BARBADOS DAY: Thank you to all the volunteers!

Clockwise from Bottom: King Fish, Marilyn Moseley, Sir Garfield, Brenda Alberts, Gov's Mother, Wilma King-Bennett, Gov. Douglas.

Clockwise from Bottom: King Fish; Marilyn Moseley; Sir Garfield; Brenda Alberts; Martha Ann,Gov’s Mother; Wilma King-Bennett; Gov. Douglas.

The raising of the Barbados Flag at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery last Saturday, also raised $3,200 for the Canadian Museum of Flight. The annual Barbados Day fundraiser put on by the Gallery and the Red Stone Alley Band took a lot of volunteer effort. Many thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and participants for making the 2015 Barbados Day so much fun!
The Farm Museum and Flight Museum display at Barbados Day in Fort Langley

The Farm Museum and Flight Museum display at Barbados Day in Fort Langley. Photo by Todd Davidson, Farm Museum

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BARBADOS DAY: The Sopwith has landed!

Join Brenda Alberts on Sat August 15 Noon to 4 pm for Barbados Day Chicken BBQ Lunch

Join Brenda Alberts on Sat August 15 Noon to 4 pm for Barbados Day Chicken BBQ Lunch

The Sopwith Camel made a terrific landing in the garden of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery today. The WW1 bi-plane will be on display for the annual Barbados Day celebration tomorrow (Sat Aug 15 – Noon to 4 pm). Come and enjoy the Chicken BBQ lunch by donation to the Canadian Museum of Flight. Live music by the Red Stone Alley Band with special guest Kenrick Headley (famous steel pannist); Barbados Flag Raising ceremony at 1:45 with Governor Douglas, Colonel Moody and historic entourage; Limbo by King Fish; Balloon twisting by The Cool Balloon Guy; Displays by the Flight Museum and the Farm Museum. Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 9054 Glover Road, Fort Langley 604 882-1191.

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BARBADOS DAY: Saturday August 15 Noon to 4 pm

Poster 2015

Sopwith Camel WW1 bi-plane will be on display at  the Gallery on Barbados Day.

Sopwith Camel WW1 bi-plane will be on display at the Gallery on Barbados Day.

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HAPPY BC DAY: An art experience in Fort Langley

BC Day: Gallery artists demonstrated at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

BC Day: Gallery artists demonstrated at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Thank you to all who participated in our annual “Demos in the Garden” at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery! An awesome show of outstanding BC artistic skill and creativity.

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BC DAY WEEKEND: Annual Demos in the Garden

Carolyn MacLaren demonstrating on pottery wheel at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Carolyn MacLaren demonstrating on pottery wheel at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Visit Fort Langley on the BC Day weekend and stop by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery to see 20 artists demonstrating in the gallery gardens on Sunday August 2 and Monday August 3 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Amanda Jones and Brent Heighton showing their stuff at Demos in the Garden Aug 2 & 3, 2015

Amanda Jones and Brent Heighton showing their stuff at Demos in the Garden Aug 2 & 3, 2015

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HISTORIC TRUST: Canadian Museum of Flight

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times A replica of a Sopwith Camel fighter plane was put on display outdoors on Canada Day by the museum of flight. It is planning to build a replica of the Sopwith pup, the fighter that preceded the Camel.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times
A replica of a Sopwith Camel fighter plane was put on display outdoors on Canada Day by the museum of flight. It is planning to build a replica of the Sopwith pup, the fighter that preceded the Camel.

Langley museum will build and fly replica of 100-year-old fighter by  Dan Ferguson – Langley Times
The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley has agreed to provide a replica of a century-old Sopwith Pup biplane for the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge.
Now all they have to do is build one from scratch, then get it flight-tested and certified.
They have 18 months to pull it off.
If all goes well, the Langley museum’s Pup will join another Pup and four  Nieuport 11 fighters from the same era in a flypast to mark the anniversary of the bloody battle for high ground on the western edge of the Douai Plains that pitted four Canadian divisions against three German divisions from April 9 to April 12, 1917.
It’s an ambitious schedule that will require “tons of volunteers,” said Dave Arnold, vice-president the of museum’s board of directors.
“It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
“It’s got to get off the ground quickly,” said George Miller, the former Langley airport manager who was approached by the Vimy anniversary organizers who were looking to pay someone to build a Pup.
Miller and former Langley mayor Kurt Alberts took the idea to the museum board.
“They had to think about it for three seconds,” said Alberts.
The single-seater aircraft is technically known as the Scout, but the  nickname stuck because pilots considered it to be the “pup” of a larger two-seater Sopwith.
Most Sopwith fighters that followed became part of what was known as the “flying zoo” with animal names like the Camel, Dolphin and Snipe.
The replica Pup will be slightly smaller than the original, and will use aluminum ribs instead of wood.
The engine will either be a repurposed Volkswagen engine — a popular choice for replica planes — or a radial engine that museum general manager Mike Sattler says sounds “very like the original.”
Volunteers are already queuing up to work on the  project, Sattler said.
“There’s a few people rather excited.”
The museum has particular expertise in building and restoring fabric-covered aircraft, but never to this tight a deadline.
Making the anniversary date will take thousands of man-hours and a “huge community effort” Sattler explained, but it represents a “huge chance” to raise the profile of the Langley museum.
One of the selling points that clinched the deal with the anniversary organizers was the commitment to the project by the Air Cadets at the airport where the museum is located, Miller said.
The Langley Pup will form part of a six-plane squadron that will fly across Canada during the summer of 2016, touching down at different communities to give Canadians a close-up look.
In 2017, the six planes will be shipped to France where they will take part in an April 9 flyover of the Vimy memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle and the 150th birthday of Canada.
Click to see story in the Langley Times.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times   June 30 2015 The plane builders. The Canadian Museum of Flight has agreed to provide a Sopwith Pup for a Vimy Ridge fly-past of WW1 aircraft replicas in Europe in 2017. All they have to do now is build one. (L to R) Kurt Alberts, George Miller, Dave Arnold and Mike Sattler are optimistic.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times June 30 2015
The plane builders. The Canadian Museum of Flight has agreed to provide a Sopwith Pup for a Vimy Ridge fly-past of WW1 aircraft replicas in Europe in 2017. All they have to do now is build one. (L to R) Kurt Alberts, George Miller, Dave Arnold and Mike Sattler are optimistic.

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CANADA DAY: Celebrating our multi-culturalism

Canada Day at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 2015

Canada Day at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 2015

Kenrick Headley and his students will perform at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Wednesday July 1 Canada Day 2015 from 1 to 3 PM. Kenrick Headley pannist, arranger, composer started playing the steelpan at the tender age of five. The Headley family is well known in the pan world. Kenrick was a member and arranger as well as vice leader of the Esso Tripoli Steelband that played with the famous pianist Liberace for five years. Kenrick has arranged for bands such as Exodus Steel Orchestra, Birdsong, Arima Angel Harps, Tipca, Forzata, Humming bird pan groove, and CAL Invaders. The sound of steelpan drums: another reason to come to Fort Langley on Canada Day. Click here for Kenrick Headley’s steel pan music. Birthplace of B.C. Gallery, 9054 Glover Rd, Fort Langley, 1 to 3 pm Wed. July 1, 2015.

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