IOCO Ghost Town Day, Sunday October 5th, 2014

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Best Dressed Pet Parade

Rebel Haunt Theatre Group

Pumpkin Pageant

Reno Schembri

 Hourglass Cabaret

Imperial Oil Display

Home Learners Association

Caulfied School of Dance

Pony Rides

IOCO Church Tours

and much, MUCH, much MORE!

Please note that this year due to unforeseen circumstances the Model A Ford Club will have a Show & Shine, rather than provide rides. Our sincere regrets as we know this was a highlight for many of you. The Model A Ford Club is working on a solution but until then we want to ensure we respect these changes and enjoy the event!

 

Download the Ioco Ghost Down Day 2014 Flyer

 

Venosta Variety Hour – Get your FREE Tickets for Sunday Sept. 28th

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Call or email to reserve your FREE tickets! This event is not to be missed… it will be held at the Inlet Theatre during the Culture Days weekend. September 27th & 28th.

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Congratulations Dennis Hewson!

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Dennis Hewson is a great supporter of the Port Moody Station Museum special events, including Easter Extravaganza and IOCO Ghost Town Days.

 

Please join the Port Moody Heritage Society in Congratulating Dennis on his recent award! During the recent  S.A.M. Banquet Friday Jan. 24th 2014,  Dennis Hewson was awarded the Carl Hemeon Trophy. This award is for excellence in performing and service to the club for 2013. S.A.M. stands for Society of American Magicians – Carl Hemeon Assembly #95 in Vancouver B.C.

 

We are excited for Dennis and this honour and recognition. We are always grateful for his support and talent!

 

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This Year’s Ioco Ghost Town Day was a Success!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in making Ioco Ghost Town Days a big success this year.  We had amazing weather, dedicated volunteers and  great entertainment!  Kinsmen served hot dogs and smokies with a smile and there were many crafts and games for the kids. Rebel Haunt Theatre gave 2 great performances as they took crowds around the townsite and everyone loved the Model A Car tours.  Approximately 2000 people came out to look at the displays, listen to the bands, watch the magician and soak in the sun. The Port Moody Heritage Society would like to thank all the sponsors, Heritage Canada, Port Moody Heritage Commission, Pacific Coast Terminals, Freybe’s and Tim Hortons. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who made the day such a success!

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Welcome 2013!

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Happy New Year!

Well, 2012 was a busy year with a lot of interesting projects on the go. 2013 is shaping up to be even better. With the celebration of Port Moody’s Centennial, the Port Moody Heritage Society will be hitting the streets. Here are some of the places you can find us in the coming months:

January

Hope you had a chance to check out the photo exhibit and artifacts at the Centennial Launch event in Rocky Point. Thanks to the city of Port Moody for inviting us to participate!

February

We’ll kick off the month by launching our new book, Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years. We’ll be promoting the book at various Tri-City events through the year.

On the 24th we celebrate BC Heritage Week with a Heritage House Tour through Port Moody’s neighbourhoods. (Tickets on sale now!)

Later in the month, we look forward to the launch of our latest online photo exhibit Port Moody Development: CPR to Evergreen, hosted by the Virtual Museum Canada.

March

On the 2nd we will be at the Port Moody Library’s Human Library event to help them share the fascinating stories of Port Moody citizens.

At the Human Library event, we launch our new Living History listening stations, featuring audio clips from early Port Moody residents set to historical photographs.

On Easter Sunday we bring back our ever-popular Easter Extravaganza.

April

Look for the heritage display at the Port Moody Arts Centre and find us at the Special Council Meeting and community Arts Gathering on the 7th.

May

The local Girl guides will host the annual Mother’s Day Tea on the Train.

June

We will host the Port Moody Heritage Society AGM and member B-B-Q.

On the 22nd, find us in the Centennial Parade down Murray Street.

July

Canada Day weekend we welcome back the Vancouver Lego Club and the scale model designs of talented longtime resident Jim Buckley for our feature exhibit Port Moody: Yesterday and Tomorrow.

Find us at the Port Moody Arts Centre Celebration of Wood on the 20th. Learn how wood has shaped the history of Port Moody for the last 125 years.

August

The Port Moody Heritage Society joins with the CPR Museum train to offer rides to the public in honour of Port Moody’s Centennial.

On the 17th, find us at the Centennial Community Day Picnic in Rocky Point Park.

September

Ioco Days Festival kicks off with a big show at Inlet Theatre on the 29th. Enjoy the old fashioned tunes with a live vintage radio show.

October

Ioco Ghost Town Days is back better then ever. Look for your favourite booths plus much more!

We’ve got lots on the go this year. We’ll keep you posted on the details of each event. I hope you are as excited as we are to celebrate the last 100 years of this special city.

Want to help celebrate? Contact the Port Moody Station Museum at info@portmoodymuseum.org or 604-939-1648.

Ioco Days Brings Out Community Spirit

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Ioco Days Festival has become a hallmark event in Port Moody and you can tell by the efforts community members give to show their support. This year, Heritage Society member and professional baker Bruce Schroeder donated over $700 to show his support. Some of you may know Bruce as the pie contest judge from Ioco Ghost Town Day. Bruce spent 80 hours of his vacation time baking butter tarts and shortbread cookies. He sold these to friends, colleagues and neighbours raising money to support the event. Bruce has shown similar support in the past but went above and beyond this year by organizing this fundraising initiative all on his own. Thanks to Bruce, we were able to break even with this year’s Ghost Town Day event.

