Between antique treasures and surrounded by historical black-and-white photographs, thousands of books are packed into the Metchosin Farmers’ Institute archive building.
Volunteer archivist and historian Bonnie Josephson stacks and sorts scores of donated books in preparation for a rummage sale at the Luxton hall this Saturday that will help raise money for ongoing archival work by the institute.
The archives collect information and photographs related to West Shore communities, primarily Langford, for display at the fairground’s historical building.
Work is ongoing, but this year focus is being given to the 100th anniversary of Happy Valley elementary school. Josephson is pulling together a collection of historical material related to the school.
“The stories are the best part,” Josephson said. “You meet a lot of people with different stories.”
Josephson started the institute’s first book sale to help cover costs for the archives. The all-volunteer organization also organizes and funds such events as the Luxton Pro Rodeo and the Luxton Fall Fair.
The Vancouver Island Blacksmiths and the Luxton Antique Farm Equipment Club are also based out of the fairgrounds.
Another purpose of the sale is to extend a welcoming hand to the many new neighbours in the area.
Josephson said many new people have moved into the community, especially the Happy Valley area, and this event is meant to let them know about the Luxton Fairgrounds and its various volunteer organizations.
Josephson estimates about 2,000 books have been donated to the institute to sell on Saturday, which includes everything from vintage books to cookbooks to children’s books to romance novels and everything else.
Along with that about 20 tables have been rented by individuals to sell crafts, wears and flea market fare. There will also be a tea room set up for refreshments.
“Even if we don’t make much money it’s still a public awareness,” said Josephson. “We realize we have a new neighbourhood around us and we wanted to get the people to know that we’re there.”
When & Where
The Luxton book sale and craft fair is Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Luxton Fairgrounds hall, 1040 Marwood Ave.