Community

It’s a good day to be a blacksmith in Metchosin

With blacksmiths hammering the anvil, sheep being shorn and a live reenactment of a day-in-the-life of Metchosin 2,000 years ago, you know it's Metchosin Day.

The annual festivities at Metchosin Day celebrate everything Metchosin and more, Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Metchosin municipal grounds.

Starting at 8 a.m. with a 5 km run/walk to raise donations for the Senior's Information and Resource Centre, the event goes until 7 p.m., packed with activities, displays and vendors.

"It's kind of an old-fashioned fair," says Mary Gidney, who's organizing the event. "You could spend the whole day there. It costs nothing to get in. There's a giant field to park in and parking is free."

The most expensive activities are the hay rides and turns on the digger, at 25 and 50 cents apiece, she says.

For those interested in astronomy, models of the solar system and an ecliptic calendar will be set up across the field, sharing the space with Project Germani, a reenactment of the first century BC to the first century AD showing off food, crafts, armour and clothing of the era.

The pet show at 11 a.m. draws a huge crowd every year. "I've seen everything from a rat to a donkey to a rooster," says Gidney. "It's an incredible menagerie of animals, and everyone is welcome."

Two stages showcase the entertainment this year, with the acoustic stage offering a low-key atmosphere to enjoy the photography competition.

And at 5 p.m., dinner is served.

"For $20, you get roasted lamb, barbecued salmon, corn on the cob, watermelon, coleslaw and mint jelly," says Gidney, and for an extra $3, a slice of pie or cake from the baked goodie contest.

More than 100 vendors will be set up on the village green, from wool spinning, pottery and jewelry to farm fresh produce, herbs and honey.

The event, and surrounding parking, are free. Volunteers are still needed. For more information or to register as a volunteer, call Mary Gidney at 250-474-6145 or email info@metchosinday.ca.

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

New pastor at Holy Trinity
 
Fiesta at Alberni Elementary
 
Town team joins the chrome dome crew
Valley people: Melinda Jolley
 
Museum gears up for Hallowe’en with Lego and Spooky Surprises this weekend
 
Donations will help therapy horses
Nanaimo council candidate: Ian Thorpe
 
Slain soldier returning home today: police
 
Learn the beat of the drum

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.