To celebrate the end of Merville’s anniversary year, we present this charming image painted by one of the community’s early settlers, Malcolm MacKinnon. The watercolour graces the front of a Christmas card with the inside inscription “Compliments of the Season, From Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm MacKinnon, Merville, B.C., 1936.”
The museum will be closed from 1 pm on Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Open again Thursday, January 2 for regular winter hours.
The Courtenay and District Museum is pleased to recognise a gift from the Griffin and Joyce Lloyd estate – a 1934 wood block print by Walter Joseph Phillips titled Hnausa.
The Lloyd family has a special connection to Comox Valley history. Captain Edward Lloyd and wife Alexandra moved their family here in 1919 and their name became synonymous with tug boats and boat building along the Courtenay River.
Grandson Griffin Lloyd was born in Comox and lived here until completing high school. He went on to UBC and trained in geology and mine engineering. His work took him to Alberta where he married Joyce Patterson in 1954. Griff’s career lead him on a life of adventure, international travel and exploration.
We extend our thanks to the Griffin and Joyce Lloyd estate for sharing this wonderful piece with museum visitors. The print will be on display in the second floor gallery.
A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until 1 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Members receive a 25% discount on most items in the shop. Valid membership cards need to be shown at time of purchase. Please note that the discount does not apply to consignment or already marked down items.
As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!
The Comox Valley was really coming into its own with the opening of a cold storage locker plant at the corner of Fitzgerald Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Courtenay. Over 2,000 people attended the grand opening day that was advertised in the Comox District Free Press from December 12, 1946.
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
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: Courtenay’s 5th Street blanketed by snow, 1930s. Photo: 974.136.19. Page 166.
Two delicious recipes for homemade candy treats to share!
The first is for Turkish Delights and comes to you from the 1945 edition of the Purity Cook Book.
The second is from the family of former Courtenay Mayor M.S. Stephens. These chocolate snowballs are made with the rather unlikely ingredient of mashed potatoes. If you decide to make this recipe take note: the centers must be completely cooled in the refrigerator (overnight would be best) before they are dipped in the chocolate coating.
When we depended on the post office to send all of our Christmas cards and gifts! Special parking restrictions applied as seen in the Comox District Free Press of December 8, 1965.