Merry Christmas from MayneNews

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy 2017!

MayneNews will be on a short hiatus for the holidays. The next email announcement and blog posting available to go out will be for Tuesday Jan 3rd. If you want an announcement to go out on that day or on Thursday Jan. 5th, please send your submission prior to December 31st. Online submission form.

 Thank you to everyone in our great little community and we'll see you next year.

Jim T.

posted December 2016

Japanese Garden Christmas Light Up

Photo by Toby Snelgrove
Bring family and friends to see the annual, magical display of lights at the Japanese Gardens, Dinner Bay.

We are open every night from 5 - 7 pm from Saturday December 17th, up to and including, Sunday January 1st. Closed Christmas Eve.

Volunteers have worked hard to adorn the gardens with thousands of lights and ornaments to make this a special experience. Donations happily accepted for future lights!

For further information please contact Ingrid

posted December 2016

Santa Ship & Christmas Bingo: Sat Dec 10

This coming Saturday will see the return of the annual Lions Club Santa Ship. Santa and his crew will be arriving at the Miners Bay dock at approximately 2:30 pm. He and his merry elves will then proceed to the Ag Hall for photos with Santa and gifts for the kids.

Also at the Ag Hall that evening is the Christmas Turkey Bingo Night. Doors open at 7 pm and games start at 7:30. Come out and support this worthy activity and win a turkey! See you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted December 2016

Honour A Life At The Japanese Garden: Fri Dec 9

The holidays are time of wonder, but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones or pets in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society would like to invite the community to join us in our fifth annual Honour a Life event.

Please join us on Friday, December 9th at 4:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree. There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact May McKenzie

posted December 2016

Wassail: Dec 21 - Dec 22

“Wassail”. Music to Drive the Cold Winter Away! With Stephen Cropper, Elisabeth Jahren, Sara Partridge, and Lael Whitehead.

Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Come a-wassailing to the Church House at intermission for complimentary beverage and goodies! Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), and Thursday, December 22, 2016, 2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm), St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island.

Tickets: $20 at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, and Happy Tides. For further information please contact Stephen Cropper (250) 539-2206.

Illustration by Julia Iredale

posted December 2016

Ferry Facts December Update

The Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee had an informative and productive meeting with representatives from BC Ferries on November 15th.

A number of topics were discussed, including an update on the progress of the new vessels. The Salish Orca has left Poland and the sea trials have gone very well with speeds exceeding expectations. The journey will take 55 days and the Orca is expected to arrive by year end. An additional two months for training and inspections will be required before the Orca will replace the Queen of Burnaby on the Comox/Powell River route.

BC Ferries officials are optimistic that the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven are on schedule and will meet the May 1st, 2017 date for replacing the Queen of Nanaimo. By the end of January, we will know if there will be any delay. If only one new ferry is available, the new schedule will go into effect May 1st as planned with the Queen of Nanaimo serving as the second ferry. If both new vessels are delayed, the Queen of Nanaimo will continue to provide service using the 2016 shoulder season schedule. The new ferries will be operating on LNG but will also have the ability to use diesel fuel if necessary. As with any new technology, there may be some glitches early on.

A reminder that the 50% fare reduction on all routes for selected sailings is in effect until December 18th. For details, go to, click on promotions and then click on the selected route.

The passenger reservation initiative has been very successful and will be continued. The FAC requested an increase in the number of passenger reservations allowed on route 9, and asked for improved communications regarding travel options and the ability to reserve on-line. A reminder that if you have a passenger reservation departing Tsawwassen, you must go through the ticketing agent and not use the machines.

The through fare option from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands has been very well received. BC Ferries has been asked to now consider implementing the same process for Islanders travelling to Tsawwassen via Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries has talked with the vendor regarding the ongoing problems with the coffee machine on the Mayne Queen, with no resolution. Due to physical obstacles, the existing machine cannot be removed and replaced until the ferry goes in for a refit in 2018. It was suggested that the vendor’s contact information be placed on the machine so customers can call directly.

Late Tuesday December 13th, the Queen of Cumberland will be taken out of service in order for one of the control systems to be replaced. The project is expected to take one day or less. The Bowen Queen will be the replacement vessel.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted December 2016

Surprise! Sat Dec 3

The Mayne Island Conservancy has something thrilling to share with you on Saturday December 3, 2016, 2 pm at the Community Centre.

Please join us for cider, cake and find out about the surprise!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted December 2016

Children's Movie Night: Fri Nov 25

Calling All Children! Bring your parents to Ag Hall on Friday, November 25, to the Library's NFB Children’s Program. Movie Time: 7:30 pm. Admission and popcorn by donation.

