Fair has a Mexican theme this year so dig out your sombrero and join us for a fun-filled family day.

Santa Maria's Cantina will be serving Mexican cuisine for lunch but there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream as well.

Be sure to visit the Silent Auction to bid on some amazing items and you never know what gems you will find at the Treasures from the Attic booth. Stock up on Parish Meat Pies (they're frozen, so bring a cooler) and lots of other home baking. Visit the Bottle Booth. Find bargains on plants, books and crafts. There will be Kids' games and prizes. Music and much, much more!

Si! Fun for all -- diversiĆ³n para todos! Ole!

For further information please contact Jan Nicol-Mitchell jan@tc2.ca

Recital by mezzo-soprano Molly Bushell - Wed Jul 24

On July 24th, the Mayne Lions Club will sponsor a song recital by mezzo-soprano Molly Bushell in the Mayne Island Ag Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Molly gave a very successful recital last summer in the Ag Hall, before leaving Canada to study voice at the University of Newcastle in the U.K. She has now returned to Mayne Island to work for the summer in the Sunny Mayne Bakery and she has a new repertory of songs to present. Elizabeth Jahren will accompany her on the piano.

Admission by donation. For further information please contact Wayne Ming wcming@mac.com

Remove Invasive Species from Bennett Bay - Fri Jul 5

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society has an interesting day planned during which we will be removing a variety of invasive species that are present in low numbers in the park.

This management style is called Early Detection Rapid Response and is based on the idea that removing problem plants before they can become established is more resource efficient than waiting until they have spread. Most parts of Bennett Bay represent healthy ecosystems right now; let’s work to keep them that way.

We will provide a light lunch, and all the tools and training you will need. Please bring appropriate footwear, clothing, water, and your smiling faces! Meet at the parking lot 10 am.

The Conservancy welcomes volunteers, old & new to these restoration events.

 Email Rob Underhill stewardship@conservancyonmayne.com or call (250) 539-5168 if you are joining us, so we get the lunch numbers right, or if you need further information.

 More info on the Conservancy's web site, http://www.conservancyonmayne.com/volunteer.php#resto

MILT is Having a Party - Mon Jul 15

Ever been involved with MILT (Mayne Island Little Theatre)? Want to be involved with MILT? Then please come out to the Volunteer Appreciation Night, July 15th 6 - 8 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Welcome in the new board, chat about future plans for MILT, and connect with fellow Miltites.

To help us order food and drink please RSVP to toby.snelgrove@mac.com or Deb at organicdeb@shaw.ca

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove toby.snelgrove@mac.com