The Old House Hotel, Leighton Contracting LTD., Gary Marcus Trucking, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants & Mindset Wealth
Dinner and Entertainment
Celebrating the Abundance of the Comox Valley
We are very excited to announce our 2022 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS Winery. Please join us on September 17 from 5 pm – 8 pm to celebrate ecological restoration and watershed research right here in the Comox Valley. We are looking forward to sharing local food, wine and music, and celebrating significant milestones with you, our community.
Last year, we removed the hard surfacing at Kus-kus-sum, completing phase I of the restoration. This year, in Phase II, we are removing the remaining contaminated soils and reshaping the landscape to the final elevations, and come Fall we’ll begin planting. In addition to all this, we have forage fish research, the restoration of salt marsh and eelgrass habitats, and the wetland and stream restoration at Comox Bay Farms to celebrate! We will also be hosting our annual reverse 50/50 draw.
To help us celebrate in style, we have partnered with some local superstars. 40 KNOTS Winery is providing us with the enclosed dining area overlooking their vineyard. Local chefs are working to create a delicious locally sourced, four-course dinner, with each course expertly paired with a wine from 40 KNOTS. Brodie Dawson, Elise LeBlanc and Ashley Sykes are providing music for the evening and we’d like to give a big thank you to Gary Marcus, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd., Old House Hotel and Spa, Leighton Contracting Ltd. and Mindset Wealth who are generously sponsoring the whole event.
Tickets for the event are $120 per person until August 30, and $140 thereafter. Tickets include a dinner with a paired drink with every course – there are vegetarian and non alcoholic options. We are keeping to a maximum of six guests to a table, guests will be asked to indicate if they would like to sit with specific attendees when purchasing a ticket.
If you’re interested in joining us, please click below to purchase tickets. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!
- 4:30 pm – Doors Open; guests are welcome to check in and find their table, puruse the silent auction items and buy 50/50 tickets
- 5:15 pm – Welcoming Remarks
- 5:30 pm – Dinner Served
- 6:30 pm – Reverse 50/50 (tickets will be sold upto this point)
- 8:00 pm – Fin
- Last year over 90% of our ingredients were donated from generous local growers and producers. We are working with chefs to source local ingredients again this year and will update this section as this years’ growers and producers are announced.
Ashley Sykes is a singer/songwriter who currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island. She brings her southern gospel roots from the state of Georgia and blends them with the west coast themes of her current life on the Strait of Georgia. She is often described as peaceful and she writes songs that soothe the soul.
In the Spring of 2018, she released her first studio album, Dissonance. She loves collaborating with other artists and when she’s not taking the lead, she’s happy to add her harmonies, strings, and rhythms to support her many talented friends.
Find and Follow her @ https://ashleysykes1.bandcamp.com/
Named ’Vocalist of the Year’ at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and nominated for ’Best Live Act’ for 2 years consecutively, Brodie Lee Dawson is a force to be reckoned with.
Brodie calls her style a mix of ’soulful bluesy folk’ with a gospel funk, a twist of pop and a twang of old-school country. True to all those genres she sings of life, love, searching and finding your way. And finding her way, she has… She’s been turning heads and creating a buzz wherever she goes, leaving her audiences spellbound, full-hearted and smilin’.
Find and follow her everywhere @ https://linktr.ee/brodieleedawson
Local singer-songwriter Elise LeBlanc weaves Intimate, earthy sounds inspired by 70s folk, classic country, bluegrass, and soul. Original songs of strength, shadow, and resilience backed by acoustic guitar and ukulele.
Elise’s debut album Runaway Kites was funded by FACTOR Canada (The Foundation for Canadian Talent on Recordings).
Find and follow her @ https://soundcloud.com/eliseleblancmusic
The crew worked at Glen Urquhart every day last week! Construction of the riffles was in full swing and was the main focus for Cain and Renée. Jay, who has been leading the restoration of the creek, provided help and guidance during each step.
Happy Technician Tuesday! The week started off with a fun photo shoot with The Now Group showcasing our work at Kus-kus-sum for Clean BC, a provincial program to achieve the Province’s legislated climate targets. After the shoot, extensive weeding of Kus-kus-sum occupied the team for the rest of the afternoon.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Happy Technician Tuesday! At Kus-Kus-Sum, Renée and Cain completed a plant inventory of the north end vegetation.
Technician Tuesday is starting again! Each Tuesday through July and August, we will post a short write-up outlining what our two field technicians have been up to.
Meet our new Communications Specialist!
The Kus-kus-sum project made great progress last year and large scale changes are planned to continue this year. We held a forum to share our restoration plans mid June, and have posted much of that information here as well. If you missed the virtual meeting, you can watch the recording on this page.