Honouring Cairn at Emma & Felix Jack Park

The Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission have agreed to have a second permanent public art installation on Emma and Felix Jack Park.

As a part of acknowledging the effects that the residential school system has had on First Nations society and on Canada as a whole the installation will be based on a burial cairn, which has been used in many cultures to honour their departed.

The installation began on National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2016) as part of our community’s acknowledgement of this day. The installation began with the burying of a large rock, representing the residential school system. Over the buried rock were placed palm sized rocks. The Mayne Island school children began building the honouring cairn with their chosen rocks, some of which have been decorated.

The building of the cairn will be ongoing until it reaches its final dimensions of approximately 5 feet in diameter and 2-1/2 feet in height.

Each rock will represent a child who died in a residential school or a survivor of the residential school experience. My rock honours someone I know who survived.

This cairn will be situated towards the bottom of the Park.

All community members/visitors are welcome to add a rock or two at anytime, as an ongoing gesture of remembrance, awareness and respect.

All my relations,
John Aitken

For further information please contact John Aitken MITandH@shaw.ca.

posted July 2016

MI Music Society Presents Real Ponchos: Sat Aug 6

Mayne Island Music Society presents Real Ponchos -- Saturday, Aug. 6.
Where: Ag Hall Fair Grounds.
Time: Grounds open at 7 pm performance at 7:30.
Tickets: $20 -- available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate Store.

This is going to be a fun, high energy performance, along with some soulful sounds -- blend of country roots, rock and jam band influences -- tried and true tunes that won't let you down.

Come out and enjoy the fun!

For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2016

Family Movie Night! Sunday, July 31

Come out and join us for a Family Movie Night in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Movie: Grease!
When: Sunday, July 31
Where: Miners Bay Park
Time: 8:00 pm -- the movie starts at 8:30, with cartoons to start.
Bring your blankets and chairs -- there will be popcorn, drinks, snacks available.

Admission is by donation only -- all welcome; proceeds will go towards The Terry Fox Foundation. For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2016

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco returns to Mayne: Thu Aug 11

Mayne Island Agricultural Hall - 430 Fernhill Road.

Direct from Seville, Spain: Fin De Fiesta Flamenco dance and music ensemble presents "Audacia," a bold new production that explores the many sides of one of the world's most passionate and intense art forms: flamenco.

Boasting a company of acclaimed international flamenco musicians and starring esteemed Canadian flamenco dancer and choreographer Lia Grainger, Audacia takes audiences on a thrilling journey, from flamenco's traditional roots in the music and culture of southern Spain, all the way to its contemporary forms. Ancient rhythms meet avant-garde ideas and converge in an explosion of staccato guitar, haunting flute and percussive footwork.

To the south of Spain and back again, Audacia will leave you breathless, with the pulsing rhythms of flamenco beating in your heart.

Fin De Fiesta Flamenco is Lia Grainger (artistic director, dance), Dennis Duffin (musical director, guitar), Lara Wong (flute), Alejandro Ugarte Mendia (voice), and Davide Sampaulo (percussion).

Performance on Thursday, 11 August 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Ticket prices: $25 / $22 (seniors/students) / $15 (children under 14). Tickets available online.

For further information please contact Linda Bull bull.linda@gmail.com or visit www.findefiestaflamenco.com.

posted July 2016

"La Vida Rustica" - Artists on Mayne: Fri Jul 29

Everyone is invited to enjoy the opening night celebrations for "La Vida RĂºstica"- a multi-disciplinary visual art show in the Ag Hall next weekend, featuring reflections on the rustic life by Mayne Island artists of the Southern Gulf Island Arts Council.

Join us Opening Night Friday July 29 from 7 - 9:30 pm in the Ag Hall, for a performance of live-music and spoken word by some very Special Guests. There will be delicious refreshments, and Pie!

The Art Exhibit runs Saturday July 30, 10 am - 4 pm through until Sunday July 31, 11 am - 4 pm.

For further information please contact Tina Farmilo (250) 539-2402.

posted July 2016

Septic Savvy is coming to Mayne Island: Thu Jul 14

CRD sponsored Workshop Invitation: How to Care for Your Septic System. Thursday July 14, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island. Please register by calling the CRD at (250) 360-3187.

Don't let a failing septic system cost you money. Attend this free workshop and learn how to protect our streams and shorelines, and your neighbourhood's health while saving money. Learn how your septic system works; how to detect the signs of system failure; who to contact; how to best maintain your system for the long term; how to get value out of an inspection.

