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Sew Much More: Sewing room opens for Cortes community

By Kim Paulley, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

This fall, Mansons Hall opened its doors to Sew Much More, a place to sew and learn, according to organizers.

The idea for Sew Much More had its beginnings at the Cortes Island Free Store, where Marnie Andrews offered up her sewing skills this past summer. The fair weather allowed her to set up in the area just outside the front doors. It was there that she repaired items for the store that were just too good to throw away. She also taught interested patrons DIY sewing skills.

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25th Anniversary Celebration of Marnie’s Books

Recording and initial transcript by Bill Weaver, but very much a collaboration in which Darshan Stevens photography and Cortes Currents all participated.

On the evening of Friday August 20, 2023, in the Cortes Co-Op Courtyard, 155 people arrived with their folding chairs to attend a 25th Anniversary Celebration for Marnie’s Books.  First Marnie gave a history of her book selling, and the origins of the Courtyard. Then Shaena Lambert, Rex Weyler, Priya Huffman, Norm Gibbons, Ruth Ozeki, and Erin Robinsong read from their writings. For two hours these wonderful presenters held this large crowd spellbound. This event was co-Sponsored  by the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society.

The following transcript begins with an introduction by Melanie Boyle, from the Cortes Island Museum.

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Marnie’s Books – Small Bookstore with big draw on Cortes Island

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Folks from far-flung places land on Cortes Island every summer to swim the lakes, paddle the seas and explore the forests.

Yet a top destination in this B.C. outdoor adventure paradise is a tiny independent bookstore called Marnie’s Books. The red, cottage-like bookstore punctuated by an aquamarine door is a hive of activity whenever it’s open.

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Shaena Lambert and Canada’s Independent Book Seller Day say thank you to the “best little island book store ever” Marnie’s Books

Folk University’s Folk U Talks returned to Cortes Radio live shows and podcast recordings on Friday August 28th with a virtual book launch featuring sometimes local author Shaena Lambert and a guest appearance by Marnie Andrews of Marnie’s Books in celebration of Canada’s Independent Book Seller Day. 

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