Coming up in Cowichan: Grave tour, Lion Bear Fox, ethical trade market, book presentation

Things to do in Cowichan

Dr. Lyn Merryfeather will present her book at an event Nov. 15. (submitted)

Nov. 11 cemetery tour, tea, display

The Cemetery Committee of the Anglican Parish of St. Peter Quamichan is the volunteer group responsible for the maintenance and care of this historic cemetery, which dates back to 1866, one of the oldest in the Valley.

Since 2001, volunteers have made Nov. 11 a special time of year. Every second year a guided cemetery tour features some of the 264 known veterans. Tea, fellowship and display are in the church hall. Crosses with three poppies are placed on the graves of all veterans so visitors may stroll through this well kept cemetery, giving respect to the men and women who served their country, some in military action dating back to the 1850s.

Doors open for this year’s tour, tea and display event at 1:30 p.m. with the tour beginning at 2 p.m. It costs $5.

This cemetery is often visited in the spring when lilies and other wild flowers grace this Garry oak meadow but in November it is easier to see and enjoy the inscriptions on the headstones as the leaves fall gently.

Participants should wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Lion Bear Fox head to Providence Farm

Get some Remembrance Day entertainment with Lion Bear Fox, who will be live at the Providence Farm Chapel, Saturday, Nov. 11 with a show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Barely North Entertainment presents this intimate show at the farm.

Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined as one, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion according to the Nanaimo Daily News.

One part folk, one part rock — a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters. Lush acoustic guitars are bookended by buzzing electrics and screaming organs; all tied together by rich percussion and three voices in mighty harmony. It’s a sound that harkens back to an era when the song was paramount.

Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and were immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands in British Columbia (Peak Performance Project). The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP We’d Be Good Men and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. They have shared the stage with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood and Kim Mitchell.

Tickets are $20 advance at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and online at

They’re $22 at the door if available.

Enjoy FIESTA at ethical trade market this Sunday in Duncan

The annual Duncan FIESTA ethical trade market is taking place Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Ramada Inn in Duncan.

Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FIESTA showcases distinct gifts made by artisans from around the world.

Vendors are a mix of non-profits, educational organizations, local groups and small businesses but all of them have a direct link to the producers and craftspeople whose goods they sell. At Fiesta you will find shea butter products from Africa; indigenous crafts from Guatemala; wool carpets from Nepal; traditional felt products from the Himalayas; clothing from India, Indonesia, and Peru; spices from India and more.

As an ethical trade fair, FIESTA is “commerce with a conscience” and offers unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Admission is $2 at the door.

A window into lesbian partners of female-to-male transsexuals

Dr. Lyn Merryfeather will read from her novella, You’ve Changed, and answer questions at a presentation Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Duncan United Church.

“Lesbian women who partner with female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs) are all but invisible in the literature,” Merryfeather said in promotional material for the book. “They have been scarcely depicted in published work, very few research studies have considered them an interesting population, and there are few support organizations dedicated to their aid. My work is about these women.”

“The main theme is the challenge of invisibility and marginalization experienced by lesbian women who find themselves partnered with trans men and must decide how to navigate a new identity while living with a mate who is experiencing the biggest life change possible and often has little energy left to support her. A secondary theme is the depiction of the experience of conducting such research in a cautious academic climate,” she said.

The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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