The barbershop quartet “Antique Gold” learns about wool from spinner Catherine Dumaine.

Bruce isn’t the only one to show his support. Over 20 community groups showed up in the pouring rain for Ioco Ghost Town Days. Despite the soggy weather, there were smiles on faces and warmth in people’s hearts. Visitors also didn’t shy away with over 200 people showing up.

A big thanks also to our local business sponsors Impact Canopies, Freybe’s Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals for donating thousands of dollars of in-kind services and money to support the event. We have relied on these sponsors for many years to make Ghost Town Days happen.

Expanding Horizons Home School Association was out in full force.

The spirit that the Port Moody and Tri Cities community shows for Ioco Days is remarkable. We should all take pride in the success of such a grass roots event and the attention it brings to the wonderful heritage site of Ioco.

Ioco Ghost Town Day Returns

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Ioco Ghost Town Day returns!

October 14th, from noon-4pm

Activities include tours of the town in Model A cars, artisan displays, pony rides, kids’ crafts and much more. This year, performers include bluegrass band 5 on a String, magician Dennis Hewson, barbershop quartet Antique Gold, and musician Nigel Tucker. Also joining us to share the history of Ioco as heritage actors are local youth from Theatrix.

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Come join us for this free family event at the former Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. & 1st Ave. in Port Moody). Enjoy good old fashioned fun while learning about the heritage of the former Ioco town.

Free parking for both events is available along 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Ioco. For directions to the event, use our Map to Ioco.

Ioco Ghost Town Days is organized by the Port Moody Heritage Society who owns and operates the Port Moody Station Museum.

Ioco Days is supported by Heritage Canada, the Port Moody Heritage Commission, Impact Canopies, Freybe Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals.

Ioco Days Festival Kicks off with “Home Town”

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Saturday, October 6th, the Ioco Days Festival begins with the local theatre production “Home Town”.


Created by Rebel Haunt Theatre, “Home Town” is a site-specific, audience-interactive play set in the 1930s. The audience moves with the actors through the Ioco townsite; exploring various locations, meeting characters and watching the story unfold. The show incorporates stories from the history of Ioco and Port Moody.

“Home Town” is a great way for locals to get a sense of the community that Ioco residents enjoyed in the 1930s. Written using information and stories from the old “Ioco Times” newsletter, the characters evoke the feeling of the good old days as they explore the remaining heritage buildings and environment at the Ioco town site.

 

 

Shows are Saturday, October 6th and 13th at 1 & 3pm.

Audience members should gather at the Ioco lawn bowling green (Ioco Rd. and 1st Ave.) prior to the show.

Admission is by donation.

The show will go on rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather.

If you need directions to the event, check out our Map to Ioco.

Ioco Ghost Town Days 2011 a Success!

Kindred Spirits sing along

Kindred Spirits sing along

Thanks to everyone who participated in making Ioco Ghost Town Days a big success this year.  It was a fitting celebration for the 10th anniversary of the event.  Feedback so far has been very positive.  If you were there, please add some of your thoughts.

Here are some of the records for our 10th year:

  • Highest attendance – approximately 2000 people.
  • Biggest budget. Thank you Heritage Canada, Port Moody Heritage Commission, and Pacific Coast Terminals!
  • Most performing groups – 11 different groups.
  • Most hot dogs grilled.  Thank you Kinsmen!
  • Most tents put up – 30 total. Thank you Impact Canopies and Danco!
  • Most video footage of Mary Anne Cooper talking about Ioco town’s history. See the Coquitlam Now and the Tri City News.
You can see more photos from the event on the Port Moody Station Museum Facebook page.

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We had a great time and I hope you did too. See you again next year!

Ioco Ghost Town Days – October 1st & 2nd

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Model A Car Tours

This October marks the 10thanniversary of Ioco Ghost Town Days. Begun as a celebration of the establishment of the former Ioco town site as a designated heritage area, the event celebrates the heritage of the former Imperial Oil town site and the people that lived there.

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Come join us for this free family event at the former Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. & 1st Ave. in Port Moody). Visitors will enjoy good old fashioned fun while learning about the heritage of the former Ioco town.  This year, Heritage Society has organized a two day event on October 1st and 2nd.

On October 1st current and former Ioco residents will reunite between 1 and 4pm to reminisce and enjoy our heritage photo display, some jazz music and refreshments.

On October 2nd, the big show will return with ten different musical, dramatic and variety acts, tours of the town in antique cars, artisan displays, pony rides, kids’ crafts and much more.

Click HERE for more details about and directions to Ioco Ghost Town Days.

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Ioco Ghost Town Days is organized by the Port Moody Heritage Society who owns and operates the Port Moody Station Museum.

Ioco Days is supported by Heritage Canada, the Port Moody Heritage Commission, Impact Canopies, Freybe, Pacific Coast Terminals and Thrifty Foods-Suter Brook.