People walk along the dock beside Oyster Bay Cafe (Gerry Beltgens photo)

Ladysmith Maritime Society Festival Season Starts May 25

The Ladysmith Maritime Society is preparing for a busy season

The Ladysmith Maritime Society is preparing for a busy season.

The Oyster Bay Cafe opened on May 17, The Heritage Boat Festival is May 25 and Kids Pirate Day is June 1. There are also lots of other exciting upcoming events.

Oyster Bay Cafe – Open May 17

On May 17 the Oyster Bay Cafe reopened with new hours and an updated menu. Hours are now Sunday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Come for the Neptune Benny for Breakfast and stay for the new maritime dinner menu and music.

Season Opener and Heritage Boat Festival – May 25

The Festival Season will open with a Special Ceremony on Saturday May 25 at 10 a.m. Come join members of the Town of Ladysmith, Stz’uminus First Nation and the LMS Community for this morning of ritual, entertainment and information. This event will kick off the Heritage Boat Festival that will run until 4 p.m. Come see the beautifully maintained heritage vessels from all over the West Coast. Get a free tour of the harbour on board the LMS vessel “Maritimer.” Visit the new historical exhibits and examples of maritime art. The event is free to the public.

Kid’s Pirate Day – June 1

One of the highlights of the season is Kid’s Pirate Day. Join the fun on the docks and in the parking lot at LMS. Never mind Halloween! This is an opportunity to dress up with the kids and meet the pirates as they arrive by boat at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 1. Festivities start at 10:00 am with a petting zoo and bouncy castle in the parking lot. There will be the annual Bullhead Derby hosted by the Kinsmen Club. The food tent on the dock hosted by the Rotary Club of Ladysmith. This event is free to the public.

Dine on The Dock – From May 31 to September 6

The first Dine on the Dock will be the now infamous “Feast of the Pirates” held on May 31. Dress up and join the pirates and swabbies for a dinner of slow cooked ribs or veggie alternative. Thereafter every 2nd week there will be a themed Dine on the Dock including Mexican Fiesta, Southern BBQ, Hawaiian Luau and more. Bar opens at 5 p.m. and dinner is served around 6:15 p.m. These events sell out fast. Tickets available online.

Rhumb Line Fun Sails – June 15 and July 27

Round the buoys or maybe around the freighters. Come and join a bunch of local sailors and spend 3 hours in a friendly competition. The qualifications are simple: Do you have a sailboat? Do you have your boaters license? Are you insured? If so then show up at the skippers meeting in the Welcome Centre at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The start line will be off Slack Point and the turn will be somewhere past Sharp Point, depending on weather. Start time is 10 a.m. and over at 1 p.m. Meet back at the dock for a hot dog and beverage and swap lies. If you are interested in learning to sail or crew on a boat come down to the dock at 9 a.m. and see if anyone needs crew. Or contact LMS and ask to be put in contact with the sailing event coordinator.

Sea Life Celebration – August 11

Family Friendly and Free. Get in touch with our local underwater friends. Visit the touch tanks where you can get up close and personal with the little creatures that inhabit our local waters.

Art projects, story time, harbour tours, games and a free hot dog and snack provided. The museum will be open and local biologists will be available for kids to see and learn. Learn about how you can protect their fragile environment for generations to come!

Summer Employment and Volunteer Opportunities – Starting Now!

Check out the LMS website for information about summer employment. They are hiring marina attendants for eight weeks in the summer. Please apply via email, by submitting a cover letter and CV in pdf file format to: admin@lmsmarina.ca. Please indicate: “Application – Marina Assistant 2019” in the subject line of your email.

There are also a host of volunteer opportunities. Check out the volunteer page on the website.

For more information on a these and a variety of topics visit the LMS Facebook event page or the LMS website.

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