Seaside Magazine October 2016 Issue

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The professionals Issue / the arts issue Entrepreneurs: the Lifeblood of Canadian Business | Sidney Fine Art Show Can We Talk with Jeff Mallett | Common Cents | Masters & Newcomers New & Noteworthy | Memory CafĂŠ | Seaside Snapshots Photography Contest

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Butterfly Emerging: Sidney Fine Art Show Returns to Mary Winspear Centre The Professionals 2016: Introducing the Peninsula’s Small Businesses Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Chats With Yahoo! Cofounder Jeff Mallett Seaside Snapshots: Our Fourth Annual Photography Contest Winners Seaside Homes: West Coast Modern on the Lakefront

First Word Trendspotting Common Cents New & Noteworthy In Pursuit of the Golden Years The Light Side Ask a Stylist On Design West Coast Gardener This Month in History Island Dish Inside Out Seaside Arts Scene What’s Happening Last Word






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Since moving to Vancouver Island over four years ago, I have been enthralled with the unbelievable music scene in the Greater Victoria area, including Sidney. I love good music, especially jazz, and as a writer, one of my favourite subject matters is people. So, when the opportunity arose to help promote one of our local talents, the Craig Henderson Trio, I jumped at the chance. I’ve listened to Craig and the band every summer during the Sidney Street Market and am confident that this young man’s growing talent, his unique style and his charm wraps everything up into a very promising future. Just have a listen to his latest CD and you will see what I mean.


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With a new business partner coming on board (Todd Wiebe), Lisa Ehrlich and I have spent the last few months reviewing such things as partnership agreements, life and disability insurance, and the structuring of our legal affairs. In this month’s “Common Cents,” I chose to write this month on the importance of having “ducks in a row” for business owners. There are so many factors to consider when you have a private company with multiple shareholders or a partnership. Running a business is challenge enough, but putting the extra time into having a contingency plan is invaluable if and when an emergency crops up. Providing a backup plan is the responsible thing to do for your family, who may be relying on that income, or your business associates who will need to continue to operate in your absence. shai thompson

Style is not what I do, it’s who I am. Since I can remember, fabric, colour, texture and shape have always influenced my palate. Taste is personal and mine is acutely aware of nature’s explosive pageantry of seasons on Vancouver Island. As a wardrobe stylist, author and musician I love the creative challenge and possibilities of leveraging individuals and corporations to wear themselves well. My commitment to fashion has me always on top of style trends and where to source product from. Creating solid solutions to wardrobe confusion is my success. This brings me joy! I’m looking forward to sharing style tips with you as we move from season to season.

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I have far too many opinions for someone who is not an expert in any field. This makes me like 80% of the general population. That said, there are a few things I have some working knowledge around; surviving holiday kitchen disasters is one of them. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Victoria and it’s really only through travel that one comes to appreciate how fortunate that really is. Now settled on the Peninsula and Sidney for coming up on 20 years, life couldn’t really get much better. As a musician, graphic designer and person at large (large person), I meet many of the great people of Sidney and revel in what a truly magical little town this is. In my new column “The Light Side,” I will be trying to write about my local experiences and some of the people I meet along the way. Failing that, I have an endless source of mistakes and life lessons from which I can draw.

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What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? When meeting Jeff Mallett for our Can We Talk interview, he revealed that “true leaders never get pulled too far in either direction … one way to help make that happen is to be very self aware of strengths and weaknesses, listen and learn from others, and don’t be afraid to show empathy to others; it lets folks know you care.” After spending some time with him, I can characterize Jeff as the Allen key to everything! He exemplifies six powerful attributes in his life, and in business: determination, desire, creativity, passion, leadership and commitment. Jeff is a local Victoria success story, known as the hyperactive get-it-done guy, a “capital-preneur”

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and the cofounder of Yahoo! He is truly a reflection of all the possibilities that are out there. Jeff’s achievements demonstrate clearly that success doesn’t necessarily come from a book, but from dedication, vision and a strong network of support. When he’s in town he makes a point of staying connected with UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, and you will often find him at speaking engagements with students. In his own words: “Young people can follow a passion and get the experience before getting burdened by other things in life. The only person you have to answer to is yourself. I’m begging you to do that.” I have to admit that even with many hours of research and preparation, I was nervous to meet with Jeff, wanting to make the most of the opportunity and grateful of his time on a flying visit to Victoria. During our conversation though, I quickly felt at ease and we spoke as one entrepreneur to another. Jeff was down to earth and a terrific storyteller. Putting together this issue of Seaside Magazine, I spoke with many small business owners and the same messages came through time and again: it’s hard running a business, you have to be flexible and adapt to your market, there’s always learning to do, and if you’re not learning and growing you can’t succeed. Jeff Mallett is an extraordinary example of business success, but we are surrounded by other examples of success stories throughout our local business community. Whether Jeff is working on his latest investments like Big Balls Media or Gametime, a leader in mobile last-minute ticketing, you can be sure he will still be harnessing other projects, even while he’s literally getting dirt under his fingernails while harvesting grapes at his Napa Valley vineyard. There’s a great message there, from the multi-millionaire who fits in perfectly in blue jeans and a casual shirt for our interview!

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Always on the lookout for cool local products and services, Seaside’s Trendspotter Susi McMillan turns her thought to local art this month, of all genres and mediums …

1) Luke Hart-Weller, Salt Spring Island (wood, copper) | 2) Chris Paul, Brentwood First Nations (steel) 3) Richard York, Salt Spring Island (block print) | 4) Paige Coull, Gabriola Island (pottery) | 5) Ulrieke Benner, Salt Spring Island (felt) | 6) Evan Cheadle, North Saanich (music – image shows cover of EP) 7) Jen Witvliet, Sidney (paper lantern) | 8) Martin Ebbers, Salt Spring Island (jewelry)

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Butterfly Emerging: Sidney Fine Art Show Every fall, Sidney slips out of its sleepy summertime cocoon and transforms into a spectacular butterfly. It becomes a vibrant community sizzling with creative colour. Artists of all stripes spread their wings and dazzle us with their extraordinary talents and skills. The Sidney Fine Art Show puts us on the map every October, and this year it promises to “stuff our eyes with wonder” once again. (Courtesy Ray Bradbury). A world-class event at Mary Winspear Centre (this year from October 14 to 16), The Sidney Fine Art Show is one of the largest juried art shows on Vancouver Island, attracting artists at the top of their game. The show's chairperson, Diane Thorp, moves excitedly in her chair at Beacon Landing Restaurant. She sums up the Sidney Fine Art Show experience: “The event is a great way to showcase a diverse display of excellent art in one spot. We usually have around 400 art pieces and it is incredible how the space at the Mary Winspear Centre is transformed into a beautiful art gallery overnight.” At this creative thrill-fest, everything is art – from paintings and sculpture to glass works and photography. Diane is very grateful to all the energetic volunteers who bring this celebration of the arts to life. Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, the magical event is an homage to gifted people who enrich our community by capturing the beauty and glory of the world around us. How does this enhance the community, I ask? Diane feels that the art show provides an affordable and accessible opportunity for everyone – adults, families, children from the Peninsula, Victoria and elsewhere – to savour and appreciate the pure joy of artistic creation. The rewards to Sidney are huge: “It benefits Sidney because it draws a lot of visitors to our town. We are providing a shuttle bus down to the Sidney Pier Hotel and back again." The art show coordinators are hoping that visitors will enjoy our ocean side town and that local businesses will benefit from new shoppers and diners. Also “There by Doreen Marion Gee

are special events happening. We are celebrating Peninsula businesses with local cheeses and wines on the Friday evening.” On Saturday night, “Meet the Artists” provides a venue to engage with people who beautify our community. This is an enriching experience, “Hell on Heels” whetting by Marjie Harding and inspiring people's interest in creative expression: “It goes beyond the usual opportunity of simply looking at art – it is a chance to interact with the artists.” And perhaps purchase that perfect objet d'art to brighten up your home. By incorporating artistic expression into daily life through the Sidney Fine Art Show, we become a more vibrant and healthy community. Diane believes that showcasing creativity enhances the lives of residents. As for the artists themselves, recognition from the October event could jumpstart their career, giving them an impressive resumé that opens doors to local galleries. “We have helped quite a few artists,” says Diane proudly. Plus all of the money raised at the Sidney Fine Art Show goes back into art programs at the CACSP and around the Peninsula. A catch-phrase on one of the art show's promotions is “Experience Excellence.” The Sidney Fine Art Show is an awe-inspiring event, just like a magnificent butterfly emerging. Contact and information:, www.facebook. com/pages/Sidney-Fine-Art-Show/372439796129154. Table of contents image: “Bear #7 The Golden Age,” by Richard Shaw.

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PROFESSIONALS winners As Voted by Seaside Magazine Readers!

Customer Service - Shai Thompson (House of Lily Koi) House of Lily Koi is a luxury consignment boutique opened in 2014 by Shai Thompson. A professional image consultant, wardrobe specialist and stylist, Shai is also a leader and mentor in the image industry, with over 20 years of experience in fashion, marketing and public relations. Shai is a notable speaker and leader in her community directing corporate seminars and community education programs by empowering each individual to look and feel great about themselves in order to realize their inner potential. The best testament to the customer service at House of Lily Koi comes from a customer: “ … always smiling, always ready to listen to me tell about my problems. [Shai] made me feel brand new both with words and stylish clothing. I know I took a lot of her busy time and she did it all with a smile.”

Innovation – MAOA McTavish Academy Of Art is a place of art, music, dance, mindfulness, creative expression and sustainable agriculture, making it accessible to all ages through classes, workshops and events. MAOA opened its doors in May 2016: a bold adventure by a group of young entrepreneurs – Sean McNeill, Lucas Copplestone and Carl Joosse – that has seen the 18,000-square-foot former McTavish Elementary School, and the adjacent agricultural land, transformed into a vibrant centre dedicated to the advancement of the living arts. They work with the community to support artists in the development of their personal and professional endeavours in a creative, collaborative and supportive atmosphere. Traditional and experimental art practices create the foundation for discussion and invention.

Branding - Tall Tree Integrated Health Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre was founded by Bradley Jawl in 2015, and is the realization of hundreds of ideas and inspirations that started making their way into Bradley’s notebook around 12 years ago. The themes that underpinned all of the ideas were clinical excellence, caring and fun. Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre, based at Mattick’s Farm, provides health services including Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning, and Kinesiology. Their easy-to-navigate website, packed with useful information, is almost as beautiful as the custom-built clinic facility: a low-energy, environmentally conscious building that was designed to minimally disturb existing mature trees, while its granite rock cladding utilizes materials local to the site. This ecological focus is evident in the company name, logo and all branded materials.

Environmental - Hughesman Morris Hughesman Morris, Chartered Professional Accountants is a client focused, results oriented, full service accounting firm. From their Sidney office they have been providing service and practical advice to clients for over 30 years. Elaine Hughesman and Janine Morris, along with their team, offer professional, personalized accounting services and business advice, covering all aspects from tax planning, to cash flow management and beyond. They have an experienced team of tax professionals who enjoy preparing tax returns and developing innovative tax strategies. Hughesman Morris are certified as a Vancouver Island Green Business and strive to reduce their environmental impact in everything they do. The Vancouver Island Green Business Certification was built to recognize the efforts of local businesses that are reducing their environmental impact.

