Seaside Magazine August 2015 Issue

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August 2015


Soaring Towards

Summer Fun

Kids What's Happening

Shop Local

Inside Out

Tots to Teens

Family Friendly Events

Keeping Kids Safe

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Moms Online


Kids What's Happening: Calendar of Fall Activities Common Cents: RESPs - Giving the Gift of Education Secrets From my Suitcase: Island Staycation

2015 Auto Extravaganza

West Coast Gardener: Teaching Kids the Value of Growing Food


COLUMNS 8 15 37 46 47 59 62

First Word

Seaside Homes

Inside Out


Island life West Coast Gardener On Design Ignition Last Word

Peninsula Wineries

DEPARTMENTS 14 16 20 24 26

Common Cents Pets Patter In Good Health Grey Matters New & Noteworthy

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Seaside Arts Scene Secrets From my Suitcase Trendspotting Peninsula Restaurant Profile Sudoku



Dave Friend aka Mr. Organic

When I became a certified organic grower, I automatically became a promoter for and a provider of local, healthy, organic food. During this time I also formed a consultancy service providing advice and guidance to people wanting to grow and/or sell local organic food. I then volunteered my time visiting schools and talking to students about the importance of growing and eating local, health-friendly food, eventually creating the Growing Young Farmers School Program in 2009. The program morphed into the Growing Young Farmers Society (a registered charity), but it is still predominantly 'Mr. Organic' doing the educating, encouraging and empowering of students to grow healthy food. I share some thoughts about the importance of young people learning about food production in this month's West Coast Gardener column.

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Dr. Kate Evans

I am the mother of three children, ages 9, 7 and 3 and practice family medicine at the Ocean Pier Medical Centre in Sidney. Five generations of my family has lived on the Saanich Peninsula. Like many of you, I greet the start of summer with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. How do I keep my young kids entertained while school is out? Camping? Swimming? Beach adventures? Really anything that will keep them active during our beautiful Island summer. In this month's Inside Out column I give some safety reminders and tips to make sure you don't end up in the doctor's office this summer. You may see me and my kids on one of our local beaches or campgrounds this summer. Be sure to come over and say hello, and if one of them isn't wearing a hat feel free to give this mother a friendly reminder!

Deborah Reid

Born the middle daughter of a large family with parents who married after the war, I remember all too well our parents' financial struggles while raising our family. My father and his older brother had a Grade 8 education because they had to work to help feed their family. Graduating Grade 12 was a luxury in those days because the needs of the family took precedence over an education. Fortunately times have changed but challenges remain. The rising cost of education continues to threaten one's access to postsecondary education. The reality that future generations require a degree or diploma in order to find employment has forced today's parent to consider all forms of saving. Read about the benefits of starting a registered educational saving plan in this month's Common Cents column (pg 14).

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Allison Smith

As Seaside's editor-in-chief for five-and-a-half years, I loved doing my job every day as it allowed me to really connect with the Saanich Peninsula community. Last October, it was time to love and connect with something else: my new baby daughter Tessa. As my year's maternity leave draws to a close and I prepare to re-enter the 'working world,' I was happy to contribute an article to this month's issue. "Parenting in a Digital Age" (pg. 11) takes a look at our changing times and the valuable resource social media (Facebook in particular) can be for today's new moms. See you all in the November issue!

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minutes when she couldn't see me, just to see how she engaged with is a constant mixture of excitement her friends. She was happy, smiling; she was going to be just fine. and trepidation! Today I had a And now there will be time with my son, one on one. Time is very hard realization. My mommy so precious with a son at 14. We will make dinners together, watch super powers, the tools I have used movies, take long bike rides and snuggles moms can never get enough to banish monsters under the bed, of. I really can't imagine my kids growing past these ages. They are prevent toddlers from painting their my absolute favourite. Not quite teens and still needing their mom. whole room with diaper cream, or As I look ahead though I realize that my super powers will meet their using their head as a torpedo, are match. I'm learning there are some things a mother could never explain. becoming much less powerful now Like why do grandfathers have to get older and move out of their house? that my kids are 12 and 14. Why do people we love get cancer and die? How is it possible that a This summer was my daughter's person can go into a school or church and kill others? My trepidation first week away from home at camp. On the drive up to Duncan the starts. All I can do is listen and reassure them that they are safe. jeep was silent; Eva was deep in thought. As we approached Camp My two kids are almost as tall as me. Lucas starts high school and Eva Qwanoes, she held my hand fast, squeezed it so hard, and in one Grade 7. Each day they move a little further beyond my Mommy super moment her face showed a glimpse of anxiety and then one of elation. powers' reach and as I think about all that awaits them, a part of me As much as I wanted her to experience the coming days, I couldn't wants to stop time. But today is the day it occurred to me that I have it imagine a week without speaking to her, not even once? I stayed for all wrong. I am not losing my powers. I am giving them away. Sometimes an hour making sure everything was organized. I saw where she was willingly and lovingly, sometimes my kids have to wrestle them away. But sleeping, asked when they ate, stayed for her swim test and then it was the special powers were never mine to keep. time to go. I kissed and hugged her and breathed in her smell. My insides were a mess. My son Lucas was with me and said, "Mom, she Haro’s Ad • Seaside Times Aug 2015 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • REV 3 • July 16/15 Publisher will be ok". "I know," I said "I will miss her, is all." I waited a few more

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Parenting in a

Digital Age by Allison Smith

It has been said that social

media is the downfall of face-to-face communication. In many ways I agree, but not as a new mom! Over the nine months of my daughter's life, social media, particularly Facebook, has been invaluable: as a way to connect with other moms, as a means to purchase everything baby related and as a resource when looking for childcare. As my due date approached and the bills for the baby 'stuff' rapidly exceeded our budget, a friend mentioned a Facebook group: Sidney Mom's Buy/Sell/Swap. What a game changer! Why pay $200 for a change table when I could buy one from local moms for less than a quarter of the price? That first purchase led to a diaper genie followed by a rocking chair then a breast pump … all before my daughter was even born! I wouldn't be able to list all of the things I have acquired through this group – all at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Which, when you think about how quickly children outgrow everything from onesies to Jolly Jumpers, only makes sense. It's also nice to be able to pay it forward – as Tessa outgrows something I am able to pass it on to another family at the same savings I was able to take advantage of! I've never been the most outgoing person, so when I had my baby, and after I made it through the barely-surviving fog of the first few months, I wondered how I was going to connect with other moms. One day I finally got up the guts to post on the Buy/Sell/Swap group page: something along the lines of "new mom of daughter looking for friends for coffee and playdates." Another mom quickly messaged me about a group she'd started – Peninsula Playdates – and that led to many new friendships. I am admittedly obsessed with the minutiae

of my daughter's life: happy to chat for hours about the merits – or downfalls – of co-sleeping, the best foods for introducing solids, sleep training, "crying it out" and pretty much everything that comes along with parenthood. And who is the only group happy to listen to me – and chat back – ad nauseam? Other moms, of course! As I prepare to return to work, finding appropriate childcare is paramount. When I started the process I didn't know where to begin and it all seemed overwhelming. First I posted in the various parents' groups – simple questions asking people for their favourite childcare providers in the area – which led both to the Facebook page Childcare in Greater Victoria and to the Victoria Childcare Resource and Referral organization. At time of writing, I don't have childcare lined up but with these great resources to draw on I'm confident I will find the right 'fit' for my daughter soon. It's a different world for today's moms, with Facebook just a drop in the bucket of technology available to us. The downfall of face-toface communication? Not in my (baby) book!

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Sept. 29 29 - Dec. 15 September to Decemb

Sea Shirt Sunday

Get creative with 'fishy' art, putting your marine pictures on a T-shirt, pillowcase or cloth bag. All ages. Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m. Admission cost plus $2.00 per item for fabric paint. Small selection of white shirts available to buy at the Centre. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250.665.7511.

Sept. 1010- Oct. 8 September to October

A supportive and nurturing class for little thespians who love to dress up and make believe. Role playing, story theatre and creative play. 6 - 8 yrs. Tuesdays, 3.15 - 4.15 p.m. 12/$200. Greenglade Community Centre, Room #5. Register: 250.656.7271.

Good Morning Rhymetime

October ongoing Tuesdays: Oct. 6 6&&Ongoing Tuesdays

Tiny tots can come with Mom or Dad to the library for songs, stories, rhymes and movement. Up to 5 yrs. Thursdays, 10.15 - 11 a.m. Also November 19 to December 17. Drop in. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. 250.656.0944.

Autumn Splendour

Sept. 20 20 (Sunday) September (Sunday):

Kraft Hockeyville Celebrations

Tot Tuesday

Kids learn about the wonders of the sea with ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. New theme each week from Turtle Time to Squishy Squids. Children must be with parent or adult. 3 - 5 yrs. Tuesdays, 10.30 a.m. Registration not required. Cost of admission, annual passes accepted. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250.665.7511.

September September 13: 13

All ages will enjoy a beautiful guided walk through Autumn woodlands with a CRD Naturalist along Elsie King Loop trail in Francis/King Regional Park. Sunday, 1 - 2.30 p.m. Free. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. crd-regional-parks/events. 250.478.3344.