Finally, a film night designed for children. These 5 short animated films deal with the themes of parting, love and life changes: “With Grandma”, “Oma’s Quilt”, “Ludovic: Visiting Grandpa”, “Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar”, “Tzaritza”.

For further information please contact David Chase

posted November 2016

Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner & Dance: Sat Dec 3

The Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner and Dance will be held in the Mayne Island School Gymnasium on the evening of December 3. It is the Silver Maynes way of getting into the Christmas spirit. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30. It will be a traditional Christmas dinner, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and the dessert table will be loaded with the products of Mayne Island kitchens, for we invite all members to donate their favourite desserts. Then you can dance to the music of Bob Connolly.

The dinner is free for members paid up for 2016, but reservations should be made by November 23. Call Barb Baldwin, (250) 539-3757, e-mail For memberships, call Tricia Hope, (250) 539-3273, e-mail There will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Bring along a donation for the Food Bank. Let's all have a very merry Christmas!

For further information please contact Eilene Verhuel (250) 539-3710.

posted November 2016

NU 2 U Sale: Thu Nov 24

The Women's Auxiliary is putting on a NU 2 U Sale of winter clothing from 10 am - noon on Thursday November 24th. There will be complimentary tea, coffee and muffins served.

Please join us at the Church House for a fun social morning. All monies raised go towards the needs of the church. See you on Thursday the 24th.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

posted November 2016

Fifty Shades of Green: Sat Nov 26

Saturday, November 26th, 1 pm at the Community Centre.

The Mayne Island Garden Club invites you to a very special event. Claude Ledoux, Horticultural Manager of New Westminster, will be giving a presentation on the wonders and unexpected pleasures of gardening. Claude is a dynamic and knowledgable speaker with a terrific sense of humour, making him both educational and entertaining!

Thanks to a grant from the MI Parks and Recreation, there is no charge for attending, but a small donation by non-Garden Club members would be gratefully accepted at the door. For Garden Club members, watch your email for information on the potluck luncheon that precedes the talk. For further information please contact Julie Schueck

posted November 2016

Community Information Meeting on Housing: Mon Nov 28

The Mayne Island Local Trust Committee is hosting a Community Information Meeting on Housing on Mayne Island. Open to everyone, this includes all aspects of housing from seniors and families, long and short term rentals, STVR's, and so on.

Every island and municipality has a housing crisis that are being addressed in different ways. The CRD are launching a Housing Needs Assessment and John Riley, Manager of Planning Programs for the CRD will be our guest.

Please come with your ideas. 1 pm Monday, November 28th at the Agricultural Hall. Please contact Brian Crumblehulme ( or Jeanine Dodds for more information.

posted November 2016

MI Little Theatre Presents the Dixie Swim Club: Nov 17-19

The Dixie Swim Club. Mayne Island Little Theatre is opening their 35th Season this fall with a positively brilliant production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” The all-female cast delivers comedy, pathos, and warmth with equal ability. It’s bound to be a delightful evening.

The plot revolves around five southern women who all belonged to the same collegiate swim team and follows a few decades of their lives, as told through their annual get-togethers for a weekend in August. On the surface, this sounds like a ho-hum plot that has seen many renditions; to some extent, that is true. But isn’t that what life is? It isn’t all high drama, and the cast brings their characters to life in an appealing and charming production.

The cast includes many of the faces you will remember from last season’s opener, “Calendar Girls.” Jessica Easton, is brilliant in her role embracing the southern belle with a cynical twist while the rest of the cast – Glenda Goodman, Michele Steele, Karen Noyes and Eden Buday are equally matched in their delivery of characters you will not forget.

Written by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope the team who brought us Golden Girls, over 30 Community and 3 Professional Theatre groups are running or planning to run this production in the coming year. I think that says something about the quality of this work. Directed by Brian Crumblehulme and Produced by Mary Crumblehulme, The Dixie Swim Club is sure to bring a smile to your face.

You are going to want to purchase your tickets soon, this fall`s production is a three-night run opening on November 17th and closing on the 19th by all accounts from the buzz I am hearing around the island it looks like the show will sell out quickly. Remember there are only 100 tickets printed per show.

Tickets are $15 and will have “dropped” at the Trading Post, Farm Gate & Home Hardware by the time you read this. Please do not delay. You will truly be sorry if you miss this production.