Community - Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Open for just over a year, Brentwood Bay Village Empourium is a hybrid shopping experience within a retro general store ambiance. They serve coffee and food as well as a carefully-selected range of gift and kitchenware, local art, décor, apparel, accessories, jewelry, cards and more. Owners Alice Bacon and John Carswell are Brentwood Bay residents and have supported many local community projects since opening their business. From our readers: “[The Empourium] generously donates baked goods WEEKLY to a breakfast program at a nearby school!! Lots of kids coming to school hungry can now get something nourishing and delicious in their belly thanks to these fine folks!” “[The Empourium] has donated to Brentwood Community Assn., held a fundraising night for Sea Cadets, a Sip ‘n’ Shop for Bayside PAC, and has provided donations for fundraising events for local Scouting groups, Peninsula Panthers Hockey, Central Saanich Little League, Stelly’s/Global Perspectives, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Citizens’ Counselling, Dance Victoria, Friendship Community Church and more.” 14 | october 2016

the Lifeblood of Canadian Business by Jim Townley, President Fresh Cup Roastery Café

In a recent discussion with my significant other, I was asked the pointed question: “Why do you want to be an entrepreneur so bad?” One of my personal strengths, as an entrepreneur, is that I can think quickly on my feet, but in this case I felt stumped and at a loss for words. For those that know me, this is no small admission! I spent the following couple of days deep in thought on the question and to be perfectly honest, I had NEVER asked this specific question of myself, let alone been asked that question point blank. I never realized I “wanted” to be an entrepreneur consciously, or wrote it down during one of the goal-setting exercises that I do from time to time. There are specific text-book definitions of what an entrepreneur is. Wikipedia has one, and the University of Victoria has launched an “Entrepreneurship” program and stated their beliefs: “We view entrepreneurship as new value creation (economic, social, and environmental value) and entrepreneurs as people who create new value in new ventures, existing businesses (corporate entrepreneurship), not-for-profit organizations (social entrepreneurship), or government. Sustainable entrepreneurship is a central program theme.” My entrepreneurship journey started at age 22, with my first business being a health club. After 10 years of redefining what a fitness club looked and felt like on the Saanich Peninsula, I went into the Craft Beer industry, working on contract for a couple of years with Vancouver Island Brewery, applying my marketing and sales skills. I then went on to discover coffee, and have worked over the past 17 years to redefine what freshly roasted organic coffee is all about and how the industry defines the sustainability of coffee roasting itself. I didn’t just want to own a “same as” coffee house as there wasn’t enough “brain candy” there for me. Instead, I teamed up with a couple of genius inventors and together we pushed and pulled each other’s view of what existed; we have shaped what is now one of the most sustainable coffee roasting business models in Canada, and recently opened our third location. Entrepreneurs open themselves up to failure on a regular basis, and this is the secret ingredient. We are willing to continually

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test our theories and tirelessly innovate. I compare it to the sport of baseball, where the best hitters in the game, those that hit over .300 in a lifetime, essentially fail 70% of the time. Imagine being considered an All Star because you failed 70% of the time! Entrepreneurs do this under the pressure of continuous improvement, and the requirement of developing new skills in a now global economy. Many people talk about entrepreneurship in the context of being visionary, and I think this is where people misunderstand us most often. We’re not always visionary, but most true entrepreneurs have developed the innate ability to “feel” what needs to be done next and know when, and more importantly when not to, diversify. We are a special breed that takes action when others talk, and are usually the first to volunteer in the community. We, the entrepreneurs, are the lifeblood of Canadian business and innovation, and we regularly practise the most important rule in business which is: There’s only one thing worse than no business, and that’s bad business. Photo by october 2016 | 15

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with jeff mallett, cofounder of yahoo! executive, director & active investor in various ventures worldwide I believe everything happens for a reason and that life is unmistakably connected all the time. Last year at the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, we had a quick introduction and your few words left me wanting more. Here we are today, chatting once again. You are a local success story. Not only a devoted husband of 30 years and father of two beautiful children, you have become an incredibly successful and inspirational entrepreneur. How are you able to stay so grounded in life and remain true to yourself, your family and your core values? I believe life is a connection of moments, some big, some small and some in-between and if you are aware of and seize them they begin to form the roadmap to achieve your goals.

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I believe entrepreneurs have a real talent for making that happen; in order to move along that path, staying grounded and true to yourself and your core values and beliefs is key. I feel like I have been able to stay grounded by having a long-term view on life as a journey – there will be highs and lows but true leaders never get pulled too far in either direction. One way to help make that happen is to be very self aware of strengths and weaknesses, listen and learn from others, and don’t be afraid to show empathy to others; it lets folks know you care. Your appetite for sports stems from an early age all the way through your adult life. You have ownership in teams such as the San Francisco Giants and Vancouver Whitecaps, you were an original investor in the Women’s Professional Soccer League, Derby County Football Club and you are an advisor to Steve Nash Enterprises and Foundation. Since you bought into the Giants in 2002 they have won the World Series three times – with no previous wins since 1954! How have you been able to turn your passion into viable business ventures, and how do you know which investments are the right choices? I have always been a competitive person on and off the field. I believe you should always be ready to test yourself against the best – most importantly, you learn how to be a good teammate and win and lose graciously. As it pertains to business, I am very disciplined on the macro objectives with any business investments and I do my homework upfront. For me, the five key

factors I look for in my direct investments are: I really have to like/ connect with the CEO/founder as a person I want to succeed; I can bring immediate value add to the business through my network and my previous experiences; I have a real interest/passion in the space the company does business; I can learn from this experience, as I want to get better with every venture I join; and the company has a reasonable chance of succeeding financially. You have spent the past 30 years as an executive, director and active leader in technology companies such as Reference Software International, Word Perfect Corporation and Novell Inc., and were a key member of the team that built Yahoo into an internet giant. Life in sports doesn’t go as quickly as technology. How do you stay so patient when you have so much invested? Patience is an area that I continue to improve on. In sports club ownership, you have a good balance of long term (ie stadium/real estate), medium term (ie media rights and player development) and near term (ie wins/losses/standings). That combination drives my passion to build a long-lasting community asset I’ve read about Verizon Communications’ purchase of Yahoo! for US$4.83 billion. The Financial Post stated: “How did Yahoo!, the first Internet trailblazer, become such a tech train wreck,” having not seized an opportunity to sell it in 2008 to Microsoft for US$45 billion. For the past decade, Yahoo! has been struggling to find a winning strategy against its competitors. In your opinion, what went wrong? Well that’s a big question. First, what went right, from a company that is 21 years old and counting and one of the pioneers of defining the internet both as a consumer service and viable business: when I joined Yahoo! they had no revenue, less than six weeks of operating capital, no formal business plan and 11 employees. The tough love answer on your question is consumer technology is a fast moving, always evolving, leapfrog industry that creates an ecosystem that rewards the latest and greatest and Yahoo! saw companies like Google build a better mousetrap and change the rules. I love the challenge, and ultimately this is what makes great companies and the consumers win in the end; this is entrepreneurship at its best! Although you live in San Francisco, you stay close to your Canadian roots by remaining active with the University of Victoria, including being appointed to the Faculty of Business Board of Advisors and recognized with the first Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the business school. The annual award acknowledges an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a positive impact on the global community through their business leadership. What did this recognition from your home town mean to you? The UVic DEYA recognition means the world to me. Just look at the other 12 winners! I’m honoured and humbled to be in their company. Though I have been very fortunate to be involved in a number of incredible adventures around the world, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home and being welcomed! Supporting the next generation of leaders, you have established the Jeffery Mallett Leadership Award, an annual scholarship

awarded to an outstanding University of Victoria student. What are the types of skills you look for in young leaders? What difference do you think it makes to a student to receive an award like this? I believe there is greatness in all of us. It’s important to respect that we are all individuals and no two people’s paths are the same. That said, common traits for leaders I have observed tend to include a clear vision of what’s possible, commitment to always be willing to learn, understanding how to work with and lead others, an insatiable drive from within to achieve their goals and a genuine desire to give back and make the world a better place. Tell us three things we might not know about Jeff Mallett that you’re willing to share with our readers. Hmm let’s see: I got a “C” in typing at Mount Doug Secondary and I’m still a C-level typer, my favourite drink is chocolate milk, and at the end of every day I ask myself did I “evoke positive change with a purpose today?” This issue celebrates local small business entrepreneurs. What is the most important advice you could give these hardworking professionals? Have a plan and be prepared to modify the plan as success never comes in a straight line! Photo by

Jeff Mallett Cofounder of Yahoo! Executive, Director & Active Investor Jeff Mallett discovered a passion for business around the dinner table growing up in Victoria. His parents, Brian and Marilyn, left careers at B.C. Telephone Co. to form a company called IPT Corp, which they sold to Cable & Wireless PLC of London in 1987. For the past 30 years, Jeff has been an executive, director, and active investor in technology, media, sports and entertainment ventures. In 2002 Jeff founded MSE, a diversified global investment and advisory company whose ventures include the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park and Mission Rock Development, Comcast Bay Area Sports Network, the San Jose Giants, Major League Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Derby County FC, digital music company SNOCAP, Inc., custom apparel company Indochino Inc., mobile ticketing service Gametime United Inc., a founding investor and limited partner in Version One Ventures LLC and advisor to Steve Nash Enterprises and Foundation. Prior to MSE, Jeff was the founding President, COO, Director and the 12th employee of Yahoo, from 1995-2002. Under his leadership, Yahoo grew from startup with no revenue to a publicly traded company whose value reached $135 billion.

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Dr. Maureen Sweeney, and Lucy Watson, Live Young’s Office Manager

Dr. Maureen Sweeney “It’s hard to believe we’ve been here 10 years,” says Dr. Maureen Sweeney. “It seems like just yesterday that I moved the practice from Yates Street to Sidney. And what a good decision — I’ve never looked back.” Office manager Lucy Watson joined the practice soon after. “It’s funny — we didn’t ‘discover’ Sidney until we started working in the community where we both live. And our patients are delighted to save themselves a trip downtown.” Live Young Medical focuses on age management from the inside

out. Dr. Sweeney began her career as a family doctor, and quickly realized how important lifestyle factors were to the process of healthy aging. She runs her practice and lives her own life according to the acronym DESSERT, where D refers to diet, E to exercise, S to sleep and stress management, S to supplements, E to early detection of disease, R to restoring hormone balance, and T to treating the outward signs of aging.

Just as important as how you look is how you feel. Dr. Sweeney has 16 years of experience with age-enhancing treatments like bio-identical hormones – the naturally derived substitutes for the estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones that diminish in the body as we age. Patients rave about their improved sleep and renewed energy once their hormones are restored to optimum levels.

Those outward signs of aging are addressed using aesthetic medicine, including BOTOX®, BELKYRA™, fillers, laser skin renewal, and hair removal, and the treatments are popular among many age groups, with an ever-increasing level of interest from men.

“We get a great deal of enjoyment from helping our patients look and feel their best,” says Dr. Sweeney, “and we’re grateful to be part of this vibrant and caring community.”

