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General News · 15th July 2016
Last Sunday July 10 at our celebration of the opening of The Story of The Big Tree exhibit at the Cortes Museum we announced the winners of the Age the Tree Contest and were finally able to disclose the age of the tree at 588 years old it was born in 1427! The winner in the adult group was John Wood with an estimate of 589.5 years and Maia de Costa won the kids group with 550 years.

The event in itself was a success. Guests were greeted at the gate by board member Erika Grundmann and surrounded by beautiful original piano music by Radhika Raturi as they gathered in the Heritage Garden. Curators Nancy Kendel, Bonnie MacDonald, Christian Gr0nau and Ray Kendel each spoke about their experience with creating the displays and how the felling of the giant fir affected them. Board member, Rose Hanson with Brenda Hanson and Jeannie Hanuse then honoured the big tree with songs and drumming and Brenda spoke passionately about ancient trees and the knowledge they possess.

Everyone was then invited to have a piece of cake, a glass of punch and enjoy the exhibit.

Among the guests was Paul Stamets, whom CIMAS has invited to speak about his knowledge of the amazing Agarikon fungus. Thursday August 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Manson’s Landing Hall. Examples of the Agarikon, one which was discovered living on the Big Tree, are featured in our exhibit. Also check out Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society’s facebook page for a video compilation of the event! And if you find yourself asking or wondering about the Big Tree: where was it, why did it come down, how did it come down, why is it significant, why was it not logged years ago? come visit the Museum Tue-Sun 10-4 and the host will happily give you a tour or let you wander through history at your pace.