We cheered the 28 riders and their support team as they cycled into the grounds of the Hall. A team of Grannies led by Lisa M. and Marilyn B. had prepared a delicious buffet lunch, and Grannies and riders enjoyed eating and chatting before we gave the group a rousing send-off.
This is the 17th annual ride from Campbell River to Victoria, organized by the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa. Many Grandmother groups along the way provide them with meals, snacks and encouragement, and look forward to greeting the riders each year.
For more details about the different bicycle events organized this year by the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa click on this link.
Riders and local Grannies purchased their lunches, and we were able to make $190 for the Campaign after expenses.
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The concert was hosted by John Brown, (Jane S’s partner) who, with Jane Dunnet and Keith Goddard, forms Watershed Band. They performed an eclectic mix of folk, country, rock and blues, featuring a variety of instruments: guitar, harmonica, mandolin, base and lap steel, and shared vocals in 3-part harmony.
Monica Maxwell and Jan Adams formed Duetto Aquillo in 2015 and have performed regularly in the Comox Valley since then. They entertained us on their flutes, treating us to a musical journey through the ages.
Husband and wife, Lyall Steel and Isabelle Durand played and sang songs in French, Spanish and English. Their inspiration was drawn from Isabelle’s French background, Lyall’s prairie roots, and their years spent in Agentina, Costa Rice, Mexico and France.
It was a very hot afternoon, and wildfire smoke drifted over the Marina. Despite this, a good crowd attended, sheltering in the trees and under sun umbrellas. Between our donation boxes, Joanne C.’s roaming collection “hat,” and a table selling our crafts, we made $1,368 for the Campaign.
Many grateful thanks to our entertainers: Watershed Band, Duetto Aquillo, and Lyall Steel and Isabelle Durand. Thank you also to Lydia R. and Jane C. for their great organizing and Brenda for the beautiful poster.
Also thanks to the other Grannies who helped in many ways: Joanne C., Joanne W., Pat P., Shelley M. Dianne W. Gail E. and Virginia P.
The Grannies were so pleased that they were able to help celebrate the wedding of the son and daughter-in-law of one of our long-time members.
The Axani family would like to send a huge thank you out to the Glacier Grannies that helped make our son and daughter-in-law's wedding a beautiful and tasty event. The perogies, cabbage rolls and charcuterie boards were a massive hit with the wedding guests and a few people took advantage of the designated driving service. Thank you Silvia A, Marilyn B, Kathy N, Kate R, Joanne C, Joanne W and Howard R.
The Grannies will hold a sale whatever the weather! In 2017, we huddled under umbrellas. This year, we were grateful for sunshades. Luckily, we have discovered that customers will come and buy, rain or shine..
By 7:00 many Grannies were busy setting up tables, or opening their trunks and displaying their wares, and at 8:00, crowds began to drift in to admire and buy our amazing and varied offerings.
In addition to traditional gently-used treasures, we also sold:
Our own beautiful crafts
An amazing array of starter plants, lovingly nurtured by Carol K and Kate R, as well as donations of trees and perennials from other Grannies
Baked goods, either to munch with coffee while browsing, or to take home
Beautiful jewelry of all kinds, valued and sold by Kathy N.
Bowls and mugs created by a group of talented potters working at d’Esterre House.
Shoppers were very enthusiastic about all our merchandise, and we made a total of $4,856.13.
Many Grannies were involved in setting up, selling, and generally helping out. They enjoyed their morning, but the heat was intense. When everything was over, many of them found it necessary to have a long afternoon nap.
We thank Comox United Church for allowing us to use their car park, as well as their tables and coffee urn.
Many thanks to Jane S. and Lydia R. for their wonderful organizing, and to all the Grannies who helped in so many different ways: advertising and putting up posters, creating sandwich boards, baking, raising and selling plants, selling larger items in our facebook “pre-sale”, bringing car loads of treasures to sell (and taking away what was left), setting up and selling tables of crafts and baking, making and selling coffee and selling jewelry and pottery.
On Saturday, May 6, about 10 Glacier Grannies attended a Gathering of Island Grandmothers, hosted by the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers.
We enjoyed a wonderful, activity-packed day. After greetings and introductions, a fascinating presentation was given by Alinda Ware whose organization, Kenya Education Endowment Fund, provides secondary school scholarships for students in Kakamega County, Kenya. Everyone was then invited to join craft workshops – each of us could chose three, varying in complexity from tote bags to “snowman poop.”
Table Talks gave everyone a chance to choose a couple of workshops in which to discuss pressing issues such as recruiting and retaining new members, or new ideas for fundraising. Barb T. and Joanne R. both hosted Talks.
Throughout the day we had plenty of opportunities to meet and share ideas with other Grandmothers, as we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and lunch, and breaks for coffee and snacks.
The grand finale was a concert by the Spirit Drummers – the audience was invited to join in, and their session finished with a conga line round the room. It was a terrific end to a day, filled with learning, laughter and companionship.
We also participated in the Marketplace, selling crafts and a donation of crafting beads, brought by Joanne C., making $305 for the Campaign.
A big thank you to the Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers for giving us such a memorable day.
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Individually hand-crafted by a group of Glacier Grannies, these beautiful Angels are a wonderful keepsake or gift.
Each Angel comes with a personalized name card which explains the work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.