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General · 24th May 2018
And the theme is LOVE! So show us your… LOVE! Join your friends and neighbours in a big community picnic at Rebecca Spit, Saturday May 26th, 2018. Celebrate the coming of spring and summer with colour, costumes, floats, and music – the more zany and bizarre the better! Let your imaginations soar and unveil your creativity!

On May 26, the best way to get to the end of the Spit is on a float!

May Day Schedule – May 26, 2018
8:30am Gates open for parade entries
9–10am Shuttle starts at the HBI (thanks to Spirit of the West!)
10am Parade starts at Rebecca Spit
11am Concession opens
11am Face painting starts
11am Official ceremonies
12-ish Box Lunch auction
12:30-ish Afternoon entertainment begins
12:30-ish Foot races begin
1–3 pm Fort building
1:30 pm ailing races begin (weather dependent)
2–3 pm Shuttle back to the HBI (infant & next size up car seats available thanks to Spirit of the West!)


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 with this!

MAY DAY is a volunteer-powered, non-commercial, 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 wishes everyone a happy, joy filled, sunny day!

POSTERS See posters by Candace Holmes up around the island.

PARADE Get your neighbourhood, business, or group together and challenge other groups to out-do your float! There is the 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, Linda Jeffrey-Pillon, and Nadine Mar.

PARKING On arriving at Rebecca Spit, please do not park beyond the park gate, as the parade floats will 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, as It will already be full! Thank you to Paul Ryan and Clint Young for gate control. If you have any physical challenges you may ask permission of the gatekeeper to drive to the parking lot.

GREASE POLE Doug and Gretchen Peters (and helpers Kirstie Stewart & Iggy Gonzalez), 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 to Deb Cowper and Grade 5/6 parents for organizing this. Thanks to the Coastal Community Credit Union for donating their tent. (Grade 5 & 6 homeschoolers are welcome to join as well.)

OUR MC Terryl Bertagnolli will be our Master of Ceremonies this year.

QUEEN AND COURT Speech contestants in Grade 6 deliver a speech at the Community Centre two weeks before May Day. The winner is the May Queen and runners up are in the Royal Court. Thanks to 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 to Grade 5/6 parents for decorating it. Special thanks Mel and Ross, for also donating the porta-potties!

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

SOUND Daniel Sutherland will supply the sound equipment and be the sound techie.

MAY POLE DANCERS Linda McCluskey and Mandy Hart 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. Huge appreciations go out to our fabulous Deb Manery for organizing this and to Terryl Bertagnolli for being the auctioneer.

CONCESSION A BIG Thank You to Mornay Vanzly for organizing, the Heriot Bay Tru Value for their support, and thanks to the dozens of volunteers who do a shift or two. Phone QCC at 285.3243 to volunteer.

RACES Thank you to Michael Redican, Helen Lee, Murray and Marion Garland for organizing this.

ENTERTAINMENT After the box lunch auction, stay tuned. There will be some action on the stage lead by local musicians Kris Wellstine & Willow!

SAIL BOAT RACES If dinghy sailing is your sport, call John Barclay at 285.3897. Start time is 1:30 for the dinghies (weather permitting). If you want to participate in a ‘big sailboats race’ then Brian Simmons is your guy: 285.3128

VOLUNTEERS WE NEED YOU! Thanks to Megan Hartley for organizing face painting this year! Some four hundred faces are decorated by the end of the day! It’s free and starting at 11 am. Phone QCC at 285.3243 to volunteer.

FORT BUILDING Barbara Mindell (with helper Vaughn Collins) organizes this for the kids, from 1 to 3 on the Drew Harbour side of the Spit. Kids will comb the beach for items, and then build forts with their findings. People can vote on their favorite fort by buying a flag for a loonie (all money goes to the kids); voting is from 2 to 3 pm.

VOLLEYBALL Pat Field and family will start you off.

CREDIT UNION DISPLAY WINDOW Check out the theme based displayat the Coastal Community Credit Union in the weeks before May Day thanks to Kirstie Stewart and Tracy Sinclair.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Don Mottershead, Jo-Anne Johnson 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 to Jane West and Derek Jean for caretaking overnight.

CLEAN UP and recycling Thanks to Waste Management for donating dumpsters and recycling bins. Please do your part in helping to keep the park clean. Please pick up litter when you see it.

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

Thanks from Quadra Community Centre staff, Rebecca Young and Jane West
See You May 26 at Rebecca Spit!