June 2019 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

Photo credit: Navy personnel at Goose Spit, 1940s. George Hobson is second from left in the front row. CDM 999.140.1 Page 187.

Photo caption: “…an article from the Comox Argus of April 20, 1944, titled “Camp Followers in Courtenay,” described a report by Sergeant Hatcher of the Provincial Police to Courtenay city council about camp followers, wild women and sharks – civilians who travelled around to exploit military personnel – who were showing up in town.” Page 176.

Merville – 100 Years and Counting Part 6

Merville was home to the Stardust Drive-In Theatre from 1967 to about 1985.

It opened Thursday, September 14, 1967 with a double bill of Fireball 500 and Muscle Beach Party – both starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. As an added attraction, Muscle Beach Party featured the film debut of “Little Stevie” Wonder.

A press release described the theatre as having a 34′ x 80′ screen and the capacity to accommodate 440 cars. It was part of E.W. Bickle Ltd. which, at that time, also operated two indoor theatres, the Van Isle in Campbell River and the E.W. in Courtenay.

Exact date of closure for the Stardust is elusive – no advertisements appeared in the Comox District Free Press for 1986 whereas previous years featured weekly ads in the summer months.

Capes Escape: Ready for Summer!

Capes Escape

Capes Escape, the museum’s vacation rental property, is ready for summer guests.

The 1700 sq. ft., 1930s heritage home is part of the Courtenay and District Museum visitor services.

The Capes home, situated on seven acres of forested land on Cumberland Road, was donated to the museum by the late Katherine Capes. Located approximately 4 km from Highway 19, Capes Escape is only minutes from downtown Courtenay and Cumberland.

If you’ve got company coming for a visit and are looking for a comfortable and convenient rental space, consider Capes Escape.

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Lecture: Food for Dinosaurs, Food for Thought

Time and Date: 1 to 4pm, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speakers: Ruth A. Stockey, Gar W. Rothwell and Alex Bippus

Admission by donation

A trio of paleobotanists from the University of Oregon will be on hand to discuss various fossil plants found on Vancouver Island.

You don’t have to be a botanist yourself to enjoy the wonderful world of plants!

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BCHF Conference Reminder

The BC Historical Federation Conference starts Friday, June 6, 2019.

There are a multitude of field trips, presentations and tours to choose from that are open to everyone.

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The British Columbia Historical Federation encourages interest in the history of British Columbia through research, presentation, and support.