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common cents estate planning for the small business owner Typically, small businesses start small: a few tools, some equipment, a lease and a lot of sweat equity. The business begins to grow and more equipment, larger work spaces and soon staff are added to the mix. Most small business owners have loans by Laurie Salvador attached to their principal residence. Salvador, Davis & Co., Often the business is the dream Notaries Public child of more than one person, so it becomes a partnership. Months and years go by and it flourishes, but owners are often too preoccupied with growing their business to consider what would happen if they died suddenly or became incapacitated. At the very least, a business owner should ensure they have sufficient life and disability insurance. If there is a partner or multiple owners, they should consider key person insurance. As soon as the business is viable and owns assets, it is important to have a partnership or shareholder agreement drawn up which will set out what happens if a key player is suddenly out of the picture. Spouses and family members need to be considered, since they may be relying on the income of the business owner and might not be a suitable replacement. Whenever a business is a major asset and the owner has adult children working in that business, there is a potential for misunderstandings. Non-participating children could be left out of the estate plan altogether or they could be at the mercy of siblings who feel a greater sense of entitlement to the corporate assets since they work there. It is important to factor this into the estate plan. Accident or life insurance coverage is critical for making funds available to surviving business partners and spouses so they can continue without financial burden. Business owners should carefully consider what the ownership of the business would look like if they were suddenly taken out of the equation. How would debt be handled? A non-participating spouse should not be saddled with debt registered against the family home. A partnership agreement should address these issues which might include allowing the business partner to buy out the spouse’s interest. If the business is booming, there could be substantial tax consequences to consider. At a minimum, the business owner should have a Power of Attorney for personal and corporate matters, a Will naming an executor who could handle the business affairs competently, and adequate insurance to cover debt and loss of income. A partnership agreement or shareholder agreement would avoid many problems in the event of death or disability. This will involve four professionals: a notary to prepare the Will and Powers of Attorney, an insurance broker for the insurance products, an accountant to address share structure and accounting procedures, and a lawyer to prepare the partnership or shareholder agreement. 32 | october 2016

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Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected unknown author

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graeme teague yo u r w e st c o a s t c u lt u r e “Grand Entry Colour ”

Born in Red Deer, Alberta – airforce brat. Raised in Australia, Zululand and the Arctic. Graduated from Parkland and learned to dive and took his first underwater images in Sidney! Spent 25 years in the West Indies, diving, divemaster, captain on liveaboard dive yachts, and in south Florida across to the Bahamas running Scuba Bimini! Now works out of Sidney running an international knowledge/photo agency with the world’s top marine and wildlife shooters, has a publishing company and best selling tropical plant and flower ID book. You can catch Graeme, and his big laugh, several days a week on the line at 3rd St. Cafe! * Photo of Grand Entry dancers taken at the Yellow Wolf Intertribal Powwow, Brentwood Bay.

chris straub peninsula p e o pl e "Fun at the Fair"

After putting his little brother to bed, Harry and I decided to head back to the Saanich Fair for a special treat – staying up late and eating candy apples. Even though we were washing candy apple goo out of his hair for three days, it was worth it! We held tight on the ferris wheel, screeched like banshees on the little kid rides, and enjoyed the bright lights. It was the perfect way to spend an evening with my biggest little guy.

Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life's greatest moments and relationships. In our Fourth Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned

ink in our local magazine. With so many submissions, this task wasn't easy. You’ll find our choices in the four categories outlined below. Thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who submitted such fine work.

Lucas J C o ppl e s to n e wonderful wildlife "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Lucas J Copplestone has been an artist his whole life. Growing up in Sidney by the Sea he gained a great respect for the Salish Sea and many species that call it home. Living in such a magical oasis allows one’s creative mind to wonder: Have you ever seen a misshapen cloud … ? Or a particular seagull flying faster than the others … ? This land is my land, this land is your land, let’s keep it clean.

mike lane Make us laugh " L u n c h a t t h e To t e m C a f é "

After retiring from a career as a forester, my wife, Colombe, and I took a cruise on a working freighter. Another passenger onboard showed me his digital camera while photographing wildlife in coastal B.C. By the end of the cruise, I bought his first digital camera. Now, four cameras later, I am a serious amateur photographer and I’m rarely found without my camera. I live with my family in Saanichton.

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Keep an eye out for the opening of Café Beacon, where Stonestreet Café used to reside at the corner of Beacon and Second Street, in Sidney.

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Making Waves Riptide Café has opened in Sidney! They feature 25 different flavours of wings, a homemade half-pound build-a-burger, an allyou-can-eat taco buffet on Tuesdays from 5 to 10 p.m., and a pound of wings for $6 after 7 p.m. on Wing Wednesdays. They are located in the old Carlos Cantina space, at 9816 Fourth Street. Check them out on Facebook for updates!

Helping Hand Peninsula Sisters Supporting Seniors is a new and locally run business to the Peninsula. They provide assistance to seniors in their daily lives, aiding with transportation and accompaniment, shopping and errands, light meal prep and housekeeping, non-medical support and care, and most importantly, support and companionship. For more information and to speak in person with Cristina, call 250-508-0413 or email

RESTAURANTS A New Wing If you’ve been eager to see the unveiling of the new building at The Roost Farm Bakery and Vineyard Bistro, the

time has come! Doors open on October 14. The new addition will showcase The Roost's pizza oven, as well as estate wines and wine cocktails. The licensed area will seat 65 indoors, and an additional 65 on the outside patio. There will be more parking, too. They look forward to seeing you there! Visit soon at the corner of McTavish and East Saanich Roads.

BUSINESS Outstanding Operations Nominations for the annual Crystal Awards for Business Excellence, celebrating local excellence and achievement, have closed. This year’s awards gala will be held at Butchart Gardens on October 20. There are eight categories, in addition to the most coveted: Business Of the Year. The awards are sponsored by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Island Savings.

RETAIL Show and Share Sidney Natural Foods is hosting two demonstrations this month! On the 12th they’re hosting a makeup demo for Gabriel cosmetics from 12 to 4 p.m., and on the 21st, a Genuine Health demo for Greens + products from 1 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome, so drop by and say hello. They are located on Beacon, next to Starbucks.

SIDNEY NEWS Project Advancement The Town of Sidney has approved the go-ahead of the Sidney Gateway development at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Pat Bay Highwy. Councillors voted 5-2 for the land rezoning, establishing a new commercial zone. Control of the project now falls to the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), to approve both the development and land permits, though they have agreed to consult the Town with regard to the next stages of Gateway development.


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The Peninsula Players present ‘Tainted Justice’ written by Don Nigro Drawn from facts surrounding a real murder mystery on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Tainted Justice is a compelling drama based on the book ‘Tainted Justice, 1914’ by David Newton. Pearl, a troubled young woman, is haunted by doubts about who actually murdered her father in the dark woods at twilight one August evening in 1913. As Pearl confronts the truth, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a dark labyrinth of desire, lies and ambiguous betrayals. By turns funny, haunting, and frightening, this intricately plotted investigation weaves memory, testimony, and scenes of twisted confrontation into a compelling tapestry of darkness and light. Berwick Royal Oak Friday, October 14 7:30pm Saturday, October 15 7:30pm Sunday, October 16 2:00pm Charlie White Theatre Friday, October 21 7:30pm Saturday, October 22 7:30pm Sunday, October 23 2:00pm

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Canadian brother and sister duo Matthew and Jill Barber will perform in the Charlie White Theatre on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Both award-winning solo artists, Matthew and Jill came together last year to work on an album together fittingly called The Family Album. Half originals and half inspired covers, it’s a rewarding listen and a worthy addition to the Canadian folk canon.

The Mary Winspear Centre presents Kane & Potvin on Thursday October 27 at 7:30pm in the Charlie White Theatre.

The Family Album touches on the great Canadian songbook, from Ian Tyson’s Summer Wages, to Neil Young’s Comes A Time, they also delve deeper into honouring the songwriting greats Bobby Charles and Townes Van Zandt. The result is a seamless and beautiful work that shows the Barbers’ ability to interpret the works of others and craft their own songs that fit snug amongst the classics.

From the mid 80s to the early 90s, Kevin Kane (The Grapes Of Wrath) and Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heartfelt singles and videos to hit the Canadian music scene. Fast forward to the present day, as the frontmen of these two bands live near each other in Toronto and the idea dawned on the two of them to start a duo. From the first rehearsal, Kane said both musicians saw that there was potential to present songs from the Pikes, the Grapes, and their respective solo material, in a way that listeners would find both fresh and familiar. For two years, Kane and Potvin have been writing, touring and recording together. And as they now have a brand new full length CD set to be released in October, the duo is hitting the road in support of the new album.

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Downtown Sidney invites little ghosts, goblins and princesses to enjoy a family friendly trick or treat event! Come check out the Panorama Recreation Spook Zone at Mary Winspear - Fish Pond, Inflatables, Face Paint and Entertainment!

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Memory Café:

A Creative Cup of Canadiana by Jo Barnes

The tea is hot and the coffee is

brewing. The place is filled with people deep in conversation at tables around the room. But the talk isn’t about the quality of the coffee or what the weather is like; these café patrons have never met each other and there’s at least a 70-year age difference between them. Welcome to the Memory Café. Pull up a chair. You’ll leave this café refreshed by more than what’s poured into your cup. Memory Café: Remembering Our Canada is an intergenerational project spearheaded by The Eldercare Foundation, a non-profit group. The project aims to bring generations together, share stories and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The ultimate goal is to create visual and performing art pieces that reflect Canada’s history from those who lived it. "We were looking for an intergenerational project that would meet the objective of supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors while, at the same time, celebrating the rich cultural diversity that makes Canada such a vibrant and welcoming country," says Lori McLeod, Executive Director of Eldercare. One proposal came from Trudy Pauluth-Penner who has a background in gerontology and theatre. Her idea of creating

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performances based on seniors' memories captivated Eldercare and the Memory Café project was born. Trudy was appointed Artistic Director and was keen to start the unique venture. “Today families are often fragmented in society. The opportunities for seniors and younger people to come together are rare,” she says. Phase one of the project is a series of social evenings where young people and seniors meet to share life stories. These run the first Tuesday of each month from September to December at the Oak Bay Lodge. Participants include lodge residents, local and international students from Oak Bay High, UVic and the community, as well as members of the Victoria Storytelling Guild. “I absolutely love the range of ages. We approach everyone as capable participants in this project. We’re doing this together,” says Trudy. Collaboration goes to the heart of this project. Participants share their experiences and perspectives, and in the process gain a better understanding of each other. At each session, Trudy provides thematic questions and participants take turns interviewing each other. “I have activities planned and key questions to start the conversation, such as “what does Canada mean to you?” says Trudy. Sometimes groups are invited to form a tableau to represent a perspective. For instance, the suggested phrase might be: “When I think of Canada, I feel” and participants take turns creating a still image in response to the phrase. Often this activity evokes deep emotions, strong responses and personal transformations. “One evening we were all mesmerized by the images of hope, resilience and connection,” says Trudy. In today’s society seniors are often isolated, seen perhaps as less capable and less active. Memory Café sessions provide a place where seniors can be heard, feel connected and valued by community. “If you’re old you’re not capable. We are dispelling this myth of aging. Seniors have led remarkable lives,“ says Trudy. “Humour, special talents, inner strength … these kinds of things shine through when they talk about their lives.” The-four month storytelling phase provides the material for a community arts festival in March that will showcase these stories and ties in beautifully with Eldercare's "Embrace Aging" initiative. This reminiscence project echoes others that have occurred in Britain and the U.S. So while the Victoria events bring generations together, inspire mentorship, collect and bring life stories to life, it is all part of more long-term goals. "Our long-term goal is to establish a Canadian affiliation with the European Reminiscence Network and establish our own Victoriabased Age Exchange network," says Lori. It all starts with a chat over a cup of tea, but it's the start of reconnecting generations and honouring the Canadian community and those who helped shape it. For more information call 250-370-5664 or visit

