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Gumboot Nation: Sunshine Coast Shakedown rocking Roberts Creek

Also, seeking out all of the community roadside stands
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Greetings Creekers! 

I have the kind of mind that cannot remain still for very long as most people who know me can confirm. Playing and reading music is the one time that I have to focus and the rest of the time my brain is a jack rabbit looking for subjects to land on. I love to cook and I like to eat even more so that’s my default. This is the time of year, when I get excited about things growing in gardens, in addition to wild things, and my brain is full of possible creations. (I should mention here, that I am speaking of other people’s gardens. My gardening activities are limited by the excuses of shade, cedar roots, a sore body and my jackrabbit nagging at me to go for a walk or to the beach….)  I have been thinking about candied wild rose petals and syrup, sauteed dandelion greens and all of the things I could do with my generous friend’s rhubarb. Then I started thinking about pickling things. Looking for events to write about I opened my latest news letter from One Straw and VOILA! Next Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there is a fermented veggies workshop at the Tiny Farm (behind the Gumboot Restaurant ). It’s $15 and I signed up immediately. I would do the same for their next workshop but I am away. It’s on Sunday, June 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. on the subject of summer plant medicine. You will learn about ancient plant medicines that can be used to treat common summer complaints. Sunburns, nettle stings, snake bites (ewww!) and insect bites are just a few. $15. If you go to info@onestraw you can sign up for these workshops. You can also sign up for their newsletter and find out about all the great work this society does to promote food security. 

While on that subject, I have noticed that our community food cupboard is looking pretty empty these days. I suspect that there is a group of people who make it a regular practice to drop something off and it would be good to see that group of donors increase.  

Okay, before I get on to what’s on this week, I have another idea. (Jackrabbit!)  

How about a list of all the various roadside stands in Roberts Creek? If you have a stand selling anything you make or grow (or eggs) and would like to be included on this list, write to me with whatever information you would like people to know. It doesn’t have to be a roadside stand. If you have a greenhouse, studio or workshop you are selling from, I would like to include that. Depending on the response I will put the list in next week’s column and possibly the following weeks too. contact me at [email protected]

There are some many things going on. Here are a few:  

First of all, this weekend is the Second Annual Sunshine Coast Shakedown. It takes place over two days at the xwesam-Roberts Creek Community Hall and features The Grateful Dead Tribute Band, Buddy and the Scarecrow, Mark Crissenger, The Bill Hilly Band and Deanna Knight. Tickets range from $25 to $50. More at 

Tomorrow night (June 8) is a Jazz Fest Open Mic at the Gumboot. This is a great opportunity for musicians 25 and younger to perform. It will be hosted by Scotty Collison and if you would like to perform, go [email protected] or their Instagram site ( ! ) stating number of players, instruments, etc. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., $10. 

At the Legion on Friday night, it’s everyone’s favourite Ween Tribute Band, Captain Fantasy. Saturday night, it’s the In House Project with Honeybee, Project Future and Candy Cream. The Legion web site has details.  

On Sunday, June 9, it’s something completely different. The Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra will be having an “In the Spotlight” concert featuring soloists and groups from within the orchestra association. I am mentioning this in the interest of musical diversity and also because many of the performers are Creekers. It’s at St Hilda’s in Sechelt at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $20. 

In closing I want to give you some advance notice to start looking now for western outfits because next Saturday, June 14, it’s Country Night at the Hall and get ready to hee haw! It’s a fundraising event for SCCSS affordable housing for women and children. The Champagne Cowboys and Buzz and the Reckless Insanity will be playing. Doors at 7 p.m. Band is at 8 p.m. Tickets $20 at Eventbrite. 

Write to me: mounseyyvonne