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Steveston’s History Comes to Life

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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Animated Walking Tours.

Travel back in time to the year 1917 to witness Richmond’s early days. The 60-minute Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes guide you through one kilometre of village history, where you will discover the pleasures and perils of living and working in historic Steveston as talented Hugh McRoberts Secondary School drama students perform five original plays, written by local playwright Andrew Wade.

McRoberts high school student actors take on a variety of roles that showcase Steveston’s diverse cultural heritage making these walking tours a truly memorable experience.

Tour participants are led by a guide on a one hundred year journey in time, drawing back the curtain on Steveston’s gentrified present to a grittier past.

In the modern streets of Steveston, the guide brings participants unexpectedly to “pop-up theatre” short plays inspired by historic events.

Jamie copyLife in Steveston one hundred years ago held a lot of drama. In 1917, local fishermen wondered if salmon would return after the 1914 Hell’s Gate landslide destroyed access to the salmon spawning beds of the Fraser River. Floods, fires and other disasters also weighed heavily on people’s minds. In Steveston’s canneries, racial divisions sometimes resulted in fierce confrontations. Meanwhile, as British Columbia embraced the prohibition of alcohol, some saw a big business opportunity.

The young actors vividly bring to life characters encountering these events while also evoking universal human themes of romance, determination, and resilience.

Sarah Glen, Executive Director of the Steveston Historical Society, is excited to see the tours take shape. She says, “There are so many stories to tell from Steveston’s history; the village is built on the contributions of so many. The purpose of the tours is to give the viewers a short ‘impression’ of what life was like in this time period. Our performers do a wonderful job at bringing these stories to life.”

Frank copyThe plays give talented students from Hugh McRoberts Secondary School the opportunity to recreate characters from the past. Drama teacher Judyann McCarthy is delighted with the opportunity they provide for her students.

“I have enjoyed working with this dedicated group of student actors on a project that takes us out of the classroom and watching them apply their skills and abilities in a whole new world, old Steveston. It has been a lot of fun explaining words like ‘skedaddle’, and that people used to eat wild greens, and that our little city has always had rich cultural diversity.”

Her students agree with Judyann, expressing excitement at bringing to life the unique character and the incredible history of Steveston which they represent. The project has challenged the student actors, altering their perspective on the past and present.

These Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes are a great experience for the whole family, and a fun way to discover local history and culture.

female tour guide copyTours depart from the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street) at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays in June and July. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Booking in advance is recommended as availability is limited. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per one adult). Book in person at the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre at the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street) or by calling the Visitor Centre at 604-271-8280.

More information on the tours can be found online at www.historicsteveston.ca.

This year’s Walking Tour Vignettes – Canada 150 Project is presented by the Steveston Historical Society and the City of Richmond through the Steveston Museum. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Richmond Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. Special thanks to the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and Hugh McRoberts Secondary School.

Doors Open Richmond 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The Best of Steveston’s Heritage, Art and Culture

By Charles Takaesu and Gabrielle Sharp

Steveston_Visitor_Ctr_Palla_MediaDiscover Steveston’s heritage, arts and culture during the free Doors Open Richmond 2016 city-wide event, on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Twelve Doors Open sites are based in Steveston and showcase the area’s past and present.

Steveston Village is a great starting point for your weekend activities, with many sites clustered within walking distance of local restaurants and shops. Experience delicious dining, unique shopping and fabulous culture all in a single weekend!

Steveston_Gulf_of_Georgia_Cannery_Palla_MediaAt the west end of Steveston Village, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Avenue) is offering “Under the Rafters” tours, a rare behind-the-scenes experience exploring areas of the cannery typically closed to the public. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Please pre-register by calling 604-664-9009, as space is limited. There are two tours each day, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Although the “Under the Rafters” tour is free, normal admission rates apply for guests who wish to visit the regular exhibits.

Watch a silversmithing class in action at Juvelisto Design and School of Metal Arts (120-3500 Moncton Street) and chat with owner Sasha Shkolnik. Juvelisto Design specializes in beautiful one-of-a-kind jewellery made by Sasha and other gifted artists.

Tour the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre (3811 Moncton Street) in the heart of Steveston Village. Experience the diversity of Steveston’s history through the newly landscaped, Japanese-inspired Town Square Park and the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building that was opened a year ago. The first 200 people on each day will receive a mini-plant pot and children can enjoy trying the Japanese art of origami.

Steveston_Tram_Palla_MediaAlthough access to the tramcar may be limited due to restoration, stop by the Steveston Interurban Tram Building (4011 Moncton Street) for an Open House including children’s crafts.

Painter and teacher Adrienne Moore is opening her Home Studio (3171 Chatham Street) to the public during Doors Open. Adrienne employs a wide variety of styles and subjects, from local landscapes to mixed media and abstract expressionism. Visit Adrienne’s studio, filled to the brim with her vibrant work, and meet the artist to learn about her painting techniques.