Drama Explorers

October October 9 to 9 30:- 30

Budding Biologists

These classes for children will shape future environmentalists with hands-on, inquiry-based learning, centering on marine and coastal ecosystems. Great for K-Grade 2 homeschoolers. Fridays, 9.30 - 11.30am. 4/$75. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250.665.7511. October 14 to14 23:- 23 October

Weight Training for Teens

Celebrate the NHL Pre-Season Hockey Game (at the Q Centre) with a big party the day before at Panorama Recreation Centre parking lot. Road hockey, face-painting. Panorama will be presenting the game on September 21. Contact for more details. 250.656.7271.

Teens can get in great shape, learn how to use the weight room equipment and work on a strength program designed just for them. After course completion, teens can access other weight rooms in other centres. 13 - 19 yrs. Wednesdays & Fridays, 3.30 - 5 p.m. 4/$45. Panorama Recreation Weight Room. Register: 250.656.7271.

Sept. 23 23 - Nov. 25 Tumbling Tutus & Jazz Combo September to Novemb

October October 18 to14 24:- 23

Creative and fun-filled classes for tiny dancers who will learn basic ballet steps and dance movements with tumbling, rhythm and song. 4 - 6 yrs. Weds, 3.30 - 4.15 p.m. 10/$87. Panorama Recreation Fitness Studio. Register: 250.656.7271.

Sept. 25 25 - Nov. 27 September to Novem LEGOÂŽ Stories Everybody loves LEGO. Make something special with lots of LEGO blocks to play with at the library. Each time kids will explore a different theme. Age 5 yrs+. Fridays: Sep 25, Oct 9, Nov 13, Nov 27. 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Sidney/North Saanich Library. Free but register: 250.656.0944.

Teen Read Week – Get Away @ Your Library

Calling all teens. Leave the 'same old, same old' behind and escape with a good book. Read, write, win prizes all week long. 13 18 yrs. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. branches/sidneynorth-saanich. 250.656.0944.

October October 23: 23

Science-Sea Day

Celebrate National Science and Technology Week with a day of science experiments (perhaps a dissection?), science journal-making, demonstrations and activities hosted by the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. All ages. Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission cost, annual passes accepted. 250.665.7511.

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All ages. Thurs, 10.30 - 11.15 a.m. Sidney/North Saanich Library. Free but register: 250.656.0944.

Archaeology Afternoon

Be Indiana Jones, an archaeology detective, unlocking past secrets with Chris Mundigler from UVic. Slides, activities. 7 - 12 yrs. Friday, 1.30 - 3 p.m. Free but register: 250.656.0944. sidney-north-saanich.

October October 25: 25

ARTrageous Class Batik Landscapes Little Picassos will discover a world of wild colours & messy mediums. Take home your own special work of art. Supplies provided. 6 - 12 yrs. Sun 9.30 - 11 a.m. $12. Greenglade Community Centre Room #7. Register: 250.656.7271. November 1: 1 November

Sea Shirt Sunday

Get creative with 'fishy' art, putting your marine pictures on a T-shirt, pillowcase or cloth bag. All ages. Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m. Admission cost plus $2.00 per item for fabric paint. Small selection of white shirts available to buy at the Centre. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. 250.665.7511.

Nov. 5 - 5Dec. 17 November to Decemb

Active Start

November to Decem Nov. 6 - 6Dec. 18

Mermaid School

November November 13: 13

Babysitting Training

November 18: 18 November

Bubble Makers

Hey Teens, take this babysitting training designed by the Canada Safety Council and earn your own money. It covers child development, responsibilities, safety, games. 11 - 15 yrs. Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $60. Greenglade Community Centre Room #8. Register: 250.656.7271.

This valuable program teaches physical literacy skills that will help keep kids active for life. They learn running, jumping, throwing and balance through games and play. 3 - 4 yrs. Thursdays, 3.15 - 4 p.m. 7/$46. Greenglade Community Centre Gymnasium. Register: 250.656.7271.

Just like magic, you can be a mermaid in the water. Have fun with mermaid tails, games and swimming techniques. Children must be able to swim at least 15m without assistance and tread water for 15 seconds. 8 - 12 yrs. Fridays, 4 - 5 p.m. 7/$77. Panorama Recreation Centre. Register: 250.656.7271. November 12: 12 November

Trickster Tales – Puppet Show

Introduction to scuba diving for children, in shallow water, with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors' Bubblemaker experience. Learn basic skills and then start blowing bubbles. Half hour of free play at “Everyone Welcome” swim after class. 8 - 12 yrs. Wed 5 - 6 p.m. $35. Panorama Recreation Centre. Register: 250.656.7271.

November November 25: 25 Teen Pizza Party Adventurous teens are needed by the Sidney/North Saanich Library. 13 - 18 yrs. Wednesday, 4 - 5.30 p.m. Library staff will be searching for teens to enjoy a pizza party and talk about the library. Contact: 250.656.0944.

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inside out Family Summer Safety We can't avoid all danger but there are simple ways to cut the risks as we have fun with our families in the summer. First, the sun. The Canadian Dermatology Association is clear that sun exposure poses significant health risks. The risk of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, increases significantly if there is a history of sunburn, especially in childhood and adolescence. In my practice I have seen a couple of new cases of melanoma in the last year alone. The CDA recommends limiting sun exposure during peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and keeping kids right out of the sun between 12 and 2 p.m. I am going to remind my kids of the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are then you know it's time to find shade as the sun's rays are at their strongest. Don't forget widebrim hats and sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and SPF of 30 or higher. And please make an appointment with your family doctor if any family members have moles that have changed or grown in size or shape, especially "ugly ducklings" that stand out and look different from other moles on the body. Sometimes I have patients who tell me they plan to get a baseline tan to "protect" them from the sun's rays. A tan actually offers little protection against burning (equivalent to an SPF of 2 to 4 at most) and tanning beds are considered carcinogenic by the World Health Organization. And what about the argument that we need more sun exposure to boost Vitamin D levels? Again, the CDA cautions against this approach, pointing out that most of us get enough sun by carrying out our day to day activities in the spring and summer months. "Probably in the region of a few minutes a day" is all the sun exposure that is needed, according to the CDA. Those who are concerned about winter Vitamin D levels should talk to their doctor about taking an oral supplement. The water is another great way to keep kids happy and active in the summer months. But remember that drowning is the second leading

cause of death for children under five. Back yard paddling pools can be death traps for little ones, who can drown in as little as 2.5 cm of water. Never leave children alone, even for a second, and make a point of flipping those little pools over when unattended. Consider using the summer by Dr. Kate Evans months as a learning opportunity by signing your kids up for swim lessons. I love watching the instructors at Panorama teaching kids the first lesson of water safety: always ask permission and be accompanied by an adult before stepping in the water. Another hazard that can occur at any time of year involves kids and choking. How many times have you had to remind your child to sit down to eat, especially when there is the excitement of a campfire and hot dogs or marshmallows are involved? Organizations like the Canadian Red Cross offer excellent first aid training, and will teach you how to perform the five back blows or abdominal thrusts that could save a life. Many people assume that all doctors have done this in real life, but in fact my first experience with a choking victim occurred at a summer family barbeque, and not on the job. I am happy to report that the hot dog flew out just as the ambulance was being called. Camping offers a great opportunity to update your first aid kit, as I was reminded when on a trip with friends recently. When the first scraped knee occurred among our group I was not, sadly, the one to produce a bandaid. Make sure to stock up on antiseptic and bandaids, as well as an antihistamine in case of an allergic reaction (there's nothing worse than tenting in a field of grass and waking up with swollen, red eyes and itchy skin). Ok, time to go pack for our summer vacation and update that first aid kit!


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2. Enough money? Aside from the initial purchase price, there's annual vaccinations, cost of nutritional dog food and money for life's surprises, like raccoon encounters. If you get a puppy, consider buying pet insurance to offset later unexpected vet bills. 3. Best age for kids to get a dog? Ideally your youngest should be old enough to understand the dog is not just another stuffed toy. It will be up to you to teach and model the rules about interacting with the dog to make sure the pet is never put in a position where it must defend itself. On the positive side, kids can learn sensitivity to others through playing and cuddling with their best friend. 4. How old a dog? Back to point 1, time available. The advantage of a puppy is that it will grow up used to active kids and its place in the household. The down side is chewed shoes, toilet training and inevitable "accidents". You'll also need to protect a vulnerable pup from too much stimulation and rough play. Adopting a rescue dog a few years old is an alternative. It's a good idea to foster the dog first to make sure it's a good fit for your family. (Our rescue Cocker Spaniel is great with adults, but very nervous around young children.) 5. What's the best kind of dog for your family? Multiple websites are devoted to this question. Consider the breed's temperament and size, allergies, the size of your home and amount of exercise you can provide. The "doodles," a cross between a non-shedding poodle and another breed, are popular with allergy sufferers. Small dogs seem logical for a smaller home but many breeds can be high strung. Calm, larger dogs (Labrador and Golden retrievers come to mind) are usually better suited to a busy household and seem to delight in children. No matter the dog's size or temperament, it should have a place of refuge for some down time. 6. Is your home always clean and tidy? If the answer's yes, choose a cat instead! If you still feel a dog is right for your family, go for it. You'll enjoy unconditional love, regular outdoor exercise, daily laughs at its antics and loyal companionship. Under your guidance, your kids will learn responsibility and empathy that will prepare them for other parts of their lives. All this from an irrepressible bundle of fur and affection. Note: This article is based on research and the writer's own experience. However, she is not an expert in pet care.



