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events September 21

Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race

October 4

Forest Feast: Special Fundraising Event for the Cumberland Forest Society

October 5

Foggy Mountain Fall Fair & the Cumberland Rotary Italian Dinner Fundraiser

October 26 - November 1

Spooky Haunted Coal Mine

October 27

Perseverance Trail Run (CCFS fundraiser)

November 22

CCFS Trivia Night (CCFS fundraiser)

November 30

Cumberland WinterFair – Old Fashioned Craft Fair, CRI

December 1

Santa’s Breakfast – CRI and the Light Up Cumberland

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It was seven years in May since the Cumberland Grind Espresso & Smoothie Bar opened in downtown Cumberland. Aside from coffee, the street side kiosk serves local baked goods supplied by Grains Bakery and Little Orca Bakery, old-fashioned milkshakes and an assortment of fruit smoothies, some containing healthy ingredients such as greens, berries, protein powder, and hemp and flax seeds. “We have a ton of different original drinks,” owner Tanya Archambault said. “One of our original ones that really took off is called a Mexicano. That’s an American with chocolate and cay-

enne. It’s a real hit.” Cumberland Grind also makes a wide variety of fogs, or tea lattes. “We have tons of variety that other people don’t have,” Archambault said. While other coffee shops typically offer several choices of drinks, Cumberland Grind contains 70 different Torani syrup flavours to spice up a coffee to one’s liking. The cafe is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its busiest time is early morning. Archambault also owns the Komox Grind Expresso & Juice Bar, which opened in 1995. She has about eight staff members between the two businesses. She and two others operate Cumberland Grind,

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Captain lands in Cumberland Scott Stanfield Record Staff

TOWN CRIER, MUSICIAN, children’s entertainer, teacher, videographer, artist, carver, impresario — Kevin Flesher (also known as Captain Thunderpants) is a multi-dimensional talent from the planet Funkathon who now lives in Cumberland. PHOTO BY SCOTT STANFIELD

A bunch of kids provide background singing in his smash hit, Please Do Not Pull My Pants Down, which was recorded and mixed by Cumberland producer Corwin Fox. Who could have penned such a zany song title? Captain Thunderpants, that’s who. Also known as the town crier of Cumberland and Arch Duke of the Dukes of Dodge — Cumberland’s favourite hillbilly band — the captain’s real name is Kevin Flesher, a children’s entertainer who teaches performing arts at the Fine Arts Ecademy at Navigate (NIDES). As Captain Thunderpants, Flesher assumes a character who hails from the planet of Funkathon but who now resides on Earth. He performs and teaches kooky games and dances in B.C. and Alberta. His summer schedule included appearances at the Quadrapalooza



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and fall fair on Quadra Island, and at the Wild Mountain Music Festival in Hinton, Alta. “I made two trips to Alberta and MCed several different festivals,” said Flesher, a married man with two children who worked in the summer as a grizzly bear guide at Knight Inlet Lodge. Next month, he will appear at the opening of Cumberland’s new library and at a Halloween party in Bowser — both on Oct. 26. The good captain also hosts a series of zany videos, available for viewing on YouTube, where he demonstrates the art of making sushi, doughnuts and pizza, and activities such as oyster farming. Recently, he was commissioned to create an album cover for a Hollywood band called Tears and Rainbow. The project came about after the producer purchased some of Flesher’s art at the lodge. “He contacted me out of the blue. He wanted it (album cover) to be a woodblock print. I carved and I painted on the woodblock and

printed it onto paper and painted on top of that and did a bunch of calligraphy.” The result was a carving of space bears playing music. Flesher is also recording a new Captain Thunderpants album called Rock the Mini Van. A few years back, the captain founded an improv soap opera company called Pleasure Craft Theatre, an all ages winter program that incorporates different themes each season. Last year’s theme was medieval, which made for “an ongoing saga of intrigue” where queens, kings, knights, unicorns and wizards enjoyed moments of hilarity, heartbreak and brilliance each Monday at the King George Hotel in Cumberland. The fourth season will likely be dubbed Pirates of the Cascadian, in keeping with a pirate theme. Auditions are in November. For details call Flesher at 250-898-7215. His website is




