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What a turn out today at our magic hat match for the 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Art & Words Festival! An article will be out on Feb. 10 in the Coast Reporter on our event Thanks, Steve for the photos this morning.
RSVP for Gibsons Museum Event
Our event at the Gibsons Museum is listed on the Heritage BC website. Please RSVP at email@example.com if you are coming as space is limited.
North Shore Writers Association Annual Writing Contest
Arts and Words 2023
It's time for writers and artists to put their names in for the 2nd Annual Art & Words Festival to be matched up by the "magic hat". This year we will be at the Gibsons Public Market. If you're new to the festival, or just want to put a smile on your face, check out the vibes from last year:
Remembering Arthur Lightbourn
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our dear member Arthur Lightbourn, at 1:03 am, Tuesday, December 27th, 2022 at the Sechelt Hospital. On behalf of SCWES, I extend our condolences to his daughter, Laurel Lightbourn and her family at this difficult time. My heart breaks for her as Arthur doted on her, as he did all of his family. He shared with me in the short time we knew each other, late into the night, how much he adored her and all his family. It was a privilege to have known such a kind and lovely soul.
Arthur had a story published in our first issue of "Not An Island" a year ago (https://www.scwes.ca/not-an.../not-an-island-winter-2021-22). He wrote a book, which was the biography of the fascinating Vita Simpson, a Sechelt resident, who turned one hundred years-old on March 21, 2021. ("Our Vita" is available for loan at the Sechelt Public Library.) A "Coast Reporter" article about Arthur's book can be found at: https://www.coastreporter.net/.../100-years-of-vita-3575592
Arthur Francis Lightbourn earned a BA in English with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (1956). He worked as a reporter for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Toronto Star.
As a freelancer in California, he wrote features and personality profiles for newspapers. His awards include several first place San Diego Press Club awards, National First Place IFPA Award (2002) for Original Writing about the first American military officer to enter a Nazi concentration camp to liberate its prisoners.
His daughter, Laurel was instrumental to Arthur becoming a member of SCWES, as he was living in a care home when he joined and not able to attend our meetings. Without Laurel's assistance, Arthur wouldn't have been able to join our community, and I would never have known him.
On his application form, Arthur wrote that his goal within the society was, "To encourage other writers to be the voice for those who need a voice, and to challenge the status quo." He also said that he was working on a save the cougars project.
I met Arthur in-person at Lions Gate Hospital this summer when we were patients in the same hospital room across from each other. For my entire stay, Arthur told me fascinating stories that he wanted to write when he got out of the hospital. He was an inspiration.
He never complained while in the hospital. He was appreciative of everything that the nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, janitors and everyone did for him at Lions Gate and I believe he was the same while at Sechelt Hospital, because that's the kind of person he was.
After I left Lions Gate, I eventually got word from Laurel that he was transferred to Sechelt Hospital. I was at Sechelt Hospital visiting a friend, a founding member of SCWES, and Arthur was in the next room. Stephen and I popped in and saw Arthur. He was much recovered compared to Lions Gate Hospital days and was waiting for a placement in a care home.
Eventually, he found a spot, but unfortunately he ended up back at Sechelt Hospital again. Laurel let me know just before Christmas, that he would be leaving us. I wouldn't have a chance to see his dear face again.
He was in hospital in total for about four months, when Laurel let me know.
Goodbye, dear Arthur, as you write stories in whatever press room you are in now.
SCWES Has Weekly Write Ins for NanoWriMo
Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors is inviting the writers, and wanna-be-writers to join them at Wheatberries on Fridays, 1-3 pm at Wheatberries in Gibsons during the month of November, to participate in write-ins for NanoWriMo, starting Friday, November 4th. What is NanoWriMo, you ask? It's a challenge to finish a 50,000-word novel in 30 days in the month of November.
Write-ins will be held every Friday afternoon at Wheatberries in Gibsons at 1-3 pm during the month of November. Writers should bring their laptops, notebooks and pens, quills, inks and parchments, recording devices, or whatever they use to compose. Not everyone writes novels, but the idea is to complete writing 50,000 words in a month.
Contact: Cindy Labonte-Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Roger Handling for the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society logo.
Awards Given Out at the September Meeting
1st ANNUAL ART & WORDS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
Arts & Words Festival Under Way at Mission Point House in Mission Point Park
The 1st Annual Art & Words Festival
Starts tomorrow, August 11th at 2 pm at Mission Point House, Davis Bay:
Welcoming Song by hiwus (Chief Calvin Craigan) of the shishalh Nation and history of Mission Point area
Reading of "Tidelines" by Annie Frazier Henry
Reading from "Always Pack a Candle" by Marion Crook
Presentations by Isabella J Mori & Gig Hoeller, Atma C Frans & Greta Guzek, Elspeth Richmond & Allan O'Meara
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Marion Crook book signing
Music by The Vallees
Cake will be served
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Presentations by Rosa Reid & Micah Reid, Robin Lamarche & Marilyn Sadik, Barb Dann, Maggie Guzzi & Gordon Halloran
Prize Draw - Must be present to win.
Thank you to Davis Bay Tea Company for your support.
Davis Bay Tea Company has graciously donated a gift box of their specialty tea and tea things for a door prize for one of the days at the 1st Annual Sunshine Coast Art & Words Festival, Mission Point House, Davis Bay, August 11-14th, free admittance. Marla (left) presents the box to Cindy (right) at the Davis Bay display at the Mosaic Emporium, Davis Bay. We can't wait to see what exquisite goodies are inside that lovely white box.
Thank you to Sunshine Coast Nursery for your support.