Mayne Island Little Theatre like all other volunteer groups on our Island paradise is always looking for new volunteers. Actors, directors, producers, set builders, stage managers and front of house staff. If you are interested or for any further information, please contact us via our FaceBook Page or email Michele Steele at

posted November 2016

Mayne Island Dock Repairs

Mayne Island Dock Update: Early this summer the CRD through the Southern Gulf Islands Harbours Commission (SGIHC) awarded a contract for the repair of the CRD docks to Pacific Industrial Marine Ltd. This contract followed an engineering review conducted over the winter and spring. Miners Bay Dock is owned by the CRD and is included in the subject repairs. Horton Bay is owned by Small Craft Harbours (SCH) and due to a legal challenge from the upland property owner has not been divested to the CRD (SGIHC).

Miners Bay Dock: Prior to year end Miners Bay dock will have defective decking replaced on the approach and wharf head (we have experienced delays due to the treated lumber required for repairs not being available). A grating will be installed at the top of the approach to redirect run off from the road.  Warped hand rails will be replaced. The docks gangways will receive new guide rails and roller hardware, new gangway transition plates will be installed. Pressure washing has been ordered. When weather conditions permit the wharf head railing will be painted; the gangways will be stripped and re-coated.

Horton Bay Dock: While the SGIHC manages Horton Bay dock repairs are made by its owner Small Craft Harbours. Over the last year the SGIHC has provided reports of required repairs at Horton Bay dock to Small Craft Harbours which has responded with a list of repairs expected to be made in November. These repairs include the repair of decking and installation of a grating at the top of the approach, repair of approach hand rails and wheelguard and replacement of cross braces on approach. The Gangway will receive new timber cleats and nonskid. The floats will receive safety ladders, a repair to a bullrail as well as repair and replacement of metal mesh nonskid.

Should you have any questions regarding our Islands docks please email or call Carl Bunnin, Mayne Island Harbours Commissioner, (250) 539-2311

posted November 2016

Library Re-opens: Sat Nov 12

After our renovations closure, the library will re-open on Saturday, November 12th at 11 am and will be open on the usual days of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from that date.

Come and see the changes and enjoy getting all the books you want to read again. See you at the library.

For further information please contact Sheila Dunnachie

posted November 2016

Association of Mayne Island Boaters AGM: Sun Nov 13

Members are invited to attend the 16th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Mayne Island Boaters (AMIB) on Sunday, November 13th, 2016, 10 am at the Mayne Island Community Centre

The AGM provides an excellent opportunity to socialize, renew memberships, participate in discussion/questions, and get the latest news about the Island's docks.

A review of the last year's activities will be featured in a short slide show presentation - "AMIB Events of the Year”.

Elections are always part of the AGM. New faces and fresh ideas are necessary to keep memberships active and vibrant. Please consider being involved with a great team of boating enthusiasts and let your name stand for election on the AMIB Board of Directors.

Membership renewals are $20 family, $10 single. Tickets for the Christmas Dinner (catered by Sue) on Sat Nov. 26th will be available at the AGM for $15 per person. Please contact Sharon if you have any inquiries (250) 539-2311.

posted November 2016

Mayne 2016 Christmas Artisan Studio Tour: Nov 11 - 13

The 2016 Mayne Island Christmas Artisan Studio Tour runs all weekend beginning Friday November 11 through November 13. Get your map at or at local shops, café or information racks.

For further information please contact Richard

posted November 2016

Ferry Facts: November 2016

BC Ferries has announced a 50% off standard vehicle fares promotion from November 14 to December 18 on selected sailings. For example, on Route 9 from Tsawwassen to Mayne Island, the promotion is for the morning sailings Sunday to Thursday and the Saturday 8:45 pm sailing. This is similar to last Fall’s promotion and is intended to encourage travellers to use off-peak sailings. For those who use the experience cards, a reminder that the 50% reduction is off the regular fare and not the e-card fare. If the regular fare is $41.90, the promotional fare is $20.95. For details, go to, click on promotions and click on the selected routes.

The new Fall/Winter schedules have a different look. In order to differentiate from the Summer schedules, BC Ferries has printed the schedules in blue. For several years, the Ferry Advisory Committee has been requesting different colours be used to identify the current schedule, so we are pleased that this suggestion was implemented.

As of this writing, the Queen of Cumberland’s elevator is out of service pending the repair of a main cylinder. To accommodate passengers who have difficulty with stairs, a portable toilet has been placed on the car deck. The elevator is expected to be operating again on November 2nd.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted October 2016

Halloween Night Fun

The Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighters Association is hosting the Halloween Festivities at the Mayne School field.

Fernhill Drive will be closed from Felix Jack Road to the School Driveway from approximately 7 pm to 8:15 pm so that the fireworks display can be put on.

Halloween at the Fire Hall is a community activity. All are welcome to come out and enjoy free hot chocolate, hot dogs and candy bags for the kids.

posted October 2016

Community Oil Spill Response Forum: Sat Nov 5

The Southern Gulf Islands are not well prepared to respond to a serious marine oil spill. The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will host a forum to discuss the current state and how it may be improved.

