The world may seem a little unsteady right now but there is one thing you can count on to put a smile on your face. You can get a plate of beans, some great music and a good time on May Day in Cumberland. The 2019 Cumberland May Day Bean Dinner is happening at the Cumberland Cultural Centre on Wednesday May 1st.

One of the purposes of celebrating May Day, the International Workers Day is to remember not only the hardships and the dangers the Cumberland coal miners, and their families faced, but also the incredible spirit they showed in struggling for better conditions in the mines and in their communities. The modest meal of beans and coleslaw represent the hardships but the coming together of family and friends with the music of Mark Hellman celebrates that sense of community.

Mark Hellman is a musical theatre performer from Victoria who has played for audiences all over Canada from the Festival of the Americas in Montreal to the Coombs Country Fair. Recently he brought his play about Pete Seeger called ‘The Incompleat Folksinger’ to the Merville Hall where he had the audience enthralled. His repertoire is much broader, and he will be playing a variety of songs for your enjoyment. You can check out Mark’s bio and some of his music at

The Cumberland May Day Bean Dinner is an undertaking of the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council and all funds raised this year will go toward the Cumberland Museum and Archives.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Cumberland Museum. You can also reserve your table by phoning the Museum at 250-336-2445. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

For more information contact Brian at 250-898-4909


Brian Charlton