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A&E column: Homesteading Fair, book signing, and art all coming up in Cowichan

The latest in arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley
The works of Catherine Fraser and other Cowichan Artisans will be on display in the window of Imagine That! gallery starting Aug. 26 through to the end of September, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Imagine That!)

Head to a different kind of fair this fall in the Cowichan Valley.

The Hub at Cowichan Station is hosting the 5th Annual Vancouver Island Homesteading Fair on Sept. 17.

The event will include vendors and exhibits, but also presentations about such things as food production and preservation, livestock, energy, housing and more. The schedule will be available in early September.

“The intention of the fair is to foster the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience in supporting a secure, vibrant and sustainable island community,” said organizers in a press release.

The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Allan Waddy sent us a note that he will be holding a book signing event at London Drugs in Duncan on Aug. 27.

Waddy has written two local books, Buckshot & Johnnycakes and Guilty Knowledge - True Crime Cases.

The signing will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and his books will be displayed in the store.


Imagine That! gallery in Duncan is changing out their window displays on Aug. 26.

In one window Catherine Fraser and the Cowichan Artisans will be featured.

The Cowichan Artisans are a group of professional Vancouver Island artisans who work full-time at their craft. Catherine Fraser is joined in this showcase by Tyler Hayes, Laurel Hibbert, Cathi Jefferson, Jennifer Lawson, John Lore, Wilma Millette, Margit Nellemann, Travis Rankin, Bev Robertson, and Caroline Storie, Imagine That! said in a press release.

The other window will feature the “intricate wooden bowls” of Garry Whitaker.

“I am a self-employed contractor, building custom homes for over 35 years in the Cowichan Valley. Now semi-retired I started making bowls in the last two years, concentrating on segmented bowls which contain hundred of pieces of wood glued together,” said Whitaker. “The variety and shape of the bowls and patterns are endless. The wood comes in many colours from local sources, as well as around the world. The colours are the true colours of the wood. I use a food safe finish that enhances the wood, no staining is done.”

Andrea Rondeau

About the Author: Andrea Rondeau

I returned to B.C. and found myself at the Cowichan Valley Citizen.
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