Posts Tagged ‘Miners Heritage Picnic’

Nanaimo’s south end bounces back, but neighbourhood still faces many challenges

Chris Koehn, Daily News

Published: Monday, June 25, 2012

Longtime South-Ender Pat Portsmouth basked in the sun’s warmth and took in the clamour of families enjoying Deverill Park during the 20th annual South End Miner’s Picnic.

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Don’t forget, the Miner’s Heritage Picnic will is coming up soon. June 23 to be exact at the Deverill Square Park, corner Milton and Haliburton.

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Nineteenth annual miner’s picnic draws large crowds to Deverill Park

Chris Koehn, Daily News,Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011

The neighbourhood that plays together, stays together.


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Well, it’s always terrific when someone from outside out little community writes a story on us, and I was absolutely delighted to receive an e-mail from Jim Taylor last nite.  Jim is the master behind one of Nanaimo’s most popular blogs: nanaimo-info-blog.com (the link is ALWAYS in the sidebar)

He has posted a bunch of great pics and a commentary about the picnic here.

Jim, thanks!  in more ways than one.  Now we can go back to sleeping for the next coupla days (and thinking about what a great great day it was…:)

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Well, the list is still growing, but here is a partial list of some of the items that will be up for bid on Saturday:

  • a Windchime from the Concrete Jungle
  • a glass tinting package from Apple Auto Glass (value $360)
  • 2 oil changes from Millenium Auto (value $50 each)
  • A $25 gift certificate from Gina’s Mexican Cafe
  • 3 in-home fitness training sessions with personal trainer Hatty Houston (value $195)
  • gift certificates from AC Taxi (total value $100)
  • David Livingston’s highly coveted young trees
  • A $25 gift certificate from the Diner’s Rendezvous

All proceeds go to SECA, to help us help the South End.  And thanks for the donations to the silent auction…there will be more than just listed above.

The auction will startat 11 AM and close at 2 PM.

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Schedule for the Day

Here are some of the events scheduled for Saturday.

8.30  – 10:00  Free Pancake breakfast courtesy of Women of the Moose, ( Nanaimo Fiddlers will be serenading breakfast diners

10:00 -11:00  Local band

11:00 am   Opening ceremonies   ( We welcome Geraldine Manson and members of Snuneymuxw First Nation) and elected officials

11:15   Heritage Walk led by Jill Stannard, local historian and former South End resident

12:00 – 2:00  Trinitude

1.30 -2:00 pm   Pet Parade. Prizes given.

2:00-3:00 Laurie Ramsey Memorial Tea Party.  This tea party for senior South Enders includes Tom Patterson, local mining historian will share stories and the Tidesmen Quartet will be singing.

Activites include:

Kid Activities (see separate post)  10 AM to 2 PM

Art Bin Salon: paint our soon-to-be famous litter bins  10 AM to 3 PM

Silent Auction: closes @ 2 PM

 Displays include:

At the SECA Tent:  Exceptional SECA T-shirts ($20) and cards ($2.00) for sale

  • Or come and join our association (only $5).
  • Or sign up to be updated on “What’s Up in the South End”

The wonderful Mining Photo Display

and lots lots more!

Ongoing Entertainment provided by Mike’s DJ service..good tunes!

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There is sooo much for kids to do at the MIner’s Picnic!  Most kids activities run between 10 AM and 2 PM.

Younger kids love the rides!  They inlcude:

  • Tiger Lilly Farm pony rides and petting zoo
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Merry-go-round
  • El Paso Train ride

For kids a little older, the Climbing Wall is a favourite.

And then there are the activities:

  • Art with Yvonne
  • Face painting

Maybe your kids would like to help you paint an Art Bin?

There are always the clowns/roaming entertainers.

And don’t forget to bring their bathing suit if the weather is sunny and hot…we’ve got a fun water park!


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Introducing the South End Cob Co-op

Official LAUNCH PARTY and SIGN UP at the Miner’s Heritage Day Picnic – Saturday June 25th 8:30-3:30 in Deverill Square Park

Come to sign up  at the Mudgirls Cob Stomp’n Station!

Want to get creative, messy and have fun with your neighbours?

Enthused community members of the South End neighbourhood have put out the call. Together we want to create community oriented places, have FUN with our neighbours and learn how to build small and community effective natural projects. This initiative will bring 11 new, interesting and natural structures that will further enliven the South End and show Nanaimo our true personality!

The Details:

  • Each Co-op group will have 11 shares
  • A share includes an entire household/property
  • Every project will receive $200 starting budget (from the Cob Co-op) for facilitation and material costs
  • First projects will have personal consultation from the Mudgirls (Did you know we have a South End Mudgirl?). When we feel confident enough to take on the projects ourselves…we teach each other and the $200 starting budget goes directly to material costs!
  • Your commitment (per share):

o        You give $20 to each Cob Co-op project to go towards our neighbour’s starting budget (that could be you!)

o        Attend some of (not all) our neighbour’s project workshops

o        Plan and build a project for your property (with help from your neighbours and the Mudgirls)! When everyone has completed their projects the Co-op share is complete!

What’s in it for you:

  • Learn natural building techniques
  • Create multiple cob projects in your neighbourhoood
  • Meet more and new neighbours
  • Have FUN being creative and messy
  • Complete a project on or around your property!

Keep your eye out for “Natural Building Workshops in the South End!”

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Last year we set up our first “Art Bin Beauty Salon” at the Miner’s Picnic, and it was a TON of fun.  Here’s how it works:

  • We have 10 new bins purchased and getting all primed up for Saturday.  Come and release your inner artist…!  Paint a whole bin or bring along a buddy and make it a group project.
  • If you are hosting an art bin and it needs to have a little paint touch-up or get a few dints removed, bring it along.
  • Or if you want to learn more about out Art Bin initiative and how you can become part of it, talk to the folks there.

The bins that are painted at the Picnic will soon go to work on the streets of the South End (after they are christened and profiled here on the blog, of course…:)

The Art Bin Salon will be open between 10 AM and 3 PM.





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 The South End Community Association’s Miner’s Heritage Day Picnic definitely has something for absolutely everyone.

Now in its 19th year, the all-day event starts at 8 am, Saturday, June 25th in Deverill Square Park with a pancake breakfast.

After that you can go on a pony ride, enter your pooch in the ever-popular pet parade, or watch your kids cuddle up to the animals in the petting zoo.

You can take part in the Heritage Walk at 11 am, or enjoy tea and strawberry shortcake at the Laurie Ramsay Memorial Strawberry Social at 2 pm.

If you’re into music, there’s live entertainment from Trinitude, a barber shop quartet, and a band of fiddlers from the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

Add to that South End story-telling, face-painting, an art tent, and decoration of the famous South End Art Bins, and displays by community groups.

For more active folks, the picnic has a climbing wall, a merry-go-round, a bouncy castle, train rides and soccer games.

Clowns and magicians will be at the picnic, too, and it’s rumoured that an Elvis impersonator will make an appearance.

It’s all free, and sponsored by the South End Community Association as a fun way to bring the neighbourhood together to celebrate its history.

“Although it is a South End day, we welcome people from all of Nanaimo’s neighbourhoods, north, west and east, “ says SECA president Douglas Hardie.

Close to a thousand people attended the Miner’s Picnic last year.

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