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their poetry and creative nonfiction in emerge 16, an annual publication launching this month that is produced by students, faculty and industry guests of the Writer’s Studio and the Writer’s Studio Online at Simon Fraser University. Emily, a recent graduate of The Writers Studio Online, completed a year in the fiction genre group and a month of cross-genre in Poetry. The online format suited her busy lifestyle while she worked full time and raised her children on the Saanich Peninsula. Emily’s desire to write is something she kept hidden; afraid of rejection, she feared her writing wouldn’t be good enough. In this community of established and aspiring writers, Emily found a place where she belonged, a family of like-minded, creative souls. “My lifelong dream of becoming a writer was realized when I was accepted into the writing program, but I had no idea the impact this would have on the rest of my life. Suddenly the world became friendlier, each experience became material for that next poem or character. I was able to stand confident in my being knowing that I was doing right by myself and setting a good example to my children. I’m now able to confidently share my work with my husband over a late night cup of tea.” It wasn’t long into the program before she and her classmates discovered the advantage of the writers group: the support system and value of encouragement and feedback that the group environment allows. “Writing can be lonely and the process arduous; this online setting brought ‘friends’ into the late-night, stiff-necked deadline marathons,” Emily says.

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Halfway through the program, Emily discovered that Sara Hansen, the mother of one of her son’s friends at school, was in the Nonfiction group the same year. Sara is a stay-at-home mom of two elementary-school-age boys. The online writing program was the ideal passion Sara could dovetail into her family life. “Like many parents, I want the best for my kids. I take the burnt piece of toast, the misshaped green bean or the crazy looking potato for myself and give the more aesthetically pleasing, often tastier, things to my family. Moms in general, I think, need to become a bit more selfish by doing more things for themselves. Writing makes me a happier person.” Sara wanted to incorporate something in her life that was just for her. She was thrilled to be accepted into the program for herself and also because she feels one of the best things she can do for her kids is have her own life. For Sara, writing has always been a neglected love, and something she finds very cathartic. Although writing has been an isolating craft for her in the past, the program provided her a connection to like-minded people, greatly needed by this stay-athome mom. Sara believes in setting the example to her kids that investing in her own life and actively pursuing self growth is vital to a happy life. “Now that we’ve graduated the program, Emily and I continue to bounce ideas off each other, share in our successes and reach out for help with new writing endeavors. Nothing beats having another emerging writer, in a very similar situation, to meet with over coffee and share in the experience.” Photo by

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in good health

Healthy Smiles Family Style: Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Jo Barnes This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. You get to go up and down on a chair ride! A friendly person looks at your teeth and counts how many you have. And, you get to meet Mr. Sucky. When you’re very little, dental chairs, uniformed people and even a dental suction device like "Mr. Sucky" can be a bit intimidating, but Sidney Centre Family Dentistry offers not only a welcoming setting for children but a level of service that caters to mom, dad and patients of all ages.

Owners Loren Braun and Jacalyn (Jaci) Sollid opened their dentistry business in 2000. “We loved the small town atmosphere of Sidney; we wanted to be in a rural area where it’s quieter with less traffic,” says Jaci. It was that desire to serve in a smaller community and to really get to know clients closely that framed their approach from the very start. “We love to see the whole family come through the door. It’s fun to follow the progression, to see people growing up,” says Jaci. In the beginning it was only Loren and


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Jaci, and they handled everything from the dental cleanings to detailed dental procedures. The operation, however, has grown significantly over the years and now includes three hygienists, two dental assistants and two administrative personnel. Even the original physical office space has expanded since opening. After a huge renovation in 2002, the facility now features more operatories (separate rooms featuring dental chair and equipment). “We have a large bright office and lots of space for fitting people in, especially those in emergency dental situations,” says Jaci.

Both Loren and Jaci are well versed in dentistry, having trained through the University of British Columbia, and share many honours between the two of them. Loren graduated with honours and earned a scholarship in Prosthodontics; Jaci was awarded the College of Dental Surgeons Gold Medal. Over the years their roles have changed, but the same dedication to service and high dental standards remains. Loren is now the full-time dentist in the office while Jaci is the office manager dealing with staffing and payroll. Sidney Centre Family Dentistry is a modern computerized facility offering up to date technology and service to all ages. Digital radiography is used, which means decreased radiation exposure compared to traditional dental X-rays, immediate processing and viewing. Intra-oral photography allows clients to get a very clear understanding of their dental needs. Loren offers a wide variety of services including everything from dental exams, whitening and dentures to cosmetic

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procedures and tooth extractions or emergencies. An on-site anaesthetist provides oral or IV sedation beneficial for anxious patients or those who have specific health

of this business is its employees. Not only do hygienists and assistants have extensive training and experience, but they are approachable and positive. “Our staff members are happy, easygoing people. They're all down to earth and pleasant,” says Jaci. It’s very much a family-oriented business in terms of service style and definitely reflects the owner’s connection with their own growing family. The office is open Monday through Thursday, allowing Loren and Jaci to spend time with their two sons and to pursue community connections. Loren is team dentist for the Peninsula Panthers hockey team and coaches for Peninsula Minor Hockey. Jaci, issues making dental work very challenging. along with her sons, often volunteers for Shoal It’s a busy dental office very much built on Centre for Seniors. word of mouth referrals. Whether it’s your first ride in the chair or “It’s really satisfying to see patients who have such confidence and trust in us, that they your answer to an emergency dental crisis, are referring their loved ones. It makes us feel Sidney Centre Family Dentistry extends a professional and personal hand. like we are doing the right thing and making For more information, visit people happy," says Loren. An important ingredient in the success

"We love to see the whole family come through the door. It's fun to follow the progression, to see people growing up."

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our artistic selves, many of us are uncomfortable, and often intimidated. Art is a wonderful form of expression that holds so much promise if we simply allow ourselves to embrace it. In the book “Successful Aging,” based on the MacArthur Foundation Study, by Shauna Dorko John. W. Rowe, M.D. and Robert L. Owner, Sidney SeniorCare Kahn, Ph. D, discuss three components of successful aging: low risk of disease, high mental and physical functioning, and being actively engaged in life. Expressing ourselves through art activities promotes active engagement in life, as well as a wide range of benefits for our psychological and physical well-being: • A renewed sense of identity • Greater positivity and awareness • Reduction in depression due to chronic or acute illnesses • Socialization • Enhancement of cognitive and psychological development According to Bruce Miller, M.D., a behavioral neurologist at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, “while brains inevitably age, creative abilities do not necessarily deteriorate. Actually the aging brain responds well to art by allowing the brain’s two hemispheres to work more in tandem. This ability to use one’s creativity throughout a lifetime helps to cultivate the aging, creative brain.” Music is just one art form that has a unique impact on our lives. I’m sure we are all well acquainted with the cognitive mystery of how our brains can recall every single word of favourite childhood songs 50+ years later! There are many artistic activities now available to seniors in our community, thanks to the federal government’s recently developed New Horizons for Seniors Program. Resulting grant opportunities encourage community-based organizations to develop programming that will help seniors stay active, engaged and informed, with an arts and health focus. Panorama Recreation Centre is now offering several new arts-related programs for seniors through collaboration with local secondary schools who are generously opening up their classroom art studios so that seniors may explore and share their creative skills and artistic sensibilities. Also locally, the Alzheimer Foundation in Victoria offers its “Arts & Alzheimer’s” program. Art and Music Participation Sessions are facilitated twice a week at participating venues. So the next time you get the urge to pick up a paint brush or break into song, just do it; chances are you will find others happy to join you in channeling your inner artist. Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with "Seniors" in the subject line.

The Jazz Singer

by Paula Kully

Imagine competing against

300 of Canada’s best, aspiring young musicians and then finding yourself one of 12 finalists standing on a stage, bright lights shining in your eyes, waiting as the winners are announced. You hear the words: “the first runner up is … ” and your name is called! Suddenly, all the hard work – long days and nights, the travel, music lessons – all of it, in one fell swoop, pays off at that moment. Such was the experience of local pianist and singer Craig Henderson when he took home first runner-up and the $2,000 prize at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search this past July. The event has run in conjunction with the world famous stampede since 1980 and has been a springboard for the careers of Canadian artists such as Paul Brandt, world-renowned opera singer Gordon Gietz, dance-pop superstar Keisza, the Nylons’ Gavin Hope, and many more. 20-year-old Craig Henderson, who wears a constant smile with an easy, polite manner, was born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula. He has been a familiar face at the Sidney Street Market for seven years and has played a wide array of venues including the Empress Hotel’s Bengal Lounge, Victoria Jazz Festival, and many private functions and charity fundraisers. The win in Calgary opened the door for Craig and his band, The Craig Henderson Trio, to perform outside their usual venues on Vancouver Island. It is a “next step” in the promising career of an exceptionally talented young man whose personal style of interpreting famous jazz from the golden era of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean

Martin and Tony Bennett is suggestive of Canada’s Michael Bublé. Craig was initially influenced by his father Gordon Henderson, who wrote music and played in his own band in high school until deciding on a second career as a doctor at the age of 26. Gordon continues to support his son’s work and makes up one third of the Craig Henderson Trio, playing guitar while Craig’s piano teacher Bill Kent plays bass. Craig began playing piano when he was eight years old. By the time he turned 12, he was taken under the wing of Kent, who is enthusiastic when he talks about his protégé. “At 14, I got him into an organization called Ujam as a piano player in a group called the Young All Stars. We pair young musicians with a mentor, rehearse every Saturday, and play at retirement homes and other venues. He was in this until 18 and obviously learned a great deal playing in a group,” explains Kent. Although Craig has been playing piano for 12 years, he didn’t add vocals to his shows until three years ago. His first public performance as a singer/pianist was at his high school graduation in 2013 where he surprised everyone, including his closest friends, with his rendition of Young at Heart. Craig recently released his first EP this past July; it can be found locally at Dig This, Deep Cove Market, Sea Cider, or online at Spotify and iTunes. The Trio will be joined by a drummer, sax player and Craig’s vocal coach for a complete, live show at the Mary Winspear Centre on May 13, 2017. Next up for the aspiring young artist and the Trio is producing their own original material and of course, fame! october 2016 | 47

the light side

Foiled by the Pan For most North Americans, Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to appreciate each other, their surroundings and blessings. A chance to reflect, contemplate the meaning of life and, perhaps most of all, decide exactly what time the bird needs to go in the oven. Yes, Thanksgiving can also be a litmus test for a marriage. The pressure to host the “Dinner” for your family, some of whom behave like they haven’t eaten since the last meal you served. The pinnacle symbol of all great family meals is, of course, the turkey. When my wife and I were just starting out, it made sense for us to take this on. With a lot of family and a couple of wayward friends on the guest list, it was going to be a sizeable meal and although we had some help with the side dishes, the main event was up to us. After some heavy calculations, we determined the right time to put the bird in the oven. It was of such a size that I was sent to the store to get a foil pan large enough to contain its girth. Everything seemed to be going well. Every so often, we’d pop matching aprons on and, feeling very empowered and accomplished, open the oven door, slide the rack out a few inches, baste and slide it back in. People arrived, drinks were served and delightful dishes were brought. Dinner was almost ready; now came the time to remove the bird from the oven and let it rest prior to carving. We’d done well thus far and, with the bravery provided by a couple of celebratory beverages, felt we were well on our way to a feature article in Good Housekeeping! With aprons tied tightly, oven mitts snug and ready for the task, and me in brand new all-leather slippers I’d received for my birthday, we opened the oven door. My wife slid the rack out enough for me to grab both sides of the foil pan. The bird was a beautiful golden brown simmering away in two inches of its own bubbling juices; it looked and smelled amazing.

