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2019 Mid-Island Holiday Happenings

From craft fairs to Christmas concerts and plays, there’s something for everyone!

Here’s a list of just some of the festive events happening from Nanaimo to Qualicum Beach:

Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24
Kris Kringle Craft Market

Sunday, December 1
Music on Sunday-Sarah Hagen
Parksville & Lions Free Family Skate

Friday, December 6
Milner Christmas Magic

Saturday, December 7
Coombs Christmas Fair
Qualicum Beach Farmers Market
Winter Harp

Sunday, December 6
Coombs Christmas Fair
Milner Christmas Magic
Music on Sunday-Tony Booker and Friends
Parksville & Lions Free Family Skate
2nd Sunday Market & Pancake Breakfast

Wednesday, December 11
The Big Nanaimo Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 12
O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
VI Winter Market

Friday, December 13
Milner Christmas Magic
VI Winter Market

Saturday, December 14
Milner Christmas Magic
Qualicum Beach Farmers Market
VI Symphony – Mistletoe & Magic
VI Winter Market

Sunday, December 15
A Wonderheads Christmas Carol
Milner Christmas Magic
VI Winter Market

Tuesday, December 17
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

Wednesday, December 18
Mid Island Christmas Luncheon
Milner Christmas Magic

Thursday, December 19
Milner Christmas Magic
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

Friday, December 20
Milner Christmas Magic

Saturday, December 21
Milner Christmas Magic
Qualicum Beach Farmers Market
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

Sunday, December 22
Milner Christmas Magic

Saturday, December 28
Qualicum Beach Farmers Market



Floral Footprint

The Storied Travels of Popular Plants

WRITTEN BY CATRIONA TUDOR ERLER

Just like people and animals, plants have a history of migration. Granted, tulips and chrysanthemums don’t just pick up and walk to a new place; but with natural carriers and human movement, plants have made their way around the world. Here’s a glimpse at the history behind some well-traveled and well-adapted plants that make your home garden a global market of diverse flora that brings beauty and pleasure throughout all four seasons.

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Photo Murals

Bringing Your Favorite Places Home

WRITTEN BY MARESA GIOVANNINI

Wherever you live, you can use a photo mural to make your home feel like a year-round vacation spot. The simple wallpaper addition can be a breathtaking focal point that evokes the happiest memories. Unlike a framed photo, a photo mural is large enough to seemingly transport you through space and time to your happy place.

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Curtis Casual

California Living by Way of Texas

WRITTEN BY LAUREN DUNEC HOANG
PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. TURNBOW PHOTOGRAPHY

Interior designer Ginger Curtis, owner and principal of Urbanology Designs, has always been a California girl at heart. When it came time to furnish the home she shares with her husband Eric Curtis and their five children in Fort Worth, Texas, she knew she wanted to bring in some style elements of her childhood in California, but with a fresh, contemporary update.

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floating fireplace

A SUBURBAN HOME DESIGNED TO SKIRT SAMENESS BY GOING… BOLD

WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL J LEE

COOKIE-CUTTER HOMES THAT MARCH DOWN MANICURED STREETS OF SAMENESS—AH, THE SUBURBS.

The owners of this Westchester, New York home loved the area but wanted to avoid suburban monotony when it came to style. They found a home they liked and gutted it, but the 7,000-square-foot shell was too blank of a slate to manage on their own. Kendra Dufton, owner of Color Theory Boston along with her husband and partner Brad, had worked with this family on their previous Boston town house. Moving from Boston to Westchester, an urban setting with cramped quarters to a suburban one with space to spare, was a big change for the family. So they sought help from the Duftons to make the new home reflect their dynamic personalities and well-traveled way of life.

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Cooped Up

Installing Fashionable Chicken Coops

WRITTEN BY CATRIONA TUDOR ERLER

As more people search for a sustainable, self-sufficient way of life, the population of suburban neighborhoods is changing. People aren’t necessarily moving out, but chickens are moving in. In addition to providing fresh eggs, free-range chickens help control insects, add nutrients to the garden, and can even make affectionate pets. But to keep your little red hens safe and comfortable, the perfect coop is key. Most chicken coops are humble abodes hidden in a discrete location in the garden, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a bit of creativity, you can craft a practical and attractive setup worthy of being a central feature in your garden.

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ

A Southwest Destination for Hiking & Healing

Sedona, Arizona

WRITTEN BY MARESA GIOVANNINI

The layered landscape of the Southwestern United States—with towering red-rock formations, twisted junipers, and winding canyon waterways—is often described as otherworldly. But in Sedona, Arizona, otherworldly takes on a whole new meaning. The town of just 10,000 year-round residents attracts global visitors for traditional vacation activities such as golf, spa services, shopping, hiking, and all things metaphysical. Tapping into the energy of the area’s natural vortexes is said to enhance healing, enlightenment, and spirituality. Whether you are excited by the relaxing properties of the arid desert or the mystical properties of the metaphysical, Sedona awaits.

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Put a Lid On It

MASON-JAR MEALS

RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KARISTA BENNETT

Although we don’t can and jar as much as we once did as a culture, there is still something sweet, nostalgic, and downright practical about a glass mason jar. And in a time when we are all trying to get back to basics and reduce our reliance on to-go packaging, glass jars might be the simplest solution. Whether you’re catering to a crowd or a couple of kids, prepping meals in jars is a handy and healthy way to serve fresh and delicious food. Each recipe in this issue—from sweet overnight oats, chia seed pudding, and yogurt parfait to savory gazpacho and a summer salad—can be prepped and stored in the refrigerator until it’s needed. I’ve gathered a collection of my favorite jar recipes that will make it easier for you and the whole family to eat fresh and healthy without too much fuss.

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