Salish Orca to Visit Village Bay: Thu Feb 16

The Salish Orca is scheduled to be at Village Bay for a dock fit between 10:30 am and 1 pm on Thursday February 16th.

BC Ferries welcomes anyone interested in seeing this new ferry “up close” to pop by the terminal between those hours.

We won’t be able to board the ship, but we will be able to view it from as close to the ramp as safety allows.

Please share this information with any friends or family who might not have seen this message. Should anything change, the Ferry Advisory Committee will post something right away to the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

For further information please contact Diana King, on behalf of the Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC),

posted February 2017

Piano Quartet Concert at the Vets: Feb 22 & 23

Two nights: Wed Feb 22 & Thu Feb 23, at 7 pm. At the Vet’s; 390 Navy Channel Road. Tickets $25 (under 18 years, $10) available at Home Hardware, Farm Gate & Happy Tides. Parking is limited so please carpool.

This February Giambori has invited Eric Wilson, who has been part of the Giambori Quartet summer concerts here on Mayne, and two of his colleagues from UBC music faculty staff to join Chris and Elisabeth for another evening of chamber music. David Gillham (violin) and Chiharu Inuma(piano) will play in the two concerts that we will present ,as is becoming the habit … at the Vets.

Main features in the program are Schumann piano quartet op 47, Dvorak Bagatelles for strings and Piano also Op 47, part of Mozart G minor piano quartet and more duo and trio combinations of some really great pieces from Beethoven,Rachmaninov, Gliere and Kreisler. We will have two pianists available as one can see who will share the task and possibly treat us with some “four hands“ treats.

For further information please contact Chris Redsell

posted February 2017

Silver Maynes Annual Spring Fling: Wed Mar 8

The Silver Maynes will celebrate the coming of spring with a dinner for members, catered by "Dinners by Design", at the Ag Hall, Miners Bay. Tickets for sale at the Maynestreet Mall, February 17 & 18, and February 24 & 15, 10 am to 2 pm. Cost, only $15.00 each, for members paid up for 2017.

For memberships, call Tricia Hope, (250) 539-3273, e-mail: For further information please contact Eilene Verheul (250) 539-3710.

posted February 2017

Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 11

Seedy Saturday will take place February 11, 2017 at the Agricultural Hall from 12:30 to 4 pm. Bring your saved seeds, cuttings, plants, bulbs and tubers to share and trade. Please package your seeds in small amounts and label.

This event is sure to spark your gardening instincts, give you new and wonderful gardening advice and provide seeds and plants to "Get Growing!"

Speakers are: 1 pm. Ingrid Hoff "Insects"
1:30 pm. Christina Pechloff "Shoots"
2 pm Brian Crumblehulme "Herbs for Dry Landscaping
2:30 pm. Linda Beer "Growing Great Tomatoes"
Mason Bee display with Bryce Ramlo

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted February 2017

Celebration of Life; Marion Worrall: Sat Mar 4

Our beloved mother passed away suddenly December 14, 2016. Her friendship, bright mind, kindness and dauntless spirit are missed by all.

Please join the family in a Celebration of Life at St Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island BC, on Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 1 pm. No flowers, please. Donations in her memory to Mayne Island Assisted Living Society (250-529-2530).

For further information please contact Catherine Williams (604) 527-5877.

posted February 2017

Writers! Tues Feb 14

Shut up and Write! The concept is simple: meet up with others and write. SUAW! started in the San Francisco Bay area, and is now practised around the world. It uses the Pomodoro Technique (a pomodoro is a 25-minute stretch of focused concentration).

On Salt Spring Island, they write for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and then write for 25 minutes more, for a total of 3 hours, or as long as you're there. You don't share work, but may share information.

That’s what I’d like to introduce here at the Library on Tuesday mornings, beginning February 14th, starting at 9 am and ending at noon. If you think this might meet your writing needs, please let me know.

