Ingela and Richard’s family drama plays like a Brazilian tele-novella, as tragedy, comedy and cultures collide. They experience gang shootings that take family members, wild drug escapades that cost the boys their freedom, and repeated financial and physical disasters – Ingela gets cancer and their farm nearly burns to the ground. Through it all, the boys grow into manhood on the Wild Horse Farm among three horses, a dog, and many cobras.
In 2010, Gabriola filmmaker Tobi Elliott sent a videographer to Brazil to document Horses for Orphans, a project pioneered by horsewoman Ingela Larsson Smith, who uses natural horsemanship to help disadvantaged Brazilian children become leaders.
Eight years and nine visits later, Tobi continues to follow the adventures of Ingela, her Canadian husband Richard, and their band of 12 wild Brazilian boys. And at 7 pm, on Thurs, Oct 26, at the Roxy Lounge (at Twin Beaches on Berry Pt Rd), Tobi will share this amazing and inspirational story as part of the Gabriola Museum’s annual Gabriolan Stories presentation series.
In 2016, the “horse trail” from Brazil connected to Gabriola when Tobi rallied a community effort to rescue two neglected horses. Realizing she needed natural horsemanship skills of her own to help the two horses, Tobi returned to Brazil as a student to learn horsemanship from her boys and immerse herself in their lives as “Tia”.
This presentation is sponsored by the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society. Admission is by donation. Refreshments will be available.
Doors open at 6:30.
Tickets will be on sale online early next week.
Trivia Night invitation
You’re invited to the second annual Gabriola Museum Trivia Night. Gather your friends to share a table, and pool your Gabriola knowledge to challenge the interesting questions carefully culled from last year’s contestant’s suggestions, the new Historic Guidebook – and wherever our creative team can find them . Tempt yourself with decadent desserts, coffee, tea – or indulge in a beverage from the cash bar. There will be one-of-a-kind auction items to tease your pocketbook, lots of laughs, and a fun time spent with friends.
Museum Sponsored Talks
Ingela and Richard’s family drama plays like a Brazilian tele-novella, as tragedy, comedy and cultures collide. They experience gang shootings that take family members, wild drug escapades that cost the boys their freedom, and repeated financial and physical disasters...read more
8TH FIRE is a provocative journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada’s 500 year old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. Saturday, May 13, 1- 3 pm EPISODE 1: Indigenous in the...read more
Three local experts will share their experience and solutions.
Thursday, May 11th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
The Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches.
Thursday, April 20th
7 pm (doors at 6:30)
Gabriola Museum proudly presents local author, editor and playwright Debbie Marshall as she launches her latest book at the Roxy Theatre.
Firing Lines:Three Canadian Women Write the First World War.
John Howard Society to give presentation on Gabriola about new addiction treatment that is changing lives. by Ivan Bulic; submitted to the sounder March 16, 2017 Few communities in BC remain untouched by addiction problems. And while the opioid crisis makes the front...read more
Gabriola’s favourite world travellers, Steve Struthers and Alison Douglas, have just returned from their latest adventure - a voyage that took them from the deserts of Mauritania to the equatorial jungles of Senegal. They will share a multi media presentation at 7 pm,...read more
The Museum’s first evening of the 2017 Gabriolan Talk Series will feature geologist Steven Earle discussing earthquakes. Steve will review the geological origins of earthquakes on Canada’s shaky western coast and will discuss the evidence for and effects of some...read more
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Malcolm Lowry’s inspiration for October Ferry to Gabriola Ivan Bulic In 1946, British novelist Malcolm Lowry, soon to be famous with publication of Under the Volcano (considered one of the great novels of the 20th century), was...read more
Many islanders have enjoyed Steve and Alison’s travel talks about their treks to Antarctica, New Guinea, Burma and China’s Yunnan Province - always spiced with a liberal dose of humour. Their latest show on Hidden India promises the same combination of exotic locales,...read more