The public is welcome. Come and hear a presentation from Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, the federally-designated marine spill responder, and discuss options with local authorities.

Please note that this is a working session to deal with the current risk from all shipping and small-boat traffic in this region. It is not an occasion for advocating against new pipeline, LNG and coal-shipping proposals, legitimate as those concerns are. MICS has advocated strong positions regarding many of these matters, but will take a neutral, solutions-oriented approach on November 5.

Saturday, November 5, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Agricultural Hall

For further information please contact Malcolm Inglis (250) 539-2402.

More details on the Mayne Island Conservancy web site.

posted October 2016

2016 Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 23

The Flu Clinic will be held again this year at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Wednesday, November 23rd. 12:30 until 3:30 pm.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted October 2016

Annual Poppies & Remembrance Day: Fri Nov 11

Island Veterans We welcome three new associate members to our Branch and encourage anyone to consider being part of our group. Membership is open to any age level, both current or former members of many organizations. Fire fighters, paramedical staff, cadets and Primary Reservists are fully able to join. We are always hopeful that you will be added to the Branch list of friends here at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 Mayne Island.

Acts of Remembrance Dates We will be having the traditional service and Act of Remembrance this year beginning at 10:30 am on November 11th, in front of the Lych Gate at St Mary Magdalene Church followed by a church service. After the service a gathering will be held at the Ag Hall with food and fellowship. Our Interim Priest, The Rev. Greg Lynn, will be the officiant. A piper from Vancouver will join us, whom many of you may have seen when he performed here last month with the Tannahill Weavers.

For further information please contact Ron M Weeks

posted October 2016

Pipelines, Power & Democracy Movie Night: Fri Oct 28

The Mayne Island Conservancy and the Mayne Island Library jointly present this timely documentary. The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry—one of the most polluting on the planet—represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does.

From the hallways of Quebec’s National Assembly, where parliamentary power resides, to the campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and the big media splashes made by some activists, director Olivier D. Asselin follows the journeys of four people who adopt a variety of tactics—showing that it is still possible to effect change. Over the course of two years, Asselin documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity. The result is a film that urges action at a moment in which our planet’s fragile ecological balance is threatened by those who embrace economic growth at any cost.

Ag Hall Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm. For further information please contact David Chase

posted October 2016

Mushroom Day: Sun Oct 30

Sunday October 30, 2016, 1 - 3 pm, at the Ag Hall.

As the rains set in beautiful mushrooms start to appear. This year MICS will be hosting Mushroom Day on Sunday October 30th from 1 - 3 pm at the Ag Hall. We encourage all members of the community to get out there to collect specimens to bring in. Let's see who can bring in the largest collection and the largest individual specimen! We will have local experts, along with books to help identify! As well we will be having spore print art and MICS staff, Stephanie Hurst, will be giving a short talk shortly after 1, about ecologically responsible mushroom harvesting. We look forward to having everyone come out for this wonderful learning event.

For further information please contact Stephanie Hurst

posted October 2016

MI Music Society Presents the Aerialists: Sat Oct 29

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present The Aerialists -- Saturday, October 29th.
Where: Ag Hall.
Time: 7 pm doors open, 7:30 performance.
Tickets: $20 (kids under 12 free), available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, Farm Gate.

The Aerialists music fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, creating an effortless fusion between the raw intensity of traditional fiddle music and the carefully crafted soundscapes of contemporary pop music. Hope you'll come out and enjoy this great group!

For further information please contact Meg

posted October 2016

Fashion Show Fundraiser for MIALS: Sat Nov 5

Get your tickets for another great evening! New winter fashions from the Tree Frog Gallery will be modelled at our gala event. No host bar, delicious appetizers and another amazing live auction! Saturday Nov. 5th at 7 pm at the school. Tickets available at Tree Frog. Hurry, they sell out!

For further information please contact Libbie Bake

posted October 2016

The Mayne Island Bus Needs You

The Mayne Island Community Bus has a successful operating track record over the past 3 plus years servicing hundreds of people from the ferry, folks without a car, as the “designated driver” for weddings, parties and special events, and much more.

We also need your help.

We currently have several dedicated volunteer drivers and we need a few more. If you have a class 4 drivers license or better, and are willing donate some time helping your community, please give us a call.

The MICB is a fully licensed bus under the Provincial Passenger Transportation Department . We provide the training, and support - we even provide the bus. Support your community by reducing traffic and helping those that need a ride. Please call Mayne Island Community Bus at (250) 539-0851 and speak with one of our volunteers.