Workshop attendees may be eligible for an incentive of up to $700 to have their septic system assessed. For further information please contact the CRD at (250) 360-3187.

posted July 2016

Giambori Quartet on Mayne: Jul 19 & 20

Giambori comes to Mayne, Saturna and Galiano again this summer! Giambori, the name of a chamber music festival founded by Chris Redsell in Tuscany in the 1990s, is now an Islands event.

Chris, who moved to Mayne Island a year-and-a-half ago, is continuing the tradition here for all Islanders to enjoy. Last summer, the Giambori Festival was hugely popular, as prominent Canadian and English musicians played a series of concerts on Galiano, Mayne and Saturna.

This year the quartet will be joined by a fifth musician. The program includes pieces by Elgar, Beethoven’s Op18 no 1 – and Schubert’s two cello quintet!

The quartet will rehearse from Tuesday, July 12 to Friday, July 15 on Mayne. Individuals who would like to attend a rehearsal are welcome. Please call Chris at (250) 885-0365 for more information.

Don’t miss Giambori on:
Galiano Island – Saturday, July 16 at South Hall.
Saturna Island – Sunday, July 17 at the Community Hall.
Mayne Island – Tuesday, July 19 at the St. Mary Magdalene Church.
Mayne Island – Wednesday, July 20 at the Vet’s, 390 Navy Channel Road.

Tickets are $25, available for the Mayne Island shows at Home Hardware, Farm Gate Store and Happy Tides. For further information please contact Chris Redsell (250) 885-0365.

posted July 2016

Mayne Island Car Show: Sat Jul 23

Show is from 11 am to 3 pm with cars entering at 10 am. Food is being supplied by Brian Dearden for the Chamber of Commerce and includes meat and vegetarian offerings. Music is by Teen Angel and the Rocking Rebels from 12 noon to 2 pm. Lots of fun for both families and car fans.

For further information please contact Mike Maxwell (250) 539-5971

posted July 2016

Ferry Facts Update July 2016

On Monday May 30th, the Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) met in Sidney for the first of two meetings to be held in 2016. We discussed a wide range of issues, the most significant of which was the ferry schedule that will be introduced with the spring 2017 launch of the new vessels serving the Gulf Islands.

Although other islands have not fared as well, we believe that for the most part, Mayne Islanders will be satisfied with the new schedule. Some sailings will depart earlier than we’re accustomed to and others will depart later. But there aren’t many changes to our current ferry schedule.

We remain concerned about Friday night off-peak sailings from Village Bay to Tsawwassen and from Tsawwassen to Village Bay. The former involves using Sturdies Bay as the transfer point for passengers and vehicles from Mayne, Pender and Saturna — a convergence that could cause significant congestion, which BC Ferries will monitor. The latter involves a later departure from Tsawwassen and therefore a later arrival at Village Bay.

There is a week-day plus for Mayne Islanders though. The Off Peak and Shoulder mid-morning Swartz Bay ferry that currently comes to Mayne via Galiano, will sail directly to Mayne and then go to Galiano. More detailed information about the new schedules will soon be available on the BC Ferries website.

BC Ferries reps talked about what they'd learned from the public consultation process (that preceded the development of the new schedule) and what they would do differently the next time they solicit community input. They also discussed BC Ferries’ plans to expand its Tsawwassen based thru-fare pilot to include traffic going from the Southern Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen. There are a few things yet to be ironed out but once they are, this should be a welcome alternative — particularly for Pender and Saturna residents and visitors. As well, BC Ferries confirmed that soon they will announce the Southern Gulf Island/Salt Spring Island thru-fare rate via Swartz Bay.

Gulf Island representatives brought up a number of issues, including the need to continue producing printed schedules; the need for a sign at Village Bay Terminal to identify Mayne Island by name; the advantages of a more streamlined process for foot passengers to get through Tsawwassen terminal (e.g. a separate queue); clarification of the foot passenger reservations program in terms of how many reservations are taken for any given sailing; improving TransLink bus services at Tsawwassen terminal; and enhancements that could be made if BC Ferries’ customer service representatives had more information (regarding alternative travel options) at their finger-tips and BC Ferries’ website underwent upgrades to reflect those alternatives.

Mayne Island’s David Maude has agreed to serve as co-chair of the FAC committee, which is scheduled to meet again in November.

The FAC advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 (p.sywulych@shaw.ca). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych p.sywulych@shaw.ca.

posted July 2016