Once again Mayne Islanders, you amaze me! You came out in masses to celebrate May Day 2024, and what a celebration it was.

From the bustling famers market with a great lineup of vendors, to the craft table and face-painting station, the music on stage, the usual tradition of the Children’s Oath to Mother Earth (thank you to Tina Farmilo for leading), the judging of Fancy Hats, a colourful parade, the crowning of the May Queen, Courtney Hedges, and the dance around the pole, there were a whole lot of smiling faces. Thank you for helping to make it a special day! We were fortunate to have both our MP Elizabeth May, and our MLA, Adam Olsen, join us for the celebration.

Taelor Anderson at the Face Painting Booth. Photo by Abbie Hain.

A huge thanks to those who contributed to the raffle: Ana Prado, Amber Harvey, Smoke & Thyme/Mariners Way Studio, Grant Buday, Aiko, Mayne Island Chocolate, Nomads Essentials, and Mayne Island Mushrooms. We raised just over $1000 in support of the work of the Mayne Conservancy.

A big thanks to Shane Connelly for being our sound engineer at the Market Stage and making certain we could hear Liam Bender, Chrysta Wallin and her students, Stonecrop Singers, and Cello Lukey and Friends, over the hustle and bustle of a successful first market of the year! Thank you for the music!

Stonecrop Singers at the Market Stage. Photo by Abbie Hain.

Thank you to the Volunteers – Taelor Anderson (face painter extraordinaire), Fran Nadeau, Abbie Hain, Pamela Harris, Meadow Dove and Helen for keeping the crown and wand decorating station going, and Jen and Niki for cake and refreshment serving. This year our cake bakers Dalektable Desserts and Malenka Foods did an amazing job, and once again Tru Value Foods supplied the lemonade and Miners Bay Trading Post supplied the water.

Childrens’ dance around the May Pole. Photo by Amy Reiswig.

Organizing an event like May Day includes a lot of moving parts. This year the core of the group involved in planning was the Conservancy Program Committee. We had a great planning chart to work with that has been used for as many years as I have been involved in the planning process, so all we have to do is change names and places from time to time. It can be a balancing act, and no matter how you slice it – it comes down to a team effort. There is always room for new players, so please keep that in mind next winter when you see the call-out for volunteers posted. It really is a lot of fun!

Thanks to the Kids_of_East_Van for capturing our May Day celebrations and putting together this sweet video.


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