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at the Mary Winspear Centre Brett Kissel – Canadian Country Star

The 25-year-old singer songwriter and cattle rancher from Flat Lake, Alberta broke into the country music scene in 2014 with the album Started With a Song and first major single by the same name. Brett has become the talk of Canadian country music; becoming the first country artist to be awarded with Juno Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 17 years. In June 2015 Kissel unveiled his newest song Airwaves leading up to the debut of his sophomore album due for release in early September. Airwaves was the most digitally downloaded song on DMDS in its first week on the country radio charts. Brett’s love of music started from a young age, his parents remind him that he has been an attention-seeker his whole life. “I craved the spotlight. Any opportunity to stand up on the couch and belt out a tune when I was 3 or 4 years old, I always took” says Kissel. When his grandmother bought him a Sears-catalogue guitar just before his 7th birthday, Kissel’s fate was sealed. “It was this deep-rooted passion inside of me. When I was 10 years old, I was playing three-chord Johnny Cash songs at talent shows, but singing them two octaves higher than his deep baritone voice.”

Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens and George Strait, Brett Kissel is still very much his own man: a dynamic, charismatic performer, singer and songwriter and ready to make an imposing impression on the global country music scene. “I write and record music that’s true to myself, about experiences that I’ve had in my young age,” Kissel declares, “and it’s my hope that the fans and all the people listening are either touched by it or can escape wherever they need to escape from for three-and-a-half minutes.” Get your Country on! Don’t miss Brett Kissel for his first performance on Vancouver Island, Friday September 4 at 8.00 p.m. in the Charlie White Theatre. The night begins with a pre-show tailgate BBQ included in the purchase of your ticket prepared by Island Culinary Services from 6 - 8 p.m.

First Nations, Inuit & Métis Art Show & Sale The Mary Winspear Centre is hosting the Seventh Annual Invitational First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale this summer. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Artist Collective along with the Mary Winspear Centre extend an invitation to all to come and experience this exciting annual event held on traditional Coast Salish territory.

Tickets are available for all listed events, contact the Ma

While there have been many individual art exhibitions, this is the first continuous art show that has represented local Coast Salish territories artists, along with First Nations artists from across Canada. There are also works by other Indigenous artisans whose heritage is Inuit, Métis, and Native American. The purpose of the art show is to provide artists with opportunities to expose local audiences to an exhibition of their work and to nurture within the community an appreciation of the wide spectrum of visual and performing art crafted by our Aboriginal Artists. This function touches the very roots of the community and the Mary Winspear Centre’s objectives while also reaching out to bridge gaps and promote understanding within our region. The whole gallery will be arranged to reflect the intent and spirit of the event. Stories and music will add to the ambiance of the ever-changing show. The diversity of art expressions will include: carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting, jewellery and some that might surprise you! Come often to meet many of the artists, see changing displays, and discuss culture as the artisans demonstrate their craft.

What ’s Happening August


2 & 3 Hotel California


Brett Kissel

Aug 7Sep 3 First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show & Sale


Vintage, Retro & Collectibles Show


Peninsula Garden Club Plant Sale


G-Day for Girls


Sidney Poker Run Dinner & Awards

15, 16, 29 & 30 Peninsula Players: Space Wars: The Empire Strikes Blanc Summer Outdoor Theatre at Muse Winery

October 1

Tour de Rock “Comedy for Cancer”


Palm Court Romantic Encounter

16-18 Sidney Fine Art Show

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in good health

Caring For Our Body's Largest Organ Alana Delcourt & Fresh Esthetics Studio by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. "Skin is our largest organ – adults carry some 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it" ( The importance of this protective covering to our overall health cannot be overstated. Taking proper care of our skin is an essential part of any health regimen. Alana Delcourt of Fresh

Esthetics Studio has a lot to teach us about how to take care of that thin layer of tissue that keeps us hydrated, protected and well. Alana, a licensed esthetician, owns Fresh Esthetics Studio in Sidney. She has worked in some of the premier spas in BC, including two world-renowned hot spots, The Wickaninnish Inn at Tofino and The Empress Hotel in Victoria. Her resume reveals that she has waxed, buffed, and exfoliated the stars, including

Halle Berry and Jessica Biel. Alana is on a new adventure – new house and new studio. Her business has moved to #312 at the same address, 2453 Beacon Ave. "My new studio is lovely and light and more spacious than the previous spot." Along with the new space comes an exciting new service in skin care: "Advanced Skin Analysis." Every day we are inundated with advertisements about new 'breakthroughs' in skin care with products that promise the moon

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but don't always deliver. How do we know which products we really should be using to give us the healthy beautiful skin that we crave? Alana's valuable new service determines whether or not your regular skin care products actually are making a difference to your skin: "Advanced Skin Analysis helps to determine if the products you are using are right for your skin and, more importantly, if they are working." A very important aspect of Alana's new expert service is her search for the real causes of skin problems, outer and inner. Her skin analysis treatment is "An in-depth consultation using the most advanced diagnostic techniques to address the leading cause of your skin's concerns, not just the symptoms." Our skin reflects our general health. Many factors influence the health, look and tone of our protective covering: the kind of food we eat, whether we drink or smoke, our fitness and stress levels and mental state, to name just a few. The smart and well-informed esthetician searches for these underlying

factors, incorporates this knowledge into her analysis and offers a remedy, a new healthy way to achieve beautiful healthy skin: "As a fully qualified skin care therapist, I take into consideration your diet and lifestyle, your work/play balance and your previous skin care history. By understanding the cause and effects

"There's "Along with passion the new in space comes anthe the food and in exciting new service room … pick-up on in skin care"and the warmth friendliness" skin concerns have on your skin's cells and systems, I am able to create a comprehensive plan to permanently address your skin concerns and get your skin healthy and in shape." Alana's treatments are lovingly performed with respect and compassion for her clients. She tenderly treats health-challenged skin with her

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expert "Oncology Esthetics" service. In a nutshell, people receive royal treatment and a luxurious Zen-like experience at her spa. Fancy a soothing back massage and a foot soak before a blissful rejuvenating facial? Or try a customized facial to "reveal a fresh complexion" and ending with a scalp massage, the ultimate nirvana in bodily sensations. Have a sore aching back? Do "hot compresses of eucalyptus" and a "Bamboo scrub & a super fruit peel" sound good? Alana will give your feet a rebirth – baby-soft, cool and refreshed. Attention men: Alana's hair removal will make you irresistible on those sandy beaches. Our skin "acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals."(National Geographic) Isn't it comforting to know that there is someone in Sidney who will help you take loving care of this miraculous organ! And don't forget your sunscreen. Contact:, www.facebook. com/pages/Fresh-Esthetics-Studio

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Upstairs on Beacon: Channelling Marilyn

Come for a Unique Shopping Experience!

by Doreen Marion Gee 2405 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.351.2405

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. There is nothing quite like it in Sidney. Upstairs on Beacon is a totally unique shopping experience. A picture of Marilyn Monroe greets visitors on Beacon Avenue and her special beautiful spirit glows from every corner of the deliciously different shops upstairs. Marilyn Monroe was more than beautiful and sexy – she was also educated, intelligent and kindhearted. Few people are aware that she attended UCLA and was an active advocate for racial equality. At Upstairs on Beacon, a cooperative collective of eclectic boutiques in Sidney, the essence of Norma Jeane is alive and well. The three charming members of Upstairs reflect Marilyn's smarts, beauty and compassion. High-end beautiful clothes, posh jewellery and arcane novelties at "Norma Jean's Closet", owned by Cheryl Young, are a delightful homage to Marilyn. Every item, new and gently used, is a work of art in deluxe condition. Sumptuous finely-designed dresses and accessories are definitely Marilyn-worthy. Do I feel Norma Jeane breeze by, blond hair flowing, dangling a "Fire Opal" bracelet and carrying a "Celine and Louis Vuitton" handbag from the boutique? Cheryl's kind and savvy strategy, "I want to make people feel good!" echoes the legacy of the silver screen beauty. One can easily imagine Cary Grant strutting down a cool Sidney lane in the luxurious beige cashmere coat hanging in the "Man Cave", owned by Eileen McMahon. Her smart innovative haven for the male ego boasts an illustrious handsome collection of apparel for men, all in immaculate condition, whether new or gently used. New fashionable dapper shirts line the shelves, new slacks shine with quality, and sterling three-piece suits and handsome blazers ooze 'class.' For the man who loves to accessorize - check out the dashing ties. Eileen is warm and personable: "I love talking to people and my items are very reasonably priced." A shop just for guys? Marilyn's breath is on the outside glass. Lastly, Coreen Lane's "Tea Alley" brings together an unlikely pair of businesses - the exotic world of tea and the mystery of hypnosis. Both a Registered Hypnotherapist and a "Tea Sommelier" (in training), Coreen adds a tantalizing edge to Upstairs. Her premium quality teas are infused with love: Weight-loss teas, Healing teas, Digestive teas, to name a few. Ask about her "Fatties and Bum" Tea! Also a "Tasseographer", Coreen plans tea-leaf readings. Her empathy and intelligence resonate in her voice as she talks about offering hypnotherapy sessions to help people with weight-loss and smoking cessation. Her creativity and compassion invoke the aura of the Hollywood legend. If you crave something out of the ordinary, soak in the razzle-dazzle of Upstairs on Beacon. The shops are unforgettable, just like the film star. Contacts: Upstairs on Beacon shops:,

