General News · 19th July 2011
John Sprungman, SCCA President
When the weather necessitated shifting Cortes Day from Saturday to Sunday last weekend, dozens of resilient Cortes Islanders adapted to the change and made sure the 53rd annual event at Smelt Bay happened so hundreds of islanders and visitors could enjoy the food, the events and finally some sunshine.
Special thanks to Andrea Block, Jenny Hartwick, Mary Lavelle and Mark Christian who organized and coordinated and to the setup and tear-down crew who came early and stayed late to deal with tables, chairs, tents and cleanup: Mark Appleyard, Steve Ringwood, Frank Curtis, Andy Vine, Gary Block, Myrna Kerr and Noba Anderson.
Cheers to all the organizers: Lori-Anne Panton (Parade), Mary Clare Preston (Hamburger Stand), Dianne Hansen (Pies), Carol Thacker (Corn), Claude Rossman, Trygve Ellingsen and Capt. Luc Bugeaud (Nail, Sail & Bail), Frank Curtis, Gordon & Charlene Gram (Chicken Poop Contest), Elinor Bazar (Cake Walk), Bruce Ellingsen (Forestry Games), Serge Laberge (Horseshoes), Gerry Watson (Volleyball), Jack Wills & Chloe Gregg (Lucky Key Prize) and Andy Vine (Music).
Quadra Builders donated the beautiful bench for the key prize and the materials for Nail, Sail & Bail. Cortes Market, Squirrel Cove Store and the Floathouse Restaurant provided prizes for the paddlers. Gunter Brothers Meats in Courtenay and Steiners Bakery in Campbell River gave a discount on patties and buns, and Hollyhock donated lettuce for the burgers. More than forty pies were donated by island bakers.
And thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success by giving their time, energy and good spirits to celebrate our love of the place we live and the friendship we share.