The ‘Grancuna’ Legacy

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Jul 082015
 

When Bob Filberg passed away in 1977 he bequeathed the Grancuna Lodge, as the Filberg Lodge was then known, along with the surrounding 9-acres and 11 million dollars to the Vancouver Foundation.  In 1979 The Town of Comox petitioned the Vancouver Foundation and bought this property to be used as a public park and the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association (FHLPA) was established to manage the property.

The Lodge, built in 1929, was in great disrepair as were most of the outbuildings and structures.  With seed money from the Vancouver Foundation repairs were done to the Lodge, wishing well, arbour, dairy building, Tea House, rock walls, and fencing.  By the end of 1984 over $94,000 had been spent on this restoration. Many community partners and organizations contributed money and labour to re-build this community treasure.

Today the Lodge, its many outbuildings, and any fence or rock wall you see are looked after by the not-for-profit organization the FHLPA.  The FHLPA is a registered charity that relies on fund-raising and donations to maintain and restore the buildings within the Park.  The Town of Comox employs a full-time gardener year-round to care for the beautiful grounds and gardens.

The Filberg Festival was created in 1983 to raise funds for maintenance and today is the major fundraiser for the FHLPA. We do not receive municipal, provincial, or federal money.  Every purchase from the Gift Shop, Filberg Festival passes, raffle tickets, or any FHLPA event goes toward much-needed restorations.

Improvements made to the Park & Lodge in the past three years include: a new roof on the Lodge, chicken barn, and dairy barn, new fences around the park, new roof and renovations to the Tea House, improvements to the Lodge such as a new furnace, rain gutter, new fascia, and most recently a complete rebuild of one gable of the Lodge.  New concrete and gravel pathways have been installed and re-pointing of rock pathways has been accomplished.

Restoration is a constant focus of the FHLPA.  The Lodge roof has been repaired three times since 1979.  With this stunning location also comes exposure to weather, salt, and rain all of which degrade the structure over time.

The Filberg Lodge and Park is a vital part of Comox Valley history and our community heritage.  We need your support to continue this legacy for future generations.  Thank you.

33rd annual Filberg Festival Announces Featured Performers

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Apr 072015
 

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2015

Comox, BC, Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 31 to August 3, 2015!

The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year  is sure to exceed expectations.  New to 2015 is a Friday evening performance featuring Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band  the Cowboy JunkiesCowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 by siblings Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins, Peter Timmins and friend Alan Anton. They are best known for the seminal album, The Trinity Session, which established them at the forefront of the alternative country movement. For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.

The Festival will clear the grounds at 6:00pm and re-open at 7:00pm with a performance from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. A limited number of tickets will be available on line only as of May 1, 2015 for this special evening concert.  Opening for the Cowboy Junkies will be The Lion, The Bear, The Fox.  Tickets will be priced at  $39.00 for festival seating.

Headliners over the long weekend will include:  Matthew Barber and Jill Barber presenting their new project The Family Album,  the highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne and Festival favourites rock musician John Mann best known as the front man of the folk rock band Spirit of the West and folk and country musician Valdy.  Visit www.filbergfestival.com for the full line up.

This year the Festival is thrilled to feature  Potter, Gordon Hutchens as the guest artist.  Gordon Hutchens’ studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island. For nearly 30 years Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver & Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with 3 major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter’s guilds. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. www.gordonhutchens.com

The 2015 Festival will also showcase over 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s property and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available online at www.filbergfestival.com  June 1st  and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 26.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort  Range.

Contact Info:
Wendy Sears
E: [email protected]
T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7
https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival
Twitter – @FilbergFest

It’s that time again…

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Apr 022015
 

Volunteer at the 2015 Filberg Festival

Our volunteers are what makes this a great weekend, interested in being part of the team?

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32nd annual Filberg Festival Update…

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Jul 252014
 
Local Comox Valley Talent featured at the 32nd annual Filberg Festival; Daisy Squires, Helen Austin, Brodie Dawson, Sue Medley and Tracy Kobus.

Local Comox Valley Talent featured at the 32nd annual Filberg Festival; Daisy Squires, Helen Austin, Brodie Dawson, Sue Medley and Tracy Kobus.

In less than a week we will be once again enjoying the magic of the Filberg Festival.  The critters will move out and the vendors will move in to take over the Filberg Park for four fabulous days of arts & crafts, music, food and fun!

We are really excited about the entertainment line-up that will be showcasing the new “Comox Rotary Stage” formally known as the Main Stage.  The programming this year will be a mix of genres to appeal to a much wider audience including children’s performers on the Garden Stage.  Headliners include: Tiller’s Folly, Royal Wood, Jesse Peters, and Ken Lavigne.  You can also see local favourites: Sue Medley & The Back Road Band, Helen Austin, Brodie Dawson, David Gogo and Phil Dwyer performing throughout the long weekend.  For a full list of entertainment visit http://filbergfest.wpengine.com/the-festival/entertainment/schedule/.