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As I carried the entire ensemble away from the oven, the foil pan buckled under the weight of the bird and formed a perfect spout out of which poured the simmering juices. Slicker than any substance that NASA has developed, these juices coated the linoleum floor and my new slippers, resulting in my feet flailing in every direction at a pace of which Michael Flatley could only dream. Once my feet settled and I got the bird safely on the counter, there was a brief moment of silence, then disbelief, then anger, at which point I kicked my left leg out and, while exclaiming that it wasn’t all my fault, my freshly greased slipper flew off my equally greased foot like a cold war missile launch. The slipper caught some sort of unexpected “updraft” then smashed the hallway light fixture, resulting in a shower of antique glass. My wife and I stood, motionless, again going through a moment of disbelief, broken only when my dad, innocently and very slowly, poked his head in the kitchen a few inches and whispered: “is everything OK?” That was 25 years ago, but it’s still the most memorable Thanksgiving ever. We passed the test. We’ve had steak ever since.

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Hypersport Another glorious summer has began turning to fall in Sidney, and the staff at Hypersport would like to thank all of our loyal patrons and visitors for supporting us and making this such a fulfilling and fruitful season. The biggest story for us has been Skechers footwear and we don't expect the fall and winter to be any different. The Skechers company has come a long way over the past 24 years, from humble beginnings in 1992 making utility style boots, to the sleek, colourful and ultra comfortable shoes that are synonymous with the brand today. Diversifying in every possible way including casual, athletic and dress styles for men, women and children, Skechers have really hit the mark and provided us with endless styles to choose from. For all you traditionalists out there, don't worry! Skechers still offers those classics that you know and love, whether it's the '90s-inspired rounded toe fan favourite or the bubbly and bright performance-inspired athletic shoe. Pop by our newly renovated shop to find the Skecher that is right for you. Our knowledgable staff will take the time to set you up with the perfect fit. With regular shipments arriving the first week of every month, you will always have an abundance to choose from here at Hypersport.

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250.656.2326 9769 Fifth Street, Sidney Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Repair, Restore & Rejuvenate balance using local West Coast products, creating a natural and luxurious spa experience. Receive a complimentary spa gift when you spend $50 or more on Esthetic Services in October. 250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave

Mermaid's Lair Market Venture down to spooky, foggy Patricia Bay for gifts and treasures for all the Pirates and Mermaids in your life. Lots of nautically themed gifts and décor; and feel-good, cozy items like Himalayan salt lamps, nebulizers and soothing essential oils; hot beverages and cold soda, retro candy and baked goods make for a exhilarating walk on the beach. 250.508.8661 | 10251 W Saanich Rd

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products JustPotters mugs back in stock! Excellent quality pottery with a purpose – JustPotters is a Vancouver-based social enterprise which provides gainful employment opportunities for individuals facing multiple barriers to work. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

One Stop Furniture Shop West Coast living at its finest. Now until the end of October: taxes included on all regular and sale priced items.

Muffet & Louisa Acca Kappa's luxury range of Italian-made triple milled soaps, perfumes and body products will delight all of your senses. Wonderful as gifts or as a special treat for yourself.

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The Dancing Orchid The only limit to your Kameleon style is your imagination! The Masquerade Collection has its own brand of magic. Come explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind greeting cards and an amazing seletion of unique giftware. 250.656.1318 | 2416 Beacon Ave

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Hypersport With back to school in full swing, come in and check out our newly expanded Kid’s Shoe Section, with Skechers, Asics, NewBalance, Saucony and More! 250.656.6161 | 2443 Beacon Ave

For fabulous serving suggestions visit our full range of Emma Bridgewater, as well as gift ideas, linens, Waterford and many more carefully selected, stylish lines. 250.656.3088 | 2408 Beacon Ave

LALOCA is a locally owned and staffed FairTrade Global & Local store in Sidney that buys from ethical producers on Vancouver Island and around the world and gives back to the communities from which the products originate. We trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of small producers and communities, and do not maximize profit at their expense. We have a range of unique and innovative handcrafted home décor, casual clothing, accessories, soups and spices, world music and instruments. This month we are featuring a range of handcrafted, colourful felt hats from Kathmandu, Nepal. The hats are made by a family business that employs local women, abides by Fair Trade principles and is helping the community recover from the 2015 earthquake. The hats are warm and water resistant. We also have a range of unique cushions from Zimbabwe made in the traditional “sadza” batik style from a fair trade enterprise that is helping people achieve sustainable livelihoods. Come in and check out our range of quality gifts and ask our owner, Christine Downing, or our staff Marissa and Amanda, local students at Camosun College, about the stories of our varied suppliers.


SIDNEY FINE ART SHOW An Inspiring Juried Show of Outstanding Art

OCT 14-16, 2016 Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9AM – 9PM SUNDAY 9AM – 5PM $7 Admission or $12 for A 3 dAy pAss ›››››

CELEBRATE Friday Evening 6 - 9pm Enjoy the art and participate no host sampling of local libations and appetizers from a variety LOCAL inof aPeninsula producers. • $10 for 5 samples (plus admittance to the Show of $7)


MEET THE Saturday Evening 7 - 9pm ARTISTS Wine available from Muse Winery, $7 per glass.




F ashion F ocus Q: I am stuck in a rut that looks like something from 1999. Where do I start? A: Let’s get you unstuck. Like anything in life, to succeed we need to make a plan to achieve our goals. I am a big fan of starting with vision boards; upon completion you have a reflection of things you love. This is the law of attraction and seeing the things you love will motivate you to find these items that make you feel good looking at them. Hit Tanner’s Books and buy current style magazines, tear out pictures of things you love then paste them on poster board. This will get you started in finding looks that are appealing to you.

Q: I’ve just bought two beautiful floral skirts for summer. How can I bring these into my winter wardrobe? A: A killer way to bring light and life and leverage your wardrobe is to find different ways to wear items in all seasons. A fantastic way to ground bright colours is to put them with a neutral like gray, brown or navy. Black will ignite colour and if you want attention, people can’t help but look. One of my favourite looks is a tight black turtleneck, colourful skirt and black tights, black or a colour worthy of the skirt shoe. Rock this look with confidence.

Q: I need new glasses – what should I look for? A: Eyewear is a big part of your identity. Ask yourself: “What is my style?” If you are funky and playful you may have a big bold frame with an outstanding colour; traditionalists may use classic shapes and colours; for the boomers a cat eye shape gives your face a lift. It is beneficial to have a minimum of two styles to choose from based on your activity.

Q: I am a woman just about to enter the job market as a professional. What are must haves for my wardrobe? A: There is a strong difference between business causal and business professional. Must haves for both are the classic suit (pant or skirt) in a neutral colour. These can be worn together or as co-ordinates with other items like a shift dress. Your shopping list should include a classic white shirt, black pumps, colourful thin belt, scarves to pop colour and understated jewelry. Business casual includes denim, more patterns, more colour. Remember to dress for the job you want.

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Q: I am having a problem with fitting my short torso. Suggestions? A: Anything that has a drop waist will give the illusion of a longer torso. Best neck lines are a V-neck or deep scoop neck. Drape an untucked shirt past your natural waistline and this will also elongate. Wearing neutral colors on top with a bright-coloured bottom brings attention to your legs. For accessories choose a long necklace or scarf.

October’s Style Tip: Get the best selection of sizes and colour options by shopping now. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect item and then discovering it is sold out in your size. Enter style frustration.

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Abby Lopez always knew that she wanted to own her own salon. Her goal was to do it by 25, but when she bought Sidney’s Studio A in May 2015 she beat her goal by three years! This smart young woman seized the opportunity after working for several years as a barber in downtown Victoria; she knew going into it that it would be hard “but, nothing worth it comes easy!” A Summit Salon Business Course, on top of the years of training at Blanche McDonald in Vancouver, allowed Abby to follow her passion for hair. It was a dream even from an early age and a program at Belmont High School helped get her on the right path. Training in Era Hair, Make Up and Special Effects Make Up was all interesting and challenging but Abby’s teacher pointed out her special talent for styling men’s hair. Abby loves to cut men’s hair, taking pride in her fading (taper cuts), design lines, and the current trend for updated pompadours. She takes classes constantly to keep up-to-date, and admits her perfectionist tendencies: “I won’t let them leave the chair until it’s perfect!” Alongside Abby work senior stylists Brigitte and Sandie and Annabelle, a junior stylist just graduated from hair school. She’s bubbly, funky and a fast learner. Annabelle is up for a challenge and if you’re thinking about trying the new trend of Fashion Colours she’s a great person to visit. Just as Abby likes to stay up-to-date with regular classes and workshops, so she encourages all the staff to keep their skills current through training in techniques and products. They’re excited to see new styles and unafraid to try new things. Abby’s other talent is as a lash specialist and nail technician. Synthetic lashes have become so popular because they look natural, yet open up your eyes and give a youthful appearance. Judging by Abby’s set, the lashes look quite amazing! It’s a painless process and the lashes fall out naturally with your usual eyelash loss. Abby also does acrylic sculpted – no tips – nails with an odorless product, as well as gel overlays, gel polish manicures and polish manicures (but not pedicures), following lots of nail artists on social media for inspiration. Abby Lopez is an ambitious woman with big plans for her salon and she’s looking for more friendly and upbeat stylists who want to bring their experience and client base to the salon’s fun atmosphere. Keep an eye out for more fashion cuts and colours on the streets of the Peninsula thanks to Abby and her team! clockwise from top left: Brigitte, Annabelle, Sandie and Abby.

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New Fall Arrivals!

House of Lily Koi Is your closet a nightmare? Let us get you organized with style and flair! 778.351.3018 2507 C Beacon Ave, Sidney (entrance on Second Street)

Check out our lovely Miss B.E.E. 100 % cotton P J’s from Vancouver. Luxury Consignment and Full Wardrobe Services

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Studio A Hair Design & Beauty Bar Book an appointment at Studio A for your cut, colour or style update. Women’s, men’s and kids’ appointments available.

