Saturday, October 27, 2012

New Business on Gabriola

Metal Roof Cleaning on Gabriola 

Is your metal roof covered in pollen and debris? If so why not have it professionally cleaned. You will be amazed by the dramatic change in the appearance of you home. If you collect rain water then having your roof cleaned will help ensure you get the maximum amount of clean water into your storage tanks this season.

Island Power Washing has been providing professional cleaning services in the SouthernGulf Islands since 1997 and is now taking bookings for roof cleaning on Gabriola. For a free no obligation estimate call 250-539-0282 or toll free at 1-855-ISL-WASH.  For more photos go to

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Moonshine Mollys at the Old Crow Cafe

We have the Moonshine Mollys coming to the OLD CROW CAFE on Gabriola Island this Friday night (Oct. 26) from 8-10pm.  Cassandra Yeomans is a friend from my university days and has recently started up with this trio.  If you'd like a sampling of what they sound like, here is one of their songs.  The Old Crow will have a full dinner menu until 8pm, then an appy menu until 10.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Home made Halloween

Fall has arrived on Gabriola, and there is no better place to celebrate Halloween than on the island.

The mornings right now are full of mist, adding a sense of mystery. Spider webs can be found on the old split rail fencing and the “Haunted Hollow” holds promise of the pumpkins to be displayed in just a few days that will light up the tunnel on the island.

The natural elements encouraged us to start our home-made Halloween creations. On Saturday, we picked apples fresh from the tree and created Candy Apples, thanks to a Martha Stewart recipe!
We had so much fun that we decided to do Halloween treats for the class, mummified drink boxes – these turned out more cute than scary, but fun to share. We finished up the weekend by making some costumes, you may have an owl or a vampire bat show up at your doorstep this year.

Come celebrate Halloween with us on Gabriola there’s lots to do; a haunted house on Lyngail, fireworks display & hot chocolate sponsored by the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department starts at 7pm at the Twin Beaches, the pumpkins on display in the tunnel (North Road & Elgie), trick and treating (on the Strand or Islands View areas)– just to mention a few! Hope you have a spooktacular time!

Guest Blogger:  Jennifer

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Buying Local
I just love to go by the local road side stands on Gabriola to see what the local farmers have been growing.  It's such a gift to be able to collect your produce from the island.  Here are some of the carrots I picked up today from Sal's stand near the corner of Price and Coho.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Gabriola's Annual Studio Tour - Thanksgiving Weekend

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the island you are in for a real treat!!!

Gabriola Island — the “Isle of the Arts” — has one of the highest concentrations of artists in Canada. And while every day is a celebration of art on this lush and lively island, on Thanksgiving weekend the festivities reach dizzying heights. Island artists throw open their studio doors to tempt your senses with dazzling arrays of art! On October 6-7-8, all of the artists listed in the brochure are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlight the must-see stops on your map and use the distinctive road signs to guide you to each studio.

This is a unique opportunity to see artists — many with national and international reputations — up close and personal. Rarely do art fans get a chance to make such an intimate connection with so many artists and their art in the space where it’s created. While the treasures you might take home will be with you for years to come, the memory of talking with the artists will stay with you forever.

Free, self-directed tours of artists’ home-based studios and galleries can happen all summer long when Island life-in-the-sun is in full swing.

Fascinated by things that shimmer? Scope out the studios featuring award-winning jewellers.

Do canvasses make you swoon? From contemporary to landscape, Gabriola has a painter for every taste.

Driftwood furniture, ceramics & pottery, woodworking, photography, leatherwork, hand-woven textiles, stone work and more — it’s all here, waiting for you to discover and enjoy.

Get your studio tour map online or come by the office!