Sunday, December 10, 2023
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
It’s that time of year again!
The Gabriola Museum gift shop is well stocked with beautifully handcrafted items from local artisans; books of history, nature, art, poetry and more; fun craft projects; sweet crocheted animals; and Ay Lelum apparel to name a few. Members receive 10% off * their gift shop purchases.
Christmas at the Gabriola Museum.
Sunday December 10, 1pm to 5pm, drop in to the Gabriola Museum and enjoy hot apple cider, live music by Max “Banjoman” Cossette, and special deals in the gift shop!
Online bookings are not available for this event.
What a success!
With the help of our members and community partners the Gabriola Museum raised over $5500 at our Trivia Night fall fundraiser.
Not only did we raise money for the Museum but we had a blast! Great conversation with old and new friends, laughter, excitement, competition, and a celebration of Gabriola and the Gabriola community.
By purchasing a membership, participating in Trivia Night, sharing our social media posts and talking about the Museum with your friends – you helped make our fall fundraiser a success. We are honoured by your support and the support of everyone who participated, donated items, and volunteered to help make it all happen.
Many hours of preparation went into Trivia Night and we would like to thank our wonderful volunteers and community partners:
Masters of Ceremony:
Danna Lewis & Pam McCartney
Brenda Joy & Joan Silvey
Audio Visual Technician:
Kitchen & Bar Crew:
Cadmar Andrews, Chris Campbell, Liz Ciocea, Janet Stobbs, Susan Yates
Registration, Raffle Tickets & Auction Assistants:
Marjorie Colebrook, Sarah Crabtree, Joyce Lee
Set Up & Take Down Crew:
Cadmar Andrews, Graham Bradley, Jim Cameron, Marjorie Colebrook, Devon Featherstone, Alex Jellis, Keith Jellis, Michael Smith, Steve Struthers
Delectable Dessert Donors:
Gwen’s Gourmet Goodies, Gai’s Pies, Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar, Nesters Food Market, Liz Ciocea, Carol Hemrich, Joan Merrifield, Janet Stobbs
Live Auction Donors:
BC Ferries, Diana Broome, Gabriola Taxi & Delivery, Gertie Community Bus, Ground Up Cafe, The Haven, Hullo!, Katrina’s Pet & House Sitting Services, Quality Inn, The Pantry, Raven Pet Food & Supplies, The Surf Lodge and Inn, Wheel-E Bike Rentals
Silent Auction Donors:
Thank you to the many community members who generously donated gently used art.
Thank you to Leaha Argue, Devon Featherstone, Iain Lawrence, Pam McCartney, and Janice Power for donating their original art, novels and services.
Crossword Puzzle Created by:
Posters Distributed by:
Andy Rollerson & Danielle Artuso
Joan Merrifield, Chris Campbell, Liz Ciocea, Sarah Crabtree, Danna Lewis, Janet Stobbs, Laura Baldamus
Eileen is yet another wonderful events volunteer! She lives on the island full time, and while she is now happily settled, her journey to Gabriola was interesting to say the least. She first began her search for a Gulf Island home on Salt Spring Island, but after failing to find a place there, she decided to follow her son to beautiful Gabriola Island. At first, it was hard for her to find a home on the island. While she did find a home she loved, it was sadly out-of-budget. It all turned out well in the end, though, as the property never sold and so Eileen was able to buy it for a lower cost at a later date.
By the time Eileen had actually moved to the island, the pandemic had hit, and soon after that, the nation-wide shut down of 2020 had begun. Although she’d been planning her move to the Gulf Islands for years, she never expected to be starting her Gabriola life against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. With few connections to the island, her social interactions consisted of visits to local establishments like the Gabriola Museum. She quickly grew to enjoy the Museum’s gift shop, and found it to be a great place to shop for gifts. While she regularly supports the Museum with her shopping, she also helps out at various events such as National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) and Canada Day.
Eileen volunteers at the Museum because she believes in the importance of Museums and their ability to open a window into the past. For Gabriola in particular, she believes that the Museum provides us with an early look at the relationships between the many different people who have lived here over time. She believes that it is important to be reminded of the different cultures and ideologies of the people who lived here before us. Preventing us from getting locked into a single-minded view of what’s going on for us in this moment only. She has found everyone at the Museum to be very gracious and friendly and has loved having the opportunity to meet people through her volunteer work. She’s been quite impressed by both the organization and the orchestration of the Museum and looks forward to seeing it flourish.
Thank you Eileen!