The books are back; music, art and theater are too – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Attention book lovers, it’s back!

We have great news for anyone who has read their entire library thanks to the pandemic and are ready to add new titles to their collection.

The Garden House Mass Charity Book Sale is ready to go, scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at George Bonner School in Mill Bay.

The pandemic canceled last year’s sale, but Garden House says donations have continued, leaving the charity with 20,000 pounds to sell this year.

Browse free book bins, 50 cent children’s books, soft and hard covers of all kinds for $ 1 to $ 3, DVDs and a silent auction of higher quality books with auctions starting at $ 20.

As always, the purchases will continue to support families and animals in crisis in the Cowichan Valley forever through annual grants from the Permanent Fund, ”said a press release for the event. “Despite the cancellation of the 2020 sale, grants continued to Cowichan Family Life, Cowichan Women Against Violence, and Duncan and District SPCA.”

To date, $ 37,000 in grants have been awarded, and the fund itself is now worth over $ 183,000. Garden House aims for the fund to reach $ 200,000 by the end of December.

Garden House also thanks Ten Old Books, Mission Thrift Store and other local businesses, private donors, student and adult volunteers, the Cowichan Valley School District, Brentwood College and all the book lovers who make the sale a success every year.

Proof of vaccination will be required for anyone 12 years of age and over to participate in the sale. Participants will also be required to wear masks.

To donate books, call 250-743-4627. For more information, see


Live music continues at the Duncan Showroom on October 10 with well-known blues artists David Gogo and Steve Marriner.

The two artists have released new albums, according to a press release from the show, with Gogo’s Silver cup released on October 8 and Marriner’s Hope dies last released on July 2.

“Steve Mariner is one of Canada’s most active and blues artists,” the statement said. “Much sought-after versatile producer, songwriter and musician Steve creates and performs consistently as a solo artist or as a member of the Blues Monkeyjunk trio.

“Spirited guitar and world-class slider, David Gogo has made a name for himself as a soul-singing blues troubadour, who is as comfortable with a heartfelt ballad as he is with a groovy blues rocker.” , concludes the press release.


If you’d like to explore art, the Cowichan Valley Arts Council has an exhibit in its gallery at the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan.

Surrounded by water continues until October 28 during gallery opening hours, Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

So what is it all about? Here is the description of the HVAC:

“The title is the definition of an island, but that doesn’t mean the work has a marine theme. Our goal is to celebrate Sooke’s regional artistry in Cumberland. The 21 artists involved, some with national and international artistic pedigrees, each have unique perspectives on life on the coast.

“The CVAC has the professional gallery space and central location to make it the logical place for this kind of regional art exhibit,” said Susan Down, Executive Director. “And the quality of the pieces will also appeal to art buyers and art lovers.”

The resulting show is a powerful amalgamation of creative talent from Natasha van Netten’s Superpod orca installation and David Goatley’s whimsical parade scene with other well-known artists including Anouk Hartwell, Laurel Hibbert, Dorothy Friesen. , Jo-Anne Westerby, Bonnie Stebbings, Claudia Lohmann, Pattiann Withapea, Michael Dean, Pauline Dueck, Gill Riordan, Catherine Taron, Susan Purney Mark, Ilka Bauer, Carole Finn, Sue Smith, Maureen Walker, Robbie Stroud, Darin Corbiere and Rory MacDonald.


There was sad news for theatergoers this week.

The Mercury Players Society has announced that it has canceled its scheduled production of Lockerbie women.

Originally scheduled for two different dates in the spring of 2020, but canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the show has now been officially canceled.

“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the production of the cast who spent many hours rehearsing to the crew who helped with rehearsals, assembled costumes and props, prepared sound and lighting, and built an amazing setting and took it apart. ”the Players said in a press release.

If you have purchased tickets and have not yet received a refund, send an email to [email protected]

But don’t despair. The group has now set their sights on a staging comedy in December.

The Mercury Players will present The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery.

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