Do you have guests coming?

The Mayne Island Community Bus provides a regular pick up service from the ferry every weekend. Several Island visitor accommodation facilities use our service and you will have seen the throngs of passengers climbing aboard on holiday weekends.

So if you plan to catch a ferry as a walk-on passenger, we can get you to and from Village Bay and your accommodations via one of our 5 identified routes covering the major areas of Mayne Island. Reducing Mayne Island traffic is what we do and for those folk that need it, the bus is wheelchair lift equipped. For further information please contact Richard de Armond (250) 539-0851.

posted October 2016

The Dark Side of the Universe: Sat Oct 15

Come and hear author and physicist Pauline Gagnon talk about the Dark side of the Universe.

Since the discovery of the Higgs bosun, particle physics now has a powerful new tool to describe the material world. But all this still only amounts to 5% of the universe. Everything else is described as either dark matter or dark energy, both of which remain completely mysterious.

To explain the biggest challenge in particle physics today Dr. Gagnon will describe the current model, then review the evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy as provided by astronomy and cosmology. In conclusion, she will discuss ongoing experiments that attempt to detect these recently discovered materials, on Earth, deep at the bottom of mines, and on board the International Space Station.

For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme

posted October 2016

Annual Native Plant Sale: Sat Oct 15

The Mayne Islands Conservancy Society will be holding it's 3rd annual Native Plant Sale on October 15th from 10 am - 1 pm in front of the Root Seller on the corner of Village Bay Rd. and Fernhill Rd.

Our plants are looking better than ever this year! So come on down and take advantage of our discounted sale prices. If you want a large order you can pre-order by contacting Rob Underhill at (250) 539-5168 or Fall is the best time to plants trees and shrubs so they can set roots in anticipation of next summer’s drought.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill (250) 539-5168.

Oct 13th Update ... Attention: The MICS Native Plant Sale this Saturday, October 15th has changed location. Due to the forecast of heavy rain and wind, the plant sale will be held at the Mayne School in the outside undercover area to the south of the School. The time is unchanged, 10 am to 1 pm. We hope to see you there!

posted October 2016

Adult Table Tennis - all levels welcome: Begins Fri Oct 14

Friday afternoon table tennis will begin on October 14th and will run through to April of next year. This fun, healthy activity will be held in the school gym and run between 3 and 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend from beginners to seasoned veterans.

Come out and be active. For further information please contact Frankie Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted October 2016

Ready for the New Societies Act? Sat Oct 22

BC's new Societies Act comes into effect on November 28, 2016; societies have a two-year window to complete the transition to the new Act. Kate Bake-Paterson, the lawyer who drafted the changes to the Act has family on Mayne and has offered to do a workshop for Mayne Island non-profit societies to explain the changes and the transition process.

The workshop will be held at the Community Centre on October 22nd from 2 - 4 pm. Mayne Island societies are invited to send 1 representative for the information session. A small donation to help with room rental would be appreciated.

For further information please contact Judi Walker or Libbie Bake

posted October 2016

The Comedy of Music: Sat Oct 15

Konstantin Bozhinov introduces Maestro Oscar Stickman in The Comedy of Music. A one-man show with song, dance, improvisation, and many instruments. Coming to Mayne Island, Saturday October 15, 7 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

The Comedy of Music, conducted by the hilarious character Maestro Oscar Stickman (performed by Konstantin Bozhinov), presents a satirical view on modern culture and a wonderful reassessment of the arts and their role in contemporary society. Maestro Stickman accomplishes this with his brilliant use of a multitude of musical instruments and an assortment of songs and dances, wrapped in layers of comical stories and anecdotes.

If you struggle to see the point of a symphony orchestra, or of Mozart, this show is for you. But no matter if your preference is for dance, for singing, for music, or just plain old jokes about violins and politicians, Maestro Stickman has it all.

Maestro Stickman’s seemingly endless talent is spread in all artistic directions as he satirically demonstrates that modern visual art is no more difficult to master than an exquisite Greek folk dance. Maestro reveals his passionate side with a tender Irish ballad and an Argentinian tango, and in one of the more practical portions, Sir Stickman comically demonstrates what to do while on hold and which 1-800 line to call if you need a backup orchestra. A highlight of the show surely has to be Maestro’s playing of a Beethoven symphony on a comb as one of his brilliant ideas on how to reform classical music.

Konstantin Ruslanov Bozhinov is a versatile musician, scholar, and entertainer. He specializes in improvisation, composition, and character comedy and enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, collaborator, and educator. Individuality and originality through improvisation and composition are at the core of Konstantin's philosophy and approach to music and theatre.

