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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas in Sooke

T’was the week before Christmas, and you’ve done it again – no presents, no gifts; shopping left ’til the end!

It’s the same old story every year. You tell yourself: “Next year, I’m starting my Christmas shopping in September!” and yet here we are, with gifts still to buy, packed parking lots in Victoria, and eggnog to drink in the fridge (which is much more fun). So why not finish up (or start and finish) your Christmas shopping here in Sooke? Here are a few suggestions: Read more

Sooke Fall Fair, Chili Cookoff, And Beach Art on The Spit – Sept 12

Think the end of summer marks the end of community events? Think again! Lots will be happening in Sooke on the weekend after Labour Day, September 12th and 13th.


The Sooke Fall Fair, started in 1913, is widely recognized as one of the finest small town fairs in British Columbia, and the 96th edition of that fair this year will be no exception. A celebration of agriculture and rural life, the Fall Fair has something for everyone. Dozens of exhibitors in wide-ranging categories will be displaying their best in areas like produce, poultry, kitchencraft (canning, baking, preserves, etc), art, photography, literature, and more. There are categories for juniors and preschoolers as well. Browse the exhibitor tables at the Sooke Community Hall and the Sooke Legion and enjoy all that our town has to show off. There is a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning as well.The full event program/schedule can be found here.


The Sooke Lions Club will be holding their third annual Sooke Chili Challenge for Charity on Saturday, September 12th. Bring the family out to 6639 Sooke Road (the parking lot between Village Foods and Odyssey Fitness) and watch the teams compete for spicy stew glory. Of course, the best part is eating the chili, so you’ll want to make sure you are there to help judge the competition. The crowd is the only judge, and by purchasing your bowl and spoon, you are helping out local charity and trying out chili from 16 different teams, with entries from local restaurateurs, businesses, and community groups. There will be live entertainment on stage, including Kin Basket, The Cronies, In Need Of A Name, and Git’r Done And The Metal Head Rednecks (uh, wow).

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Beach Art by Bendystraw on Flickr

I was out for a run yesterday along Whiffen Spit, when I saw a strange craft being towed past the beach. It appeared to be a boat or barge of some sort, with some kind of rocking-horse as a figure head and SEPT 12 spraypainted in various spots (if only I’d had a camera). It made me so curious that I stopped to read the rest of the spraypainted messages. ART ON THE BEACH. WHIFFEN SPIT. SEPT 12. So, there is an art on the beach event on Saturday, September 12th, at Whiffen Spit Park. I saw a promotional poster at the entrance to the spit, but was unable to pull up any more information online. All I know is that the Sooke Community Arts Council is putting it on, and their website has the wrong date on it. If anyone knows any details (time, what to expect), please contact me.

UPDATE: I ran past the poster again today and noted that the event is a competition of sorts. Get a team together and build an art piece using only found items (driftwood, etc) from the beach. Registration is at 12:30, with the competition starting at 1:00 until 3:00. Judging and prizes (!) are from 3:00-4:00.

So, get out and enjoy the late summer weather – with the dry summer we’ve had, we can probably expect sunshine until late October. There is always lots to see and do no matter the season in Sooke.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Events: Sooke Traditional Christmas Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition 2008

Only in a small, friendly community like Sooke would you find such a unique offering for a Christmas craft fair. Held every year at a private residence, this outstanding exhibition takes over the entire house for three great days of unique shopping opportunities.

With (at latest count) 42 different artists and crafters represented, there are countless possibilities to get your home ready for the holidays. Everything from paintings and photographs, to hand-made pottery and glass, and  handmade wooden Christmas ornaments will be on sale all weekend.

The sale is located at 2404 Mountain Heights Drive, and the schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 5th, 2008, 6:00-10:00 PM
Saturday, December 6th, 2008, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 7th, 2008, 10:00AM – 4:00 PM

Admission is free, and cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and debit cards are all accepted.

See the list of artists below, some have links to websites, if I was able to find them.

I’m sure you’ll find something intriguing that you’ll just have to buy!

1.Donna Southwood – Wildlife Artist- Original Paintings, Prints and Cards
2.Barb Bergstrom – “Kilndancing Pottery”
3.Grania Bridal – Paintings and Drawings
4.Doni Eve – Original Acrylic & Watercolour Paintings & Cards
5.Karen Lancey – “Metal Mermaid Welding”- Unique Art in Metal and Wood
6.Tyler Hayes & Kim Reid “Mystic Glass Creations”-Glass Jewellery and Art
7.Marina and Lucy Bridal – Paintings
8.Lisa Riehl –Mini Canvas Necklaces & Small Paintings & Cards
9. Lindy Philip – Paint & Tile Funktional Art
10.Benjamin Philip – Photography
11.Linda Anderson –Beautiful Handpainted Original Porcelain Plates
12.Jasmine Larmour – Painting, Earrings and Cards
13.Peggy Elmes “ Rivers Edge Pottery”- Pottery
14.Laura Bryant – Bodycasting & Painting
15.Shawn Vandekerkhove – Oil and Acrylic Painting
16.Bonnie Spencer – Westcoast Art Acrylic & Watercolours
17.Karen Laharty –Cut it Out Cookie Creations
18.Jenny and Allen Crandall -“Jenny’s Old Country Fare”-Artisan Baking
19.Shirley Skidmore –writer of “Murder in The Sooke Potholes”
20.Alison Garrett-Hanneson- Fused & Leaded Glass with a Westcoast Feel
21.Diane Welters- “Glorious Soaps”- Soap Maker
22.Jennifer Callioux – Nature and Wildlife Photography
23.Marty Machacek – Marty Cultural Art Paintings
24.Sue-Lin Tarnowski- Beadazzled Jewelry
25.Robin Stewart- Hand Stamped Cards and Gifts
26.Debbie Sailer- Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads & Stained Glass Creations
27.Margaret Templeman – Driftwood Santas
28.Jackie Chamberlain – Charval Jewelry
29.Geraldine McGuire – Plates, Vases and Votives
30.Judy Hull – Original Acrylic Paintings & Cards
31.Mary Waskul – Wildlife Photography– Canvas, Prints & Art Cards
32.Robert and Dana – Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery
33.Hailey Bryant – Painting
34.Arie and Tristan Tarnowski – Stocking Stuffers
35.Steve Robertson – Watercolour, Sports Portraits and Prints
36.Johanne Rousseau –Silversmithing and Jewelry
37.Fern Dunn – Scarves, Stockings, Placemats & Other Sewn Specialty Items
38.Jeannine St. Pierre – Doll Maker
39.Geraldine Eisen – Jewelry
40. Ilda Turcott – Knifty Knits
41. Nic McCormack – Pen and Pencil Drawings
42. Michel DesRochers – Paintings and Giclee Prints

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Driftwood Santas and Other Unique Christmas Crafts

And now, for something completely non-real estate related:

It’s nearly that time of year again!

I am lucky enough to be engaged to a very beautiful and talented woman who loves to draw, paint and craft. She makes these lovely little Santa Claus ornaments out of driftwood and has been selling them at local craft fairs around Christmastime for the last couple of years. They’ve been very popular, so she started early this year to keep up with demand.

Available in 4 sizes and 3 colours!

Available in 4 sizes and 3 colours!

I built her a website so people can purchase them online. It’s at – check it out and let me know what you think. She has other crafts there too, including adorable snowmen made from socks, and we’ll be adding Giant Driftwood Santas suitable for your wall or mantel soon too.

If you’d like to buy any, they’re easily and securely purchased online, or, watch the site’s blog for the dates and locations of the craft fairs that she is in starting late November.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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