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A Song Inside a Seed

Dancing Wolf A Song Inside a Seed Spring tickles our island ground despite Winter’s late embrace of snowfalls and close calls and toques still in place Writers sharing as they expound through the ancient grace of expressing with the alphabet and between time and space – So good the readings from all the creatives who coalesced […]

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The Biggest Moon of All – by Christian Gronau

(All photographs are the author’s unless indicated otherwise.) We all have seen and marvelled: Lewis’ Moon Snail (Neverita lewisii), just as a shell and even more so in the flesh, is a very impressive marine snail indeed. Difficult to imagine, but the large body of this snail can be withdrawn into the shell completely. It […]

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Beverly Anne Mathews

On the morning of February 4th, Beverly Anne Mathews (nee Horrex) 86, peacefully passed away at her home with children Sheril, Jeannie, and Richard Mathews by her side. Bev grew up in Enderby B.C., daughter of Nora and Charles Horrex.  She attended and completed Normal School in Victoria (1947-48), and took her first teaching job […]

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Mary Weiler’s Cortes

GLIMPSES OF OLD FRIENDS & AN ERA GONE BY–Mary Weiler, artist & photographer, documented life on Cortes & its people until she left the island. Mary Weiler’s Cortes, slide show presented by Brig Weiler who narrated slides from 1962 to 1974 with faces of old friends, glimpses of homesteading & times rapidly becoming “The Old Days”–gathered […]

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June Cameron – by Lynne Jordan

June Cameron (June 10, 1929 – July 24, 2016) With her children around her, June Cameron passed away peacefully July 24, 2016, at age 87, after suffering a severe stroke while sitting on a bench with her son Ian, watching the sun set over quiet and scenic Como Lake above Port Moody. Her last words […]

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Big Tree Exhibit Opening

We did it!  On Sunday, July 10, the Cortes Museum welcomed the community to join in celebrating the opening of The Story of the Big Tree: the Fir, the Fungus & the Fallers – our 2016 summer exhibit. The event was a great success and attended by more than eighty people. Original music by Radhika […]

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Full Moon Lagoon – Monica Nawrocki – Book Launch

Monica Nawrocki’s  Full Moon Lagoon book launch gathered a nice crowd of young and not so young in the Marnie’s Books and Food Co-op courtyard. Denise Gibbons, Carrie Saxifrage, Norm Gibbons and other Cortes artists and writers, plus a number of young readers enjoyed the evening. Organized by Cortes Island Museum, Cortes Literacy Now and […]

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Creative Spaces 2016

On Sunday, June 25, many visitors had a chance to visit Cortes gardens and studios. Owl Cottage – Diane Daly and Ray Grout Art Studio & Gallery – Christer Ekstrom Old Schoolhouse Gallery – Sadashi Inuzuka and Melanie Boyle Lisa Gibbons Studio Heritage Garden – Cortes Island Museum Fair haven Gardens – Laura Ellingsen Sea […]

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An Early Father’s Day Present – by Mike Manson

This past weekend we booked ourselves onto a wonderful overnight trip aboard the Misty Isles, a locally owned boat that offers charters and excursions. The first day we headed to Mitlenatch Island, an 88 Acre rocky island that my grandparents homesteaded on in 1898. Today the island is owned by BC Parks and is a […]

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Archival Reading

Carefully decorated tea tables were scattered about the Museum’s exhibit gallery for guests to enjoy refreshments and listen to selected readings from the  archives and other Museum’s sources on Thursday afternoon, February 18, 2016. Lynn  Marttila read a moving story from the  book “Goosegrass and Buttercups”, by D.C Kirk,  about a family of early homesteaders at Smith’s […]

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