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where the program runs in the school during the school year and outdoors at Cumberland Elementary during the summer. Dixon donates money from her program to the CCSS, which goes toward their healthy lunch program as well as after-school programs for both school kids and the community. A BCRPA weight training/personal trainer for the past three-and-a-half years, Dixon is also certified in Crossfit and St. John Ambulance first aid. Her philosophy on why she chose to make fitness a big part of her life and what drove her to become a personal trainer is one of pure positivity. “I truly believe that all of life’s wellness problems can be solved with routine exercise, a healthy diet and an improved lifestyle,” she says. “Believing in a positive, complete, healthy lifestyle of total living in all aspects of one’s life — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Each aspect affects each other and therefore works with each other. “When a person has a cold, they feel down, their psychology is down. When

a person is in great physical shape, they feel upbeat, more efficient and have the ability to work effectively, handle life’s up and downs, and ultimately get the most out of their life,” Dixon states. “This means balance, with muscular strength, physical endurance, nutrition, flexibility, rest and mental stimulation. There are so many different areas of fitness and my goal is to get as educated on as many as possible. I feel a person can never know too much. “My goal as a personal trainer is to make my clients feel good about themselves. I will always provide a safe and comfortable environment for (them) and hope (their) journey to a healthy lifestyle will be safe and rewarding.” Dixon, who finished third in voting in HQ Comox Valley’s 2013 Best of the Comox Valley in the personal trainer category, notes her next Boot Camp is scheduled for Oct. 29. To sign up, or for more information, contact Dixon at 250-702-4209 or visit her Facebook page.



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Perhaps it was the banjo he was given when he was nine years old, or the fact he booked and organized the band for a high school event, but music has always been in Vig Schulman’s blood. The creative director for Cumberland Village Works admitted that, despite the heavy musical influences growing up, he never considered a career in music. “It really wasn’t something you could pursue. I was coming from an era where school wasn’t as nurtured, and unless you were extremely gifted, it really wasn’t something to do,” he said. For more than 30 years, Schulman has been playing and presenting music, but years ago while still living in Ontario, he left a science program at the University of Toronto for musically rich New York City. “I was completely immersed in music. The streets were alive and music was involved in so much,” he explained. After three years in NYC, Schulman moved to San Francisco and large music and art gatherings added to his passion for music. “It was what was valuable to me,” he said. A furniture builder by trade, Schulman journeyed to the West Coast and lived and worked on Denman Island, restoring the Denman Hall and planning and staging

various events. There, he met fellow Cumberlander Cathy Stoyko, who invited him to the village to help renovate and book shows for The Abbey. “That was the beginning of my Cumberland experience,” he added. His reputation of booking music permeated through the area, and eventually he began working with the Waverley Hotel booking music for their shows, with Cumberland Village Works taking shape. Schulman explained one of the first festivals he created in the Valley was the Cumberland Village Works Festival (which has since merged into The Big Time Out), and has since booked countless shows, even a block party this summer on Dunsmuir Avenue. He said despite the popularity of TBTO, the festival has come to a natural conclusion. “The concept of that style of event in that location, and it’s not because of support, has run its course,” he said. “We haven’t quite found a location (for a new festival), but should we find something that really feels right, then yes, it could be a go, but it will reflect a different tone and style of festival. It probably will not be The Big Time Out.” Schulman said until then, he will continue programming at the Waverley. For more on Cumberland Village Works, visit