From Gabriola to the Bering Sea and Back as published in the Sounder, March 16, 2016 Only a handful of small-boat sailors have dared to venture “north of 60” into Alaska’s Bering Sea; one of the stormiest and most dangerous stretches of water on the planet. Gabriola...read more
Museum’s 2016 Talk Series opens with presentation on Martin Mars water bomber. Submitted to the Sounder by: Gabriola Historical and Museum Society BC’s iconic Martin Mars water bomber is the biggest seaplane in the world. And few people know more about the big red...read more
We hope you will be able to join us for our final event before the Museum closes its doors for 2015 : a performance of “Davy the Punk”. Bob Bossin will be performing his one-man show, probably for the last time on Gabriola, on the evening of Saturday, October 10th,...read more
article published in the SOUNDER, February 24, 2015 With close to 70 percent of all fruit and vegetables consumed in BC imported from California and the US, we will all have to start rethinking where our food comes from and how we grow it. Food production in...read more
November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of the First World War. For a transcipt of the presentation, and more WWI archival photos in our past exhibit, see From Gabriola to Flanders Field. November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of...read more
“ First Nations are not opposed to development, they’re opposed to not being part of the discussion." That’s part of the message that Adam Olsen, a Tsartlip First Nations member, former municipal councilor delivered to the Gabriola Museum’s annual general meeting on...read more
History of fixed link proposals – Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and the B.C. Mainland See also article in Archives.read more
A multimedia presentation by Gabriola boat builder and artist Tony Grove and documentary film maker Tobi Elliott.read more
The Story of Silva Bay Shipyard by Fred Witheyread more
April, 2012 Presentation by historian Jean Barnam on the arrival of Hawaiian, African-America and Spanish settlers on the West Coast. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.read more
Petroglyph tour February, 2012 The tour was led by Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, and Ian C. McLennan, Consultant to Museums, Science Centres Planetariums, Digital Theatres, Theme attractions, and World Expositions, Vancouver,...read more
February 2012 Cecil Ashley presented vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s depicting the logging, sawmilling, and fishing industries on the west coast of BC activities of the time. The movies were complemented by local artist Doug Harrison’s Working West Coast...read more
October, 2011 Long-time peace and social activists Susan Yates, Holda Pattern, Jean McLaren and Ted Wilson recounted the story of the Gabriola Island Peace Association.read more
Information on Vancouver Aquarium’s BC Cetacean Sightings Network and the role that Gabriolans can play in reporting cetacean sightings. The speakers were Caitlin Birdsail and Heather Lord of Vancouver Aquarium. GROWLS co-sponsored the...read more
This was a multi-visual presentation on the history of ferry services to Gabriola Island with guest speaker Mark Stefanson, BC Ferries Vice-President of Public affairs.read more
A presentation by Professor Jean Clottes.read more
A celebration of Jane Degnen’s descendants.read more
Presented by Ivan Bulic, a Director for the Canadian Lightkeepers Association.read more
Grand Opening of the Joined Hands exhibit presenting the history and legacy of Jane Degnan and Louisa Silva (note link).read more
Museum Sponsored Fundraising
Tickets will be on sale online early next week. You're invited to the second annual Gabriola Museum Trivia Night. Gather your friends to share a table, and pool your Gabriola knowledge to challenge the interesting questions carefully culled from last year's...read more
Trivia Contest Spend an evening challenging your knowledge of Gabriola past and present. The evening promises to be lively and fun with MCs Gary McCollum and Danna Lewis. Prizes for winning teams (6 to a team) Desserts and Cash Bar Enjoy decadent desserts, tea and...read more
Lynn Dillon, of Nanaimo, is the happy winner of the Museum's 2015 raffle. Congratulations, Lynn! The draw was made by Lizhen Mao (a friendly bystander), in front of a group of about 15 people at the Folk Life Village. The Museum thanks all the people that purchased...read more
Many thanks to Steve Struthers, our event photographer, Gerry Stefanson* (Cymbal Wear) and Derek Mattes, our intrepid auctioneers, Sonja Zupanec (Just Another Weed Patch), who donated the lovely flower arrangement for the door prize, Village Food Mart, who supplied...read more