Party Time!

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It’s time once again for our annual open house in honor of the Elasmosaur’s birthday. This year he is 80,000,028 years young!

Be sure to drop in to help us celebrate his birthday and the start to the Christmas season from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 19th.

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Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain’s Story

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Colin Henthorne

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

The captain of the Queen of the North reveals a first-hand account of what really happened the night of the ship’s sinking in 2006 and examines the aftermath of the disaster.

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Canada Day Open House

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Our annual Canada Day open house is fast approaching! Drop by the Courtenay and District Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country’s birthday.

There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Special activities will include cupcake walks for all ages and a hands-on craft for kids.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the talented Alan Jossul.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history with us at the museum.

Book Launch: Peace Dancer

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Time and Date: 7pm, Thursday, June 9, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd
Tickets: Free event; suitable for all ages.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Peace Dancer: the fourth and final book in the Northwest Coast Legends series, with a reading and slideshow from the award-winning artist and author duo of Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd.

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Coming Up

April 27:

Fanny Bay Hall at 7:00 pm

Stop in to the Fanny Bay Hall on April 27 to enjoy the popular Fat Oyster Reading Series and listen to authors Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths and Catherine Siba read from the museum’s Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District published in the fall with Harbour Publishing.

Spring Fling and Easter Things

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We are all getting really excited for the Spring Fling and Easter Things event which is being held here at the museum on Saturday, March 19 from 11am to 2pm.

Please join us for a petting zoo courtesy of the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club as well as games, crafts, mascot visits and more.

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Lecture: Photographic Adventures in Antarctica!

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Boomer Jerritt
Tickets: $8 for Historical Society members; $10 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Boomer recently spent a month in and around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands as the Photographer in Residence aboard an expedition cruise ship. At this lecture and photo presentation he’ll be sharing experiences of his time down south…way down south!

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Spring Fling and Easter Things

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We hope you can join us for the Courtenay and District Museum’s annual Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 19, 11:00-2:00– three hours packed with family fun.

Meet lambs, kids (baby goats), pigs, ducks, geese, bunnies and chickens–all cared for and watched over by the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club. The Hot Chocolates Easter rabbit will visit between 12:00 and 1:00 and will be handing out delicious Easter chocolate. The Elasmosaur mascot will appear for fun photo opportunities. To wrap it all up, popular artist, Gillian Legendre, from Detailed Face Painting will create wonderful face painting designs for a small fee.

Don’t forget to bring along your craft skills to make a fun Easter mask. Games include a Dinosaur Egg Hunt with a twist, a “Guess How Many Treats” contest and Easter-themed door prizes. Admission is by donation and half the proceeds go to the Shamrock Gumboots 4-H Club. Please join us!

Lecture: Soul of Wilderness

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: John Baldwin and Linda Bily
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Partners, co-authors and photographers Baldwin and Bily have ventured into the magical landscapes of the Coast Mountains. Travelling by foot and ski, their goal was simply to experience and document as much of these remote places as possible – to wander across the high meadows, ski from mountain tops and revel in the artful patterns of new-fallen snow.

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