Feel the Excitement * Share the Joy * Two Days of Spectacular Dancing
Watch the floor come alive with the finest in Ballroom Dancing, as top BC, Canadian and International couples compete at The Island Fantasy Ball. Right here in Nanaimo!
The annual Island Fantasy Ball returns to Beban Park on Saturday and Sunday April 20 & 21, 2013. The Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society wishes to extend an invitation for you to attend this gala event where you, the spectator, can enjoy both competition and performance in one elegant weekend.
Couples from Juvenile to Senior, and from Newcomer to Championship will compete in all ten Ballroom and Latin American dances. As skilled athletes, they put it all on the floor: technique, costume, drama and emotion, paired with contemporary and classic dance music. It is all there for you to experience.
Saturday’s schedule of events includes the exhilarating International Open Latin Championship. The energy on the dance floor is felt throughout the audience and the rich Latin rhythms quicken the pulse. The evening includes a sumptuous buffet served by Spice of Life Catering.
Sunday is a perfect time to bring the family and enjoy the Juvenile and Junior couples looking adorable and unbelievably talented for ones so young. The International Open Adult Standard Championship will also be featured, which means that you will enjoy the timeless waltzes, quicksteps and slow foxtrots that made Fred and Ginger famous!
Come and Watch the Best of the World compete with the Best of BC!
Full weekend schedule, seating plan and sponsorship opportunities at IslandFantasyBall.com
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Saturday 9a-5p Sunday 10a-4:30p
A two day lifestyle show for and about women. Over 90 booths with information, products and services of interest to Women. Gifts, financial information, health information, gifts, business opportunities, cosmetics, fitness, fashion and jewelery, seminars and much much more!
Organizers Lloyd & Swan MacIlquham announce the upcoming date for their 6th annual Nanaimo Scottish/Chinese tradition, “Robbie Burns & Chinese New Year Celebration”. The event will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 4 to 7 pm, in the Bowen Park Auditorium in Nanaimo.
Net proceeds go to the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
The event will jointly celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns’ 254th birthday and the Chinese Year 4710, also known as “Year of the Snake”.
Guests will be entertained with Scottish Highland dancing by Brigadoon Dance Academy, with Piper Bill Poppy, a pipe and drum band, Chinese Gu Zheng by Selena Yu, as well as Chinese folk dancing by Shu Zeng & The Flowers of Nanaimo and the Chinese lion dance and lion sword dance by Shifu Jackie Li.
Tickets are only available in advance and cost $20 per person, or $10 for children 6-11.
Tickets are available from Swan and Lloyd MacIlquham by calling 250-729-9948 or contact them by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or from the Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo.
New year’s resolutions are as reliable as the turning of the calendar pages to a new year. The question is how easy are they to sustain? Inns and B&Bs come to the rescue to help you fulfill your 2013 resolutions and make it as easy as a rhyme to take better care of yourself in the upcoming year.
Did your resolution for the new year resemble one of these? Here are some solutions for your resolution rescue.
Treat her like a queen in 2013
She’s the love of your life, but how often do you tell her that? More importantly, how often do you treat her like the queen she is? This year, give her the treat of a better way to stay. Book a B&B getaway each quarter. Return to some of your favorites or try a new one. Better yet, if you’ve never experienced an inn or B&B, make this the year you do. She’ll feel like a queen and your resolution to pay closer attention to both her welfare and yours will be accomplished in some memorable travel.
Break the routine in 2013
If your resolution was to spice life up a bit, we’ve got the answer for you. No cookie cutter, always-the-same-look lobbies at inns and B&Bs. Each one offers a unique experience, with plenty of welcoming hospitality and everything from modern to traditional and local/sustainable to high cuisine. Take a cooking class, try a couples massage, eat a good breakfast, get a good night’s sleep for once; all of these experiences will help you break out of the routine in 2013.
Try new cuisine in 2013
Dieting not only tops the list for the most popular resolutions, it also tops the list for the most broken one too. Make 2013 the year you commit to trying new cuisine. Start with a good breakfast, which you’ll find with a focus on locally sourced and homemade healthiness at inns and B&Bs throughout the country. And while breakfast is the second half of the B&B’s name, good food doesn’t stop there. You’ll find complimentary snacks, or afternoon teas and stocked guest pantries at the majority of inns and B&Bs throughout the country.
In January 2012, the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced a new regional playoff format for its four western provinces. The British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Manitoba Junior Hockey League will participate in a five-team tournament and award the first-ever Western Canada Cup beginning in 2013.
The 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will be held from April 26 – May 5, 2013 at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo, BC. The inaugural event will be hosted by the Nanaimo Clippers and the BCHL.
Living on Vancouver Island, where rain, sun, wind and sea have such presence and diversity, you feel and need to make wine that is crisp and defined – a reflection of the particular conditions that exist nowhere else…
Approximately 80 vineyards grow grapes for over 40 wineries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. To explore the Wine Islands as vintners call the fantastic area … consult the website www.wineislands.ca
While visiting the many wineries, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B for relaxing comfort in private suites on Long Lake In Nanaimo BC.
