2017-7-8 : ORCAS in Oak Bay

Orcas in Oak Bay! Resident Liz Smith first spotted them right offshore out from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel – heading south. But when they reached the end of Discovery Island they made a huge “U Turn” towards Hampshire House and then headed back north as shown here as viewed from our Hampshire House.  The whale watching boats were following them the whole way round the bay, as you can see. 

Orcas in Oak Bay! We first spotted them right offshore at Cattle Point – shown here closer to Cadboro Bay

Posted by Sue Ellen Mischke on Saturday, July 8, 2017

 

2017-7-1 : OAK BAY MARINA – CANADA 150 – July 1, 2017 – UPDATE POST EVENT

Thanks to everyone who came, and special thanks to Bob Williams and Dr. Andrew Ross. Thanks to them we have two  souvenir albums on Google Photos:

It was a special birthday for Canada and those at the Oak Bay Marina Parking Lot were happy and proud to be part of this cross-Canada celebration.

Choir Master Hilary Coupland leads the singing of O-CANADA

Hopefully three things will emerge in Oak Bay :

1. a permanent performance area around the Salish Sea sculpture as per Barbara Adams vision.
2. Lolita/Tokitae will finally be freed and brought home from Miami to the Salish Sea.
3. A fine future use will be agreed for the end of the Oak Bay Marina parking lot. I support Jacques Sirois’ idea of the L’Kwungen Herring Smoke House : http://www.cattlepoint.org/lkwungen-herring-smokehouse/

As a post script it is worth noting that Hilary Coupland, the Choir Master, in greeting Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh, concluded her welcome with the very first public declaration of the Salish Sea Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : 

“Today on July 1, 2017, Canada’s 50th Birthday, we the people of Canada gathered here today, promise to work diligently to Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

Surely this is one of the major goals for Canada as we begin the next fifty years.

Hilary Coupland pledges on behalf of the assembled people, to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision : “To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

2017-7-1 : OAK BAY MARINA – CANADA DAY 2017

FREE – NO TICKETS – MUSIC ALL AFTERNOON

OAK BAY MARINA STREET PARTY

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD POSTER – PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

CLICK HERE to hear and maybe learn one of the three simple harmony parts

SINGING O CANADA – PREPARING FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS – CONSCIOUSNESS RISING

TIME TO BRING TOKITAE (LOLITA) HOME TO SALISH SEA

A SYRIAN MAN PLAYS TURKISH MUSIC ON TURKEY HEAD

Victorians are invited to join together on July 1 st at Oak Bay Marina as a spontaneous community gathering of grandparents, parents and kids of all ages take part the community singing of “O Canada.” 1 PM. Choirmaster is Hilary Coupland.

GUEST PERFORMERS

Sari Alesh – Syrian Violinist : https://youtu.be/KxqEw0wAUmU

Hilary Coupland – Guest Choir Conductor

Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band

MUSIC

Sheet music and rehearsal learning tracks are available for download at https://www.windsorsingsocanada.com/sheet-music

If you love harmony, simply download your part (low, mid, high vocal range), learn your part, then come sing your part at noon on July 1!

LOCATION

The gathering takes places in front of the great Salish Sea iron sculpture by Salish artist Chris Paul.

The Salish Sea Iron Sculpture

This location is part of the site of the ancient seaport of Sitchanalth.

It was also the location of Sealand where humans first realized that keeping ORCAs in captivity was inconsistent with the emerging human spirit.

 

BRING LOLITA HOME

As the World Spotlight is on Canada we are happy to do our little bit to also share this attention with “Tokitae/Lolita” and the “Bring Lolita Home” movement who are campaigning this month to bring Lolita home to Friday Harbour from a pen in Miami.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR MORE : https://youtu.be/T-plB6vwDGo

A MUSICAL AFTERNOON

After the singing of O Canada, you will be entertained by Oak Bay Talent extraordinaire, led first by a new Oak Bay resident, the Syrian Violinist Sari Alesh.

GUEST PERFORMERS

Sari Alesh – Syrian Violinist : https://youtu.be/KxqEw0wAUmU

Hilary Coupland – Guest Choir Conductor

Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band

EXTRAS

WEAR RED

BRING CHAIR and FLAG

PICNIC’S ENCOURAGED – THIS IS A PICTURE PERFECT PICNIC PLACE

2017-6-9 : Post from Dr Andrew Ross

Hi Bill,  Good to see the HH  News again. Suggestions

1) a lot of my photos could be dropped, and may be new ones added with a bit more background info added if people are interested.

2) With all the new owners you may want to canvass them for ideas, their interests, ideas for the future directions for Hampshire House. Some of us are getting a bit long in the tooth. There might be some hidden talent out there. If possible more input from different owners. Time to refresh?

Andrew