This weekend was a long weekend in BC, and in Comox they call it Festival Weekend, and in case you are wondering why, it’s because Comox hosts a bunch of festivals on the BC long weekend. We only visited Filberg Festival, so if you want to know more about Nautical Festival or I-Hos night market, I can’t help you right now.
Upon his death Bob Filberg bequeathed the Filbert Lodge in Comox to the Vancouver Foundation, but the Town of Comox convinced the foundation to give them the lodge so the site wouldn’t get developed. Today, the Lodge is the location of many important community events, and is a place I have visited on several occasions. It is very beautiful and stately, with sweeping, landscaped grounds, an ocean view, a “teashop” (really a restaurant) and a gift shop where they sell antique dishes and glassware. On Festival Weekend they host the Filberg Festival which is their main fundraiser of the year. The festival is curated and it focuses on arts and crafts, but it does have a couple of stages with live entertainment and a good assortment of food trucks. A lot of the site is shaded, and there are places to sit and eat or rest, so it makes looking at what is really a very generous amount of booths manageable.
We were pretty tired from having guests all weekend and we’re trying not to acquire any more stuff so we just attended as looky-loos. There was a lot of pretty good stuff, a few really great stuff, and a few face palm things which I guess makes it par for the course of most craft fairs. My favourites were Michaud Toys who make wooden game boards like pinochle and cribbage, and this guy G.A. Fuller who takes photos of totem poles and other native art. His photos are really detailed and beautiful, and he takes them from some very unusual and interesting angles. I didn’t take any photos of his booth because taking a photo of a photo of someone else’s art just got too weirdly meta squared for me, and his website doesn’t show you much, so I can only suggest if you ever hear of a show of his you go. Scratch suggest, I command it!
There were other good booths as well, but so many you will have to go and see for yourself next year.