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grey matters "My sister, still unable to walk, still in a wheelchair, but very much alive and in charge"

Benchmarks Birthdays, weddings, funerals; each occurrence a family marker. I missed them all, banished as I was by my brother-in-law thirty years ago. So when I received his call last December saying I'd "better come" I supposed he meant my sister's illness worse. He surprised me by inviting me to a celebratory lunch party. He paid for the air ticket and a hotel room, and off I went for a weekend in England. (Grey Matters, Seaside Magazine, January 15, 2015). Released for the day from the rehab hospital where she was learning to walk again after a year-long stay – including six surgeries – in a neurological hospital, she sat in a wheelchair receiving friends and a family I didn't know. Uncertain what to do, despite my own experience in similar circumstances in 1988 waiting for spinal cord surgery, this was the younger sister who behaved like the older; the strong one who helped or hit me as she thought fit. Beautifully dressed in a red and purple jacket worn over black slacks and top, nails manicured and polished scarlet, we clinked champagne glasses. I pecked her on the cheek. After lunch I stood to make a speech. Something brief about not always seeing eye to eye with her – I've forgotten what exactly – but that I loved her. Last month my sister celebrated her seventieth birthday. The same sister I thought I might never see again after that extravagant Christmastime visit. Yet here she was, albeit still unable to walk, still in a wheelchair, but very much alive and in charge. While she opened the piles of mail, gifts, bottles of champagne and so many bouquets I quipped she should open a flower shop, she issued orders. We all

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scurried around doing her bidding. In the kitchen her friends discussed ways in which she'd admonish them if they used the wrong dish or things weren't presented properly. Suddenly, I burst out laughing with a realization. "She's just like our mother – a perfectionist," I explained. "Hey, let's all relax, do our best and if what we do doesn't match her vision, she doesn't really have a leg to stand on – woops, so to speak." Everyone giggled at the dark humour. Then someone asked how come I'd stayed away so long. "Banished by my bro-in-law," I said. "You, too, huh? He's done it to most of us." It wasn't just me then. Apparently if he felt slighted he told people never to cross his doorstep again. My great nephew and nieces arrived, bringing hugs. I was dragged off to look at various toys, pick raspberries from an overgrown veggie patch, asked if I wanted to play in the bouncy castle erected on a lawn mowed to Wimbledon tennis court standards. (No thanks.) Under the apple tree, tables covered in snowy linen cloths positively groaned under a huge ham, whole Scottish salmon, salads, and breads. A guest shouted that rain was forecast for precisely 3 p.m. "Eat up." At 2.30 the heavens opened, soaking us all. Someone carried my sister as we dashed indoors. Towels, cake and more champagne arrived. My nephews toasted their beloved mother, wishing her a happy birthday. My older nephew welcomed guests from near and far before turning toward me, "Especially Aunty Trysh who came all the way from Canada." It was the icing on my cake. I was with my family, my real family, perfect and flawed in all the ways we humans are. I no longer feel there's a piece missing from me.

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New & Noteworthy News, changes, updates, launches? Email

by Lara Gladych NEW BUSINESSES

Dining, design and marine Sarah Matchett, owner of Five and Dime Diner, is behind the new oyster bar in Sidney. The Surly Mermaid offers lunch and dinner, craft beers, wine, share plates and oysters, all in a rustic setting overlooking Port Sidney. Opening approximately August 1st, you'll find them at 1B Seaport Place. Call 778.351.1544. Watch for another restaurant opening in Sidney, J Kitchen Korean and Japanese Restaurant, in place of the former Noodle Box, in Sidney, located at 2305 Beacon Ave. For all your cabinetry and millwork design needs, look to Seaside Cabinetry and Design, in Sidney. This is a new business for owner Jessica Kwasnica, who has ten years of industry experience behind her. For kitchen, bath, and all other cabinetry design, contact Jessica

at 250.812.4304, or Her office is located at 2071-D Malaview Avenue. Anthony Utley, owner of Raven Marine Yacht Services in Sidney, has added to his marine business portfolio by creating Raven Offshore Shipping Lines, Ltd. Raven Offshore is 100% First Nations owned, and the only wholly aboriginal owned ocean carrier in Canada. Its focus is on interstate ocean freight and government services. For more information, contact Anthony at 250.880.1877, or RELOCATING

Change of scene for stylists Fans of eXist hairworX will be excited to learn that the hair salon is moving to 9851 Seaport Place, just above the marina. They anticipate opening September 1st, an exciting move for staff and clients alike. For more information, call

250.656.2321. You can follow them on Facebook under eXist hairworX, for further updates. OUTDOORS

New opportunity for visitors and locals If customized hikes on Vancouver Island interest you, contact Nicole at Wild Van Isle. As an experienced hiking guide, Nicole will design a hike suited to your personal ability, and you can go it alone, or bring her along. She loves to explore new places and show people our beautiful local parks and beaches, as well as the back-country wilderness. You can reach Nicole by phone at 250.686.2927, or email her at Find her on Facebook, under Wild Van Isle. ACUISITIONS

Going back to basics Local businesswoman Valerie Lindholm has purchased Island View Golf Centre, the 10-acre property in Central Saanich. Lindholm says there's no

question that the best use for the land is agricultural, and that she will convert the property into farmland. The nets will come down, the earth turned, leveled out and prepared for a crop of alfalfa or potatoes to be planted this year. Lindholm would like to grow organic grains in particular, and the first grain planting, likely barley, will be planted next year. REBRANDING

New look for island-owned company Monk Office has rolled out a new brand identity as of July 2nd. Their logo has been restyled, and in this new phase they encourage customers to "Think Monk," for all their workplace needs, including supplies, office designs, interiors and technology. There are 10 locations island-wide to serve you, an in Sidney you'll find them at 9839 Fifth Street. They can be reached by phone at 250.655.3888, or you can visit their website,, for more information.

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When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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August Events

August 1 (10am - 4pm)

August 9 to August 16 (10am - 4pm)

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Oil and Water II

Nancy Rotolo and Judy Redfern present a superb collection of oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel paintings.

Photography and garden sculpture show and sale.

August 1 to 31 (10am - 4pm)

Summer Sounds Concert Series

It’s a Doll’s Life

August 9 (2 - 4pm) BEACon PArk

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Features the music of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Second annual Doll Exhibit.

August 15, 16, 29, 30 (7:30 - 9:30pm)

August 2 (10am - 4pm)

Space Wars: The Empire Strikes Blanc!


Come join our musical extravaganza.

The Timebenders’ show covers the best music from the 50’s to the 90’s.

August 16 (noon - 4pm)

August 2 & 3 (8pm)


Summer Sounds Concert Series

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Bed Races on Beacon

Hotel California

Watch creative costumed teams racing hospital beds.

HOTEL CALIFORNIA recreate the legendary sound of THE EAGLES and thrill audiences all over the world.

Summer Sounds Concert Series

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Catching Impressions

August 6, 13, 20, 27 (5 - 8:30pm)

Sidney Street Market BEACon AvEnuE

Come to savour the flavours, see the sights and listen to the sounds of a myriad of musical performers.

August 7 - 30 (10am - 4pm)

2015 First Nations, Inuit & Métis Art Show & Sale mAry WinsPEAr CEntrE

A unique art show in Canada with First Nations artists.

August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 (9 - 11am)

Children’s Lantern Making Workshop

Community Arts CounCil, tulistA PArk GAllEry

Build a balloon lantern in this fun workshop.

August 16 (2 - 4pm) BEACon PArk

Preserving authentic 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘N’ Roll.

August 17 - 23 (10am - 4pm)

In Search of Dreams Show

Community Arts CounCil, tulistA PArk GAllEry

Sam L. Boehner, watercolourist and instructor

August 23 (8am - 3pm)

Auto Extravaganza Car Show 2015 BEACon AvEnuE

350+ classic and special interest automobiles.

August 23 (2 - 4pm)

Summer Sounds Concert Series BEACon PArk

4 Chords of Wood! Waltzes, blues, gospel and some foot to the floor ravers!

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Flavours of the Region

North Saanich Showcases Bountiful Farmland Over the weekend of August 21-23 North Saanich celebrates its Jubilee on the annual North Saanich Flavour Trail and Wine Fest. Offering residents and visitors the opportunity to explore and experience Peninsula food and agriculture, the Flavour Trail tours start on Saturday morning with the dedication of Jubilee Park and a pancake breakfast, followed by the official opening at North Saanich Farm Market at 9.30 a.m. The annual rural ramble offers participants a diverse choice of

16 venues to visit over the two-day event. Discover how to grow oranges and lemons in your own backyard – and make homegrown marmalade! Learn about growing your own vegetables and saving seeds or how to make a salad from edible flowers in your garden. Watch an exciting sheep dog herding demonstration. Relax and have a cuppa with fresh scones and home-crafted strawberry jam. Wander through a historic church at the edge of the Salish Sea and hear stories from the past in its old cemetery.

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Experience a rural farmers' market. Visit a lavender farm or picnic by the Salish Sea. North Saanich wines are a feature of this year's Flavour Trail. The weekend begins with the a toe-tappin' BBQ at Muse Winery celebrating the bounty of the north Peninsula on Friday night (August 21) beginning at 6.00 p.m. Celebrate rural life alongside the vineyard and enjoy a special harvest spread featuring locally farmed foods (reservations 250.656.2552). On Saturday night, you can enjoy Pizza and Wine at the Roost Farm Centre. The Vineyard Bistro invites you to savour their farm-to-table experience; peninsula 'famous' pizzas right from their wood fired pizza oven and its most popular appetizer, the Salmon Taco accompanied by estate wines. Local musician Sean McCool entertains (reservations 250.655.0009).

Both wineries are open for tours and sampling all weekend. Tour brochures are available at many locations on the Peninsula and in the Victoria area, including the North Saanich Municipal Hall, North Saanich Farmers' Market, as well as most libraries and rec centres. You can also download a copy of the brochure from the Flavour Trails website ( The Flavour Trail is organized by CRFAIR (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable) with support from the District of North Saanich and other local governments and businesses. This event is part of a broad-based Flavour Trails program that features community celebrations providing opportunities to experience and taste the quality and creativity of Saanich Peninsula farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs and vintners.

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The Rest Haven Foundation's second annual community fundraiser The Bed Races on Beacon, are returning to the streets of Sidney for another wild and wonderful day of hospital bed races. This year's 100.3 The Q's Bed Races on Beacon is again looking to be an exciting and fun day that has something for everyone to enjoy. Races are set to start down Sidney's Beacon Ave. at 12 noon on Sunday August 16. One of the crowd's favourite events from last year's races was the crazy costume competition. It rolls out like a mini-parade as the teams walk the street encouraging cheers from the crowds while being judged for their creative and hilarious themed costumes which can at times add to the challenge of racing a hospital bed down the street! "There were some really amazing costumes out there with a lot of thought and effort put into them which made it difficult for the judges" says Rest Haven Foundation Executive Director, Brenda Hennigar. A number of returning teams have said they started working on their costume ideas for this year's event before they were finished last years! Once the best dressed team has been decided, it's time to get down to the serious fun of racing their hospital bed from the start line at 5th St to the finish line at 3rd. It's not uncommon for teams en route to the finish line to be seen launching water balloons or attempting to distract their competitors with a bribe or a water canon! It's all part of the fun.

Panorama Rec will also be on site with the Kid's Zone Obstacle course and face painting to ensure the kids are having fun. Of the 20 teams competing in 2014, The Town of Sidney team was crowned Bed Races on Beacon Champions. There will be an increase in the number of teams this year looking to capture that title. One team in particular will be TD Canada Trust, runners up in 2014. The Rest Haven Foundation came up with the Bed Races on Beacon concept in 2014. "It's a way of providing a really fun community event that offers everyone the chance to take part, whether on a team or cheering for a team" says Hennigar. Rest Haven Lodge provides complex and palliative care for their residents and families on the Saanich Peninsula and the Greater Victoria area. The foundation is very pleased to see the positive community response and support for the Bed Races on Beacon. Several of the corporate teams are returning for what they called "a great day of fun and positive team building", while some teams are friends and family that have come together either just for the fun of it, or because they've experienced firsthand the importance of palliative care in our community. For more information about the 100.3 The Q's Bed Races on Beacon, email

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to fill Sidney's Downtown Sidney will be host to hundreds of classic cars again this August with the return of The Coast Capital Insurance 2015 Auto Extravaganza Classic & Special Interest Show & Shine, hosted by the Torque Masters Car Club. Every year Beacon Avenue and its side roads are closed down to allow unique vehicles of all shapes and sizes to take over. It's not just a show for car owners though, everyone should come to this show! Classic and special interest automobile owners can enter their cars, motorbikes and trucks with the chance of winning door prizes or one of many category specific trophies. As for spectators, everyone is welcome to come and see some of the best classic and special interest automobiles that Vancouver Island has to offer. There are things to see and do for the whole family. With a variety of automotive related vendors as well as 350 to 400 plus collector and special interest vehicles it can be hard for spectators to choose their favourites for the 'People's Choice' Award. Some of the entries have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars restoring their cars, bikes, and trucks: awesome paint jobs, shiny chrome, polished aluminum and if some Rat Rods show up you may even see some classy rust ‌ Start your day with the Sidney Lions' Pancake Breakfast held on the corner of 4th and Beacon Ave at 8.30 a.m. The Torque Masters Car

Club will have been hard at work outfitting the town with speakers so that 50s, 60s and 70s music can play throughout the day. There will be mini donuts, 50/50 draws and automotive related vendor displays. The show is free to spectators. Enthusiasts who wish to show their automobiles pay $20.00 per entry. The majority of the money raised at the show goes to local charities and a portion goes to operating the car club to enable them to continue having great events like the Auto Extravaganza. In the past the Torque Masters Car Club has donated money to many charity groups such as soup kitchens, Sidney Lions Food Bank, Cops for Cancer, as well as giving bursaries to high school students going into the automotive industry, local families in need, and the Saanich Police Drag Car Program. If you can only go to one car show this summer, you should probably make it The Coast Capital Insurance 2015 Auto Extravaganza. On Sunday August 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. period music will fill the air and people will fill the streets. Come out and spend the day in Sidney, have lunch at one of the many great restaurants, take part in the 50/50 draw and check out the many automotive related vender displays. As you wander the streets you can daydream about the car you owned in your misspent youth, or perhaps imagine the car you might enter in next year's show!

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First Nations, Inuit & MĂŠtis Art Show & Sale This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the arts and crafts of indigenous peoples from across Canada. Participants include local Coast Salish artists, Northwest Coast artists as well as MĂŠtis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwa, Navajo, Inuit and Chickasaw Nations. On display will be carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting, jewellery and more. Come and talk to some of the artists about their work. The show has grown exponentially over the past 4 years and is important to the Town of Sidney in building community relations and understanding the spirit of the First Nations cultures. The purpose of the art show is to

provide artists with opportunities to expose local audiences to an exhibition of their work and to nurture within the community an appreciation of the wide spectrum of visual and performing art crafted by our Aboriginal Artists. This function touches the very roots of the community reaching out to bridge gaps and promote understanding within our region. August 7 - September 3, Mon - Sun, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

The Bills at Butchart Gardens This renownd West Coast quintet will bring their instrumental virtuosity and lush vocal arrangements to the Gardens' beautiful setting. Individual band members hold world-class credentials in folk/root, jazz, classical and world music and the band was voted Western Canadian Entertainer of the Year in 2006. The Bills are part of the entertainment held each evening during the summer at Butchart

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Barry Tate Paint-In Internationally recognized acrylic and watercolour artist Barry Tate will be painting live at the Village Gallery in Sidney. This is a rare chance to watch Barry's unique interpretive style and bold use of colour unfold before your eyes. On sale will be originals and giclee reproductions of west coast scenes, island living and koi fish/ feng shui art. Saturday August 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Writing Contest Challenge If you've been writing a lot of postcards this summer, you'll be ready for this challenge. The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival organizers are holding a writing contest for those aged 19 and up. All you need to do is write an original mini-story

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A Variety of Artists at Tulista Gallery Landscape paintings and photography from the 2015 Canada odyssey of Jacqueline Austin and Gabriel Taschereau: August 2 - 8. Photography by Lisa Scott and concrete garden sculpture by Heather Goulet show and sale: August 9 -16. Still life, landscapes and portraits by Sam L. Boehner, a Victoria watercolourist and elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and Federation of Canadian Artists: August 17 - 23. See the Arts Council's website for more shows: Free parking and admission.

