What’s Up for August 2017? BIG DAY IN USA : Monday August 21st’s total solar eclipse traces a narrow path across the USA from Oregon to South Carolina.
All taken by Dr. Ross from the 6th floor look-out.
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.
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.
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.
Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band
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!
The gathering takes places in front of the great Salish Sea iron sculpture by Salish artist Chris Paul.
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.
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
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.
Don Hauser’s SAXOPHORIA Band
BRING CHAIR and FLAG
PICNIC’S ENCOURAGED – THIS IS A PICTURE PERFECT PICNIC PLACE
Johnny Cash just loves his daily motor-bike ride with Sandy and Andrew Ross.
Whoever is responsible for choosing, purchasing and hanging this painting. Thank you. Every day; several times a day; I walk by it and it brings joy to my heart – EVERY TIME. Thank you.
So its “RVYC Races” 1/25 Giclee by Suzanne Heron : July 15, 2015.
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?
There are 36 condominiums in a unique concrete and steel building which has been substantially renovated inside and outside over the past 4 years.
The renovation included removal of the old stucco and thorough repair of the underlying concrete surfaces. Balconies were replaced; major enhancements to elevators; two roofs replaced; complete interior modernisation including upper and lower lobbies; guest suite renovation; lookout room renovation.
This is a “no rental building” mostly occupied by owners. The building appears from Beach Drive to be 3 floors as viewed from the road front. But in fact there are 6 levels as there are also three levels on the waterfront side layered down to the beach front.
Every apartment benefits from magnificent water views which give each resident a special connection to the wonderful Oak Bay waterfront.