October Specials with Abby and Annabelle: Full Set of Synthetic Lashes $90 (usually $120 -$150) Free Hair Cut With Any Colour 25% Off a New Set of Nails, or Fill

Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Fall in love with a unique shopping experience! This hybrid shop and café features a carefully curated selection of accessories, jewellery, clothing, home décor, gifts and cards. Relax with an expertly crafted espresso, a glass of wine or light meal, and enjoy BRENTWOOD BAY VILLAGE browsing for beautiful autumn accessories, gifts and more. (Silver sleevelet $21.99; necklace, Just Gini Jewellery $98.99; LOCAL FLAVOUR bracelets $9.99 - $19.99.)

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Friday Library Film Series What better way to spend a blustery Friday afternoon than watching a thought-provoking film at the Sidney/North Saanich Library? This fall the library is screening award-winning films from the National Film Board on the last Friday of each month, from 1 to 3 p.m. All films are around an hour long and admission is free. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to screen NFB films that are relevant to our region and to Canadians as a whole,” says Virginia MacLeod, who is in charge of Adult Customer Services at the library in Sidney, which is part of the Vancouver Island Regional Library system. The first of the new monthly series took place September 30. The film Finding Farley (2009) documented a young couple’s canoe trip across Canada to follow the geography suggested in several of Farley Mowat’s books. The kicker? They accomplished this epic 5,000-kilometre trip with their two-year-old son and dog in tow. For the upcoming screenings, MacLeod by Gillian Crowley

hopes to invite a few surprise guests who could introduce the films or lead informal discussions following the screenings. The October 28th documentary is Everything Will Be (2013) by award-winning Sundance director Julia Kwan. The film captures a culturally diverse neighbourhood – Vancouver’s aging Chinatown – in the midst of a transformation that plays out in many ethnic communities across North America. The oldest and newest community members offer their perspectives on the shifting landscape, reflecting on change, memory and legacy. “I think this one will be of special interest to our residents as it shows the tensions that development and change bring to a community,” says MacLeod. The films for November and December will be equally powerful and engaging. On November 25, Trick or Treaty? (2014) by filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice. By

tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9 in 1905, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada. The film is the first by an Indigenous filmmaker to be screened in the prestigious Masters program at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Jack Hodgins' Island (1981) on December 30 is a blend of humour and serious contemplation of Vancouver Island from the perspective of 35 years ago. West Coast author Jack Hodgins talks about his world and his work. Using passages from his short stories and novels, the film enters the world of logging camps and saloons, of people and events on the Island. Those with long memories may recognize the narrator’s voice as belonging to actor Robert Clothier, best known for his role as "Relic" in the longrunning TV series The Beachcombers. MacLeod hopes the Friday Film series will bring out people who perhaps haven’t stepped into a library for many years.


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Peaceful & Breathtaking West Coast Modern on the Lakefront

The attractive kitchen area hosts two ovens, a six-burner propane electric stove, and custom-built stained oak cabinetry topped in sleek dark granite. An extra-long island provides additional storage space.

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Imagine leaving the city lights behind on a chilly Friday night in winter as you head to your lakeside vacation home. Worried about it being chilly and dark when you arrive? Have no fear, just click on your personal home app and the heat will rise, the lights will shine in welcome, and your favourite music will be playing as you arrive. Now just sit back and relax in anticipation of a great weekend ahead shared with family and friends. A dream for a distant future? Not a chance. The spectacular yearround vacation home we feature this month has it all! Tidman Construction Ltd., Victoria’s oldest family-owned custom builder (operating since 1948), built the two-storey, 3,200-square-foot home. Third-generation builder Andrew Tidman, who is now at the company helm, describes the home and grounds as “peaceful and breathtaking,” and the style as “warm West Coast modern.” Both the inside and outside were designed to be “simple, minimalist in form, yet extremely comfortable and inviting spaces to be in, all of them.” Virtually every component of the home was custom built. An existing older cottage on the two-acre lakefront property was removed to make way for the new home and 900-square-foot threecar garage. Tidman Construction began site preparation work in January 2011 and finished the home in June 2012. The home is comprised of two separate dwellings, which are connected by an extensive four-season outdoor living area. A gorgeous stone fireplace and heated patio slab ensure this space can be enjoyed on cool evenings and during the winter months. Cedarfaced skylights in the high 14-foot ceiling, and open beams at the ends ensure there is plenty of light in the outdoor living area. The forest and lake view each vie for attention and the stylish outdoor furniture, barbecue and sound system make this an ideal place to entertain. A dock and low-profile boathouse built by Dan Salmon was designed to blend in with the architecture of the home. The new homeowners could have cleared trees along the lakefront to improve their view, but chose not to do so because they wanted privacy from passing boaters and also because they wanted to disturb the natural landscape as little as possible. Upstairs in the main building is the master bedroom, which opens on to a large outdoor deck. It has a walk-in closet and an ensuite

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that leads to a second small covered deck featuring an outdoor shower. Lovely natural light flows into the ensuite through beautifully finished wood-framed windows, and an attractive pendant lamp hangs over the freestanding soaker tub. A roomy walk-in tiled shower, finished in Terrazzo marble, has dual showerheads and is lit from above by a skylight. Elegant floating oak vanities with sensor lighting integrated into the underside can be enjoyed in the main ensuite, powder room and the guest ensuite. The lighting accentuates the floating aspect of the bathroom cabinets and provides a warm glow at night. A wallmounted faucet in the powder room resembles a mini waterfall, as water splashes down to fill a granite bowl. Leading down to the lower level, the stairs’ handrail is a standout, with its very cool, steel cable railings and stained wood caps. An antique hand-carved wood door surrounded by a faux-concrete look wall adds intrigue at the mid-point landing of the staircase. The great room is spacious, with 12-foot-high ceilings that are lined in beautiful edge grain fir. Skylights, walls of sliding glass doors, and wood-trimmed (Westeck) windows flood the room with light and provide soul-refreshing views of the forest and lake. Transom windows accentuate the height and spaciousness of the room. The attractive kitchen area hosts two ovens, a six-burner propane/ electric stove, and custom-built stained oak cabinetry topped in sleek

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dark granite. An extra-long island provides additional storage space, a bar trough style sink, and an efficient and congenial workspace for entertaining. It also has a built-in charging system for laptops. Two reclaimed pendant lamps highlight the island, and black leather stools fit snugly under the granite counter. A third lamp is centered over a custom-built reading nook that has oodles of warm, inviting pillows, cozy blankets, and is strategically located close to the scent of freshly brewed coffee. Utilizing stone from a local quarry, Seaside Masonry created the impressive wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and the breezeway. The high-end solid oak plank flooring and outdoor patio slabs are kept warm and comfortable by a radiant in-floor hot water heating system. Surrounded by the walls of glass, luxurious couches, skylights and the beautiful ceilings, this space is a perfect gathering place for family and friends. On the other side of the open living space, the second dwelling includes two matching guest suites, each with its own ensuite and private patio. They share a communal living space that includes a kitchenette and laundry facilities. The home was built to be very energy efficient, minimizing its demand on the grid. It has a geothermal heating system and its own well. All the mechanical areas, including a backup propane generator, connect through underground conduits to a hub room attached to the three-car garage across the driveway, thus keeping any noise emitting machines from disturbing the quiet enjoyment of outdoor living. “There was a great collaboration on the part of the team that made this home a realization,” said Andrew. “The homeowners were beyond amazing to work with; I couldn’t say enough good things about them. They have a great sense of style and understanding of the industry, and every day coming to work on their project was a pleasure for me.” When asked if there were any significant problems in building this spectacular home, Andrew replied: “Challenges or issues may arise, but there is always a solution. That is the intriguing, enjoyable part for me, finding the way to overcome design obstacles, to find a solution, and ultimately creating a home for someone they could never have dreamed of.”

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on design remodelling your home? why you should Hire a professional When planning to renovate your home, one of your first thoughts might be: “Do I hire a professional or try to save money and do it on my own?” Completing a new build or a remodel involves a lot of planning and decision making. From the by Jessica Kwasnica get-go there are important choices Seaside Cabinetry & Design that need to be made, from the less exciting things like room sizes, plumbing and electrical layout, heating and being code-compliance conscious to the more enjoyable decisions of choosing paint colours, cabinetry, flooring, countertops and accessories. Having to make these decisions can often turn what could be a fun and exciting time into a stressful and time-consuming nightmare. Although on the surface you may think that being your own general contractor will save you money, here are a few things to keep in mind: Pricing: Contractors get preferred pricing from trades and suppliers. Contractors pay less because of the volume of business they do. Although you will be paying your contractor a fee, you may be able to re-coup some of those costs in the savings they can provide you. Learn from someone else’s mistakes: When completing a renovation yourself, you may have trouble finding all the appropriate trades required. On the other hand, contractors typically have a team of trades they use, blending the best mix of pricing, quality and professionalism. Hiring trades that are inexperienced or do not complete work to your quality standards can be costly and stressful. Redoing poor or improperly completed work will often end up costing you double or triple the original price. Timing: Scheduling a job is very difficult; having it run smoothly is even harder. If you plan on doing it yourself but still have a day job, be prepared for it to take much longer. Without having someone onsite to manage those daily dilemmas, things will not be completed as quickly as you would like. If you plan on taking time off from work to manage the project yourself, remember to balance that cost with the cost of hiring a professional to do it instead. Resale: Your contractor should be able to help you get the most value out of your home. Their experience and the experience of their team of subtrades in design, product knowledge, innovations and trends will allow you to get maximum value for your home should you decided to sell it in the future. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor, make sure any agreements you make are in writing. This will assure you both understand the scope and limitations of the project and know exactly what you are paying for. For more information visit

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prepare our yards and gardens for winter. There are numerous things you should address before the weather takes a potential turn for the worse, so we will briefly discuss a couple of these items. Lawns: Now is a great time to top dress and over seed lawns. The weather by Chris Sigurdson is cooler, making it much easier to Peninsula Landscape Supplies keep seed moist between irrigation applications, especially if you do not have an automatic watering system. However, don’t wait too long because you want to ensure that the soil temperature is still warm enough to promote germination. Your lawn will benefit from one more fertilizer application before the end of the growing season. Don’t forget to follow up with a healthy lime application to deter pesky moss from creeping in throughout the wet winter months. Pruning and Mulching: Many perennials will begin to show signs of dormancy soon. When appropriate, begin cutting back spent plants and do a thorough cleanup. You may also want to consider dividing them if they are beginning to overwhelm available space in the garden. Divisions can be replanted to fill other voids in the garden – this is a great money saver! Pruning most shrubs should be left for spring, unless you are trying to correct minor damage that occurred during the growing season. A healthy three-inch application of composted mulch will insulate the roots of your plants, helping them overwinter. Vegetable Beds: Time to prepare those vegetable gardens for your spring planting! Clean up all spent plants and do a thorough weed. Late harvest vegetables such as kale, carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, etc. can be left until winter providing your soil is relatively well drained and we do not have excessive consecutive frost/freezing. It is, in my opinion, easier to amend the existing soil in the fall before the rains arrive. Till in a generous amount of composted organic matter to boost your soil for next year, and consider planting a cover crop such as fall rye to reduce weed growth over the winter. Fall rye will also add additional valuable organic matter once it has been tilled in come spring. If you are feeling brave and temperatures stay somewhat mild, you may want to try and sow some crops ASAP that will endure cooler temperatures, such as arugula, bok choi, parsley, and some salad greens. Alternatively, you can cheat like me and go to your local garden centre and buy some fall starters! Oh and don’t forget garlic! We have just begun to scratch the surface of chores that need completing before the seasons change. Good luck out there and for goodness sake, keep dry! For more information visit

this month in history "In north america, halloween traditions date back to the early all soul's day parades in england"