Konstantin’s academic credentials are many: he holds a Performance Diploma in Classical guitar (Douglas College); a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar and lute performance (University of British Columbia). Graduate studies include a Master of Music degree in lute performance (McGill University), and he is presently a PhD candidate in historical musicology (University of Victoria).

Konstantin’s performance credits are countless and include: co-founder and former music director of Ensemble Musica Humana; McGill’s University Baroque orchestra and various opera productions; Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and tours with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra principal cellist, Phil Hansen.

For further information please contact Debora Gordon

posted October 2016

Apple Events on Thanksgiving Weekend

The Orchard Project; Apple Events on Mayne Island.

Saturday October 8: Apple Identification at the Farmers’ Market. 11 am - 2 pm. (Also Sunday at the Squeeze.)
Heritage Orchard Tour: 2:30 pm. Register for the tour at the Market. Community Bus available.

Sunday October 9: Community Apple Squeeze. 10 am - 1 pm at the Ag Hall.

For further information please contact Helen O’Brian: (250) 539-5619, or Tina Farmilo: (250) 539-2402.

posted October 2016

Water is Life: Honouring Clean Water. Sun Oct 2

Water is Life: Honouring Clean Water.
Where: Emma and Felix Jack Park.
Temporary Art Installation and Community Gathering.
When: Sunday October 2, 2016 to Monday October 3, 2016.

Community Gathering begins at 1 pm on Sunday.

Details: a two day art installation will fill the stream-bed running parallel to Village Bay Road with empty water bottles. Please feel free to bring your own empty water bottle to add to the stream. Clean water is vital to all living creatures and plants!

About John Aitken: As an artist, my work is about creating work which is non-confrontational and creates an opportunity for heightened awareness and dialogue.

More details: The Mayne Island Recycling Centre will be supplying the water bottles on a temporary basis. The installation will be removed Monday October 3rd by 3 pm. Mayne Island School staff and students have agreed to participate in this project. The teachers will take the students on a field trip to Emma and Felix Jack Park the Monday morning. Many thanks to Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission.

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted September 2016

Time for Tai Chi: Mon Sep 26

Come join us for Tai Chi.

Have you thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am. $25 for the Fall Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 26. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted September 2016

Talking Circle: Wed Sep 21

Location: Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
Date: Wednesday September 21, 2016
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Facilitator: John Aitken

As part of Mayne Island's continued discussion on Truth and Reconciliation/Healing please come out for a discussion exploring this question:

What is the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted September 2016

Mayne Island Terry Fox Run: Sun Sep 18

Registration at 10:30 am. The run starts at 12 noon.

Come out and support this wonderful event for the whole family. Walk, run, bike, wheel, stroll, blade. There are 10 kilometre, 5 kilometre and 2 kilometre routes.

Remember to get your ice cream sundae at the end! Hot dogs and hamburgers by the Lions.

For further information please contact Colleen Proctor

posted September 2016

MI Speaker Series - Dominic Covvey: Thu Sep 22

The Mayne Island Speakers Series presents Dr. Dominic Covvey. Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

We are happy to welcome back Dr. Dominic Covey for a thought-provoking talk on weapons of war and their consequences. The talk starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 for coffee and conversation.

For further information please contact Mary at (250) 539-3027 or Brenda Webster at (250) 539-3574.

posted September 2016

West My Friend: Sat Sep 10

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present the group West My Friend on Saturday, September 10 at the Ag Hall. Doors are open at 7 pm; the performance is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 -- available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware, and Farm Gate Store.

West My Friend is a rare gem that brings together the best of so many things... there are echoes of old world klezmer music, anthems that soar like Broadway show tunes and vocal harmonies that would be envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands. Come out and enjoy an evening of great music!

For further information please contact Meg Iredale

posted September 2016

MIPATA AGM: Sat Sep 17

MIPATA (the Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association) will be having its AGM on Saturday September 17, 2016, 4 pm at the Gazebo in Miners Bay Park. For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted September 2016

2nd Annual Harvest Festival: Oct 7 & 8

The 2nd Annual Harvest Festival will be a two-day performance festival taking place in the first weekend of October, 2016, involving local and international artists. The intention behind this weekend is to celebrate community, collaboration, relationships, friendships old and new.

October 7 & 8, 7 pm 2016 at the Ag Hall.

Harvest Festival tickets available online here. Please visit the Harvest Festival website for more info or contact Georgia at (604) 218-7992.

posted September 2016

Ferry Facts Update September 2016

There seems to be some confusion regarding the new foot passenger reservation system. Passengers attempting to reserve have been told that the foot passenger reservations are full and have assumed that there is no more room on that sailing. BC Ferries allows only a certain number of reservations on each sailing. Once the reservation quota is filled, there is still room for walk on foot passengers. If you need to ensure passage on a specific sailing, be sure to reserve well in advance.