Steveston_JapaneseBldg_Palla_MediaThe Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (4255 Moncton Street) is bustling with activity during the event weekend. Visitors can choose from displays, demonstrations, presentations and interactive activities on the culture, history and traditions of Steveston’s Japanese Canadian community.

A short walk northeast of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Steveston Buddhist Temple (4360 Garry Street) is the oldest standing Buddhist Temple in the lower mainland. Tours are available throughout Doors Open, and Introduction to Buddhism sessions are offered each day at 1:00 pm. On Saturday, enjoy a Japanese cooking demonstration and Seiza Meditation. Sunday features the morning service (opened to the public) and a cultural presentation in the late afternoon.

Steveston_Fire_Station_Palla_MediaAt the “gateway to Steveston”, visit the Steveston Fire Station (11011 No.2 Road) to meet fire fighters and Blaze the Dalmatian mascot. Tour the state-of-the-art fire hall and learn how to keep your family safe from house fires in the educational fire trailer.

Steveston_Branscombe_House_Palla_MediaRhonda Weppler, inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Branscombe House (4900 Steveston Highway) invites visitors of all ages to participate in the International Picnic Project, a still-life mural featuring Richmond’s international foods. Guests can contribute a drawing, painting, or collage of their favourite (locally available) international food in exchange for a candy gift inspired by Rhonda’s favourite ethnic food. Rhonda is also exhibiting a series of tiny marzipan food sculptures, created by local art students, representing Richmond’s culinary diversity.

Steveston_London_Heritage_Farm_Palla_MediaA must-visit for afternoon tea lovers, London Heritage Farm (6511 Dyke Road) features period themed rooms in a restored farmhouse, herb and perennial gardens and a Hand Tool Museum. Stop in for London Lady Tea and tasty treats in the Tea Room between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Steveston_Britannia_Shipyard_Palla_MediaBritannia Shipyards (5180 Westwater Drive) is hosting a veritable bounty of activities during Doors Open. The Dragon Zone Paddling Club offers a unique opportunity to get out on the water and try the exciting sport of dragon boating. There are four 30 minute sessions each day, at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, with a limit of one session per person. Pre-register by calling 604-718-8050 to reserve your spot. Visit a series of new exhibits at the Seine Net Loft and learn Morse code with radio historian Tom Brent at the Murakami Boatworks. Saturday activities at the Richmond Boat Builders include a Shipwright talk and Drop-In Boat Building, while Sunday offers Children’s Boat Building and Decorative Knot Tying.

Steveston_Steves_Farmhouse_Palla_MediaRevisit Steveston’s roots with a trip to the Steves Family Farmhouse (2871 Steveston Highway). Steveston is named after Martha and Manoah Steves, whose family founded the farm in 1877. The farm is still active today under the direction of their great grandson, Councillor Harold Steves. Tour parts of the farmhouse and peruse a large collection of artwork and historical objects. Heirloom seed gardens and antique farm equipment are also on display throughout Doors Open weekend.

Steveston_River_Queen_Boat_Palla_MediaFinally, hop aboard the River Queen Water Shuttle for a fully narrated nature and history tour of Steveston’s waterfront. This year, the River Queen will travel between Fisherman’s Wharf on the 2nd Avenue float, and the Britannia Shipyards dock. One way tickets between destinations are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for children aged 4 to 12, while children under 4 ride free.

Join us for our Doors Open Richmond 2016 Opening Kickoff at Minoru Chapel and Pierrefonds Gardens (6540 Gilbert Road) on Friday June 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year’s kickoff event features free live music, crafts, light refreshments and vibrant displays.

Remember, these are only 12 of the 42 sites offered throughout Richmond on June 4 and 5. To find out more about Doors Open Richmond 2016, pick up a map brochure now available at City of Richmond facilities or visit www.richmond.ca/doorsopen.

Village Bikes

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Pedalling into Steveston’s Future

Village_Bikes_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaIt is unlikely that any Steveston business owner other than Brett Martyniuk can claim to be a fourth generation Steveston merchant.

The Martyniuk family planted roots in this community in the late 1930s when Brett’s great-grandfather Peter Martyniuk founded Steveston Barbers. He operated his shop in the same location that Village Bikes now calls home. Brett points out his great-grandfather cut hair in the front of the store and lived in the back of the building.

His grandparents, Gabe and Marg Martyniuk, owned Island Cleaners for approximately forty years. It was situated in the space that now masquerades as the storefront “Any Given Sundae” on the television show Once Upon A Time.

Brett’s parents Ray and Elaine Martyniuk founded and ran Cannery Row Cafe in the mid-1980s, and today his father is the owner and operator of Steveston Water Taxi.

It seems Brett was destined to follow his family’s entrepreneurial path. In May 2007, after sensing there was a demand for a local bicycle shop, he opened Village Bikes.

The bike shop started off selling used bikes and providing repair services and after a short time introduced new bicycles. Norco, Giant and Linus are the primary brands carried, with a focus on families and urban cyclists. Brett points out if a customer is seeking a specific bike model he is more than happy to order it.

