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Gimli Yacht Club 50th Anniversary

I wrote this in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Gimli Yacht Club, July 1, 2017

(tune: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land)


This Club is your boat, this Club is my boat

From speedy cruisers to anything that will float

From the harbour mouth

To this great lake’s waters.

This Club was made for you and me.

In ’67 we hosted Pan Am

So we got buildings and some nice land

Then lots of dinghies came to sail here

This Club was made for you and me.

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They made improvements to Gimli harbour

That kept out weather and made us safer

That meant big changes as we brought keels in

This Club was made for you and me.

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We have some Opti’s to teach our youth in

And offer schools where skills are honed in

We’re good at teaching this lifelong hobby

This Club was made for you and me.

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With pirate hats we do our racin’

We like to cruise north, up to the basin

To Hec and Back, and to George Island

This Club was made for you and me.

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On Wednesday nights now out on the water

Jibs are up and the odd spinnaker

‘Cause skippers like to see who’s faster

This Club was made for you and me.

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It takes great people to work together

To have a place like this to gather

We’ve made it this long, we can be happy

This Club was made for you and me.

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So raise our glasses to all the sailors

Who know the only rope is on a bailer

Who read the wind and keep their sails up

This Club was made for you and me.

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Now to the future, we must stay brave and

Show our kids how to meet the next wave

And keep our boats out on the water

This Club was made for you and me.

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10 Ways to Enjoy an Artist’s Studio Tour

Art studio tour signs brighten my day.

For an artist to let you into their private space is a treasure and an honour.

Wave Tour

 

If you have never ‘done’ a Studio Tour or wanted to do one but not known ‘how to’, here is my listicle:

  1. Get the brochure ahead of time and circle your ‘must see’ stops. Include at least one artist who is totally out of your comfort zone. Most tourist bureaus have copies of upcoming events brochures and each artist should also have copies. Or go to the website and print it out. Or use a mobile site as your map.
    The Wave brochure
  2. Take a friend!
  3. Plan a route but don’t feel you have to stick to it. Plan at least 10-15 minutes minimum at each stop. Of course some stops will surprise you and you will feel you’d like to stay for hours!
  4. Take snacks in the car. Some studios treat their guests with light refreshments but not all artists do this, nor should you expect it. View this as a bonus. There may not be a restaurant nearby.
  5. Wear easily-removable footwear. You may be asked to take off your shoes as you trek through someone’s home.
  6. Make sure to meet the artist in person. Ask the artist one question about their work.
  7. Ask before taking photos and posting anything on Instagram. Ask each artist for their hash tag.
  8. Plan to purchase one piece of art at least at one studio. Yes! Everyone can afford a greeting card or bookmark! Whether it be an expensive original work or a greeting card it is amazing what you will find and these artists really want your support. Take cash and your cheque book. Many studios are not set up to exchange credit cards or debit. Some are, but don’t count on it.
  9. As a fun exercise, choose your favourite piece at each studio and explain why to your travelling companions. Sort of like a treasure hunt at each stop.
  10. Notice the surroundings. Sometimes the outside of the studio and yard are just as fascinating.

Stretch out of your comfort zone. Let me know how it goes.

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Machine-stitched Rag Basket Class – August 2015

A very enthusiastic group gathered on August 29th at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach to learn how to make rag rope baskets.

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The first project is to learn the method by sewing a coaster.

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not bad, for first attempts.

Then comes the basket and learning how to ‘throw a pot’ on your sewing machine.

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With lots of hard work and laughs everyone actually finished their vessel realizing that rope baskets are not quite as easy as you think they are.

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