In August, the Queen of Cumberland was running up to an hour late for several days. The problem was an electrical issue with the sensor on a right angle drive (RAD). The sensor was replaced and calibrated and the Cumberland now appears to be operating normally.

Traffic to and from Village Bay seems to be falling behind the other Southern Gulf Islands from April 1 to June 30 so far this year. On route 9 (Village Bay/Tsawwassen), vehicle traffic is up only .5% over last year compared to the average year to date increase of 6.8%. Foot passenger traffic is down 3.0% compared to the average increase of 3.2%. On route 5 (Village Bay/Swartz Bay), vehicle traffic is up 4.7% which is close to the average but foot passenger traffic is up only 1.2% compared to the average of 4.4%.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych. For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted September 2016

Working With You For A Healthy Community

We want to hear your ideas about Mayne Island health issues!

Help us to:
a) See how the health of our community has changed over time; and
b) Ensure that our activities and advocacy are focused on what is most important to Islanders.

Surveys & drop-off boxes are available at the Health Centre; Gulfport Realty; Trading Post and Home Hardware. If you would prefer to complete your survey online, go to:  the MIHCA web site and click the link there or go directly to the survey at

Your responses are confidential and will be grouped with others to form an overall picture of health and health needs on Mayne Island. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at

Please do not complete a survey about your own health and opinions more than once.

We encourage all family members to complete a survey - before the deadline of September 30th

Thank you! For further information please contact Carol Munro

Update: Survey deadline extended to October 15th

Have you completed the 2016 Mayne Island Health Survey?

As some of you may recall, we administered a similar survey back in 2007. Things have changed since then and we need your input to help us to plan for current and future health needs of our community.

Many long-term residents are getting to the age where they, or their family members are in need of increased services and supports. Some residents (old and new) are moving into the “middle-age” category, where they think more about remaining healthy for as long as possible. Younger residents who are parents are more focussed on the health and well-being of their children and on their own health/ability to support their families. Younger residents who do not have families want to be healthy enough to pursue their chosen life-styles, or to pursue life-style changes.

In short, we all have an interest in health.

We know that you are the best advocate for your own health. At the same time, The Mayne Island Health Centre Association works to give the community as a whole a voice within the complex health care systems. To do that, we need to understand the health issues facing islanders as well as which health influencing concerns you want us to devote time to. Your input helps us to plan for what we can do locally (education, information) and to bring forward your shared concerns to the larger bodies that can influence service provision (Island Health, Southern Gulf Islands Health Advisory, politicians, granting agencies, etc.).

As of Thursday Sept 22nd, 175 islanders have responded to the survey (thank-you all). However, a larger sample (goal of 400) will give us more “ammunition” to speak on your behalf.

So, we are going to extend the deadline for completing a survey to October 15th. The survey can be completed online by going to the MIHCA web site and clicking the link there or go directly to the survey at Pick-up and drop-off locations for paper and pencil versions of the survey are available at The Trading Post, The Health Centre, Gulfport Realty and Home Hardware.

posted September 2016

Help the Library - Take Out Books: Sep 2 - 22

Before the upcoming library renovations start all the books must be stored. You can help by storing many in your own home.

Take out as many as you want between September 2 and September 21 and keep them until the beginning of December.

Bring bags, bags and more bags and fill them up with books, books and more books!

For further information please contact Mairi Munro

posted August 2016

Otters Swim Club Registration: Fri Sep 23

Our summer season has ended, we are busy planning our Fall and Winter sessions. Friday September 23 is registration day and the first practice of our Fall season at Panorama Pool. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool to sign up.

Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm-ups and pool times between 11 am and 2 pm. The Fall Session practices are Fridays, September 23 through to Dec. 16.

We welcome members from all Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 – 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive and Masters. Our Membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around!

For registration forms and more information, please check out our website and contact us at or phone Helen (250) 629-2020 on Pender Island or Laara (250) 539-2205 on Mayne Island.

posted September 2016

Monday Painters' Art Show: Aug 26-28

The Monday Painters Art Show will be held on August 26 - 28 at the Ag Hall. The opening is Friday, August 26 from 7 - 9 pm. The show is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

The Monday Painters group is an open group of Mayne Islanders who have been meeting every Monday afternoon for the past 8 years at the Community Centre to create visual art. Mostly self taught, we enjoy sharing our work with the community as we develop our individual styles and hopefully show improvement each year.

