The James Bay Market will be celebrating Victoria 150 every Saturday throughout the month of August, 2012.
Saturday, August 4th:
10:30am: Local Historian & Author Peter Grant
Local historian and author Peter Grant will perform the story of Emily Carr’s difficult middle years, 1912-1926, when she returned to Victoria, built her house, mostly gave up art and took up the life of a landlady until the encouragement of artists and scholars (Mark Tobey, Marius Barbeau, Eric Brown, Lawren Harris) galvanized her into painting again. It was after this experience in James Bay that she entered her most creative and prolific period. Mr. Grant will also be selling his books about Victoria’s history and Emily Carr, who he considers a personal spiritual mentor.
Peter Grant’s interests include Vancouver Island history, geography, tourism and vintage postcards. He is the author of several books, including The Story of Sidney and Wish You Were Here: Life on Vancouver Island in Historical Postcards. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife and daughter.
Chamas is a First Nations Non-Profit Art Society with a heart. Chamas includes a store, an art studio, a carving shed and an old-fashioned coffee house for evening entertainment. I would just like to thank Susan and Art of EntreActive for their help in getting my life back on track after being lost in the bogs of retirement.
Facilitator: Pakki Chipps, BA, MA, PhD, is a status member of the Beecher Bay First Nation on southern-western Vancouver Island, with Danish and Illulisaht (Greenland Inuit) ancestry. Her doctoral degree in Education/Curriculum and Instruction, concentrated on curriculum development, educational technology, multimedia development and ethnobotany. She has just returned from teaching in Greenland for two years.
Royal BC Museum
Docents share the story of the Helmcken’s with artifacts and props depicting what life was like in James Bay over a century ago.
Helmcken House was built by Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, a surgeon with the Hudson’s Bay Company. It is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia still on its original site. Dr. Helmcken set up house in Victoria when he married the daughter of Governor James Douglas in 1852. He went on to become a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada, as a province. The good doctor’s original 19th century medical kit is among the interesting items on display.
Helmcken House is open May 18, 2012 through September 3, 2012 from Noon to 4 pm daily. Included with museum admission or membership, or by donation.
Flax Linen Project Demo from Transition Victoria
This will be a demonstration of the way we turn the lovely Flax plant into linen cloth. We have new handmade tools to show off and a beautiful linen table runner of our own home grown & home spun flax. Our first ever real piece of linen and we are proud!
Music by local Artist Mike Ferguson:
Mike Ferguson is a Victoria based singer/songwriter who is a founding member of the rock band Aegis Fang and winner of the Vancouver Island Music Award’s 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year
As well as performing some original material, Mike is known for covering music spanning many decades with his unique and gripping, hard-edged vocal style.
James Bay Community Market Ancestry Map:
Mark the map at the with your ancestors origin!
We’ve got good times, fun activities and great music planned for the whole month of August! Details for upcoming Saturdays coming very soon!