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Cumberland colourful Erin Haluschak Record Staff Inspired by the larger communities of Portland, Seattle and Boston, Deb Bowman hopes to bring even more colour to Cumberland. Bowman is the co-ordinator of VAST — Village Art in the Streets — which aims to bring citizens together to create a sense of community through public art. “It’s art for the community, done by the community,” explained Bowman. “Things end up happening around it.” She said the idea originally was presented to her through Comox architect Tom Dishlevoy and the idea to create art, either at an intersection, on Hydro boxes or telephone poles, started at a grassroots level but has garnered strong support. Cumberland council cre-

ated its own policy for the village, and Bowman added she is excited to bring the community together to start painting. “It’s wonderful because the village is really behind it. We are working with BC Hydro and Telus right now and hoping to raise money to buy the very special paint required for the work,” she added. Bowman said one of the more high-profile large-scale art pieces recently added to the village was the mural on the side of the Waverley Hotel by artist Gillian Brooks. That piece, she explained, was inspired by a video produced on art in Cumberland, and the owner saw it and wanted to have a piece on the west-facing wall. “We would really like to paint all of the poles in the

village. It would be wonderful to have a pole painting day where everyone could paint a design on every single pole in Cumberland. It would be your pole to manage for life; the individual would be responsible for tagging or any touchups, but you could have everyone from children to professional artists participate,” Bowman noted. “It’s all about building community.” In addition to the Hydro boxes, Bowman said the future project for VAST is creating designs at intersections or roads, and she hopes one of the first projects could be an art piece on Camp Road. “It would be wonderful to have a portion of the road painted, perhaps at the intersection or a sketch showing the trails to down-

THIS MURAL BEHIND The Patch in Cumberland was painted by Gillian Brooks.


town,” she added. In order to initiate some of the work on the Hydro boxes, poles and even to fundraise for larger projects, VAST is selling stickers around Cumberland in two

For more about VAST, visit their Facebook page. Black Creek artist Brian Scott also painted murals on several Cumberland businesses recently.

different sizes. “People can donate whatever they like; we want to keep people going and keep going forward with the projects for the upcoming year,” Bowman added.

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Friends preserving forest Meaghan Cursons Special to the Record The lush forests surrounding the Village of Cumberland are enjoyed by thousands of visitors who come to the area for recreation and relaxation. Beautiful walking and hiking paths and renowned mountain biking trails zigzag through a thriving coastal forest filled with wetlands, streams, historic landmarks and diverse flora and fauna. This forest also provides a beautiful green backdrop to a community that defines itself by its proximity to the woods — a Village in the Forest. What many residents and visitors don’t know is that significant parts of this privately owned forest are slated to be logged as early

as 2015. The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is launching a new campaign to ensure that doesn’t happen. A vibrant mountain biking community, naturalists, herbalists, hikers, families, artists, photographers, runners and many others consider Cumberland Forest to be an integral part of the community. Since 2000, working cooperatively with land owners and timber companies, the society has successfully raised over $1.2 million and purchased over 71 hectares acres of forest land on the southern border of Cumberland. Together, these protected lands are part of an important natural corridor along the south side of the village called Cumberland Forest. Funds for these purchases

have come entirely from private donations and fundraisers. This includes individual one-time and monthly donors, contributions from partner organizations in the area, private foundations, corporations (MEC), the production of fundraising CDs and artwork and special events. A land-use covenant was put on these lands to ensure their protection as parkland in perpetuity. These lands were then passed to the Village of Cumberland. However, the forests surrounding the village are still scheduled to be logged. The CCFS has identified an additional 50 hectares (in three parcels) as their next purchase plan. These parcels include some of the earliest mountain biking trail systems developed in the area as

well as landmarks of heritage significance. Like all the forests surrounding the Village these parcels are also home to diverse flora and fauna and species at risk. “Our next purchases are critical to preserving key trails and protecting the southern viewscape of the village.,” says CCFS president Andrew Nicoll. “Our purchases have been funded solely by individuals and organizations committed to forest preservation, without any taxpayer dollars. Our next purchase will increase this protected area by more than 50 per cent but that is still just a small part of a big forest.” The CCFS campaign, plans to double their monthly donors by 2014. For details, visit www.cumberlandforest. com.

RAISING MORE THAN $1.2 million so far, the Cumberland Community Forest Society is buying land around the village to prevent it from being logged.

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Moose a real community hub Renee Andor Record Staff Located in the heart of Cumberland, the Wandering Moose Café boasts an array of drinks, food, treats and merchandise, all with a focus on friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere. “It’s friendly. It’s casual,” says Bill Ransom, who runs the business with his wife Lisa and their daughter Meghan. “It’s quick if you’re in a hurry but you can sit back and relax and enjoy if you’re not. “It’s a place where you can come in and just chat over a cup of coffee with friends or relax by yourself and read the newspaper or a book, or mingle with people you’ve never met before and chat with people from all parts of the world that come and visit Cumberland.” The Wandering Moose

calls the historical post office building — built in 1907 — home, which is located at Dunsmuir Avenue and Third Street. It features vibrant décor, and a variety of seating, including a lounge area complete with a fireplace and a large outdoor patio for fair weather days. The café offers a wide selection of specialty coffees made with Royston Roasting Company espresso beans, Mighty Leaf herbal teas, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider among other things like juice and soft drinks. The menu includes breakfast items like a grilled breakfast croissant and breakfast burrito, lunch items like sandwiches, wraps, soups and individual pizzas, and a wide range of baked goodies and desserts. Lisa bakes many of the sweet treats like carrot cake, cheesecake and fruit

pies. The menu also offers a range of gluten-free options. The right side of the building houses a selection of Benino Gelato flavours, and an array of Wandering Moose clothing and gifts like hoodies, T-shirts, ballcaps, toques, mugs and to-go cups. As well, cards, books and maps of Cumberland’s many hiking and biking trails are available. Being parents themselves, the Ransoms chose to create a special kids zone with toys to entertain while parents take a break and relax. He notes the four-year anniversary is coming up in February and business has been good so far. “We’re very, very happy,” says Ransom, who has been in the restaurant industry for about 30 years. “We enjoy what we’re doing, like we love the interaction that we have with our customers

and our staff are really, really good. They are friendly and they’re concerned about the quality of the product that they’re putting out… and they really do a good job.” The Ransoms have lived in Cumberland for the past 10 years or so, and they enjoy being a community hub for Cumberland. As Bill sits out on the patio for the interview he regularly takes breaks from talking to wave and say ‘hi’ to passersby on Dunsmuir Avenue. Located at 2739 Dunsmuir Ave., the Wandering Moose Café is open every day except Wednesday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, but the café opens at 9 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www., call 250-400-1111 or e-mail info@

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· Donation of $30,000 to the Comox Valley Hospice Society · Purchase and installation of a number of bike racks in the Village ($3000) · Refurbishment of a number of the unique coal cart benches in Cumberland with donated cedar and bolts. Club purchased paint at a nominal cost · Purchase of a special wheelchair to provide Cumberland Lodge Residents access to and egress from swimming pools ($2,000)

· Donation of $13,500 to Jeneece Place · Establishment of a library and bookcases to the residents of the Cumberland Lodge ($1,000) – books donated at no cost · Irrigation system for flower garden at Cumberland Lodge ($500) · Start up money and help with operating funds for Cumberland Marching Band ($2,000) · Sponsorship of a number of students to attend different youth activities ($5000)

· Establishment of a partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library providing a book per month to 90 children in Cumberland under five years of age until they start school ($40 per child per year) · Community project to be completed this year in partnership with the Village of Cumberland will be the refurbishment of the Village Park Playground by replacing the old equipment with new and making the playground universally accessible – the club has committed $80,000 as its share.

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Gather up your apples, pull out the rolling pins, find your hiking shoes and mark the date because Cumberland’s Foggy Mountain Fall Fair is right around the corner. Presented by the Cumberland Museum on Oct. 5, the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair is Cumberland’s Fall Fair — Mountain Village Style. This free family event is a celebration of food, forests, harvest, heritage and trails and their connection to village life. The fair features kids arts and crafts, harvest games, scavenger hunts, buttermaking, a community apple press, bear awareness activities, community info booths, harvest-themed vendors, live music, cake auction, Pie of the Year Contest, a museum open house, community orchard cleanup, Cum-

berland United Church Garage Sale, and a series of free guided walking tours through the streets, alleys and forests of the village. Events continue into the evening with dining specials and a big dance party with Giraffe Aftermath at the Waverley Hotel to support the Cumberland Community Forest Society and celebrate their new plans to purchase an additional 30 hectares of threatened forests surrounding the village. A detailed schedule of events will be available soon but in the meantime there are still lots of ways to get involved. Vendors of handmade or homemade harvest-themed art, crafts and products are welcome to sign up today. Kids tables cost only $5. From wild crafts, preserves and garden crops to artwork,

winter plants and compost supplies — vendors are encouraged to join. Indoor vending space has

also been confirmed in case of inclement weather. Vendor application forms are online at www.cumberlandmu- Bakers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the now world-famous Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest. Contest details and new rules are available online at If cakes are more your style you can bake one for the cake auction and help support community programming at the Cumberland Museum. If you have surplus apples or pears to share, bring them down and try your hand at the old-fashioned apple press. This is a great way to share the bounty of the harvest and help to make the village safer for bears and residents. Volunteers from the Cumberland Community Schools Society will be there to lend a hand and share information about the great

programming they’re coordinating in the community. If you would like to volunteer to assist with kids activities, concession, setup or teardown, the pie contest or any other activities let us know and we’ll find the right job for you! Community partners for the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair include the Cumberland Museum and Archives, Cumberland Community Schools Society, Cumberland Community Forest Society, Harmonic Arts, Seeds Natural Food Store, Cumberland Village Works, Elevate the Arts and Village of Cumberland. For more information or to get involved in Cumberland’s annual harvest celebration, call 250-336-2445 or e-mail — Cumberland Museum




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The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) organizes high-calibre events such as the Island Cup cross-country race. PHOTO BY BRETT SMALLEY

UROC always on move Scott Stanfield Record Staff The non-profit United Riders of Cumberland has negotiated trail use permits and purchased insurance to host events and conduct trail maintenance. The result is a network of world-class trails hailed by the Mountain Bike Tourism Association, which has said the Valley rivals the Sea to Sky Corridor in terms of mountain biking. UROC has also secured a partnership to pursue land-access agreements for non-motorized recreation on trails adjacent to the village while reducing liability risk for landowners. Village council approved the partnership in April. The Memo of Understanding will also help the club promote mountain biking and build a destination tourism product locally.

UROC has twice met with TimberWest and Hancock Timber Resource Group. The companies, which own most of the private land surrounding the village, have been valued partners of UROC for annual events such as the BC Bike Race and the four Island Cup races. “It’s been positive in the sense that it’s allowed our group to understand the needs of the landowner,” UROC president Mike Manara said. “One of the things we are aware of is the importance of respecting the landowners and what their needs are.” Manara wants to ensure communication is effective and users are respectful of the land. “We feel that we can help bridge the gap between the recreation groups and the landowners. I think through continued meetings we’ll put together some draft propos-

als between the groups and slowly move it forward.” UROC first introduced the concept of a land-access agreement in 2010 when it presented the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society model to Village staff. The model involves a non-profit society working with the municipality to gain land access through the transfer of risk from landowners to the non-profit. Established five years ago, UROC organizes events, group rides and other activities for mountain bikers of all ages. The trail network boasts such historical names as Buggered Pig, Haigai, Bucket of Blood, Trail Tuna Juice, Bronco’s Perseverance, Shaker, Black Hole and Steam Donkey. For more information about membership, rides and races, visit

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