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General · 22nd May 2014
Quadra Rec
Quadra Island Recreation Society MAY DAY, Saturday May 24, 2014: …who does what, when

“The Way of the Viking & Other Seafarers” is the theme of May Day 2014. Join your friends and neighbours in a big community picnic at Rebecca Spit, Saturday May 24, 2014. Celebrate the coming of spring and summer with colour, costumes, floats, music – the more zany and bizarre the better! Let your imaginations soar and unveil your creativity! The best way to get to the end of the Spit is on a float, so float on down all ye Vikings and Seafarers! Come out to the Community Centre at 8:00 pm for the all ages, licensed May Day Dance with DJ Dodd and the Returning Saturn Collective.

8:30 am Gates open for parade entries
9:00 am Shuttle start at the HBI (thanks to Spirit of the West!)
10:00 am Parade starts at Rebecca Spit
10:30 am Face painting starts, Concession opens
11:00 am Official ceremonies
12:00-ish Box Lunch auction
12:30-ish Afternoon entertainment begins
1:00 - 3:00 pm Scavenger Hunt & Viking Ship building
1:15-ish Foot races begin
1:30 pm Sailing dinghy race begins (weather dependent)
8:00 pm May Day Dance the Community Centre

Let’s keep May Day happy and safe for everyone by being aware of any potential dangers and acting accordingly. Parents: we need your help on this!

MAY DAY is a volunteer-powered non-commercial, traditional community event, first held on Quadra in 1898. The Recreation Society Board of Directors thanks the many dozens of people who contribute to the event in big and little ways and wish everyone a happy, joy filled, sunny day!

POSTERS: See more details on posters by Lesley Matthews.

PARADE: Get your neighbourhood, business, or group together and challenge other groups to out-do your float! There is the Credit Union Trophy for best float; prize money for costumes, bike, walkers. [Many say the best fun of May Day is in the parade line come on and get involved!] Thank you judges (anonymous) and parade marshals, Jeanie Stoppard and Robin Beaton.

PARKING: On arriving at Rebecca Spit, please do not park beyond the park gate, as the parade floats, etc. need room to set up. All floats will end up in the parking lot after the parade so please don’t expect to follow the parade up to the parking lot! It will already be full. Thank you to Paul Ryan and Larry Waddell for gate control. Physically challenged people may ask permission of the gatekeeper to drive to the parking lot.

GREASE POLE: Doug and Gretchen Peters grease the pole and monitor the contestants. No pyramids please. Note at the top tells the winner to collect $50 from Doug Peters.

GRADE 5/ 6 PICNIC: May Day is a time to honour the Grade 5 class which will be leaving for Campbell River next year. Check out the last picnic table with the balloons. Thanks Annick Dumouchel, Donna Nickeloft, Masumi Umemura and Grade 5/6 parents for organizing this. (Grade 6’s and homeschoolers are welcome to join as well.)

MC: Local Islander Sarah Bible will take the lead.

QUEEN AND COURT: Speech contestants in Grade 6 deliver a speech at the Community Centre 2 weeks before May Day. The winner is the May Queen and runners up are in the court. Thanks Robin Beaton for guiding this process. Former May Queens are the speech contest judges.

STAGE: Thanks to Mel & Ross Doak for supplying and setting up the stage; and grade 5/6 parents for decorating it. Thanks Mel & Ross, also for donating the porta-potties!

Each year a citizen or group who has given positive service to the community over a lengthy period of time is honoured.

SOUND: Jim Thievin is supplying the sound equipment and will be the sound techie.

MAY POLE DANCERS: Linda McClusky and Dawn Ross prepare the Grade 3 and 4 dancers for the traditional May Pole dance. Thank you also to the staff of Quadra Elementary. Bravo!

BOX LUNCH AUCTION: Please support all the local businesses who donate magnificent “box” lunches each May Day. This is a big fund-raiser for next year’s May Day. Get your friends together to bid and have a marvelous banquet. Our fabulous Deb Manery is organizing this and Rockin’ Terryl Bertagnolli is the auctioneer.

CONCESSION: Thanks to Adrienne Mann & Kris Wellstein for master-minding the whole concession and thanks to the dozens of volunteers who do a shift or two. Phone Kris at 285-2375 to volunteer.

RACES: Thank you to Michael Redican and friends for organizing this.

After the box lunch auction, stay tuned. There will be some action on the stage lead by the belly dancers & the jazz dancers.

SAIL BOAT RACES: If dinghy sailing is your sport, call John Barclay at 285 3897. Start time is 1:30 for the dinghies.

FACE PAINTING: Local artists, teens and adults volunteer to paint faces. Some four hundred faces are decorated by the end of the day! It’s free and starting at 10:30 a.m. Huge thanks to Rowan Kehn for organizing face painting this year!

BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT & VIKING SHIP BUILDING: Barb Mindell organizes this for kids, from 1:00 to 3:00 on the Drew Harbour side of the Spit. Kids will comb the beach for items, and then build ships with their findings. People can vote on their favorite ship by buying a flag for a loonie (all money goes to the kids); voting is from 2:00-3:00.

VOLLEYBALL: Pat Field and family will start you off.

CREDIT UNION DISPLAY WINDOW: Check out the theme based display at the credit union in the weeks before May Day. Display created by Adrienne Mann.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Don Mottershead and Carol Woolsey are the official Q Rec photographers this year, thanks photographers! We would also like you to be a May Day photographer! If you get some good shots, send them to: and be part of our archives.

EQUIPMENT GUARDIANS: Thanks Ross Doak for care-taking over night. Thanks also to Ron Armstrong and Mark Nicholas for trucking tables to the Spit. They need help taking them back at 4:30 ish. Want to help? Phone 285 3243.

MAY DAY DANCE: Dance to DJ Dodd and the Returning Saturn Collective! The Grand March starts at 7:00 for the May Queen and Court. The main dance starts at 8:00, with liquor service beginning at 9:00. Admission is by donation, but we need volunteers to help man the door, so get your dancing shoes on and be part of the action! Funds raised by the dance go to keeping kids Summer Rec programs affordable. Phone 285 2343 to do a shift

CLEAN UP AND RECYCLING: Help keep the park clean. Please pick up litter when you see it. Viann and Ken from Viken Waste Management are setting up the recycling section. We really appreciate Viken & Alan Burnett!

Have a great May Day and thanks to all who made suggestions for themes and put them in the theme suggestion boxes; and of course, big appreciations to all the volunteers!

Thanks from Q.C.C. staff,
Rebecca Young, Sandra Spearing & Adrienne Mann
285 3243 (M-F 8-2pm)