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General News · 1st August 2012

It takes a community to pull Cortes Day together and tear it all down afterwards. Our set up and tear down crew were awesome, thanks to John Mottishaw, Eddy Mitchell, Mark Appleyard, Richard King, Hannu Huuskonen, Dave Popkey, Frank Curtis, Paul Curtis, Mary Lavelle, Andy Vine and John Sprungman. Lori Ann Patten rocked the parade once again. It was led by Don McIntosh on the pipes, featured numerous floats and heralded the return of King Carl and Queen Trude. Ken Hanuse from Klahoose welcomed everyone with his songs and drumming to the middens of Smelt Bay Provincial Park which is a historic First Nations site.
The hamburger stand had a great team with Myrna Kerr, Mary Clare Preston, Garnette Blackie, Jana Lynne White, John Woolley, Amiti Melnyk and Ian Ross who flipped an amazing 300 burgers single handed! Belle Wicklund and Alma Huuskonen looked after the drink table. Thanks to Belle, Alma and Laara Huuskonen for washing a lot of lettuce and to Jason Andrews and Ed Safarik for lending BBQs. Dianne Hansen and Dayna Davis dished the pies; Carole Thacker, with help from Sue Ellingsen and Gail Millbank, served corn until it was gone.
Nail, Sail, Bail had lots of help from Trygve and Ira Ellingsen, and Luc Bugeaud was our Captain once again. Music was neatly handled by Andy Vine, with Hannu helping out with the gear. The races were a hoot, thanks to Tamara McPhail, Lovena and Ryan Harvey. Who knew the adults were so competitive? Gary Block lent his generator so we could enjoy music. Gary and Serge Laberge organized the horseshoe tournament. Serge has pulled this together for the last 25 years! Bruce and Andy Ellingsen helped the sawing competitors get that two-man saw started in a log supplied and delivered by Ron Wolda. Gordon and Charlene Gram did a great job of the Chicken Poop contest, despite the chicken refusing to poop. Next year we'll need a back-up chicken.
The recycling team was awesome. Thanks to Dova Wiltshire, Brian Pfeifle, Patricia Leroux, Eleanor Cork, Cali Waddell and Sancho Spencer. They cleaned up and hauled out garbage, collected recycling, brought the freestore down, made a float – what a team! Annie and David Belcourt provided great t-shirts for Nail, Sail, Bail once again. Thanks to Marcel Creurer for lending out the big tents. A big shout out to Penny and Claude Rossman for being ready and willing to volunteer wherever we needed them. Thank you to all the great musicians who entertained us. And thanks Myrna Kerr and Mary Lavelle for coordinating the event.
Huge appreciation to our sponsors: Cortes Market, Floathouse Restaurant, Good Libations, Hollyhock, Linnaea Farm and Squirrel Cove Store. We are grateful for your kind donations. The RCMP, Coast Guard, Ambulance Crew and Volunteer Fire Department and BC Parks were there for us as they always are. To all of you who participated, many thanks. To all of you who volunteered – way to go! It is so lovely to spend a day at Smelt Bay greeting neighbours and old friends, and making new ones too. Everyone brought down good cheer and smiles – what a day! See you there next year!