Village_Bikes_Interiior_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaAmongst the selection of children’s bikes the balance bike is a popular pick for toddlers. It helps pave the way for their first big kid bike, while eliminating the need to progress to training wheels. Brett says, “Once balance is mastered, learning to pedal is a breeze.”

The front section of the store stocks a variety of accessories to keep every cycling enthusiast happy. Stylish Linus wicker baskets are the perfect finishing touch to add to a cruiser and will help carry your farmers’ market goodies, or a beach towel and a picnic to your destination. Locks, lights and bells all help to personalize your bike.

Nutcase is a fun and popular helmet out of Portland, Oregon. These “brain protectors” comes in a number of styles. Brett indicates the watermelon model is one of their bestsellers.

The American made front mounted iBert Safe-T Seat perches little riders (ages 4 and younger) at the front of their parents’ bike. This allows children to take in the scenery around them rather than a rear-mounted seat where they view mum or dad’s back, and allows for easier communication.

Another way to enjoy the experience of “a bicycle built for two” is by adding a tow bar between the child’s and parent’s bike, and presto, it becomes similar to a tandem, with the parent controlling the steering.

In the back of the store Pierre Bertin competently manages the bike shop’s service department. Annual tune-ups are encouraged to ensure your vehicle is in good working order. Flat tire? With a quick fix and a minimal charge of $10, you will be back in the saddle again.

Steveston is a perfect place to cycle. Not only is it flat, but it also offers bike trails galore from kilometres of dike paths to the Railway Avenue corridor that has been embraced by cyclists and pedestrians alike. If you prefer riding on the road there are bike lanes integrated into Richmond’s streets to encourage this environmentally friendly mode of commuting.
Brett sees a steady stream of couples and families inquiring about his bike rental service. For $10 an hour (or $30 for a full day) a bike is at your disposal to discover the area. Armed with a free map, customers venture off to explore the dike trails, parks and historic sites.

Brett is a proud local ambassador and encourages visitors to loop back to Steveston village for lunch where they will find some of the best restaurants in Richmond.

“When I was growing up it seemed Steveston was a bit of a secret, not a lot of people from outside of Richmond knew where it was. That’s definitely changed with more people moving to Steveston, Lower Mainlanders coming out for day trips and an increase in tourism.”

Village_Bikes_exterior_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaWhen asked what he loves most about running his business Brett replies, “I enjoy building relationships within an awesome community.” Although he has taken a break from Steveston to live in Vancouver he does not dismiss the likelihood of returning to his stomping grounds, as he knows it is a great place to raise a family.

This summer Brett and Village Bikes shop manager Graeme Burns are first time participants in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which benefits the B.C. Cancer Foundation. The epic two-day 200-kilometre journey to Seattle takes place on August 29-30, 2015.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is an annual charity fundraiser held in various locations across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. This event is particularly close to Brett’s heart as he lost his mother to cancer in 2013.

“I’m looking forward to doing the ride with thousands of other people who’ve been affected by cancer in so many different ways.”

The Village Bike team hopes to raise $5,000 through a combined effort of online fundraising (www.conquercancer.ca) and by donating a percentage of their spring bike tune-up revenue to the event.

As for Brett’s personal training, his commute to Steveston from Vancouver by bike, combined with rides up Burnaby Mountain and through the University Endowment Lands is preparing him for the monumental journey ahead. And in true Steveston-style, his hometown will inevitably be cheering him on!

Village Bikes
3891 Moncton St
Richmond BC V7E 3A7
Telephone 604-274-3865
www.village-bikes.ca

Murder Mystery and the Paranormal at the Cannery

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Murder at the CanneryThis Halloween at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a ‘murder’ will take place – and audience choices will determine the victim! Our first choose-your-own-adventure style Halloween tour is set amid pre-Cold War tensions and even colder temperatures. All we know for sure is that trouble is brewing at the Cannery… On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014 join us to search for clues throughout the massive Cannery to help solve the mystery!

Tours will start daily at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm, with advance booking required.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $5 for youth, and may be purchased in person at the Cannery, or by phone 604-664-9009. Online tickets are also available at: murderatthecannery.brownpapertickets.com

Also to get you in the Halloween mood:
Is it just chilly in the Cannery, or are those chills down your spine? Staff are often asked if the Cannery is haunted, but we don’t know for sure. Now there’s a chance for you to find out!

This summer, Northern Paranormal Investigations conducted two overnight investigations at the Cannery. Join us for a presentation as their discoveries are revealed!

The Paranormal Presentations will take place at the Cannery at 7pm on Friday, October 24 and Thursday, October 30, 2014. Ticket prices are $10, and may be purchased in person at the Cannery, or by phone 604-664-9009. Online tickets are also available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/901450

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada is operated by the non-profit Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, on behalf of Parks Canada. Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue at Moncton, Richmond (Steveston Village). www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.comGulf Of Georgia Cannery in Steveston