Halloween Traditions and Superstitions by Valerie Green

Once October rolls around,

children begin to think about Halloween, the night when they can go “trick or treating” dressed in weird costumes. It's a night of witches, goblins and ghosts. In North America, Halloween traditions date back to the early All Soul’s Day parades in England when the poor begged for food and people offered pastries called “soul cakes” in return for a promise to pray for their family’s dead relatives. This was encouraged by the Church as it replaced the former practice of leaving wine and food for roaming spirits. The practice became known as “going a-souling.” The tradition of dressing up in costume at Halloween dates back to early European and Celtic times when winters were fearful because food supplies ran low and the dark, short days were always uncertain. As a result, people began to wear masks whenever they left their homes after dark because they believed they would encounter ghosts and the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. They even placed bowls of food outside their houses to prevent the “ghosts” from entering. So it seems that Halloween has always been filled with mystery and magical superstition. Today’s Halloween “ghosts” are depicted as fearsome and some of our customs and superstitions are scary. People still avoid crossing paths with black cats which they believe bring seven years bad luck. This dates back to the Middle Ages when people believed that witches turned themselves into cats to avoid being seen. We also try not to walk under ladders in an attempt to avoid bad luck and this superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians who believed that triangles were sacred. A more logical thought is that walking under a leaning ladder might simply be unsafe! Other superstitions range from trying to avoid breaking mirrors or stepping on cracks in the road to spilling salt. Other Halloween traditions and beliefs focus on matchmaking. One comes from 18th century Ireland, stating that a cook would bury a ring in mashed potatoes on Halloween night and the one who found the ring would also find her true love before the next Halloween. In Scotland, fortune tellers suggested that a woman should name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then throw all the nuts into a fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than exploding represented the lady’s future husband. There were many other such rituals and one that particularly appealed to me suggested

that a woman should eat a sugary concoction of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before going to bed on Halloween night and she would be sure to dream of her future husband. She might also suffer from indigestion! So whether asking for romantic advice or simply trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each Halloween superstition concerns the goodwill of those same “spirits” that the early Celts feared so much. As a final thought, Victoria is apparently the most haunted city in British Columbia. Spirits are said to roam freely in Beacon Hill Park, St. Ann’s Academy and Bastion Square at this time of year. Happy Halloween! Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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Hot Properties For Sale on the Island

Custom Home on Private 4.75 acres 1911 Meadowbank Rd, Central Saanich

5073 Cordova Bay Road Cordova Bay Welcome to Victoria’s Malibu! Extraordinary walkon Cordova Bay BEACHFRONT custom home offers exceptional quality finishing in 3,431 square feet with 5 BD/5 BA, incredible natural light, spectacular views and ease of living.Dramatic 20-foot ceilings, massive wall-to-wall windows, gourmet kitchen/pantry and 1,900 square feet of outdoor living set the tone for seaside entertaining that's unmatched. MLS# 368974. $2,988,000.

This home offers country living yet an easy drive to amenities. 4 bdrms, 6 baths & a superb floor plan. Fabulous kitchen with AGA stove. Spacious master bdrm, 5 piece ensuite. Potential for in-law suite. 2 amazing deck areas. Fully fenced from house to back of property. MLS# 368623.

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Enticing oceanfront home on pastoral 4+ acres. Easy access beach. Dramatic living, country kitchen, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, separate guest cottage, separate double garage, barn. Forest, trails, ponds, pasture. Keep horses/sheep. Enjoy the exceptional views. A charming island retreat! MLS# R2076267. $1,988,000. Li Read 250.537.7647

There is always plenty of excitement to watch from this well maintained waterfront home and deep water dock in Village Bay. A paved driveway alongside a beautifully landscaped garden leads you to a spacious, covered deck and entrance to a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home. A Zen garden, garage with automatic door, master on the main floor, plenty of storage, new roof and new gutters, complete this waterfront residence. MLS# 367028. $749,000. Brenda Dean | 250.539.0739 | Toll Free: 877.539.5227 |

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Light filled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, loft, home on sunny and private one acre. Designer kitchen, great room, 3 large decks, skylights. Raised garden beds, herb garden, sleeping cabin, woodshed. Option to buy furnished. In a popular area of exceptional homes. Designer elegance! MLS# R2101351. $998,000. Li Read 250.537.7647

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This low bank West Coast style 2 bdrm 2 bath waterfront home has a lot to offer! Open plan living, spacious family room, sun room and an attached log studio. This .41 acre property has super easy access down to the ocean. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, metal roof and heat pump are some of the features of this well maintained and uniquely crafted home. Mooring buoy and summer sunsets are included! MLS# 368939. $709,000.

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Rarely do homes at HUNTINGWOOD become available and this bright, south-facing, meticulously maintained townhouse is one of BROADMEAD's best! 1985 West Coast inspired design, with sunken living room, vaulted cedar ceiling, original rock fireplace. Fantastic open plan offers 2,037 square feet, on two levels, 3BD/3BA and soaring 14-foot ceilings. MLS# 369386. $599,900. Ingrid Jarisz* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

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Perched on a hill, this 4,100sqft home offers stunning views of the ocean, mountain ranges and Gulf Islands. Well-constructed elegance is found throughout with gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, formal dining/ living areas and master bedroom with spa-like ensuite. Retreat to the private, landscaped gardens or relax on the deck and watch the yachts sail by. Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131 MLS# 369991. $1,194,000.

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Prairie Inn Pub: It's the Little Things by Lara Gladych This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. It’s been a great pleasure over the past couple of years to get to know Jamie Day, manager of the Prairie Inn Pub, in Saanichton. He has a down-to-earth, eagerto-please friendliness that makes him a great asset to the Pub. Jamie is always looking for opportunities for the Prairie Inn to help out where he sees a need in the community. Back in August,

they organized a fundraiser for Island resident and former Stelly’s student, Bryan Oakley, who was recently paralyzed in a construction accident. The event was a great success, and they raised $9,200 for Bryan’s family to offset costs associated with lodging while he undergoes treatment in Vancouver in the year to come. “It was touching to me that people have such big hearts and wallets to help out people they have never met before,” says Jamie. Raising money for Bryan was just one

of the Inn’s giving-back projects in recent months. “My passion is giving back to the community. In July we did two cancer fundraisers and raised approximately $15,000 to 20,000 combined,” he notes. The Prairie Inn’s catering service is thriving, thanks to Chef Liz and her great kitchen staff. They regularly cater a wide range of events, and serve numbers anywhere from 20 to 200. It’s their way of letting you bring a taste of the Prairie Inn into your own home or event. The seasons are changing, and as always,

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Liz structures her food buying and seasonal specials around what’s available, what’s fresh, and what people are looking for depending upon the weather. At the bar, they change their lineup according to the season, too, so you’ll find fall-inspired craft beers as the weather cools off. Coming up this month, they will again be featuring their Thanksgiving platter over the entire long weekend. Satisfy all your holiday cravings with a meal of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a medley of fall vegetables and homemade pumpkin pie. Jamie and Liz remark on how much their dining scene has changed with the introduction of family seating. It pleases Liz to see large families come in for dinner, as she knows that they are treating themselves to someone else’s cooking so they can relax and enjoy themselves together without the stress and mess of doing it themselves.

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Having their regulars come in with their kids has been rewarding on many levels for both Jamie and Liz, and they’re pleased that the Pub made the move in this direction.

"Chef Liz structures her seasonal specials around what's available, what's fresh and what people are looking for.” If you’re an avid sports fan, looking to watch the World Cup of Hockey, or gearing up for the NHL and NFL seasons, then the Prairie Inn is a great venue to sit and watch in comfort. They’ll be broadcasting all games, and their 20 television sets allow you to follow more than one game at a time.

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With fall comfort food in mind, Jamie treats my husband and me to two coolweather classic meals: bangers and mash, and meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Both dishes have that made-with-love appeal that Liz strives for in everything she prepares. The bangers dish is served with turkey gravy, the meatloaf with a rich beef gravy, and both come with tender, steamed vegetables. Liz makes a moist, sweet cornbread to accompany both meals, and it’s a scrumptious finishing touch. We trade plates halfway through, and leave feeling stuffed to the brim! Before we say goodbye, Jamie asks for a mention of "Welcome Back" to beloved staffer Karol, who has returned from several months away with some health issues. She was missed by staff and customers alike, and everyone is pleased to see her back and recovered. You see, it’s the kind of place where they care about the little things.

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by Jo Barnes

Your school friends can't wait to have

you join them in a skating field trip to the local rink. Perhaps you'd really like to do Skate with Santa this year with your little ones. Or, maybe your spouse has always wanted to share their love of skating with you. But there's just one little problem: you don't know how to skate! Fortunately, it doesn't matter if you've just learned to walk, if you've just started a family or if you're an adult who has never laced up skates. A wonderful opportunity to learn how to skate awaits you at Panorama Recreation. Fall 2016 features the ever popular Learn to Skate Program. Preschool (ages three to five) classes focus on building confidence and having fun on the ice. Kids begin with touching toes and balance and move on to more advanced skills like two-foot glides, backward sculling and stopping. Youth classes (ages six to 13) feature seven levels of skill building from basic forward gliding and falling down all the way to advanced edge work and jumping skills. Well that's all fine for the kids, but what if you're an adult with trepidation about getting on the ice? "We get a variety of adult learners. Some are brand new and are hoping to take children or grandchildren out on the ice while others are looking to perfect cross-overs or stops," says Courtney MacMurchy, Assistant Arena Coordinator. Adult classes teach to the ability level of participants and cover skills such as balance, stride, safety, stopping and crossovers. Panorama offers excellent instruction with teachers who come from different backgrounds like competitive figure skating or hockey and have extensive experience in coaching and training. There are also other programs which offer training in specific skills. Learn to Figure Skate teaches the fundamentals of jumps, twirls and spins, and the Learn to Play Hockey program for youth ages six to 13 focuses on a variety of hockey-related skills. For little tykes keen to shoot and score on the ice, there's Mini Canucks (ages three to five) which focuses on fun on the ice while also providing basic instruction on stick handling, passing and shooting. So what's new this fall? Panorama is offering a Learn to Teach Skating program aimed at age 14+, which gives those wanting to teach others some excellent grounding. "This program allows potential instructors to become familiar with the Learn to Skate Program while learning techniques, skills and progressions, class and behavior management, physical literacy and child development," says Courtney. Whether you're experienced or brand new, child or adult, Panorama Recreation has lots of ways for you to get an "edge" on your winter experience and "glide" into fun.