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"Everyone serves in the gallery and shares the administrative duties," Kathleen explains. "We take turns on the Board and, as well as building celebrated its tenth anniversary. "Its up our skills, each member brings different strengths to the organization." success is a tribute to the members The gallery welcomes applications for membership from talented artists. of this vibrant cooperative," says Kathleen Lightman, one of the four Hope Bay provides docking facilities, an excellent restaurant, and has a original founders of the group. Situated in a small commercial centre number of fascinating small businesses. August would be an ideal month at picturesque Hope Bay, the Gallery is a 'must see' for visitors, and a for a memorable visit to Red Tree Gallery. Make it happen! constant attraction for the residents of Pender Island. "We operate throughout the year," says Kathleen. From June to September we are open every day 10 a.m – 4 p.m., and from October to May we open Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gallery is known for the high quality and variety of the works it exhibits. The artist Diane Kremmer, whose intricate paintings won honorable mention in Mulch your gardens to nurture plants, the International Juried Exhibition of Miniatures in Quebec is a longconserve moisture and suppress weeds. time member of the co-op, while abstract painter James Wyper whose prints are distributed internationally, is the more recent. The Gallery is an Aladdin's cave: rich, acrylic abstract paintings by Judy Walker, and colourful acrylic landscapes and perceptive animal sketches by Hedi Kovacs, share space with unique poetic art pieces by Terry Chantler and delightful painted glass items by Susan Tait. There are two exceptional photographers: Dianne MacDonald and Eve Pollard, beautiful textiles by Mira Petrie and original jewellery by Jaime MacLean. The feature artist for August is Kathleen Lightman whose delicate silk fusion pictures are breathtaking. Kathleen Lightman and the other three founding members, with the help of the B.C. Co-op Development Corp. (no longer in existence), learned how to set up an artists' co-op. "It took us a year," Kathleen says, "and our aim was to have a gallery within five years." They began as a small group of between five and six who exhibited at seasonal shows. "Then a group of local Pender people built the Bark Mulch | Soil Amencer | Fish Compost Hope Bay complex, and in our fifth year we were able to acquire this attractive space and form The Red Tree Gallery." Need advice? Everyone is allotted equal space in the gallery and each month Ask questions of our senior certified landscape professional. one member becomes the feature artist. Occasionally, a guest Over 20 years serving the Peninsula. artist is invited, and space is shared; a hanging committee ensures Quality Products for all your equality of wall space. A percentage of all sold items helps to run Landscape & Gardening needs. the gallery, and there are annual membership fees. They do not sell outside work on commission. "We have disproved two myths," says Kathleen: "that organizing artists is like herding cats; and that coops don't last." She refers to the members' "generosity of spirit." For ten years the Artistic Co-op has flourished. All members 250.656.6719 • have equal importance and exhibit their work on an on-going basis.

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Who wants to travel far from home in summer when it's so beautiful right here on Vancouver Island? I was reminded of this last summer when my husband and I joined some friends from back east in Nanaimo for a weekend. We had a great time exploring Newcastle Island, relaxing at a gorgeous B & B in Yellow Point, and eating lots of fresh seafood. This summer I'm looking forward to an adventure even closer to home, in the Cowichan Valley. When my husband asks how we could possibly fill a weekend around Duncan, here's what I'll tell him. Beginning in Cowichan Bay one fine Saturday morning, we'll fill a picnic basket with warm, crusty bread from True Grain bakery and locally made cheese from Hilary's Cheese and Deli. By mid-morning, Duncan's Farmer's Market will be in full swing downtown. We'll stop by to pick up some more picnic fare and browse the market's wide assortment of arts and crafts. With our basket full and stomachs rumbling, we'll head to Damali Lavender & Winery on Telegraph Road, where we'll choose a bottle of their signature fruit and lavender wine to wash down lunch, eaten at a picnic spot overlooking the 13-acre farm. I also plan to take home a few lavender plants from their 25 varieties for a new hedge. Our next stop will be Teafarm, half an hour north on Richards Trail. In 2010, former Vancouverites Margit and Victor latched onto the idea of growing tea – yes, Camellia sinensis, the real thing – inspired in part by Margit's love for sculpting tea cups and pots from clay. Tea plants normally mature in five years, so this year it'll be available for the first time, giving the 100-mile diet a whole new flavour. I'm already savouring dinner. It's going to be at the Stone Soup Inn on the Cowichan River. Chef/owner Brock Windsor prepares a five-course tasting menu that changes daily with the season and locally available ingredients. Named one of Canada's best new restaurants when it opened in 2010, a visit here is long overdue. We may even spend the night. Stone Soup has two well-appointed guest rooms upstairs. Wherever we awake Sunday morning, it'll be a leisurely one before we leave for Lake Cowichan and a fun morning of tubing down the Cowichan River. Wet and refreshed, we'll catch a shuttle back to the village courtesy of The Tube Shack, then hop on our bikes and cycle south on the Cowichan Valley Trail. We'll cross numerous trestles on the former rail line before reaching the historic Kinsol Trestle, the highest freestanding wooden rail

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trestle in all of Canada, if not the entire British Commonwealth. After cycling back to Lake Cowichan, we'll head to our final destination, Merridale Cidery. Every Sunday evening in summer, Merridale throws a pizza party with live musical entertainment and pizza baked in their wood-fired oven. If we have time before dinner we'll tour the orchard and cellar, and enjoy a guided tasting of Merridale's unique ciders, made from heritage varieties of English and French cider apples. I'm also keen to taste their new craft gin, distilled from B.C. fruit and flavoured with botanicals foraged from the Cowichan Valley. With so much to look forward to, I can hardly wait for the weekend. SEASIDE | AUGUST 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39

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architectural skills to design and create their own, individual living space. Silvia is a partner at Finlayson Bonet Architecture, and her new house is both exciting and decidedly different. Set in the tranquil environs of Deep Cove, the building has a modern, challenging appearance: a complex interaction of contrasting light and dark grey exterior walls, light grey aluminum roof trim, and an abundance of large windows. From the road, I am conscious of angled roofs, a balcony with a glass railing set above a powerful concrete beam that stretches across the front of the house, and an overall satisfying geometric symmetry. It is an irregular plot of land: like a rectangle that narrows in the centre. The front, bordering the quiet road, is the widest part, with a long lawn reaching to the front of the house on the left, where the ground floor second bedroom is ten feet from the property line. Along the right boundary a broad, gravel driveway passes close to the other side of the building where there is a Right of Way. To create maximum space in the upstairs rooms, and avoid access conflicts, she has designed part of the building to overhang the lower floor including the main entrance. Beyond, set back to allow parking, is a double garage and a studio. The house is a tight fit on this narrowing plot, but to build it nearer to the road would have placed it in front of the houses on either side. Up close, I realize that the big beam along the front is angled. "It closes the triangle," she explains, "and creates a three dimensional effect." This is echoed as I approach the front door. Although

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unimposing in size, the door is artistically painted by Silvia in yellow, orange and dark gray lines of various thicknesses, producing powerful triangles and rhombuses; certainly, I have never encountered such a door. It opens into a short, narrow corridor revealing, from the doorway, an open wood staircase that doubles back on itself, reinforcing the importance of lines. The glass sides supported by a narrow stainless steel frame add to the impression that the staircase is floating. To the left is a long, airy room with the dining area in the centre; to the left is a welldesigned kitchen and to the right a comfortable lounge. "I am working with a false perspective," she says. In a long room the walls always seem to get closer, but this is not the case. "At the kitchen end, the room's width is 16 feet, but at the far end of the lounge it is 18." It has a fascinating effect. "It did cause the electricians some consternation," she laughs. She saw this undeveloped plot of land when she was designing the

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Next to the kitchen is a smart dining area for six, clearly defined on a firm beige mat, and beyond is the focus of the room: a comfortable and artistic relaxing area. The wide, light coloured leather seats and sofas focus on a large glass-topped, intricately formed wood table, which her son built, positioned on a brown and white skin rug. I am aware of high ceilings, large windows, glass patio doors, and numerous pieces of fine wall art. Lighting is an important element with discrete pot lights, well positioned hanging lights and decorative lamps. Throughout the house, the design of the windows plays an important part in the dramatic impact of each room. "My other background is art," she speaks meditatively. "I taught Art History in the Fine Arts Department in Cordoba University in Argentina." This explains the door and the exquisite prints in this lovely

GOLF ARDMORE Drive for ALS room. Beside her own work, the walls throughout the house exhibit, in a sensitive way, a host of challenging Argentinean and Canadian artists. "I have more art pieces in store, but apart from one, all those on display belong to people I know." There are many unusual antiques: a rocking horse on metal wheels, a small Victorian weighing machine and on the upstairs banister, a strange but beautiful doll. These enhance the artistic ambience of the house. "Art is very important to me." The distinctive staircase is built of Parallam, an engineered wood that provides strength and is usually concealed in the structure of a building. "My son and I built this staircase and treated the wood bucks as it cannot be left exposed." Upstairs an open bridge allows a satisfying view of the lounge and dining area; one side leads into her study: a delightful, bright room with bookcases, comfortable chairs, and television and music systems. The dark wood floor contrasts with the light coloured walls and a thick, white rug. Glass doors open onto a spacious balcony with large white stone tiles, and an unusual loose pebble effect around the edges. Silvia is quite candid. "My house is not about making a statement. I knew what I wanted in terms of living space, light, high ceilings etc." For her the kitchen had to be functional and have plenty of storage. She does not place a great emphasis on washrooms: "They also need to be functional and efficient." She reveals that she approaches each assignment with an open mind, using the possibilities of the site to meld with her clients' wishes, and their emphasis on particular rooms. Silvia attaches great importance to working with the geometric style of a building to enhance the quality of the living space. For her, design is a process.

