The Qualicum Beach Museum is asking residents to participate in a collaborative project. (File photo)

Qualicum Beach Museum asking for submissions for a poem project

Idea inspired by a poem about the area, ‘To Qualicum With Love’

The Qualicum Beach Museum is asking residents to polish off their poetry skills.

Manager Netanja Waddell is asking for poem submissions for the museum to use in a future exhibit, as well as for them to share on social media. She’s especially encouraging seniors and students to participate in the project.

“The idea is to put a call out to the community during this time of confinement to reflect on life here in Qualicum Beach and what it brings up for them,” said Waddell. “We thought poetry is great way to express that.”

The idea popped into her head after she stumbled on a poem by Geoff Smith. He was the son of Alex Smith, the groundskeeper of the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course from 1952 to 1981.

READ MORE: PQBeat Podcast: Qualicum Beach Museum manager Netanja Waddell

It’s included at the beginning of Qualicum Beach; A History, written by Brad Wylie.

Here’s an excerpt of the poem:

The pebbles moved beneath me as I strolled along her curving shore,

I rode on crests of memories, where many years before,

I had walked this path which I did now,

But it had somehow stayed the same,

Looking back I realized it was I who had changed,

Not the landscape nor its frame.

The waves still lap on sand and stone across a mile or two,

And the trees still sway in a gentle breeze,

While gulls will do what gulls will do,

Its picture perfect setting call out for everyone to see…

Waddell said anyone who wants to take part can email with a video of them reading their poem or it written out in the body of the message. She said teachers in the district are welcome to use the project as an educational tool, and can also ask for more information at the above email address.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Artsqualicum beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

ICET provides Qualicum Beach with $250K for East Village project

Town expects revitalization plan to attract more developments

COVID-19: Garage sales should follow mass gathering guidelines

City has received variety of queries on the issue

Parksville’s ‘Support Local’ parade celebrates businesses

Approximately 30 vehicles turn out for event

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

Vancouver Island bride held wedding in seniors home so dying stepdad could walk her down aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

‘It is dire:’ Study finds B.C. logging continues on critical caribou habitat

The federal Species At Risk Act requires provinces to identify critical habitat for caribou herds

Missing man thought to be in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP ask for public’s help in locating Kevin Golze, 45

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only

Washrooms, showers and all other amenities will remain closed for now

Most Read