The Old Fork
140 Trans-Canada Hwy
The Old Fork can easily be missed when driving through Duncan, BC to further points beyond. This diner is tucked inside the Travelodge and although established in 2013, the feel of this place is rustic. Photos of Duncan from its historic days decorate the entryway and inside, I thought I’d find a ghost or two to tell some tales. I had to wonder what stood here before this motel. Perhaps the land has history but not necessarily the building.
The waitress was welcoming and on a quiet day, I could sit anywhere and enjoy the old world ambience. Looking at the photos reminded me of the fact that there is more to this town. Wayfarers should be reminded there more to this township than just a highway. The Whippletree Junction may well be a more colourful and desirable place to visit in the tourist sense but sometimes the best secrets lay on the beaten track. You just have to stop, listen and look.
Would you believe I went to a broad spectrum gaming type event just for the food trucks parked here? I had this plan in mind ever since LANtasy announced the Duncan-based operation, Taco Revolution, will be coming down to feed the hungry masses. Between this truck and Coast Lunch Box (they have really tasty rosemary garlic fries with truffle oil aioli), I had my motivation in place although I was not all that hungry for the show itself. I’m saving up for Seattle‘s Emerald City Comicon — every dollar counts when I’m thinking about current foreign exchange rates.
With help from my friends at VicLUG, I changed my mind the next day because I truly appreciate what this gaming convention is doing for the local geek community. When I’ve been spoiled by the big conventions with a huge variety of exhibits and discussions, to go back to basics is difficult. Even the local events can be spectacular when done right, but when this exhibition did not offer panels this year for folks to learn about the latest rumblings in the industry, well …. This detail will be corrected for future events tho’. When I go to a show, I like to learn and discover. I wrote an article on Otakunoculture.com, where I looked at the show from the perspective of an outsider instead of someone immediately in the know.
I too felt affected by the sour impression the staff of Island Fantasy Con left upon the fan community when they took over the reigns and announced the cancellation after Bill Code fell deathly ill. He was no longer in control. I’m not as upset as others are, but with Mr. Code as the face of that operation, he needs to make a statement to clear the air. Whatever the reaction is, I’m sure voices will be heard calling for a revolution.
Next week the Archie Browning Sports Centre is hosting something a little special for you movie-goers. Bring your car and perhaps some blankets on the night of Friday, November 28th because you’ll be treated to a trip back in time with a holiday drive-in movie.
The film to be presented will be Tim Burton’s family classic The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, and tries his best to get the residents of his town to forsake Halloween in the name of this bright holiday. But Jack and the residents of Hallowentown don’t quite understand the holiday’s concept or its true meaning.
Starring the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Greg Proops.
This film is rated PG in Canada, the USA, and the UK.
There is plenty to see in the month of November for new releases but if you want to see any the films I consider to be the top ten, you’ll have to bide your time until November 7th when animated features like Disney’s Big Hero 6 rockets into theatres. For those of you who are waiting for animated animals of the cute and cuddly kind, the end of November can’t bring Penguins of Madagascar and Paddington (for those in the UK) fast enough.
But until the new releases appear, there is enough selection to enjoy at your local theatre. Vic Theatre has Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 30th and 31st and according to their website they are allowing toast but not the buttered kind.
Star Cinema in Sidney have an interesting documentary being screened on Nov 19th, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story explores the billions of dollars of food disposed farmers, retailers and consumers throw out each year. We follow filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer as they pledge to stop buying their food from grocery stores and start living living off of society’s throwaways.
ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island will be also be screening Just Eat It as a presentation of the Salt Spring Film Festival. The screening will take place on November 19th at 7 pm. Tickets to the ArtSpring screening can be purchased by clicking on the link here.
It will also be held at the Victoria Event Center Wed. November 19th, 2014
I’ve made some new changes on this recent article of Must See Movies, the first being the title. With the inclusion of Duncan’s Cowichan Theatre and Oak Bay’s David Foster Foundation Theatre as movie venues, we have surpassed the number of “five” in our title. And since I can’t lower the number to five now if I tried I’ve decided to rename the weekly article Must See Movies.
For the month of November Cinecenta will be showing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Good Bye Lenin!, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Eternity – The Movie, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Cowichan Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera live HD will include Carmen and Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. And for documentary enthusiasts, Life Itself, about famous film critic Roger Ebert will appear for one night only.
Oak bay Beach Hotel’s David Foster Foundation Theatre will be carrying Disney’s Maleficent, I Wish I Was Here, Land Ho!, and the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys.