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Taking It To The Street: Seaside's First Annual Help Fill a Dream Charity Event
Marigold Nurseries: Making People Happy for 70 Years! Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub
Grassroots to the Nationals: Volunteering in the Equine Community
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On June 14th, hockey teams from the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding communities competed at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney to fundraise for Help Fill A Dream Foundation
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seasidemagazine.ca Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 email@example.com
Feeling blessed to have spent almost 19 years in this wonderful Peninsula community, I welcome the opportunity each month to share what's New & Noteworthy with Seaside Magazine readers. As an independent event planner and writer who works from home, I spend my days connecting with others, convinced that both life and business are about building authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. I am grateful to share a multi-generational home and remain dedicated to service and open to possibility, living by the words of Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Find me on the after-grad website: www.safegradevent.com; blog: www.livingwithgrace.ca; and Twitter: @lindakhunter. steve sheppard
It may sound like a cliché, but my day really does start with a cup of freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee enjoyed topside in the sun (whenever it's not raining). The ceremony of preparing coffee is the same approach I try and live my life by: I don't believe in shortcuts. Very few things in life rewarding enough come by way of taking a shortcut. I love writing about coffee because of the good conversations I have every time I'm making or having coffee with a friend. I seek out specific places to have coffee because it's VERY obvious who cares about serving up a truly fresh cup of coffee on the Saanich Peninsula. Life's too short to drink stale coffee … Steve out. tracey jones & stacey kaminski
Tracey Jones (ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging) and Stacey Kaminski (Styles by Stacey) joined together in 2008 to take on the Peninsula – styling homes and staging properties for sale. This month they are talking old style + new style = great style! Adding in some vintage pieces to your décor will give you a one-of-a-kind look. Knowing how to incorporate them is key! Celebrating what the homeowner already has and inserting the unexpected, these certified stylists will up-cycle, reinvent and repurpose, turning shabby into something fresh, fabulous and new! This pair can help you source the right pieces to fit YOUR style. Whether its preparing your house for sale, looking for some direction with paint colours or searching for a whole new look, this local team can realize your decorating dreams and resolve design dilemmas. Create. Inspire. LIVE BEAUTIFUL.
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To me, researching history is like taking a trip in a time machine, travelling back and taking an active part in the days gone by as a ghost, then returning and expressing to others how life was back then, comparing it to current events. How my interest in history came about is not clear, but it has developed into a fascination of how we changed as we evolved. I enjoy seeing how the methods and development of transportation has changed a lot too: beginning with walking, then horseback, to land vehicles and oceangoing ships, then rail (see pg. 59) to aircraft and finally rockets and spacecraft. I also like traveling in the present to different communities to search history. Who knows what is next in line, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for whatever form it will appear in.
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first word Me? Grateful? Absolutely! On June 14th, Seaside Magazine hosted its first-ever charity event, Taking It To The Street, in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation (see photos on pg. 10). We raised just over $12,000! I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all the sponsors (see pg. 6), my staff, the volunteers and all of our special celebrities that came out. You all made it a truly special event! Over the past few months, while organizing our event, I had a number of people come up to me and ask: "Why now? Why host a charity event when you have a
bustling business to run?" Good questions, but really easy ones to answer: I was ready! Help Fill A Dream simply fell into my lap last year, and I paid attention. When the idea started to percolate, nothing could stop me, and thankfully, I'm at a point in my career that allowed me to do this. I read once that success isn't just a reward; it's a responsibility. Think about it for a minute. Success is not only a way to improve our own lives, and the lives of our employees, but it's a means of improving the lives of other people by giving back. That's exactly why I felt so passionate about this event: it was my time to giveÂ back. Not only did we raise significant funds to go towards families for children with lifethreatening conditions: our event brought an entire community together. I think any small business, no matter how successful, can give back. All it takes is a dash of effort and a dollop of creativity. I think every great
entrepreneur should answer the question: "Can you make the choice that your happiness will come from the success of others?" with a resounding "Yes!" As an entrepreneur, I feel very fortunate to work alongside so many remarkable local business owners, and have a job I love. If you plan on working 40-hour weeks from age 20-65, that's 90,000 hours of your life at your job. For that reason alone, you owe it to yourself to figure out something you really enjoy doing. This summer, I look forward to publishing more exciting stories for you in Seaside; I look forward to spending more time in the community; I look forward to spending more time with my kids. And â€Ś oh yes: start planning for our Second Annual "Taking It To The Street" charity event for 2015!
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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via email@example.com or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. Thank you for my copy of your beautiful June issue … what a delightful cover! I also enjoyed reading your men in business interviews, particularly learning what their fathers had taught them. Fathers play such an important part in their children's lives, sometimes particularly when they aren't there for their kids. I also enjoyed Sue's First Word about giving back to the community … Congratulations on Seaside's support for The Help Fill a Dream Foundation! Pene Beavan Horton I wanted to thank you for convincing me to be a part of your "Men to Watch" edition of Seaside; I have been overwhelmed with the ongoing response we have received from the article and photo. We've had a number of clients call asking for roofing estimates, making a point of telling me they are calling because of the article they saw in Seaside. Seems like just about everywhere I go someone says "that's a great article and picture of you and your dog." Again, thanks very much; I had no idea I'd be a "rockstar" after being in your magazine! Paul Pellow, Admirals Roofing
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Taking It To The Street Saturday, June 14th saw the inaugural "Taking It To The Street" charity event, bringing together a community of volunteers, passionate hockey players and dedicated sponsors â€Ś all for a common cause. The focus of the day's events was "Help Fill A Dream Foundation," a charity that ignites hope in the lives of children with life-threatening conditions, helping over 60 families a year on Vancouver Island. Twelve teams battled it out, old school street hockey style, to raise money for this amazing cause. Volunteers were hardworking and dedicated to make everyone's experience memorable. Sponsors also donated generously to make the event possible. Packed with action, popcorn and sugar, the crowd witnessed Michael Forbes (Ocean 98.5), Sue Hodgson (Owner of Seaside Magazine), Craig Smith (Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream), and Matt Pettinger (professional hockey player) present Kelley Slater, a young boy with cystic fibrosis, with his dream to play in Sweden with his hockey team. Kelley's family and friends surrounded him as he also received a signed hockey stick from San Jose Sharks player Matt Irwin. The excitement on Kelley's face brought a wave of celebration among the crowd. The inspiring day ended with a raffle, championship game and celebrity game featuring Kelley and Matt Pettinger playing side by side. Kelley's story, and Help Fill A Dream's mission, left all who participated with warmth in their hearts and an indescribable sense of hope. The day saw many generous donations and huge support for Help Fill A Dream Foundation. A grand total of $12,081 was raised to help support families and children like Kelley who benefit so much from the hope Help Fill A Dream Foundation gives them. All event photography is courtesy of Jo-Ann Way. For a full album of event photos visit http://www.nuttycake.com/Vault/Events/Seaside-T2S/. For a gallery of the Four Frames photo booth shots from the day, visit http://tinyurl.com/owuxyk7; password is "streethockey."
 Practicing for the big game.  Sue Hodgson, Owner, Seaside Magazine presents the fundraising cheque to Kelley Slater; Craig Smith, Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream; and Denyse Koo, President, Help Fill A Dream.  The road hockey tournament begins.  Game faces on.  Craig Smith, Executive Director, Help Fill A Dream; and Sue Hodgson, Owner, Seaside Magazine, still smiling after a very early morning of prep.  Town crier Kenny Podmore reads the proclamation to officially begin Taking It To The Street.  First place: Peninsula Co-op.  Four Frames Photo Booth team and Seaside's Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Moss smile for the camera.  Seaside Publisher Sue Hodgson 10 SEASIDE | july 2014
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tells the story of how it all began: a chance encounter with Help Fill A Dream father Brian Losie.  Allison Smith, Editor, Seaside Magazine; Jill Howard, Head of Telus Source Solutions volunteers; and Denyse Koo, President, Help Fill A Dream, are ready to register the players!  Central Saanich Firefighter Rob Syverson gets an encouraging hug before the big game.  Victoria Royals' mascot Marty the Marmot drops the puck in the celebrity game.  TD Volunteers (with Sue Hodgson) staff the BBQ!  The Jupamda team, along with volunteers, gets the crowd revved up.  The celebrity team after a great game  Panorama Recreation's always-popular bouncy castle! SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11
smell the coffee Potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties: just another reason to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground and brewed cup of coffee at your favourite café
Things You Didn't Think Were in Coffee: Pt. II by Steve Sheppard
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Carbs in Coffee – I'll bet you didn't know that carbs make up 50% of coffee's dry weight! While there are some carbs left over after the roasting process is complete, the few that remain are removed during the brewing process. The remnants of these carbs contribute to the body or the "mouth-feel" of coffee as it's referred to in the tasting world of coffee. Why Coffee is Brown in Colour – there are numerous types of carbs in coffee, but none more important than sucrose, more commonly known as table sugar. Up to 9% of Arabica's composition is sucrose, which, as the temperature reaches 150° C during roasting, causes the beans to start caramelizing. This is known as the Maillard process. The conversion of sugar is what gives coffee its brown colour and sweet, caramel-like aromas. The ketones that are converted during roasting also create the butterscotch-like notes reminiscent of popcorn. During the roasting process organic acids are produced, which is another of the elements that contribute to the quality coffee is rated for. The acidity, or "brightness," in coffee is a good thing. Protein in Coffee – protein comprises up to 13% of Arabica coffee in free or bound forms (less in the Robusta beans you would get from Tim Horton's). Factors such as level of green maturation, origin and storage conditions all have an effect on protein byproducts created during and after roasting. It's the roasting of our beloved green bean that transforms the proteins and carbohydrates to form the aromatic beverage we enjoy today. As the Maillard process occurs, the proteins combine with the sugars to form aromatic compounds known as "furans," which impart sweet caramel-like notes. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of aromatic compounds created during the roasting process – each contributing to create coffee's complex aromatic structure. Another promising thing about coffee from a chemistry and taste perspective is: it has potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is certainly great news, considering that coffee is the second-most-popular beverage in the world after water. It's just another reason to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground and brewed cup of coffee at your favourite café … Steve out.
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The Village People Come to the Mary Winspear’s event of the summer starring the “Kings of Disco”– the Village People. Put on your dancing shoes on Wednesday, July 16th for a night of nostalgic music and great entertainment. You can dance, enjoy the fullservice bar, and sing along to disco classics with this original group. Few musical acts have stood the test of time like the Village People. They’re into their fourth decade after getting together in 1977 and selling upwards of 100 million records worldwide. They were an instant hit with chart toppers like Macho Man, In the Navy, and everyone’s favourite: YMCA. The Village People are recognized around the world as disco-era icons, synonymous with dance music, stereotypical costumes and synchronized dance moves. Have yourselves a memorable musical night in Sidney. Tickets are on sale now through the Mary Winspear box office; call 250-656-0275 or visit www.marywinspear.ca.
Carmina Burana Ballet Victoria will present Carmina Burana as the final performance of its 2013/2014 season at the Charlie White Theatre on Thursday, July 10th at 8 p.m. Set to the powerful music of German composer Carl Orff, Carmina Burana tells the story of the cycle of life and love. The ballet is divided into three sections: The Wheel of Fortune, The Taberna, and The Court of Love, which follow a couple as their relationship evolves. Based on original poems written by Bavarian monks in the 11th to 13th centuries, Carmina Burana is a reflection of the highs and lows of life and the changes in the seasons bringing rebirth. Choreography by Victoria Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Destrooper complements the passion of the story, highlighting both the strength and technique of the dancers. This performance provides the audience with a chance to see a favourite classic rarely produced in ballet form. Said Destrooper: “The dancers are so strong … it becomes a beautiful, magical moment.” To enjoy Ballet Victoria’s season-ending performance purchase tickets at the Mary Winspear box office, by phone at 250-656-0275 or online at www.marywinspear.ca.
Summer Camps for Kids
Musical Extravaganza is a two-week camp for ages 9 to 18 presented by the Mary Winspear Centre and Mountain Dream Productions. It offers fun-filled and action-packed full-day training in acting, singing and
dancing! At the end of their sessions watch your future stars as they present a full musical theatre performance in the Charlie White Theatre. Peninsula kids will be making some noise as the Mary Winspear and Peninsula Academy of Music Arts host two week-long Summer Rocks camps. Join Directors Lloyd English and Anna Shill, along with the Summer Rocks live band and production team, for a week of performance and creative arts discovery while producing an original live show. Week one Summer Rocks for Creative Kids (ages 7 to 11) will provide a number of arts-related activities that include singing and performing as well as handson arts and crafts, designed to stimulate minds and teach the value of the creative process. All this is accomplished in a fun and supportive atmosphere with the camp directors joined daily by a mentoring team of senior high students as well as the camp’s live band on stage. Week two Summer Rocks Open Stage (ages 12 to 17) will guide the participants into producing a complete show on the Winspear Stage – yes, the stage is yours for one intensive week. Bring your voice; bring an instrument; bring your ideas. This will be an opportunity to learn everything from stage and performance techniques to the fundamentals of singing and songwriting and performing while being coached by career professionals, backed by a live band. For more information and registration please visit www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275. Written by Carey Salvador.
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Making People Happy for 70 Years!
four generations of celebration: 70 years in the community for Marigold Nurseries
How do most people celebrate a new milestone, a dream job, getting married, having a baby or just feeling happy about life in general? They buy flowers! Those pretty and fragrant treats brighten our homes and our lives. Plants and bushes decorate our houses and living rooms, giving us oxygen and feeding our senses. Marigold Nurseries has brought joy, pleasure, solace and comfort to people on the Saanich Peninsula for 70 years. They are a very valuable and important part of this community. The largest garden centre on Vancouver Island with 18 greenhouses, Saanichton's Marigold Nurseries has good reason to celebrate 70 years of successful business next month. They have been infusing happiness into people's lives since 1944, when Les Smith founded his nursery empire on the corner of Snowdrop Avenue and Marigold Road in the Glanford area of Victoria. Les started by growing bedding plants, still the nursery's main focus, and the successful nursery moved to its Lochside location in Saanichton in 1963. Eventually adding retail sales to the originally wholesale enterprise, Marigold is a virtual cornucopia of everything that a gardener needs: shrubs, fruit trees, fertilizers, seeds, bulbs, tools, bedding plants, veggies and sparkling garden ornaments. Flower and plant lovers step into heaven at Marigold Nurseries, a colourful paradise of mixed containers, hanging baskets, garden mums, pansies and violas, herbs and primulas – plus exquisite orchids and roses to tease your partner's romantic desires. Brooke Smith is as cheery and pleasant as the rainbow of plants around her. Les Smith's granddaughter, she is one of five owners of the long-standing nursery, along with her parents and siblings. As well by Doreen Marion Gee
as the rapture of gorgeous flowers, Marigold Nurseries is very serious about making people happy: "Our goal is to dish out the best service we can to everybody. We have an amazing crew. Great service is how we stay in business." They meet and greet customers, make them feel important with a "how are ya," answer their questions honestly and give them expert advice. My sunny host is passionate about the calibre of their products: "We have good quality plants, great growing techniques and we stand behind it all." An atmopshere of fun and play complements the eye-candy: "We welcome people with a smile and a joke and keep the energy high." Brooke is a natural comedian: "Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!" Marigold's kind humanitarian work in the community is an itegral part of their legacy: "We are huge contributors to many foundations and organizations." The business is a strong loyal supporter and sponsor of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation – donating to them for decades, financially and with their products. Each Christmas, they donate a poinsettia to every Extended Care patient in Saanich Peninsula Hospital. "It warms their hearts and ours." They support local sports teams like the Marigold Nursery Rebels, donate bedding plants and hanging baskets to school and team fundraisers and offer free tours to schools and daycare centres. In 2009, Marigold's new Duncan location "opened with rave reviews" – four generations of the Smith family are also celebrating five years of thriving business at their newest location. The staff at Marigold Nurseries simply like to make people feel happy and good – thereby assuring them that they are special and that somebody cares. That is probably why they have been around for 70 years. For more information, visit www.marigoldnurseries.com. SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17
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Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub: Great Vibes, Fabulous Food by Doreen Marion Gee This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. A friend with a successful catering business confides that she never cooks when she is unhappy. She believes that if negative energy goes into food, it comes out in the taste. My smart pal is onto something: the best dining experiences in my life have been in restaurants where there is a positive atmosphere. The Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub is a refreshing example: it has a mood of good fellowship and a warm happy ambiance
overall. After tasting their food, it's obvious that all those good vibes permeate their incredible cuisine. When I ordered Jamie's Pasta at the Prairie Inn on a sunny mellow June afternoon, I was in for a taste bud joyride. A pasta lover, I've eaten in some of the best local hangouts that specialize in blissful sauces and noodles, but the pasta dinner at the Prairie Inn wins first prize on the dreamydelicious scale. The sweet savoury Alfredo sauce will haunt me until I give in to another fix. Plump juicy fresh prawns, dill, herbs
and red peppers caressed my palate. In my opinion, Caesar salad is a true food litmus test. It's impossible to fake it; it's either great or awful. Prairie Inn's version was simply superb with heaps of parmesan cheese. And a generous hefty meal was also enjoyed that evening. What was behind that ambrosial pasta dish that made it a thing of beauty? Jamie Day, the Pub's warm, personable general manager, enlightens me. First of all, a lot of hard work goes into the meals at Prairie Inn. Their food preparation resembles that
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of upscale eateries: menu items are made from scratch, there are no powders or fillers and many items are "made to order," like salads and soups. My salad was made with super-fresh romaine lettuce. Karol, the friendly server, explains the light Alfredo sauce: no flour, all healthy good ingredients. Jamie: "Our Alfredo sauce is made with cream and wine." The "two Q's" – quality and quantity – are a top priority for Jamie. It is refreshingly unique to get top quality and generous portions, all for a reasonable price. Jamie: "We cook great food and give great customer service." When I tasted their delectable pasta dish, I was also enjoying the results of all that dedication and positive regard for their customers' palates. There is a nurturing, appreciative atmosphere at the Prairie Inn. Jamie thinks the world of his kitchen manager: "Liz, our kitchen manager, is phenomenal with her food preparations and her recipes." Prairie
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ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.
Car Buying Made Easy … For the Women Pt. 1 by Al Duncan
I have a real mix of clients, both men and women, young and old. For the most part, the guys seem to really know what they want in their next vehicle. The women, not so much. Let's be real: unless you read the car magazines or fantasize during that last long hour in the office about your next ride, the smart choice in vehicles can be daunting. So I decided to write a three-part series just for the women. Men: stop reading here and start tackling the honey-do list! Ok ladies, lets begin. First off, how many seats do you need? Are you single? Have a pet? Married with kids or retired and looking for adventure? Be realistic with yourself and ask how often the seats are occupied in your present vehicle. If you're in charge of relocating the soccer team, then a two-seater will not work. Smaller cars and SUV's are inherently more efficient due to their typically smaller size: they are easier to park, maintain and keep clean. Larger vehicles will occupy a larger footprint, be way less efficient, will be harder to keep clean and will be your worst parking nightmare. If you have children, they'll require seats; if you have a dog, it will most likely be happier in the back of an SUV, Crossover (think Toyota Venza) or a wagon (think Subaru Outback). Remember that most pets fantasize about a lower vehicle for easy entry and exit; a jacked-up Ford F150 might look cool but to your pets it looks like Mount Everest. For those with large families and large seating requirements, don't shy away from the mini van unnecessarily. Every manufacturer makes one and let me tell you: they're not half bad. Unlike the mighty SUV, the minivan is easy to get in and out of, usually has removable seats,
drives like a car and is, in most cases, powered by V6 engines which, in the 21st century, pump out a ton of horsepower for hauling the crew around all while yielding great mileage. If you like sitting up higher, my first question is why? You may have what you perceive as better visibility, but I would argue that you better use that visibility to look very far ahead as the height of your vehicle may have an impact on its handling when compared to a conventional car. When you raise a vehicle up in the air, its centre of gravity is also raised and this slows down its reflexes, so to speak. The easiest way to understand this is to picture a Ferrari. It goes around corners flat and fast; this is mainly attributed to its low centre of gravity. Now picture a big pickup truck: it does not go around corners fast and in those corners it leans over towards the outside of the curve, making it way more likely (in extreme circumstances) to roll over. Not good and not safe. Who wants to sit higher up now? Even more exciting stuff for the women next month …
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in most situations I normally respond with a question of my own: "It really depends; what's your Life Plan?" The focus of the conversation then quickly moves away from the immediate tax savings to by Erik Solbakken what the person is really trying to Solbakken accomplish. As shocking as it may Chartered Accountants sound, sometimes the right solution is the one that ends up costing more tax! The real question is … What's your Life Plan? A favourite saying of mine is "failing to plan is planning to fail." If you were on a road trip and didn't know where you wanted to get to, it would quickly become a confusing situation. I know, I know, Chevy Chase had a plan and look what happened to his "Family Vacation!" The real point is knowing where you want to go so that when you have to make decisions along the way you can opt for choices that support your Life Plan. For the business owner, I like to think of the Life Plan as being supported by four other plans: Business, Wealth, Retirement and Estate. For the individual, simply replace Business Plan with Employment Plan and you're there. Now, depending on what your Life Plan is, each of these four plans need to be in alignment to help you get to where you're going. Everything you do affects everything you do: it's all connected. The key, however, is making sure you know what the plan is. Where are you going? One very useful exercise I've followed over the years is writing down what my plans are. I review this with my family to ensure we're all on the same page, then call it a plan for the year. What are our goals for growing the business? How much vacation time do we want to take? What are we going to invest in? When do we want to retire and how much will we need? As the year progresses and changes happen we adjust accordingly to support our Life Plan. An example of where planning is critical is with debt financing. Financial institutions lend money based on your ability to pay. This generally requires you to provide them with copies of your income tax assessments for at least two years. This is where showing a higher income and paying more income tax may make sense so you can get that home or vacation property. What amazes me the most is how much of the plan actually comes true every year. It is an exercise that I have come to not only enjoy, but have found it absolutely necessary to achieving our family's Life Plan. To quote the A-Team's Hannibal Smith: "I love it when a plan comes together." For more information visit www.solbakken.ca.
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New Beauty Treatments in Town: Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic This is the third in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Sidney has a new option for beauty treatments. Sea Breeze Laser & Beauty Clinic has just opened, sharing space with the Refresh Spa at Suite 102 - 2527 Beacon Ave. It's the only laser clinic in Sidney offering services usually only available at a dermatologist's office and is run by Joan Wilson and technician Sue Scholes. Joan has a long history in the cosmetics industry and Sue has an aesthetics background from her own clinic on the Peninsula. Together they have lots of laser experience. For those who don't know, laser treatments are a safe and painfree way of addressing hair removal and other minor cosmetic issues. Using a state-of-the-art Sciton Profile machine, the certified laser technicians can quickly and effectively remove body hair. After a sixsession treatment, hair is permanently gone. The laser is also a great way to remove blemishes such as sun-spots, spider veins, rosacea, acne scarring and wrinkles. Joan is adamant that laser treatment is the future for hair removal: "when I think of all the money I spent on waxing over the years, I could have had laser treatment all over my body several times over!" The new lasers are very efficient, reducing treatment time to just 20
to 30 minutes for a whole leg treatment. The cost has come down too. Originally only available from a doctor, now improved training and equipment has opened the market up to fully-trained technicians such as Sue and Joan. In a comfortable and relaxed environment, the laser can easily remove hair from any part of the body. Joan describes how she loves to see people feel great about themselves after their treatment is complete. Joan is a big advocate for the rejuvenating power of the photofacial treatments. The gentle heat applied by the pulsed laser soaks through to the skin layer beneath the surface. It penetrates the cells and stimulates them to produce collagen, which helps your skin revitalize itself. In the future, the Clinic plans to add additional filters to their machines to allow skin tightening and cellulite targeting treatments to their list of services. These include the Skin Tyte and the ProFractional filter; both of which come highly recommended. Joan has big ambitions for her new business. With a grand champagne opening planned for September, she recommends keeping up to date with Clinic developments through their Facebook page. For now there are big discounts available to new customers. Until July 31st there is 25% off all hair removal prices; that makes booking early a real necessity. Visit www.seabreezelaser.com for more information and to book your first appointment.
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Kitchen Sink Czar by Jennifer Bowles
On Sunday mornings in my house,
no clock is required to let us know our scheduled weekend Caesar is due. And believe me, it is scheduled year round. I'm not talking about a Caesar salad. Oh no, I am talking about that quintessential beverage that eats more like a meal, and nobody bats an eye when they're served well before noon. The Bloody Mary, which is simply tomato juice and vodka, is often compared to, but in fact is distinctly different from, its sister beverage the Caesar. Caesars are typically the go-to bevvy of those who imbibed the night before and are feeling somewhat worse for wear. Referred to in many circles as the miracle cure for what "ales" you, they are usually comprised of a celery-salt rimmed glass, crushed ice, premium vodka, a few dashes of hot and Worcestershire sauce and finished with clam and tomato juice. This Canadian classic is definitely delicious as is, but I know we can do better than that. Musing on the possibilities of how to transform this classic beauty into a knock out, I did some research and came up with a variation of this gem that gives it a cleaner spin and, I think, a more whimsical approach to the classic Caesar. This concoction epitomizes summer. Its crisp elements pair with some crunchy vegetables for a more toothsome product that makes like a light breakfast. I call it Kitchen Sink Czar! It's a cross between a simple garden salad (without the lettuce) and the classic Caesar; however, the levels of flavour are remarkable in this truly refreshing libation.
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Slightly crush the heirloom tomatoes to burst their skin and place in the bottom of a good-sized cocktail glass (tumbler glasses won't work), then add the rest of the ingredients except the last two. Throw in a handful of ice and one shot of chilled premium vodka. Top with tonic and mix well. You can garnish this with whatever you like, but who can resist our deluxe B.C. spot prawns. You can serve this with a little cocktail fork to ensure all those newly marinated veggies are enjoyed as well! Simply poach and skewer the prawn and voila: you have a healthy, wholesome cocktail for that summer morning gettogether with mates or just for your relaxing weekend morning! Enjoy Everyone!
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buying local is good for you! We really do live in a little slice of heaven on earth. With so many wonderful farms on the Saanich Peninsula and in the surrounding communities, why would you go anywhere else to get the freshest, in-season vegetables; berries; meat; plants; tree and vine fruit; honey, wine and cider; eggs and so much more? Or visit one of our wonderful farmers markets, which bring together the best our farms have to offer … all in one place! Farm to Family: it’s the Peninsula way!
Gobind Farms Owned and operated by the Dheenshaw family for over 30 years, we specialize in farm fresh seasonal ready-picked berries: strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, tayberry, boysenberry and loganberry. Gobind also produces a variety of types of squash, rhubarb, beets, leeks, garlic and pumpkin. Head down to our roadside stand from 9 - 6:30 daily or find us at many local farmers markets. Go Best Gobind! 6929 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.0182
Phil’s Farm Phil’s Farm has over 30 years’ experience sustainably growing fruit on the Peninsula. Phil’s has three varieties of raspberries: Cascade Delight, Qualicum and Tulameen. There also are five varieties of blueberries, with some of them as large as a quarter! Buy farm gate or U-pick. Visit our website for info. 6080 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.2264 philsfarm.ca
Dan’s Farm and Country Market Dan’s Farm grows fruit and vegetables in rich Saanich Peninsula soil. July and August are filled with delicious fruits and vegetables; our blueberries are ripe, our melons and figs are sweet and juicy, peppers and tomatoes filled with flavour, beans and peas are picked, and corn and early apples are ready. Come have a sample anytime!
North Saanich Farm Market North Saanich Farm Market runs weekly Saturday markets until Oct. 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. John’s United Church gardens at 10990 W. Saanich Rd. Seasonal produce, flowers, fabulous baked goods, locally raised meat, crafts, live music. Meet your neighbours at the market. Focused on supporting food production on the Saanich Peninsula. northsaanichfarmmarket.ca
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Michell’s Farm Just off of Highway 17 at Island View Road on the Lochside bike Trail is Michell’s Farm. This sixthgeneration, family-run farm specializes in growing seasonal produce, and with over 50 varieties of fruit and vegetables grown here, Michell’s always has something to offer including their own local, hormone-free, grass-raised beef! July is Raspberry month; come taste the local flavours! 2451 Island View Rd Central Saanich 250.652.6770
We are a biologically-friendly family enterprise that specializes in tomatoes, producing over 13 colourful varieties. In addition to a wide selection of cucumbers and peppers, we grow a large assortment of vegetables, greens and herbs. We also offer a unique selection of flora, home and garden décor. Fresh … Clean … Local. Sun Wing Tomatoes 6070 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.5732
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Enjoying the Art of U Brew: Maureen Bifford by Barry Mathias This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Peninsula U Brew Winery was established in 1988 and later moved to its present location at 2031 Malaview Avenue in West Sidney (across from Slegg Lumber). "We acquired the business seven years ago," says Maureen Biford, "and I have enjoyed every minute of it." Maureen and her husband Stan had been regular customers at the U Brew for 15 years, when circumstances had Stan looking for a new career. "The winery wasn't actually for sale," Maureen says, "but that didn't stop us making an offer! We haven't looked back." Maureen is a successful businesswoman. "We are not a franchise," she emphasizes. "Being independent allows us to choose what product line we wish to carry." They guarantee the product, and are the only authorized local dealers with Winexpert, a division of Global Vintners. They are also one of the largest "on premises" businesses in B.C. Over the years, they have established a knowledgeable staff, who will help you decide which wine, from a large range, will suit your requirements. It is often the fact that new customers have no real idea what they want to purchase: they have some thoughts in regards to white or red, and they know how much they might wish to pay, but they are often overwhelmed with the choice: "we have over 125 different wines in stock," notes Maureen. "When a new customer arrives, our staff will ask them 10 questions to identify the wine that will suit their palate," she says. "Basically, the amount of juice in the wine brew will dictate how full-bodied the wine is, how long it will need to be kept before it reaches its full maturity, and the cost." Maureen explains: "our staff prepare the batch, while the customer starts the process by pitching in the yeast. It's that simple. "We have some excellent wines on our list, including fine Cabernets and Merlots. "People need to understand that these are an investment," she says. If kept for a year, these top-range wines will continue to improve. "Many newcomers are amazed at the quality and value. Customers can also make their beer 'on-premise' in about four weeks, or buy a kit for home brewing." Since acquiring the business, Maureen and Stan have reached out to the local population: "We have an Annual Customer Appreciation Day," she says. They provide food, refreshments, entertainment and games. "It's just our way to say thanks to all of our wonderful customers, who are in fact friends as well." Recently, they have expanded their storefront, creating a touch of elegance, and introduced a new oak-barrel aging program. Maureen smiles: "We take a pride in what we do."
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w e at h e r w i t isn't it extraordinary to find ordinary things in unexpected places? One morning i looked in the mirror to find peanut butter and jelly on my forehead.
The Toast Fell From the Sky by Steve Sakiyama
Recently I found a set of keys that were missing for years
in the thick shrubs beside our house, all rusted and caked with dirt. Strange. How did they get there? Did the car key run off with the house key one dark and stormy night, only to get lost in the shrub forest? It reminds me of the odd Mother Goose nursery rhyme where the "Dish ran away with the Spoon." Where did they end up anyways? Isn't it extraordinary to find ordinary things in unexpected places? One morning while rushing out the door to work I happened to glance in the mirror, just to confirm my professional office attire and impeccable grooming. I stopped … Yep, there was a streak of peanut butter and jelly across the top of my forehead. Tell me, how did the stuff on my breakfast toast end up there? It was if the toast fell from the sky and landed on my noggin in a Murphy's Law kind of way, PB-and-J side down. "Splaathunk." While wiping it off I laughed at the possibility of going through the day completely oblivious to these streaks of goodness spread prominently across the front of my balding head. Walking along busy sidewalks to work, spending the day in meetings, giving a presentation to management … all the while thinking that those smiling at me were acknowledging my confident demeanor. "Hey Steve, trying the old PB-and-J scalp treatment? How's that working for ya?" Speaking of things spread across the top, the sky can have streaks of cloud high above – as if an artist used a gentle brush stroke to create feathery patches of white clouds on a blue canvas. These are Cirrus: a thin, streaky cloud found anywhere from five to 13 kilometres above sea level. Since it is very cold and windy at these heights, Cirrus is made up of tiny ice crystals that are stretched horizontally into long wisps called mares' tails. Once in a while, the ice crystals fall out of the cloud and eventually vapourize, creating thin white streamers that hang underneath it. This is an extraordinary sight, as the cloud looks like a white jellyfish floating in the sky with delicate tendrils of ice crystals dangling below. Some refer to these as jellyfish clouds (or in my case, peanut butter and jellyfish clouds). What kind of weather will spread across the sky in July? The long-term outlook for July through September indicates a
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greater chance of above-normal temperatures, with no preference toward wetter or drier conditions. So it looks like typical marvelous summer weather to top it all off. During July the breadth of nature is on full display, with breathtaking lush trees and flowers, glittering seascapes backlit by snow peaked mountains, and the red hues of sunset skies. Before rushing out the door into our busy lives, take a moment to look at the reflections of beauty in the surrounding land, sea and sky. Expect the unexpected, for there's no such thing as the ordinary here in this extraordinary place. ~ Weatherwit. Questions about clouds? Email email@example.com or visit weatherwit.wordpress.com.
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work in your community, but just haven't quite figured out what you want to do? Have you ever questioned a decision of your local municipal council, and thought you would have done Primary Logo thingsÂ differently? This November, you will have an opportunity to contribute to your community: the municipal elections are scheduled for Saturday, November 15th. This is your chance to enter the political arena, and at the municipal level of governance, your voice will be heard and you can make a difference. To run, pick up the required paperwork as of September 30th, 2014 at your municipal hall; this must be filed by 4 p.m. on October 10th, 2014 when the nomination period ends. Secondary Logo New provincial legislation is a certainty this fall, which will change the present term of office from three to four years. I did say volunteer work; however, that is not quite true. There is a small monthly stipend for being an elected official, but I can assure you, you do not stand for election for the money! If you divide the stipend by the number of hours you put in as a Mayor or Councillor, you'll realize you would be better off setting up a lemonade stand in your front yard â€Ś if your local bylaws would allow it! Think about using your stipend to keep peace in the household.Logo Info When I first ran it was agreed that my stipend would go towards the babysitters and housekeepers that would be needed when I was not at home to attend to my domestic duties. In this and a follow-up article in the September issue, I hope to answer questions you may have about running in the upcoming municipal elections. No previous political experience is necessary to run for your local council, and it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. With Facebook and Twitter, and by creating your own blog and website, you can get your message out to the electors at little or no cost. Door-knocking, without doubt, is the #1 "must do." You will need to have a snappy brochure or one-pager to hand deliver or leave at doors when no one is home. You will also need this handout to distribute at the two or three all-candidates meetings that will be held in your community. Many home computer programs can produce some pretty sharp handouts, so your only expense is really just in the printing. Next time: how to focus your campaign, and the workload you can expect if elected. Please feel free to email me any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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friends & neighbours
Two Friends and a Dog by Susan Simosko
Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share some of their stories. Diane Philipps and Judy Smith each consider themselves extraordinarily lucky – and for the same reason. A chance meeting more than 20 years ago was the springboard for what was to become a unique and powerful friendship that led to a remarkable new "dancing partner" for Diane: a beautiful black Labrador service dog named Piper. When the two women met in 1991, they learned that each volunteered at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and both loved dogs. Diane was involved in pet therapy; Judy worked in palliative care. Over the years, the two friends saw one another through many of life's ups and downs, always with care and, whenever possible, a good laugh. The pair also helped one another through several serious challenges, one of which was Diane's genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome. "This is a combination eye disease and severe hearing impairment," Diane tells me. In her early years, Diane was able to see well enough to lip read as long as she was face to face with people. This enabled her to have a successful banking career, and when hearing aids became available for her type of deafness, she was able to pursue a career as a legal assistant. However, things did not get easier for Diane. "As my hearing and vision deteriorated, I had to give up work," Diane explains. "But with the help of different specialists, I was able to carry on volunteering
with the Red Cross and other organizations." Over the years, Diane and Judy continued to enjoy one another's company. "But," says Diane, "I soon realized I needed more and more help from friends and family. I knew if I wanted to remain as independent as possible, I needed to be more proactive. That led me to register with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which helped me immeasurably." But even that wasn't enough. "I was perpetually frustrated that I couldn't do everything I wanted," she explains, which is why she registered with the B.C. and Alberta Guide Dog Services. She was in her '60s. As a close friend, Judy was acutely aware of Diane's needs. She also learned that it takes almost $40,000 to raise and train a guide dog. Judy was determined to help Diane acquire a service dog through whatever means she could. "I am a member of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club," Judy says. "Two years ago, the Club committed to raising funds to support the training of a seeing-eye dog – as long as the recipient was a local person. That local person turned out to be Diane! It was fantastic!" By her own telling, Diane is one of the oldest people in B.C. to receive a service dog. "Piper arrived at 16 months old, fully trained, and ready to take me on," she laughs. "She leads and I follow!" Diane and Piper went through a three-week training period, during which they learned to work with one another. Part of that training included Piper learning how to escort Diane on buses. "Now," says Diane, "I can go wherever I want. Piper is an extraordinary helper and my new best friend. I am so grateful to Judy, the Rotary Club and all the people who lent a hand along the way. I truly am one of the luckiest people I know!" Photo by www.nuttycake.com. SEASIDE | july 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 31
new & noteworthy by Linda Hunter retail and services
Opening Doors to New Beginnings
Shop the world in Christine Downing's new LALOCA â€“ Local & Global Fair Trade Products. The store supports local and international producers with a selection of high-quality fair trade products that pay producers a fair wage, offering consumer choice along with the guarantee of giving back to communities. Located in Sidney's Garden Court, off Beacon, the store is open Tuesday through Saturday and features artwork, musical instruments, spices, jewelry, home dĂŠcor and much more. Find them on facebook at www.facebook. com/ethicallatin or call 778-351-3844. Al Udell and his wife have started a new chapter in North Saanich, having moved from Yellowknife to the Island. Focusing on freelance work on the Peninsula means adapting to a new and exciting future for Al, a passionate and experienced IT professional and working musician. While his primary mandate is delivering trusted and
News, changes, updates, launches? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. proven web design, his company Victory Point FX also specializes in traditional and digital graphic design, drafting, 3D design and modeling, video production and animation. Al's work is client driven and home based, affording him flexibility, which means anytime is a good time to connect by email at email@example.com or at www.victorypointfx.com. Need a ride? Sidney Taxi opened in May, with an orange fleet including three regular taxi vans, one fully accessible van and a focus on customer service. With full-time, in-house dispatch, Cecil Davies and his team are open 24/7. Their office is located above the Odyssia restaurant in downtown Sidney (corner of 5th and Beacon) and they take pride in offering a Sidney-based, full-service operation catering to all ages. Call for a cab at 250-656-6666. Have you been looking for Neal Sheppard? We found him, operating his new home-based business Brentwood Micro, after years working in a local Sidney
computer shop. He continues to offer friendly, efficient onsite service for all major brand names, providing both new and reconditioned computers, along with general tech support. Neal is available seven days a week from 8 to 8 and can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/ brentwoodmicro or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. dining
Changing Hands Four years on and Rob McMillan* has handed the keys to the Canoe Cove Restaurant over to new owner Joe Bourdreau. This popular eatery is the perfect fit for Joe, with more than three decades in the retail and food industry and a good move for Joe, who has recently made the Peninsula home. Open seven days a week, and located on Canoe Cove Marina, the restaurant is a favourite for many, known for quality homestyle cooking and great service. Inside or out on the patio, staff are pleased to be serving up traditional breakfasts, house-made burgers, milkshakes and fresh pie daily along with a warm handshake
from Joe. Find out more at www. canoecovemarina.com or by calling 250-656-5557. *Rob is returning to his first love, mechanics and boat repair, and is now back, operating Auto Marine Service. tourism
Under New Management Morgan Jane Shaw is the new Manager of Visitor Services for the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Peninsula born and raised, Morgan brings her home-grown passion and varied background, encompassing community involvement, volunteer management administration and work with numerous not-for-profit organizations, to her new role. This summer, the Visitor Centres are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering a wide range of visitor services, including professional visitor counselling, community and travel information, accommodation reservation and provincial itinerary planning. Find Morgan and her friendly staff in Sidney at Beacon just off the highway, or at http://peninsulatours.ca.
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g r e y m at t e r s "the spirit of adventure never goes away. It may diminish, or downsize, but once there, it is there forever."
Once Wild, Always Wild by Trysh Ashby-Rolls
Author Nikki van Schyndel is not yet 40. So what is
she doing in Grey Matters, a column for seniors? Simply put, she is here because she's an inspiration to us all. Van Schyndel reminds us, whether we're 50, 60, 90, or even 100 or more that the spirit of adventure never goes away. It may diminish, or downsize, but once there, it is there forever in some form or another. Several years ago, at age 29, Nikki van Schyndel walked into the wilderness of B.C.'s central coast with little more than a hunting knife. She had not taken leave of her senses, nor was she running away from either her problems or her family and friends. Since childhood she wanted to live in nature: eat wild food, sleep in a shack she built herself, make her clothes from the bark of trees. Her story of survival and awakening is the subject of the current B.C. Bestseller: Becoming Wild (Caitlin Press, 2014). Ada Clark is in her '80s and lives in central west New South Wales, Australia. Described by ABC-TV as "resilient and adventurous," it is the "untouched wild areas," which fascinate her too. Working as an artist since she was in her '20s, she has travelled the world, exhibiting in North America, Greece and Italy as well as in Australia, both "inspiring and inspired" by her surroundings. She now concentrates on pottery, place mats, prints and jewelry, all of which can be purchased from her online shop as well as from her studio should you
find yourself in Millthorpe, NSW. On her 90th birthday, a Tennessee woman celebrated by hanggliding from an airplane. She was on a trip with ElderTreks, the world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people age 50 and over. Established in 1987, ElderTreks offers active, off-the-beaten-path, small-group adventures by both land and sea in over 100 countries. The company offers wildlife and tribal African safaris, active hiking trips to the Rockies, Himalayas and Andes, expeditions by icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic and cultural journeys throughout Asia, South America and much of the world. Company spokesperson Karen Rapp says their oldest client to date was 95. Anyone over 80 must have a doctor's consent as the groups are pretty active and "it wouldn't be fair to slow othersÂ down." Would you contact the writer if you saw this ad in the newspaper? "Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires three crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only." Anthony Smith, a London-based former author, documentary film maker, adventurer and television presenter in his '80s, decided to fulfill a childhood dream after receiving compensation following a hit-and-run accident that broke his hip. Called the An-Tiki, the raft was made from four water supply pipes 12 metres long and 14 cross pipes. Seven of the pipes held the fresh water supply for Smith and his "mature and intrepid gentlemen" crew. With a 12-metre mast and 37-square-metre sail, twin rudders provided steering, along with centreboards and a couple of oars. The voyage took 66 days across 2,800 miles of ocean from the Canary Islands to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. The aim was to raise money for Water Aid. Of course there were those who thought Smith and his pals were mad. To which Smith replied: "What else do you do when you get on in years?" He celebrated his 85th birthday halfway across the Atlantic with a chocolate cake baked on board. Wouldn't it be fun to see what Nikki van Schyndel gets up to at 85!
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Sea Cider Farm and Cidery
by Hans Tammemagi
Entering the Sea Cider Farm & Cidery property, it looked like a fairy tale with the main building sitting majestically on a rise, framed by neat rows of espaliered apple trees sporting fresh spring growth. My wife and I drove to the parking lot, noticing many bicycles amongst the cars. With its Central Saanich location right next to the Pat Bay Highway, Sea Cider attracts many visitors. We walked through a stylishly decorated tasting and sales room onto the sun-drenched deck where tables overflowed with glistening, elegant glasses holding rich coppery cider. Visitors smiled and laughed in the sunshine and apple trees rolled gently toward the distant Salish Sea. We joined a complimentary tour. The friendly and knowledgeable guide led us among rows of Kingston Blacks, Chisel Jerseys and Babinetts, explaining that more than 60 types of apples are used to make their cider. Here and there sat wooden hives, their fronts abuzz with bees,
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who not only pollinate the trees but make honey for the meadbased cider. We strolled back to the Cidery, passing a large tent that hosts numerous weddings (60 booked for this year!) and functions. Inside the Cidery, we wandered past large stainless-steel tanks and a bottling machine to a row of Kentucky bourbon barrels. The guide explained that their Rumrunner Cider, unique in Canada, was aging inside these barrels. We returned to the sparkling, sunny deck where a flight of nine glasses of cider was attractively arrayed on the table. Next to it was a charcuterie platter with cheeses from Little Qualicum, Oyama sausage, red pepper hummus, Rumrunner jelly and salt-and-pepper chocolate bark. Mmmm! I sipped from the lighter Wild English (7% alcohol), a typical British cider, to the Pommeau, a smooth but potent dessert cider (20% alcohol). Rumrunner (13%) was my favourite, of course. Another favourite was Bramble Bubbly, the summer seasonal cider, which includes local blackberries. In the fall, the seasonal cider has hops added, which gives a nose like beer but yields a delectable cider taste. I was astonished to learn that cider, just like wine, has enormous variety and complexity and quietly vowed to begin learning the nuances so I might become a cider snob. Kristen Jordan, Sea Cider's owner and manager, purchased the farm in 2004, planted apple trees and had the main building constructed specifically to be a cidery. Production began in 2007. A Cider Master, Kristen constantly experiments with making tasty, innovative new ciders. "I'm proud that we produce B.C.'s only certified organic cider," she said. "We also strive to bring value to the community. For example, we work with LifeCycles Project Society, which cultivates community health." My wife and I smiled, hoisted our glasses and sipped the burnished nectar.
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