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Hallowe’en 2015 In Sooke

Happy Hallowe'en

Happy Hallowe’en

Happy October, and Happy Hallowe’en! The big night is almost here, and it’s nice that it is on a weekend so we can all enjoy it. I’m not sure the weather is going to cooperate for the little ghouls and ghosts trick-or-treating, but there are still lots of fun family activities going on. Read on… if you dare…  Read more

Butchart Gardens Christmas Lights Display

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

Last night, my wife and I got out and enjoyed the crisp December evening and headed out to world-famous Butchart Gardens on the Saanich Peninsula. Every year they decorate the gardens in thousands of lights, creating a truly magical Christmas experience. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, it was a gorgeous, starlit evening, and the lights were amazing. The gardens are decked out in a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, so along the garden paths there are little vignettes displaying the different parts of the famous song. It was fun to hear everyone reciting or singing “fiiiiiive golden rings” and so on as they approached the various displays along the route.

I brought along my camera, tripod and shutter release to get some long exposure shots of the lights. Lights at night are one of my favourite things to photograph, and I think the results turned out quite well.

A large cedar with lots of presents

A large cedar with lots of presents

There was a brass quartet playing Christmas carols, a carousel, and a skating rink set up for all to enjoy. The admission might seem a little steep at $23.50 for adults (lots less for kids, price list here) but if you buy a yearly pass and go more than twice it pays for itself (many will go once a season, or more if you have guests in from out of town).

I hadn’t been out to Butchart Gardens in about 5 years or more, and I had forgotten how lucky we are to have such a world-class attraction in our back yard. It truly is a top-notch operation and it’s no surprise how popular it remains, after over 100 years in existence.

Enjoy these photos – you can view the rest on my Flickr page.

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Spirit Festival – Parade and Sailpast – Saturday, Dec 5

Ho Ho Ho!

Ho Ho Ho!

The Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce and The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit #37 – Sooke invite one and all to the Sooke Spirit Festival, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Right in the heart of the town centre, come join us in getting into the Christmas spirit!

What’s happening?

  • Shopping: The parade route in the centre of town will feature concessions selling holiday treats and gifts, and many Sooke businesses will have special Spirit Festival deals!
  • Santa Claus Parade: Starting at 2:30, the big guy in red will travel down Sooke Road through the centre of town.
  • Sailpast: Led by the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, celebrate Sooke’s maritime heritage and enjoy the lighted parade of boats of all sizes from the Rotary Pier or Whiffen Spit.
  • Music: The fabulous Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Sooke Community Theatre at 7:30. Don’t miss it! This is a paid event with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the Sooke Christmas Bureau. Info at SookePhil.ca

We have been blessed with fantastic weather this year, and while it will be cool and crisp, there won’t be rain (or a snow storm like last year!)  This is an awesome free family event you won’t want to miss.

Other family events this year in Sooke include the Sooke Santa Skate, put on by me and the team at Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. Stay tuned to 642Blog for more information about this other wonderful Christmas family event.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Tim Ayres at NAR 2009 Conference in San Diego with VREB [Video]

We arrived today in San Diego for the NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) Conference 2009. There will be approximately 20,000 delegates from all over the world at the convention, which is bound to be exciting, fun, and informative.

I am here as part of the delegation from the Victoria Real Estate Board. I am a director on the board, and we are here to represent our board and to attend conference sessions and the trade show on behalf of the membership. When we return, we will be reporting on the sessions we attended and posting them to REALTORlink, and using what we’ve learned to plan the future direction of our board. Here is a quick video I shot this afternoon. I hope to shoot several videos each day and post the content nightly to the blog.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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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.

SookeFallFair

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.

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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).

beach art

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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Victoria-area Christmas Activities: Sooke Santa Skate

The Sooke Branch of Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty and SEAPARC are proud to once again be hosting the Sooke Santa Skate, which takes place this Sunday, December 14th, 21st (changed date), 2008 from 2:00-3:30 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex. The event is free by donation of a non-perishible food item, toy, or cash to support needy local families this Christmas.

Included are skate rentals, hot dogs, hot chocolate, activities with the awesome and super-fun SEAPARC staff, and of course, the chance to skate with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus!

Special thanks to Village Foods and Western Foods for their generous support of this fun family event.

I hope to see you all there!

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Parks and Trails Master Plan Open House Nov 26th

Bravo to whoever designed this - I like it!

Bravo to whoever designed this - I like it!

One of the best things about moving to Sooke is the excellent system of parks and trails our district enjoys. From Ed MacGregor Park and the waterfront boardwalk to the Galloping Goose Trail, there’s always something to do in some beautiful park in Sooke.

Today when I went to grab the best cappuccino on the continent at Sooke’s renowned Stick in the Mud Cafe, I noticed the above brightly coloured flyer. Upon flipping it over, I read that the District of Sooke is holding a public open house to review a draft of the Parks and Trails Master Plan. Residents are invited to share their ideas and priorities for the future of parks and trails in Sooke.

The open house runs Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 from 4:00 until 8:00 in the foyer of the SEAPARC Arena, Philips Road. Light refreshments will be provided.

I encourage all those who love our town and the outdoor recreation opportunities it offers to come out and have your say in the future planning for those amenities. I’m planning on attending, hope to see you there!

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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The Dog (Blog) Days of Summer

Hello 642Blog readers! I hope you’ve all been enjoying this mostly spectacular summer we’ve been enjoying in

Summer Treat!

Summer Treat!

Sooke and Victoria this year. I’ve certainly been neglecting my posting to this blog except for the Horrible MLS Photos, which I apologize for. I’ve got a whole bunch of ideas floating around for articles, but I’ve been too busy or perhaps lazy to transpose them from brain to computer screen yet in a legible, written form. Such is summer I suppose.

How has your summer been? Traveled anywhere? Embarked on any major projects in the yard? Post your stories in the comments, and/or send an e-mail with pictures or video to Tim@TimAyres.ca and I’ll post them here!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Fling Concert a Real Treat [Video]

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra put on a simply amazing concert in Ed Macgregor Park this Sunday. Since hearing about the Sooke Philharmonic, I’d always meant to attend one of their concerts, and now I know what I’ve been missing. I don’t pretend to know the first thing about classical music. I don’t know my Wagners from my Mozarts or Verdis. But I can say with absolute certainty that I was truly and deeply moved by the performances witnessed yesterday.

The sun was high in the sky and a cool ocean breeze from the Strait of Juan De Fuca was keeping everyone refreshed on an absolutely crystal-clear summer day in Sooke. The three hour free concert is a fundraising and promotional event, in its seventh year, held by the Philharmonic.

Maestro Christopher Taber was animated and very entertaining to watch, as he led the orchestra through two sets of wonderful classics, Broadway tunes, and opera selections. Classical selections included Overture to the Barber of Seville by Rossini, The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, and the concert finished with Overture to William Tell by Rossini. Musical selections included Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver!

Soloists Allison Ward (soprano) and Stephen Barradell (bass/baritone) were nothing short of incredible. Again, I can’t profess to know the first thing about opera (or what the hell they are singing about, for that matter), but concert M.C. David Paulson prefaced each musical selection with a short history of the piece, including explaining what the opera selections were about – most helpful.

A special appearance by the Sooke Pipes and Drums band included highland dance, and a cross-composition of Amazing Grace with the orchestra – truly amazing!

Watch the video below to see what I mean. I’m going to make a point of going to as many Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra concerts as I can this upcoming season. You can get Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra ticket information here.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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