We're so excited and grateful that Sunshine Coast Nursery is providing the flowers for the 1st Annual Sunshine Coast Art & Words Festival, Mission Point House, Davis Bay, August 11-14. Here are Sharon (left) and Cheryl (right) in front of some of the beautiful flowers they will allow us to cut fresh for the show to brighten up the stage.
Express your love for WHALES, at the 1st Annual Art & Words Festival at Mission Point House, Davis Bay, Aug. 11-14, in words and paintings on small canvases as part of our public art project. Canvases, acrylic pens, paint, brushes, and whale stencils will be available at a picnic table for you to create your mini masterpieces. We will create a wall of whales mosaic on the outside of Mission Point House. On Sunday, August 14th, the pieces will be auctioned off to benefit next year's Art & Words festival at the Gibsons Public Market. (Remaining pieces will go into an online auction.)
Deadline for Beachcomber's Contest Extended
Mayor Darnelda Siegers of Sechelt (left) presents Cathalynn Cindy Labonté-Smith (middle), President, SCWES, and member, Robin Lamarche (right), with a grant cheque for the 1st Annual Art & Words Festival to be held at the Mission Point House in Davis Bay, August 11-14th, 2022.
14 Artists & 14 Authors paired together by a hat and magic invite you to:
1st Annual Art & Words Festival
Presentation on Kindle Direct Publishing
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Thank you Heritage House Publishing for your Support
Shout out to Heritage House Publishing for providing book prizes for the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest. https://www.heritagehouse.ca/
Thank you New Star Books for your Support
A shout out goes to New Star Books for donating book prizes to winners of the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest. Get your entries in now! https://www.newstarbooks.com/
Thank you Sa Boothroyd Artist & Tea Towel Maker for your Support
A shout out through the blizzard to Sa Boothroyd Artist & Tea Towel Maker on the Gibsons dock for sponsoring prizes for the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest. https://www.saboothroyd.com/
Thank you Davis Bay Tea Company for your Support
Mega shout out to Davis Bay Tea Company for sponsoring a prize of a selection of their delicious teas to a lucky winner of our Beachcombers contest. Their amazing teas can be found at:
Mike's Place - 268 Gower Pt. Rd. Gibsons
Persephone Brewing - 1053 Stewart Rd. Gibsons
Gumboot Restaurant, 1041 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek
Gumboot Cafe, 1053 Roberts Creek Rd, Roberts Creek
Mosaic Emporium Davis Bay, 4786 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Davis Bay
Plethora Fine Foods, #1-5679 Cowrie St. Sechelt
Fresh From the Coast, 5498 Trail Ave. Sechelt
Halfmoon Bay General Store - 5642 Mintie Rd. Halfmoon Bay,
Ground Waves West - 12887 Madeira Park Rd, Madeira Park
John Henry's Marina & Resort, 4907 Pool Rd, Garden Bay
Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives - 716 Winn Rd., Gibsons
Karmyc Bazaar, 2995 Pandosy St, Kelowna
Marigold Collective, 4333 West 10th Ave, Vancouver
Pacific Arts Market, 1448 W.Hastings St, Vancouver
Drift Bistro, 546 Gibsons Way, Gibsons
The Wobbly Canoe, 4774 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt
El Segundo, Trail Bay Centre 5755 Cowrie St. Sechelt
Lone Wolf Provisions, 5641 Cowrie St. Sechelt
Skookumchuck Bakery, 6694 Doriston Highway, Egmont
Bruinwood Distillery's Earl Grey Gin, 2040 Porter Rd, Roberts Creek
Brickers Cider's Earl Grey Cider, 6642 Norwest Bay Rd, Sechelt
Nougatine's Earl Grey Macaroons, 5819 Skookumchuk Rd, Sechelt
The Farm West Sechelt | Strawberry Earl Grey Jam, Mason Rd, West Sechelt
Thank you The Painted Lady Art Supplies for your Support
A shout out on this snowy day to The Painted Lady Art Supplies for sponsoring prizes for the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest. Thank you! https://www.paintedlady.art
Thank you Peggy Sue's Kids for your Support
Huge shout out to Peggy Sue's Kids for providing prizes for the Beachcombers Contest for the Youth category winners. https://peggysueskids.com/
Thank you Sunshine Olive Oil Company for your Support
Lucky us, a shout out to Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Company for joining the growing number of sponsors for the Beachcombers Contest. I'm totally addicted to their peach flavoured oil and vinegar. https://sunshinecoastoliveoil.com/
Thank you Mike's Place for your Support
Shout out to our new sponsor and beloved purveyor of in-house made gelato and other goodies, Mike’s Place. https://mikesgelato.ca/index.html
Thank you Barrington Brolly Umbrellas for your Support
Shout out to a new sponsor for our Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest, Joan Barrington of Barrington Brolly Umbrellas of Gibsons. https://www.barringtonbrolly.com/.
Thank you Sunshine Coast Credit Union for your Support
Big shout out to Sunshine Coast Credit Union for their generous grant of $3000 to the our Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest next year. Their largess will make it possible for us to have hard-copies of our anthology available as awards to the winners and outstanding entrants!
Thank you Harbour Publising for your Support
Shout out to Harbour Publishing for providing book prizes to the Beachcombers 50th Anniversary Literary and Art Contest. Also, to Nevermore Toys and Games for providing prizes for the kids. Thank you so much.
There’s an influx of new authors to serve on the Coast as well as our solid base. There’s a new generation of young authors and publishers to pass on the blue pencil to and retirees, who are ready to lay their astonishing memoirs at our feet if they can just get going on it.
We are a magnet for creative souls on the Coast. We may not know exactly why, but it’s almost mandatory that you’re a potter, painter or writer to live here. We have our ensemble of diverse voices, and within it there are cozy groups organically and beautifully forming.
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