Bowen Island never had a merrier crowd than that which took possession of the picnic grounds when the employees of Henry Birks & Sons, Limited, with their sweethearts, wives and families, held their annual picnic. Two hundred and thirty-four persons were in the gathering; every one of them wore a Birks badge, a winning smile and a healthy appetite. The hard-'working committee provided a programme Which occupied every minute of the time ; there were races for every one, from infant to veteran; there were pick-a-back and wheelbarrow races, the popular mixed three-legged race for which the Birks staff is famous, and a most exciting tug-ofwar. A feature of the day's sports was the sweeping victory of the factory employees over those who are accustomed to putting over the sales.
In the evening, a most enjoyable dance was held in the pavilion, in the course of which Mrs. W. M. Carson, the life-partner of the popular manager, presented the prizes to those fortunate in the various contests. P. Powell, with the help of a pianist, provided the most delectable music. Under the spreading shade trees of the picnic ground proper, supper was served to a hungry horde, who did ample justice to the good things provided in abundance, from ice cream to cigars. Geo. E. Trorey, managing-director, and Mr. Carson were most active in seeing to the welfare of their guests, and the outing was a distinct success, another proof of the splendid good-fellowship which exists among the members of the staff themselves and those who control the destinies of this firm which spreads across the continent. The hour's sail to and from the Island was spent in song and frolic, Leonard Hambly and other willing workers taking turns at the piano, while a good hundred voices rent the air with melody.
Source: The Trader - October 1920