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age students and dozens of preschoolers now know what a garlic scape is, but they are also taking ownership of the food they are growing. Children are eating, and enjoying – including the scapes – a wide variety of vegetables that they have grown themselves. Through the Growing Young Farmers By Dave Friend School Program more and more children have aka Mr. Organic become involved in growing health-friendly organic food. The hands-on involvement of growing the food coupled with the importance of learning and knowing how to grow it has not been lost on the vast majority of the children. For instance, an increasing number of them now have their very own 'organic' food gardens at home. A quick, inexpensive and highly productive way of growing food is via Lasagna gardening. It's a method that has proved very popular with the students. Lasagna gardening is a 'no dig' method where, as a general rule, the 'layers' are; cardboard (to kill the grass and weeds), newspaper, soil/compost, grass clippings, straw, coffee grounds, leaves, soil/compost. Seeds and/or seedlings are planted in the top layer of soil/compost and then, due to the de-composing of the layers, the plants grow like crazy ... as do the worms! The creation of a number of Hugelkultur beds this past year has been a rich educational experience for students and teachers alike. Hukelcultur (German for hill or mound) beds are no-dig, similar to Lasagna, but they take it to another level, literally! A shallow trench is dug with rotting/decomposing logs, branches and twigs being the bottom 'layer'. This is then followed by using the same or similar layers used for Lasagna beds (without the cardboard and newspaper) with the result being the creation of a very productive and highly sustainable food-growing structure. Hugelkultur (pronounced Hoo-gul-culture) are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are many reasons why I believe strongly that some sort of gardening program should be part of the official school curriculum. The vast majority of the 35 million Canadians have less than a weeks supply of food readily available. Vancouver Island has only 72 hours worth of food supply in the event of a disaster. By learning how to grow food, students can play an active role in increasing our island's sustainability and decreasing our dependence on imported food sources. With an ever-increasing population, what will the food INsecurity situation be when these students are adults and have families to feed? I really believe that they will need to grow food for their families. Visit for more information.

on design Outdoor Rooms Years ago the idea of having your outdoor space separated into areas or outdoor rooms was a trend. That trend has now transitioned into the new normal for landscape projects. Here are a few insider tips and tricks that will help you in your design process to avoid the headache of … why didn't I think of that BEFORE we started this project! Outdoor Kitchen: For best year round barbecuing, a covered area with some air circulation is best, but that's sort of a no-brainer. But did you know that what you like to barbecue should impact the design of your outdoor kitchen? The usual burgers and chicken doesn't require anything special, but what about when you are cleaning out fish guts from your latest haul? You want cooking surfaces that aren't going to absorb any oils or smells. Ideally, even the ground surface should be stone, concrete or pavers that can easily and regularly be hosed down. The last thing you want is stray fish guts finding a crevice somewhere, luring the local critters your way. And the final piece of the outdoor kitchen puzzle: the buddy seat – the place where your buddy sits with a beer and heckles you while you barbecue. Dining Area: As Landscape Designers, we see a lot of landscape mistakes. One of the most common is a deck or patio that is too small. When a patio is too small everything feels squished and even claustrophobic. One rule of thumb is

to give yourself 4 foot of space on either side of a dining table to allow people to sit and move around it comfortably. For example: a 3' x 6' dining table needs approximately 11' x 14', a bistro set needs a space 6'– 7' and a 48" round table needs 12' – 14' in diameter. As often as possible, when view isn't an issue, stay low – ground level or even better, a sunken area will offer the most privacy. by Merle Kroeker Entertaining Area: Landscape Designer For most of us, the entertaining area is the same as the cooking/dining areas and that's fine. The best way to turn up the entertaining quotient is simple: if people are comfortable, they will hang out. Create some ambience with outdoor lighting. Invest in low voltage LEDs that will let you take advantage of those long summer nights. Great lighting is one of the most impacting changes that you can make in your landscape. It helps people get around safely and prolongs the amount of time you can spend outside. An outdoor fireplace for an instant focal point and that cozy feeling is always a nice idea, but at the very least, keep some blankets handy. If you are blessed with the luxury of space, think about multiple seating areas, a bench tucked under a tree, even a couple of tree stumps well placed could be the perfect place for a chat. For more info:

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On their Customer Appreciation day in June, the owners of Peninsula U-Brew Winery and their staff raised enough money to sponsor a young girl's secondary school education – giving her a chance at a future that is denied to many in Africa. Everything about Peninsula U-Brew Winery says "We Care", from the kind of products they sell, to their dedication to customer service and a respectful work environment – and even to humanitarian causes overseas. First of all, owners Maureen Bifford and Stan Roberts and the winery 'family' care enough about their patrons to give them the very best ingredients for wine, cider or beer. They excel at what they do, garnering multiple awards. Their wine 'pièce de résistance' is deluxe quality juice from Winexpert, their parent company who "sources high quality grape juice and concentrate from the world's best wine regions" ( Stan: "Winexpert has the top quality product in the industry." And during the U-Brew process, "We take great care with all the steps to ensure the 'quality of care' is all along the way", according to bubbly Jen Young, wine expert and sales manager. A popular misconception about brewing kits is that their final products are inferior to store-bought. Maureen, Stan and their staff want to dispel that myth. Jen: "The quality of general wine-making products has improved in the past twenty years, so it is worth giving it a try." Customers are the final judge: "We are wine people and we buy the kits as well as regular wine. The wine made here is high-quality and just as good as anything I buy in the stores" exclaims a happy regular customer, Kim Frith. Making wine at Peninsula U-Brew has its benefits. According to Stan, they use really low levels of preservatives in their wine-making, ensuring a healthy product, and "our wine goes through three filters to take out any minerals and impurities." Considering the calibre of the final product, it is very reasonably priced. Adam McKenzie, their wine production technician with full 'Wine Sommelier' status, is proud of the top-quality products at his workplace: "The proof is in the pudding!" It is a happy environment: "I like working here. Maureen and Stan really care about their staff" comments Brian Clayton, who works in production and greets customers. The winery family value the people who walk through their doors: "When a customer comes in the store, we want them to feel welcome, at ease, and comfortable." On my visit to the winery, I noticed a lot of laughter, joking and fun. Any wine connoisseur could probably taste all that goodwill in a cool glass of their delicious home-made Pinot Noir. Contact:

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More Family Fun at the Market On Saturday, August 15, the Peninsula Country Market hosts the 5th Annual Central Saanich Family Festival in partnership with the Saanichton Village Association, Seafirst Insurance and CIBC. The market will be an especially lively place for families that day with the addition of special activities for kids including a bouncy castle, inflatable obstacle course and other games (including basketball), as well as face-painting offered by the Youth Employment Program. There'll also be prize draws! Market music this week will be provided by Fine Spirits. Several community groups will be at the market on August 15 to talk about how they are involved in the community, including the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary, Saanichton Village Association (SVA), 10th Tsartlip Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, and Cops for Cancer (Sergeant Dillon Sahota). The Central Saanich Lions will also be on hand to serve up a yummy pancake breakfast. The market appreciates the support that local businesses offer to the festival. Not only are Seafirst Insurance (thanks to Dan Olive for organizing the day) and CIBC the primary sponsors, other local businesses provide prizes. August is a busy month at the Market with five Saturday markets.

Our market on grass in the heart of Saanich Peninsula farmland is the ideal place for you to come out and enjoy a country morning among friends while you listen to market music from local musicians, including Eric Roberts (August 1), Bill Johnson (August 8), Brad Prevedoros (August 22) and Barry Perrin (August 29). And the market is dog-friendly! We look forward to visits from Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association, the Flax to Linen Project, the SPCA and other community groups. And don't forget to check out our Facebook page (/Peninsula Country Market) and be part of our weekly Market Buck$ contest – you could win $50 to spend at the market! The Peninsula Country Market runs every Saturday morning at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving, except for the weekend of the Saanich Fair (Labour Day) when the market field is occupied by the midway. Plenty of free parking. For the latest news about what's happening at the Market, visit

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Church & State's Mouthy New Wine Takes off by Hans Tammemagi

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State Winery, just north of Victoria, it feels like you're in an internationally renowned wine region such as the Napa or Barossa Valley. Verdant vines march in rows across the 10-acre grounds. A fountain glitters and sparkles in the sunshine. The winery building stands dominant on a rise encircled by verandahs and decorated with colourful banners and hanging flower pots. Inside the winery is an expansive, elegant, open room with highvaulted ceiling that includes a tasting bar, shop, restaurant and an attractive open-concept kitchen with a wood-fired oven and gleaming stainless-steel counters. You can almost hear and feel the excitement of the approximately 100 weddings and functions held here every year. The warmth and sunshine draws visitors onto the shady verandah where they enjoy their cuisine and wine with sweeping views over the vineyards. I was curious about the winery's hot new "lewd" wine series called Lost Inhibitions where the bottles bear risqué labels like: 'Gimme Some Lovin'; 'Best Night Ever;' 'Be Naked When I Get Home'; 'Carpe Diem Bitches'. No two labels in a case are the same. The red and white blends are also of high quality. "Our strategy is to over-deliver on the price point," said Kim Pullen, the owner. Wine drinkers love the wines and their suggested naughtiness; the series has been wildly successful. When asked what sets Church & State apart from the rest, Pullen answered, "The quality of our wine. We've won the award for best Canadian red wine five times. In addition, we have an outstanding restaurant. The chef, Desiree Parent, is superb, and has been here five years." As a testament to Pullen's declaration, a constant flurry of waiters delivered gourmet thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie platters, barbequed salmon and, of course, chilled bottles of white wine to waiting diners. The winery was purchased in 2004 and opened in 2005 after major renovations. Church represents the heart and State is symbolic of the head, a harmony of spiritual and worldly. Wines come in three classes: the Quintesssential series is top-of-the-line, the best embodiment of a wine. Next are the Coyote Bowl and Church &