Local Comox Valley painter, Tracy Kobus will be this year’s Guest Artist located under the Arbour on the upper lawn.  Her acrylic paintings give a thoughtful perspective on the connection between humans and nature. You can take a peak at Tracy’s work by visiting her website at  www.tracykobus.com .  This year you will be able to enjoy some new artisans as well as the returning favourites.  With over 130 talented vendors the Filberg Festival is the perfect place to pick up a wedding or anniversary gift and start a fantastic collection!

Raffle tickets are available for purchase  during the Festival.  A $10.00 ticket or 3 for $20.00 gives you the opportunity to win one of seven amazing prizes:  two return tickets anywhere WestJet flies, two return flights on Harbour Air from Comox to Vancouver and two night’s accommodation  at the Hotel Le Soleil in Vancouver, an original Brett Varney painting, two hand crafted willow Diamond Back garden chairs by Willow Way, a carved original piece by Westcoast Chainsaw Artists, a rattan side table and lamp from Rattan Plus Home & Patio  and coffee for a year from Royston Roasting.   Only 2000 tickets are being sold so don’t miss out!  The raffle will take place on the Comox Rotary Stage on Monday August 4th at 3:30pm.

Also don’t forget  that parking is limited at the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park and in the surrounding residential area during the Festival so we encourage you to either walk, cycle or use the public transit system if you live locally.  If you are driving to the Festival the best thing to do is to take advantage of Ambassador Shuttle Service‘s Park & Ride at 1475 Noel Avenue.  For a donation (suggest $2.00 per person) Ambassador’s friendly drivers will drop you off in lovely air conditioned vans near the Festival entrance and take you back to your vehicle when you are done having fun at the end of the day. This year’s volunteer group that will be manning the Park & Ride is Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs.  Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs is a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs with veterans and others that are struggling with invisible injuries.http://vicompassiondogs.ca/. This  service runs during Festival hours from 9am to 6pm Friday through Sunday and from 9am to 5pm on Monday.

Advance tickets are available for $13 until July 31st at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations including Salt Spring Island, the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, I-HOS Gallery and Arizona Gifts in the Comox Centre Mall.  Tickets are $15 at the Gate during the Festival.  A four day pass is available for $40.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Susan Lewis & Wendy Sears

Filberg Festival Producers

Photography by McKinnon Photography
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Media Release

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Jun 042014
 

For Immediate Release:  June 4, 2014

32nd annual Filberg Festival  August 1-4, 2014

Comox, BC, Come and celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada this BC Day long weekend August 1-4, 2014!  The 2014 Festival will showcase over 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

This year the Festival is thrilled to feature local artist Tracy Kobus as the guest artist.  Tracy lives in the Comox Valley and her acrylic paintings give a thoughtful perspective on the connection between humans’ and nature. Her work, now in collections world-wide, is available at the Comox Valley Art Gallery Gift Shop and various events throughout the year. www.tracykobus.com.

The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year is sure to exceed expectations with such performers as: Royal Wood, Ken Lavigne, Jesse Peters, Tiller’s Folly, David Gogo, Phil Dwyer and many more. Visit www.filbergfestival.com for a complete list of performers and their bios.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXRx9-yUOnM&feature=youtu.bemple

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase starting July 1 at the Filberg Lodge and Rattan Plus Home & Patio in Courtenay as well as during the Festival.  A $10.00 ticket or 3 for $20.00 gives you the opportunity to win one of seven amazing prizes:  two return tickets anywhere WestJet flies, two return flights on Harbour Air from Comox to Vancouver and two night’s accommodation  at the Hotel Le Soleil in Vancouver, an original Brett Varney painting, two hand crafted willow Diamond Back garden chairs by Willow Way, a carved original piece by Westcoast Chainsaw Artists, a rattan side table and lamp from Rattan Plus Home & Patio  and coffee for a year from Royston Roasting.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s property and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance tickets are available online at www.filbergfestival.com, the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre,  Arizona Gifts in the Comox Mall,  I-Hos Gallery  and all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations. Four day passes are also available. Festival hours are 10am to 6pm Friday thru Sunday and 10am to 5pm on Monday.

As parking is limited at the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park and surrounding residential area we are encouraging people to walk, cycle, use public transit or take advantage of the Park & Ride service. Shuttle service from 1475 Noel Avenue will be provided by Ambassador Shuttle Service for a suggested $2.00 donation.  The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition will also be onsite with their bike lock-up.

In order to make this Festival a reality it takes the support of over 300 volunteers and businesses such as All In One Party Shop Event Rentals , Ambassador Shuttle Service, ANCO Motel, 88.5 The Beach, BC Ferries, Canadian Western Bank-Courtenay Branch , CHEK, Coast Environmental, Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Travelodge, Eagle FM , Harbour Air Seaplanes, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hotel LeSoleil, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa,  The Lounge 99.9 FM, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, Pacific Audio Works,  Port Augusta Motel, RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty, Slegg Lumber, Thrifty Foods ,The Westerly  Hotel & Convention Centre and WestJet.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort  Range.

Contact Info:
Wendy Sears
E: [email protected]
T: 1-866-594-3243 x 101
www.filbergfestival.com
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park – 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC V9M 2S7

https://www.facebook.com/FilbergFestival
Twitter – @FilbergFest