the Blackberry season came very quick this year and I was afraid I had miss-planned in my winter scheduling, but the last week of cool wet days slowed the season down and for that I am grateful!
Blackberry Fibre Harvest
Wed. June 29, 5.30-8.30 pm
Meet at the west end of the pasture by the Apiary. Bring leather work gloves or clippers if you have them, tools and gloves available for sharing. Closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants are recommended. Rain or Shine: dress for the weather.
In rope making sessions the concept of butterfly collection nets will guide our design and the nets will be made with our hand-made blackberry fibre rope. I have a great lineup of musicians and guest speakers to come out and join us while we make rope- bring on the picnics and summertime!
Weekdays from 5.30-8.30pm, Saturday session is 10am-1pm,
These outdoor events are open–air and so weather dependent, check the forecast and if in doubt, call 604-363-0220 to confirm. Bring sunhats, sunscreen or wind breakers as required.
Wed. July 27: guest Brian Jones. Born and raised on the Welsh border, Brian will share traditional folk music from the British Isles on the accordion.
Thurs. July 28: guest Erin Udal from Environmental Youth Alliance will conduct bee surveys on site and explain how local Citizen Science projects are helping us understand the pollinators that live among us.
Fri. July 29: guests Rebecca and Joshua Lin, flautist and violinist. Rebecca was awarded The Most Promising Senior Woodwind scholarship by the Richmond Music Festival Society and Joshua received the Gifted Youth Scholarship from the Vancouver Academy of Music in 2015.
Sat. July 30: guest Keyvan Emami will share traditional Persian and Spanish songs he sings and plays on the guitar.
Mon. Aug. 8: guest Jamie MacDonald has a wide repertoire of songs sure to entertain as he sings and plays the ukulele.
Tues. Aug. 9: guests Cameron Cartiere and Brian Campbell. Cameron will talk about creating the Pollinator Pasture and Brian will share his experiences of being a beekeeper.
Wed. Aug. 10: guest Brian Jones is back! Brian will share traditional folk music from the British Isles on the accordion.
Thurs. Aug. 11: guest artist Lori Weidenhammer works extensively with bees and has just published a book Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees, her stories are always entertaining and informative of what we can do at homes for local pollinators.
Saturday August 13 1-4pm
Join us for iced nettle tea, and other light refreshments in the pasture under the crochet tea tent and see the final sculpture installed! Featuring musical duet by Mr. Fire-Man playing a hand-made wooden horn and Jamie MacDonald on ukulele.
By Transit: An 8 minute bus trip from Aberdeen Skytrain station. Take the #410 22nd St. Station bus to Cambie Community Centre. The bus stop located on # 3 Road directly under the Skytrain line.
By Car: Park at the Cambie Community Centre located at 12800 Cambie Road.
From Cambie Community Centre:
Cross Cambie Street at the pedestrian crossing and the footpath for Bath Slough is straight ahead, take the path on the right of the slough, and walk 10-15 minutes. Turn left when the path ends, cross the little bridge and you are in the pasture. We will meet and work near the Apiary located at this end of the pasture.
There is no water access or washroom on site. Please bring drinking water, and use the facilities at the Community Centre before coming to join us. The centre is open while we are on site should you need to use the restroom.
more information about this project can be found on this website here