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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