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Gumboot Nation: What’s Morgan Le Fay got to do with summer?

Also, please sign up to volunteer at Creek Daze
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Greetings Creekers!  

It’s a full moon tonight and as I write friends are off to swim in the moonlight, hoping for phosphorescence. Yes it’s late and maybe a bit chilly, but splashing through sparkling showers of little lights is a quintessential summer experience, worth keeping your kids up for. The lights are real, being caused by little microorganisms in the sea, but another summer experience is only an illusion and that is something called a Fata Morgana. (Don’t you just love that name?) A Fata Morgana is a mirage on the horizon that distorts an island or object so it appears as inverted and stacked images. Back before there was Wikipedia to give a rational explanation for this, people believed they were fairy castles conjured up by Morgan Le Fay. (Fata Morgana being the Italian version of her name.) So, if on a hot still summer day you see what appears to be the buildings in Nanaimo or a cruise ship castle, you know what this is called and you can impress your friends.  

Creek Daze is coming up! Put next Sunday, Aug. 13, on your calendar. The mandala has been freshly painted and RCCA event manager, Diana, has been working hard on a schedule of events and it’s looking pretty good. There is a great line up of music starting at 11:30 a.m. and running through to 6 p.m. This year, Emily Picard will be creating a work of art that will be raffled at the end of the day, and there will be the usual food and crafts for sale. But before all that, it’s the Higgledy Piggledy Parade.To participate in this short and wonderfully silly event, convene at the school at 10:15 a.m. Here’s the thing, anyone can be in this parade. All you need to do is dress up and show up. Before the Gumboot Nation, the unofficial symbol of Roberts Creek was a banana slug and one year a slug race was proposed. When that was deemed to be too competitive it was changed to a “Slug Gazing” and someone put their favourite slug on a float in the parade. So, you see what I mean? Anything goes. So gather up your friends and family, come up with a theme and join the parade. Some years this is more of a “non event” and it would be great to see a lot of particpants this year.  

Creek Daze does not happen without a lot of volunteers and the word is that you are desperately needed this year. Help is required with set up/tear down; traffic directing; welcome ambassadors; firstaid; social media/photographer and hospitality. If you can spare a couple of hours to help sign up at or email  

Creek Daze is also the occasion of the Great Annual Library Book Sale and White Elephant Sale. This is a major fundraiser and allows the ongoing purchase of all those new books. Starting early and going through the late afternoon you can browse through hundreds of donated and discarded books available at bargain prices. If you have books to donate, that can be done now, during library hours. Please keep in mind that they should be books someone else might want.This is not an opportunity to get rid of those old grade 12 textbooks or your secret stash of Harlequin Romances.  

Also the library is now open on Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. in addition to the usual Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday hours. 

There is so much music and other events all over the Coast again this week that I can’t begin to mention it all. Locally, at the Legion tonight, it’s Goodnight Sunrise. Led by vocalists Vanessa Vakharia (keyboards) and David Kochberg (guitar), this is a rock band from Toronto. Then Beach Crashers will bring their drums and songs to the stage. Saturday night, it’s local bass wizard, Bridge, doing a four-hour set designed to get you dancing. for tickets and info.  

On Sunday, you can saunter down to the gazebo and enjoy some local music at Slow Sunday, starting at noon and running to 3:30 p.m. 

Well, I am long over my allotted space. I apologize if I missed your event.  

If you want to draw my attention to something please write to me 


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