We work in watercolour for the most part, but also acrylics, inks, charcoal and some non- traditional mediums like smoke or beeswax. You will see some representational work, as well as abstract and impressionistic pieces.

Although a core group has participated for several years, we always welcome new people. This year, the recent work of ten artists will be shown.
We invite you to share our joy as we celebrate another year of working together.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney

posted August 2016

Scotland's Tannahill Weavers: Wed Sep 28

Scotland's finest traditional band, the Tannahill Weavers is coming to Mayne on September 28th. Don't miss this, it will be a great show. They play beautiful ballads and exhilarating jigs and reels with fiddle, flute, penny whistle, bodhran, guitar, and bagpipes.

Tickets are $22 advance, $25 at the door and available at Home Hardware.

For further information please contact Kathy

posted August 2016

Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk: Sat Aug 27

Mayne Island Music Society presents Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk Saturday August 27th under the stars at the Ag Hall Fair Grounds. Gates open at 7 pm and the performance starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate Store. Children under 12 are free.

Lauren describes her indie folk-rock music as “honest, affectionate with a little bit of whimsy”. The Fairly Odd Folk write and play music described as falling into a warm comfortable day at the end of a long tiring day -- “a vibrant sonic tapestry saturated with sunlight that holds a buoyant gait”.

Join us for some good fun and joyful music! For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted August 2016

Olde English Pub Night: Sat Sep 17

At the Ag Hall, 6 pm to whenever, on Saturday September 17.

There will be:
English pub food, (Shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasties & more, including vegetarian fare),
Beer, cider, etc.,
Music, Darts, Entertainment,
Silent Auction.

Tickets, $15 (includes dinner & entertainment). Available at Farm Gate, Trading Post, Home Hardware & Happy Tides. Only 75 seats – buy your ticket soon!

A fundraiser for the Syrian refugees in Victoria (for ESL classes) by the Mayne Island Syrian Refugee Support Group. For further information please contact Pam Withers

posted August 2016

Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 20

91st Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair 
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall and Grounds

Come and join your community in the celebration of our 91st Fall Fair.  We look forward to you entering exhibits in the Fair, participating in the amazing Zucchini Races, and enjoying the games and events planned for the day.

Our theme this year is "Home Grown". We will have displays of home grown produce and materials as well as home grown performers on our stage all the while using our home grown volunteers. There will be a Farmer's Market on Minty Drive, the Lions will have their hamburger and hot dog stand, the Lunch Room will be open again this year with a quiet restful place to eat and catch your breath, as well as popcorn and ice cream for all.

Fernhill Road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the day which allows everyone to enjoy the activities on both side of Fernhill at the Gaol/Museum and at the Agricultural Hall and on the grounds.  Hope to see you there!

Schedule of Activities:

9:00 am Road closure

10:00 am Fair grounds open
Lunch Room opens on the Hall Patio serving sandwiches, sweets, coffee, tea and lemonade
Farmers Market and Community Groups on Minty Drive
Museum/Gaol and Barn open
Parade assembly, Fernhill and Campbell Bay Rds. with walkers at Fernhill and Mill Rds.

11:30 am Parade begins

12:00 pm Fair and Hall exhibits declared open by Trustee Jeanine Dodds and MLA Gary Holman.
Master of Ceremonies, Brian Haller will announce Door prizes and activities throughout the day.
Ongoing Main Grounds Activities:  Face Painting, Mr. Bubbles the Balloon Clown, Demos of weaving, and spinning, Arts and Crafts for Children, Conservancy Game and Recycling Game, Guess the Weight of the Round Hay Bale and Raffle ticket sales.
“Home Grown” display showcasing the produce and products of Mayne Island farmers and producers.
The Lions will be serving up their famous hot dogs and hamburgers and calling Bingo on Dixon Road.
Popcorn and Ice Cream cones, water and pop available from 12:00 pm. Water refill station located on  the grounds for those wishing to fill their thermal containers.
Museum/Thrift Shop Area Activities:  Miniature Horse, Wheat Grinding, Water Pumps, Wringer Washing Machine, Bubble Station and Mason Bees Display.

12:15 pm Nail Driving, children and adults

12:45 pm Pender Highlanders Pipe Band

1:00 pm Adult Trophies awarded

1:15 pm Songs by Hailey Stobart

1:30 pm Zucchini Races

2:30 pm Songs by Taelor Anderson

2:45 pm Children's Trophies awarded

3:15 pm Tug of War, children and adults

4:00 pm Raffle Draw
Fair Closes

Please keep in mind that exhibits must remain in the Hall until the Fair closes at 4:00 pm.

For further information please contact Carol Haller (250) 539-2847

posted August 2016