For further information please contact Amber Harvey (250) 539-5436.

posted February 2017

Ferry Facts Update February 2017

Salish Orca Arrives in BC. On January 11, the first of the three new Salish Class ferries arrived in B.C. The Salish Orca (Orca) reached BC waters after a 50 day 10,440 nautical mile journey. After the Orca clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, it will be officially handed over to BC Ferries. Over the next couple of months, all crews that will be working on the three Salish vessels will be trained and familiarized in the operation of this new state-of-the-art ship. Public open houses are planned in Powell River on March 11 and Comox on March 12. The Orca will start service on that route in the Spring of 2017. For the complete press release, go to the BC Ferries web site and click on the President’s message.

Opportunities To See The Salish Class Vessels Before They Go Into Service. Brian Hollingshead, chair of the Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Ferry Advisory Committee, lobbied hard for the public open houses to be extended to the Gulf Islands. But due to the busy crew training and dock fitting plans prior to full operation on route 17, there will not be enough time for open house opportunities in the SGI.

However, BC Ferries has provided an opportunity for us to view the ship up close. The plan is for the Orca to test fit into each of the SGI berths in early February. We will be advised of the dates and times when the Orca will be in the terminals and people will be allowed to view the ship from as close to the ramp as safety allows. The ship will have its bow visors in the up position and at least one of its deck ramps open. To enhance the experience, a BC Ferries representative will be on hand to answer questions.

Open house sessions of about 2 hours duration in the SGI will be planned when either the Salish Raven or the Salish Eagle arrive. This should happen in the Spring. Visitors will be allowed to board and walk around the ferry. Although dates and times won’t be known until the next ferries arrive, BC Ferries will be issuing press releases announcing the dock fitting/viewing and open house opportunities.

Salish Eagle Construction Complete. At the time of writing this article, the Salish Eagle had been on sea trials for a couple of days off the coast of Gdansk. This means construction is complete and the systems on board are being tested.

As more information is available, it will be published in the MayneLiner, MayneNews and posted on the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted February 2017

Changes to MayneNews Announcements

Starting right away, MayneNews emails will now be sent out once a week only, on Thursdays.

Instead of maximum of 2 announcements per email, there will be a maximum of six. Readers will have to scroll down a bit more to see everything in the email. They’ll generally be in order of the first submitted at the top of the email.

So that the emails don’t get too long, the announcements in the emails will be a maximum of 100 words. So for people submitting announcements you’ll want to get the important info - date, time etc, in the first paragraph of the email. You can submit up to 1000 words for your announcement, but only the first 100 (approximately) will be in the email, with a link to the rest to be posted on the MayneNews blog. A “read the rest of this article” link will direct readers to click on it to see the rest of the announcement on the blog.

Also for submitters, if you want your announcement to go out on any given Thursday you’ll need to submit it to the online submission form by the preceding Friday evening at the latest. For instance if you want your announcement to be sent to email subscribers on Thursday Feb. 2nd, you need to submit it before Friday Jan. 22nd in the evening at the very latest. Submitting earlier will mean your announcement will more likely be at or near the top of the email.

To use the MayneNews online submission form click on the following link. (Of if you’re just curious to see it.)

Thanks and Happy New Year Mayne Islanders!

posted January 2017

Shakespeare On The Islands: Wed Jan 25

Ptarmigan Music And Theatre Society present Shakespeare On The Islands starring Chris Humphreys and Neil Dickson, who will be joining us from Los Angeles. Chris and Neil met 30 years ago in Tunisia on the set of a Biblical-Roman epic. Now Neil Dickson (Dynasty) and Chris Humphreys (Coronation Street) reunite to explore their first love: Shakespeare.

Tickets: are $25 (only available at the door). Age 18 & under is free.
Date: Jan. 25th, 2017
Time: Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
Location: Ag Hall

Join us after the show for a Talk Back with Chris and Neil...a chance to ask these seasoned actors, well, anything!

For further information please contact the Ptarmigan Society 1-866-859-0634 or view their web site:

posted January 2017

Tai Chi Winter Session Begins January 23

Come join us for  Tai Chi.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am, $25 for the winter session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter session begins Monday, January 23. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory form.

posted January 2017