Christmas is almost here and what is better than buying gifts for your loved ones then getting amazing, one of a kind gifts, all while supporting your local artists. This season the Courtenay and District Museum gift shop has stocked up on some exciting new items by the local artisans at Grumpy Goat Soaps. These lovely soaps, soy candles, and lip balms are made in Black Creek, and will be available in our gift shop beginning in November.
The museum team has lined up a series of events that will take us into the Festive Season with enjoyment of regional: music, crafts, celebration, lectures and more. And, if you’re headed to the Native Sons Hall for the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, this is a great time to stop in at the museum directly across the street.
A temporary Remembrance Day exhibit will be on display in our second floor gallery from October 15th to November 18th. Featured items include the Ruth Masters scrapbook, “Lest We Forget,” as well as memorabilia from the 102nd Battalion and other items.
The museum will be open from 5:00pm to 8:30pm for Courtenay’s 2022 Moonlight and Magic event on Friday, November 18th. Walk the streets of Courtenay and enjoy events, music, food, and shops open later than usual. Admission to the museum will be by donation while our hours extend into the evening for the public.
This year Canadian history week takes place from November 21 to 27. This year’s theme is Arts, Culture, and Creators. Canada History Week provides all Canadians with opportunities to learn more about the people and events that have shaped the country that we know today.
Blaine Dunaway is a local composer, music teacher, violinist, and trumpet player. Known Canada-wide, his experience composing music spans many styles, ranging from 15-piece bands to meditation tracks. He teaches cello, violin, flugelhorn, trumpet, and beginner guitar to students of all ages.
“Lest We Forget” is a unique scrapbook created in the 1970’s by Ruth Masters, to commemorate the men from the Comox Valley who died in the First and Second World Wars. Ruth spent years researching each individual and created pages of photographs and clippings pertaining to their lives.