The Cumberland Museum’s annual Workers’ Day Bean Supper is just around the corner and tickets are on sale now for one of the museum’s most-anticipated annual community gatherings.
Each year on May 1, friends of the museum come together to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of working people everywhere.
While celebrated ‘unofficially’ in Canada, May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries!
The roots of the Bean Supper also go way back in Cumberland.
During the Great Strike (1912-1913) workers from down Island shipped dried beans to hungry miners and their families who had been kicked out of their company-owned housing while on strike for better working conditions.
These families camped out at “Strikers’ Beach” in Courtenay on property owned by the Campbell family (owners of Campbell Store in Cumberland). The Campbell family also extended tens of thousands of dollars in grocery credit to these miners to help them weather the strike years.
The Cumberland Museum’s Workers Day Bean Supper is also a tribute to this act of kindness and compassion by local business owners.
Workers’ Day Bean Supper is a family friendly gathering featuring a delicious traditional bean supper (vegetarian options available) complete with coleslaw, cornbread and homemade oatmeal cookies for dessert.
Live music is also a big part of this tradition and 2013 is no exception!
This years Workers’ Day Bean Supper will feature a Pete Seeger birthday celebration and singalong hosted by the Flying Accusations and special guests.
The Pete Seeger Tribute Traveling Roadshow is performing up and down Vancouver Island as part of Mayworks 2013 (Festival of Labour and the Arts). The Museum is excited to welcome them to their May 1st event.
Seeger wrote some of North America’s best love folk songs. May 3 is his 94th birthday and we’re going to celebrate by making music together!
Join the Cumberland Museum, special musical guests The Flying Accusations and many friends for this annual celebration of International Workers’ Day and the fight for local and global social justice. Bring the kids and share a great tradition with a new generation!
Workers’ Day Bean Supper takes place May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are only $5 and kids under five are free!
Purchase your tickets online at www.cumberlandmuseum.ca or at the Cumberland Museum. This event is sold out every year so be sure to grab your tickets soon.
— Cumberland Museum and Archives