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State series. In 2013, a total of 14,000 cases of wine were produced but Pullen is expecting more than 20,000 cases this year. Whites include Pinot Gris, Viognier, Trebella and Chardonnay. Reds include Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Church & State is next to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens on Benvenuto Road, which leads to Butchart Gardens. The winery has a sister 85-acre facility in Oliver in the Okanagan Valley, which produces all the wines, except the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, which grow on the Vancouver Island property. Sitting on the verandah surrounded by rolling vineyards, I sipped a glass of 'Abso-Fricking-Lutely Perfect'. And it was!

De Vine Vineyards Uniquely Romantic Almost lost along a winding, back road of the Saanich Peninsula, is the driveway to de Vine Vineyards. Turning in, you follow it high up a hill where you are greeted by glorious vistas over rolling farmland and forest, the Salish Sea, and the distant snow-capped Mount Baker. When you stop drinking in the view, it gets even better. A table with a white table cloth sits enticingly in the centre of an orchard of young apple trees in front of the attractive one-storey winery building. A large marquee tent like a giant white butterfly is nearby, filled with tables and decorated by rows of barrels. The site is breathtakingly beautiful and has become a go-to spot for weddings and functions. de Vine Vineyards can indeed claim bragging rights as Vancouver Island's most romantic vineyard. Catherine and John Windsor purchased the 25-acre property in 2006 and planted 6.5 acres of vines. They persuaded their son Ryan to join the enterprise and today the winery is a friendly, family operation. "We make 2,000 cases of wine a year, and it's all organic," explained Catherine Windsor. "Our best sellers are Grüner Veltliner – a tasty Austrian white and the only one on Vancouver Island – Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and a rosé." Also popular is the Sigerrebe Ortega, which is delicate on the palate and whose grapes are perhaps the closest to being Vancouver Island's signature varietals. "We obtain additional grapes, most locally from the peninsula, and also some from the Okanagan Valley particularly for the red wines," said Windsor. "We will receive full organic-certification next year. We do not use any weed-killing sprays.

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Instead, we spend a lot of time with a tractor-mounted mechanical badger and crawling around on our hands and knees, pruning and managing the growth of the vines, and picking the grapes by hand." Exciting news! de Vine is expanding into spirits. Winemaker and master distiller, Ken Winchester, who apprenticed at Bruichladdich Distillery in Scotland and founded Victoria Gin, oversees Brunhilda, a 20-year-old, gleaming copper still purchased in Germany. Winchester is introducing innovation to the craft of distillation by incorporating the flavours of southern Vancouver Island. de Vine Kiss, a strawberry vodka, has recently been bottled, and coming soon will be: Glen Saanich, a single malt whisky; Vin Gin, a gin made from grapes and infused with more than a dozen herbs and botanicals; New Tom, a gin aged in bourbon barrels; and probably the most unusual, Honey Shine, a rum made from local honey. The gins, which are about to be bottled, are superb. New Tom is an aromatic gin with overtones of bourbon and could easily be sipped on its own rather than mixed with tonic. The wine, the spirits, and the views. It's all so deliciously intoxicating.

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The Latch Inn

Visiting With the Cisottos by Lara Gladych

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. I'm at The Latch Inn and Restaurant, and owner Luigi Cisotto and I are meeting for the second time. It's mid-morning one day in July, and it's just the two of us sitting down together this time, though he owns and operates the business with his wife, Valeria. We're friends enough now that without

much conversation, Luigi pours me a glass of sparkling water and leaves me alone at a table overlooking the patio, while he disappears into the kitchen to prepare something for me. I look outside and see that there are tables still set up outside from a family reunion held here the night before. When Luigi rejoins me, he carries with him an antipasto plate and a sausage dish. I've heard Luigi talk in the past about his house-cured meats and homemade sausage.

Capicolla, seasoned with chili and paprika, and prosciutto lay at the top of the plate. Next to the meat is a preserved smelt. He catches the smelts himself up-island. There's also tomato and mozzarella caprese, the tomatoes fresh from their garden, and Valeria's roasted and marinated yellow peppers. There are olives and artichokes, Valeria's sundried tomatoes, a radish and a warm onion tart. It's a lovely selection, and Luigi says that these cold plates are particularly popular during the

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hot summer months. The antipasto plate varies, and sometimes includes asparagus and red beets, sometimes Parmesan or smoked cheese. The sausage, made with just the right amount of fennel – he's careful not to add too much – is served with a tomato, onion and white wine sauce. Simple and delicious. Luigi is in the midst of preparing eggplant parmigiana for dinner that night. He brings out the sliced eggplant to show me how he is essentially sweating out "the bad water," as he calls it. This involves a sprinkling of kosher salt that draws out the water, which then drains out into a pan beneath. Fascinating. Lamb stew is also simmering for dinner. The neck meat is the nicest, he tells me, as it is the most tender. It's a tomato-based stew, for which Luigi uses imported canned tomatoes from Naples. Valeria has her own lamb specialty, says Luigi. Again, made with neck meat, sour cream, her own blend of

herbs, and spices she brought with her from Romania. While I eat, we talk about the abundance of food they are able to bring into the restaurant straight from their farm during the summer months, and right into late September or early October. Chicken, produce, herbs…as much as they can grow themselves, they endeavor to. His garden and the vegetables it yields are what Luigi loves most about summertime. Speaking of the farm, he remembers that he has a homemade cherry jam in the kitchen, so he runs back to get it. I sample the jam, and he describes the cherry brandy crème brulée they prepare. Cherries marinated in brandy, and placed three-deep in each crème brulée dish. I wish he had one of those ready for sampling. The rooms have been more or less full so far this summer. A guest comes downstairs while I sit with Luigi, and seems so at

home, that I momentarily lapse in my understanding that he is just a visitor and not part of the establishment. Because I'm so fascinated by the curing process, Luigi gives me a brief overview of how he prepares not only his meats, but also how he preserves the smelts. There's a lot of kosher salt involved, that much I take away. There's a slab of marble to press the meat, and continuous maintenance over the course of the year it takes for the meat to cure. It's a little different with the smelts. I'm so wrapped up in listening to him describe it that I abandon my note-taking. It's all very impressive to me, and another endearing example of what makes Luigi and Valeria and their establishment so special. That's what this place is to me: special. I love my visits with the Cisottos, and hope that you'll find your way here too. The Latch Inn and Restaurant, 2328 Harbour Rd, Sidney, 250.656.4015 Cook & Oscar Photography

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last word What's the best thing about summer? "No school!" Okay, but what else? "Camping." "Yeah, camping and just spending time with my family." The kids know what they're talking about. The long days with no routine, hanging out with your brother or grandparents, camping at weekends: that's what summer's all about as a kid here. Working parents also means summer camp for many pre-teens. It all adds up to lots of time outdoors and hopefully great memories made. If I think back to my childhood, camping trips stand out for me too. Mine were often in France and involved long, hot car journeys stuck in the middle of my two brothers, invariably with sleeping bags wedged between us. I'm sure I complained bitterly at the time but 'camping and just spending time with my family' are the strongest summer memories. The other thing though is reading. It probably won't surprise you to learn that I was a voracious reader as a child (and still am). There was a great little bookstore in the town I grew up in (sadly long gone) and each year before our summer holiday my mum would take us

there and let us chose a book for our trip. She'd keep hold of them so no one sneakily started reading before we left home, so it was always with great excitement that the book would finally be cracked open, often on the first leg of the journey. It felt like a luxury surveying the shelves, looking for just the right selection; usually my books came from the library or were gifts. Reading and holidays became interconnected for me and to this day the smell when you first open a new paperback takes me back to tents and cars and a sense of freedom and discovery. I'll be heading to Tanners in the next few weeks, to their fabulous Children's Bookstore, with my kids to choose their holiday books. Daniel might choose one of the Moomin books recommended by Susi in Trendspotting (page 40). He's really taken to these funny little, magical Scandinavian folk-tales. I don't know about Owen though. So much young-adult fiction seems to be set in a harsh dystopian world, I might gently steer him towards something a bit sunnier this summer. Of course while we're there I might just pick up a couple of books for myself, I see there's a new Kate Atkinson out ‌ I hope that Seaside Magazine is part of your summer reading, let me know what else has made it to your list.

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