Through S.W. Africa by Motorcycle: Thu May 23

Mayne Islanders Allen Slade and Don Eadie had a dream to ride motorcycles from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, via Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.They were joined by three other intrepid guys and a formidable South African guide.

Join them as they present pictures of exotic African landscapes, wildlife, challenging riding, and share stories of their epic adventure!

Thursday May 23rd, 7 pm, at the Ag Hall. For further information please contact Don Eadie

posted May 2019

MICS May Day Fundraiser 2019: Sat May 18

The 14th Annual Mayne Island Conservancy Fundraiser, May Day, is upon us!

Join us in your most fantastically "green" madcap costumes and celebrate the return of abundance of the flora and fauna to our gorgeous island!

The Farmer's Market returns with fervour, the raffle prizes are incomparable, and the events are not to be missed. Participate in our best nature-inspired costume contest (as judged by the honourable Elizabeth May, representing the Southern Gulf Island in Parliament), wreath and wand making, face-painting, a parade, cakes, lemonade, music, dancing, field games, and frivolity.

Come to the Ag Hall Grounds between 10 am - 1 pm to enjoy the market, then partake in the fabulous stream of events as we all parade to Miners Bay Park and celebrate the coronation of the new May Queen in the Labyrinth, the weaving dance around the Maypole, and how lovely a spot in the world Mayne Island is. Events run in Miners Bay Park to approximately 4 pm.

Don't miss out, and help the Mayne Island Conservancy with some FUNdraising! For further information please contact Kat Ferneyhough

posted May 2019

3rd Annual Spring Art Gala: May 17-19

More than 50 Mayne Island artists working in a variety of media will be exhibiting their work in the premier art event of the season. All are welcome to attend the Friday evening reception or drop by and see the show on Saturday and Sunday in the Ag Hall.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 7 pm. Exhibition Hours: Saturday, May 18, 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday, May 19, 10 am - 3 pm.

Presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council on Mayne, For further information please contact Deborah Strong

posted May 2019

Fumbling Towards Reconciliation: Sat May 25

UPDATE May 23rd: Event is postponed until further notice.

All are invited to hear John Aitken and Marie Weeks share their experience from when they attended the Santa Fe Art Institute's Residency: Truth and Reconciliation.

John and Marie attended this residency the month of February 2019. Their collaboration explored possible ways in which someone Indigenous, could work with someone non-Indigenous, to create healthy pathways towards reconciliation.

Their collaboration's title: Fumbling Towards Reconciliation. All are welcome and we look forward to sharing and answering questions. When: May 25, 2019. Where: Agricultural Hall. Time: 1 pm for tea and snacks, discussion will begin at 1:30 until 3:30 pm. A small donation at the door will be appreciated.

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted May 2019

MI Garden Club Hanging Basket Sale: Sat Jun 1

Our Garden Club members have created some beautiful moss hanging baskets! We will be selling them on June 1st at the Farmers' Market for $40 each. What a deal!

These baskets are full of lovely, colourful, healthy plants and we even have a few pure white-themed baskets for anyone interested (white shows up so beautifully in areas that are a bit shady). These stunning baskets will sell quickly so pop by early for the best selection.

For further information please contact Mayne Island Garden Club,

posted May 2019

Fashion Show and Tea: Sat Jun 8

The Ladies of the St. Mary Magdalene Church Women's Auxiliary invite you to a Fashion Show, High Tea & Nu-To-U Sale on Saturday, June 8th at St Mary Magdalene Church at 2 pm. Tea will be served by Men in Black. Come see your friends sashay down the aisle to Frankie's Music Selection.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Mayne Street Mall on Saturdays until May 25th. Tickets are limited so don't delay. For further information you can also call MJ anytime at (250) 539-3777.

posted May 2019

Writing Workshop & Author Talk: Fri Jun 14

Writing Workshop

Whether you are writing fiction or a memoir, poetry or a play, or journaling, there are ways to make your writing more vibrant and engaging. This workshop will offer tips and techniques for making your writing jump off the page.

We'll start with a short writing activity, then do an editing exercise to make your piece even more precise and effective. Participants will have an opportunity to show their writing to the instructor and receive constructive feedback, and also to share their work with the group.

What: Three-hour workshop
Who: Well-known author Ellen Schwartz,
When: Friday, June 14, 2019, 3 - 6 pm
Where: Mayne Island Library.
Why: Great instructor "I have worked with many authors in my twenty years as a teacher, but none as organized, engaging, and respectful to my students as Ellen has been." — Trish Weaver, teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver.
Structure: Teaching, in-class writing exercises, sharing and discussion.
Cost: $75. Seven participants minimum, ten maximum
Registration: Send $75 (cheques and money orders made out to Pam Withers) and your contact info to Pam Withers, 764 Steward Drive, Mayne Island V0N 2J2, or drop an envelope with that amount (cash okay) into the white mailbox beside the front door at that address. And/or contact Pam,, (604) 224-1194, cell (778) 384-1194. The fee is fully refundable if someone replaces you before the workshop date.

This is the fifth annual workshop event on Mayne Island sponsored by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC ( The first was led by Kit Pearson, the second by Maggie deVries, the third by Caroline Adderson, the fourth by Susin Nielsen.

Bio: Ellen Schwartz ( has published 17 books for kids, one for adults and dozens of magazine articles. These include picture books for little kids, chapter books and novels for middle-grades kids, information books for tweens, and young adult novels for older kids. Some are funny. Some are sad. All make you think and laugh and cry.

Before she became a writer, she was a school teacher who taught children with learning disabilities and also primary grades.

Ellen was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in New Jersey. As a child, she read Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, comic books and Charles Dickens. Her two all-time favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.

Her favourite thing to do, though, was dancing.

In 1972, she moved with her husband, Bill, to Canada, going “back to the land” and building their own cabin. They grew huge gardens and raised honeybees and chickens.
Now they live in Burnaby, British Columbia. They have two grown daughters, one a pastry chef and the other a filmmaker/copy editor.

Free 1 Hour Author Talk: 6 pm

Mayne Island readers, writers, parents and grandparents! Burnaby children’s author Ellen Schwartz, who has published 18 books, is speaking from 6 - 7pm at Mayne Island Library on Friday, June 14, 2019.

The former schoolteacher is a highly popular presenter and will include insight into a writer’s life, and readings from her books. No charge, and no need to sign up. Just come and be entertained! Courtesy of the Mayne Island Library.

For further information please contact Pam Withers

posted April 2019
updated May 2019