Where Getting Lost is Fun! Vancouver Island Corn Maze

by Janice Henshaw

“What do we do with 140 acres

of cow corn now that our dairy herd has been downsized?” That was the question faced by Pendray Farms of North Saanich last year. Employee Boyd Fuerst suggested: “How about a corn maze?” Boyd’s idea resulted in a steep learning curve, a great deal of hard work, and the Vancouver Island Corn Maze opening its gates a mere six weeks later. Owner Sarah Pendray says her team is very appreciative of the generous support that came flowing in from the community and local businesses. As an example, Van Isle Containers Inc. showed up with a truck and unloaded a container. “Here you go,” they said. “You will need this for an office.” Albert of Coast Helicopter College took the team up in one of his helicopters to see and photograph the maze. Sarah says it is because of this kind of community support that the corn maze is back for another season. Sponsors include Top Shelf Foods Inc., CSTT Driver Training, Victoria Buzz and Slegg Building Materials. This spring, 560,000 seeds of corn were planted to create the 14-acre maze area. A maze specialist (did you know that was a job?) from Idaho used his GPS-equipped tractor to cut the computerdesigned trails. The area includes three separate mazes, with the largest comprising 5.7 kilometres of trails. The second maze has 4.3 kilometres, and the kids’ maze is made up of .6 kilometres. Visitors will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt game, with six game stations located throughout the mazes. “You will want to bring your family to my corn maze because

it’s something totally different that you have probably never done before,” says Sarah. “It is an opportunity for you to come out and challenge yourself in the outdoors. You have to work together to navigate the maze.” Halloween is coming soon, and there will be pumpkins for sale at the corn maze! Sarah said they received great assistance from Terry Michell of Michell Bros. Farm, who advised on the seed selection and growing process. A new building includes a ticket booth and concession area. Snacks for hungry mazers include freshly popped kettle corn and soft beverages. Kids can also play in a corn sandbox. The plan is that each year, the theme of the maze will be centered on “something we feel is important to our community,” says Manager Tess Riley. “This season, we will be working with the Sidney Lions Food Bank, contributing $1 from each admission ticket.” Additional donations to the Food Bank will also be happily accepted at the corn maze; last year, visitors donated over 1,000 pounds of food. Sarah’s sister Jennifer Pendray was the driver behind the donation initiative. “We want people to feel comfortable and safe, and to come out and have fun,” says Sarah. “And we are excited about giving back to our community.” Sarah recommends that parents accompany minor kids. Also, don’t forget to bring flashlights if you will be “mazing” in the dark! The corn maze is located at 9537 West Saanich Road in North Saanich. Information, tickets and hours of operation are available on the website at Photo courtesy Victoria Buzz. october 2016 | 71

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Nothing says autumn like baked squash! This time of year at local farmers markets and farm stands, we’re seeing bright coloured varieties of pumpkins and squash everywhere. Where I work at the North Saanich Farm Market, many of our farmers sell a variety of squash, including some rare heirlooms that are not only delicious but also incredibly beautiful. In our garden this year we grew hubbards, butternut and delicata squash, as well as one very large pumpkin. We grew the squash in a newly expanded area of our garden. Starting in the early spring, we made several long beds with layers of woodchips, manures and seaweed. Squash is a heavy feeding plant and loves nitrogen-rich manure, making it a perfect thing to grow in a new garden bed! We were attempting to maximize space in this garden and so trained some of our squash vines onto trellises and also onto an apple tree. The effect was a wild-looking, multi-storied garden space that our toddler loved to explore. We harvested lots of squash from the plants and will be eating it for months in a variety of ways. Soups and stews are a mainstay in our fall and winter diet, but squash is also enjoyed sweet in our house. This recipe is a simple way to enjoy squash and it makes a great dessert or breakfast. 1 medium size winter squash (butternut works well) 2 eggs, separated 2 - 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup (if your squash is very sweet, use less sweetener) by Solara Goldwynn

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inside out let's move forward: tune up for the victoria marathon weekend Running is a simple endeavour, but it's not easy! I'm a strong believer in doing preventative independent exercises as a means of building by Scott Simpson a strong foundation. They are Saanichton Physiotherapy free, relatively easy and specific & Sports Clinic to the task of running. In my opinion, this is the best way to fine tune your body for success. With this in mind, we all have unique running styles, but when running, we want to move forward efficiently. Most injuries that occur while running are repetitive strains and do not typically happen in isolation. In other words (for example), we can't simply treat an injury to a knee: we have to treat the individual's movement pattern. The hip bone’s connected to the knee bone … ! Let me give you an example. How about I ask you to stand on one foot. Now close your eyes. My guess is that you will feel vertical, lateral and torsional movement through your foot and ankle. Since we know that these forces predispose us to injury, and that these stresses are magnified when we run, this is a good exercise to practise. In fact, studies have shown that practising standing on one foot with your eyes closed can help prevent ankle sprains and even falls. By doing these exercises, you train your body to reflexively know where your foot is relative to the ground, and thus stand a better chance of preventing injury. Now let’s move further up the chain and visualize the knee.

Essentially, we want our knee to track straight over our second toe, providing movement exclusively in a forward direction. Twisting and sideways movement are the knee's biggest enemies, and can lead to knee pain. So here is a good strengthening exercise to reinforce the proper movement pattern. Stand on one leg and try to bend your knee over your second toe. It's not as easy as it sounds! If it is, try closing your eyes! My third example would be to consider the effects of too much range of motion. For this one we will look at our mid section. I'm quite sure you will agree with me that when we run we move our lower extremity and opposite upper extremity in unison. If we have excessive movement through our upper extremity there will be a counterbalancing force through your lower extremity. Try this: stand with your arms at your side, elbows out. Try an exaggerated wide arm swing. How does it feel on your back, hips, knees, ankles, even your feet? This is excessive motion that can lead to injury. Now try this: keep your elbows tight to your body and have your thumbs up. Move your forearms on forward plane. Now how does it feel? So to sum all of this up, we always want to think about the direction of movement. You want to harness as much of your energy as possible to move forward. Of course, considering we all have different running styles, there are many other specific complementary exercises that can be performed for specific weaknesses. If you can master these concepts, you will be much less likely to get injured and you will move forward more quickly. Enjoy taking your steps to success and see you on race day!

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email

Sidney Fine Art Show Started in 2003, this annual fine arts show continues its reputation as a first-class juried art show for serious artists, patrons and appreciators of the arts. Opening Night festivities on October 13 for invited guests followed by public showings over three days. Vote for your favourite piece! Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. October 14 and 15: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m; October 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

NFB Film Showing at the Library Sidney & North Saanich Library will mount its third National Film Board documentary this fall. Everything Will Be (2013) captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood – Vancouver’s once thriving Chinatown – in the midst of a transformation. Will the changes work for everyone? The documentary is by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan. (See the article on the Library’s film initiative on page 56.) October 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Sidney & North Saanich Library, 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney.

An Evening with M.A.C. Farrant and Barbara Smithy Expect to be amused and enthralled by these two talented local authors. M.A.C. (Marion) Farrant is the author of fiction, non-fiction, and a memoir, My Turquoise Years, which she adapted for the stage and premiered at the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre. Her latest book of fiction is The Days – Forecasts Warnings, Advice. The Vancouver Sun says it “is great fun but also makes you look at the world in a new way.” Barbara Smith’s work is inspired by a love of mystery combined with her lifelong interest in social history. Her latest book, The Valiant Nellie McClung, highlights a selection of McClung’s columns that offer a unique reflection of our country’s history and an uncanny resonance today. Jointly sponsored by the Sidney Literary Society and Tanner’s Books. This fundraiser supports the 2017 Sidney Literary Festival. Tickets at Tanner’s or online at www. October 28 at 7 p.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney.

Cindy Church and Nathan Tinkham Cindy and Nathan have become part of the fabric of the

Canadian folk and country scenes as members of the Ian Tyson band, Great Western Orchestra and Quartette. Along the way they developed separate careers. Cindy continued with Quartette and went on to other projects such as Lunch at Allen's and "The Nearness of You," a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael. Nathan performed with the Undertakin' Daddies and continues to work with many other artists. Expect this duo to please listeners with new songs along with their classic material. Presented by the Deep Cove Music Society. Advance tickets $20 at Tanners Books (Sidney), Lyle's Place (Victoria) and online at October 29 at 7:30 p.m. St. Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney.

Opera at Star Opera buffs are treated to two Metropolitan Opera screenings at the Star Cinema this month: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde October 8 starting at 9 a.m. and Mozart’s Don Giovanni October 22 starting at 10 a.m. Bring a cushion for the five-hour-long Wagner! Details at

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Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7.30 p.m.

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Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required and more information at

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Spectacular Spiders (Guided Walk; 5 yrs +) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (North Saanich) 2 to 3:30 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

Walk anywhere in B.C. and you’ll be less than a metre from a spider! Join guest naturalists, Claudia and Darren Copley, as we go for an expedition in search of spiders and more. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. october 7

Speaker Series - Our Amazing Sense of Hearing The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 250.652.4611 |

Dr. Ted Venema from NexGen Hearing will speak on the ears’ function in hearing through aging and will be comparing some of the main features of today’s digital hearing aids. This will be informative for those who suffer from hearing loss as well as for those who may have someone in their life coping with hearing loss. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.. October 9

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Halloween music, dimmed lighting and lots of costumed characters provided by Victoria Costumes. Anything goes for your costume, and as a special treat Victoria Costumes will be giving out magnets and Halloween goodies to all the kids! october 14

Amazing Race Brentwood 6 to 8 p.m. @ Brentwood Teen Lounge (1233 Clarke Road) 250.656.7271 |

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Stories at Fern Street 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

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last word Whoa, what a month! Our October issue sees our attention pulled in two directions as we celebrate Small Business Week with our Professionals special feature and take a close look at the Arts on the Saanich Peninsula. At first glance, these seem very different ideas and I worried that readers might wonder if it’s possible to marry the two together in any cohesive way. But, the more we’ve worked on the stories and features, the more similarities I’ve noticed between these topics. Speaking with entrepreneurs, there seem to be certain core principles that are required for any start-up business. Learning about writers, film makers and other artists, I feel the same core principles resonate. Ideas! A willingness to experiment; the knowledge that practise and repetition are the only ways to get really good; bravery – taking a leap; and sticking with something even when it’s hard. The small business professionals featured this month will have been through many of the same processes that our incredible Peninsula artists do each time they approach a new creative endeavour. Working in a business that has creativity at its heart brings me great satisfaction. Each print cycle I experience the pleasure of bouncing ideas around with my colleagues, reaching out to new collaborators and then the gradual coming-together of the

magazine’s content. There’s an inevitable build in momentum as we head towards our press deadline and the work days tend to get longer! I relish getting my first look at the whole issue when it’s laid out, seeing all the ideas we’ve had come to life (or not – sometimes things just don’t work out!) I’m no artist, but my career has brought me to an interesting point where I find myself at a juncture between those two worlds of art and business. As many of you will be, I’m still struck each September by the complete gear change of the back-to-school routine. It’s the transition that’s hard, especially with multiple children participating in multiple activities. But now October is here, we’ve settled (somewhat) into a routine and can start to anticipate the chill in the air and promise of cozying down in our homes. Autumn also brings two holidays with creative opportunities, Thanksgiving, just a few weeks away now, and Halloween hot on its heels behind. I’ll make my usual best-effort at costumes for the children, but I don’t really go to town with decorations for either of these events. Something that will be connecting me with my love of the arts though is a new idea we have, to start a Seaside Magazine Book Club! We’re still working out the details right now, but I’d love to hear from you if you’re interested:

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