A recent meeting of Innkeeeprs was talking about the B&B experience. The thing about Bed & Breakfasts that is both a plus and a minus is that each is unique. Being unique is a plus because each Bed & Breakfast is an adventure offering a different design, different style and furnishings, different ownership and all that goes along with it. That uniqueness is perhaps a minus for those who like to know exactly what they’re getting and are afraid of being disappointed.
I want to tell you that you won’t be disappointed. Bed & Breakfast hosts are proud of their homes and want to please you. Bed & Breakfast innkeepers go the extra mile in the kitchen because they want to show off and hear “oohs and aahs” coming from the breakfast table. And not only do they go the extra mile in the kitchen, but in every other aspect of their Bed & Breakfast with great attention to detail. Getting acquainted with my colleagues made it crystal clear that each of us has cleanliness, comfort, dining, amenity and hospitality standards a hotel is unlikely to match. The reason is simple — employees don’t love the place the way an owner does, nor does an employee have the same kind of investment.
Recent studies by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and TripAdvisor have shown that the main reason, far beyond not being sure of what to expect, travelers don’t stay at a Bed & Breakfast is because they just don’t think “B&B” when thinking about accommodations. Hotels and motel chains seem to be best known around the world and have the most visibility. So dear readers, what can we do to get more people to think “B&B” in the first place?
Since you are reading this blog, you are likely already a Bed & Breakfast aficionado. PAII has launched the Better Way to Stay campaign to increase the profile of Bed & Breakfasts in North America. The Better Way To Stay, is a grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand. While hotels and motels are one option, inns and B&Bs add amenities like complimentary breakfasts, free parking, afternoon or evening refreshments, free wi-fi adding up to $150 per two-night stay in extra value. Add a smile at check in and an innkeeper who remembers your name at the end of a long day, and the list of B&B bonuses becomes priceless. But it would be great to get your comments about what made you first choose a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Inn. We BC Innkeepers Guild members value your comments and suggestions and very much encourage you to share your thoughts with us.
TheatreOne presents the 20th Annual Bite of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island’s granddaddy of Food Fairs. “The Bite” is TheatreOne’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has become Nanaimo’s unofficial “good bye to summer” event, heralding the return of a new, full season of arts, entertainment and culinary delights.
At this year’s Bite of Nanaimo, fifty cents from each ticket will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food bank. For a sell out event of 900 people, that’s $450 for out local food bank!
Imagine sampling the fare of our region’s fine dining establishments in one evening, all under one roof. The Bite draws up to 900 people annually, making it the perfect promotional tool to showcase your culinary excellence and reach new customers.
During the event guests vote for their favourites in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Meat Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Vegetarian Dish, Best Dessert, Best Refreshment, Best Booth Design, Best Hospitality & Best Use of Local Ingredients. Winners receive trophies and are recognized in a post-event press release. Everyone receive plaques commemorating their involvement.
This year’s theme is “Picture Yourself At the Fair – From Pioneer Days To Modern Ways”.
The Fair originally started over 100 years ago and continues now as an annual event to advance the education of agriculture and showcase local farmers and 4-H clubs, bringing agricultural awareness to our community. As farming changes and land becomes more urban, we need to keep our farms alive, to provide top quality products and to encourage the education of the past, present and future of all areas of agriculture. Although some professionals show at Fairs, it is the children that most impress the fairgoers. Bright eyed children and animals are a winning combination. We take a step back to celebrate the simple, but important things in life.
Our country Fair is more than just entertainment. The one value we truly exhibit is Family. At our Fair, everyone of every age can participate. From displaying jams, jellies and livestock to showing heirloom quilts, artwork, pumpkins, prize flowers, home grown zucchini, fresh baked cookies and pies. Many painstaking but loving hours, go into every item and animal on display, with the hopes of encouraging others to learn different crafts and skills and to especially excite beginners to try new things that can enhance their life skills and self-sufficiency. Our Fair is a place to come with family and friends, a place to have fun and honour accomplishments. Our entry fees are kept very low, as is the prize money. The intent has never been to make the winners rich by having or making the best, the biggest or the most expensive entry, but to enjoy the variety of talents and efforts put forth by our neighbours and to honour accomplishments.
Our Fair is presented each year by a core group of hard working volunteers, who donate many hundreds of hours to carefully organize this annual 3 day event. Many community minded corporate sponsors lend or donate countless services, too numerous to mention. The Fair would like to thank all of these supporters in the community for their efforts, be it financial, material, hard work, time or effort. With your kind generosity, we are excited to welcome you back this year.
We wish all exhibitors the best luck with your entries and extend an invitation to everyone to come to our Fair, view the many animals, exhibits and shows, to relax and just have fun!
Watch for details about the 2012 show at: http://www.viex.ca