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Teresa Van der Meer-Chassé

Teresa VanderMeerChasse

Sid's Treasures Column is the result of a collaboration between Sid Van der Meer and his granddaughter Teresa Van der Meer-Chassé.  Sid has collected treasures all his life and this passion has given Beaver Creek its very own Museum. Teresa is pleased to have this chance to learn more and share her grandfathers passion.


 Sid’s Bordertown Museum in Beaver Creek and open April to October

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Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Upper Tanana artist Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé has teamed up with Whitehorse-based artist Nicole Bauberger to create a scavenger hunt of installations and events this fall. The artists began collaborating a year ago around the idea that the... Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Courtesy of Suzanne Paleczny

Yukon artist Lawrie Crawford imagined a gallery, an airy space with high ceilings and big beautiful windows. She could picture Suzanne Paleczny’s sculpture of Icarus hanging there. With that vision an idea was born. Crawford and her colleagues in... Read more

Carcross

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Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Sid’s days off consist of visiting with other locals at coffee time, doing several dump runs in a day and shuffling his classic cars around his yard. Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

It was about 7 a.m. when Bordertown Garage and Museum started waking up for its already lively season. Sid, the owner and curator, was up and about prepping his backyard museum for more visitors in June. Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2019-06-12, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Late May brought sun and warmth to the bordertown of Beaver Creek, Yukon. Sid was already back working hard at the Visitor Information Centre. He could feel the season was going to be a good one. Sid had come a long way from his childhood... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

For a two-night gig this past July in Beaver Creek, Larry Berrio and his band shut the town down! Berrio, from Sudbury, Ontario, travelled 5,000 kilometres with his bandmates to the most westerly community in Canada. With open arms, the town of... Read more

Beaver Creek

Van's '34 Ford Coupe under cover in the garage

Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

“He had a bunch of old cars and I had a bunch of old cars.” That evening the long-time friends spoke about their recent projects and past finds. Van invited the guys—and me—to his garage, only to discover a treasure trove inside. Read more

, Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2018-06-20, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Exploration, adventure and community are among the most important aspects of living in the North. For many Yukoners, it was the “want” to explore a fantasized part of the world and to seek adventure in discovering Canada’s North, but it was the... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“First thing I did when we got to Canada was buy a cowboy hat,” Sid says from his well-worn side of the couch. “When we first came to Canada in 1953 [from Friesland, Netherlands], we couldn’t read or write. I went down to the local bookstore and... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Sid Vander Meer

The first snow has settled in the border town of Beaver Creek, Yukon. Sid is preparing his house and museum for a long cold winter. He drives his recently purchased Caddy into the garage and closes the door. Although his private home is not... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

I was sitting comfortably amongst blankets and a beaver pelt on Sid’s living room couch, visiting with Jill. She pours us a warm cup of tea and we chat about their winter plans in Arizona. I take a moment to ask Sid what we should write about next... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

When the Westmark Hotel in Beaver Creek closed its doors in 2013, it brought an end to the dinner and show extravaganza called Beaver Creek Rendezvous, a tradition that had taken place every year for 22 years. Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

It is common knowledge that outfitting in the Yukon has been ongoing for over a hundred years and that outfitting horses roam feral, until needed. To this day you can spot the Dickson Outfitter horses roaming near the White River, among other places. Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

There are thousands of antiques to ask Sid van der Meer about, however, his most recent addition has been the latest topic of discussion. The 1949 Jeep, that was once gold, has now faded to a stil de grain yellow as it basks in the dry sun. “The... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

In February, Sid Van der Meer received the History Maker Award presented by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. The History Maker Award is presented to an individual, organization or business for outstanding contributions to Yukon heritage. Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Clayton Windatt

Our community will soon welcome an expected 100+ Indigenous curators, artists, and academics participating in the first northern gathering of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. The collective is a national service organization of Indigenous... Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

Today, Sid and I are on the hunt for an unusual piece in his collection. As we sift through antiques after antiques, we come across a bellows. A bellows pumps air, and they are commonly known to be hand-held devices used to stoke small fires... Read more

Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“It’s a 1942 International,” Sid tells me as we are standing by a truck whose yellow paint is slowly chipping away with age. The truck’s original grey colour has been exposed underneath the bright yellow. Its large body and tires tell us it was a... Read more

, Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

Looking through Sid’s antiquities I spot a familiar sight: stereoscopes. I had a pair of bright orange View Masters (a trademarked format of stereoscope) when I was a child in the 1990s with photos of Bugs Bunny. Sid’s stereoscopes are truly... Read more

, Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Teresa van der Meer-Chassé

“They were popular back in the 1960s,” Sid tells me as we stand in one of his many garages. Built attached to his house, his old garage holds tools, machines and different parts of Sid’s antique/vintage collection. Looking up towards the ceiling,... Read more

, Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Sid van der Meer hustles about Beaver Creek’s Visitor Information Centre preparing his workplace for the 2016 tourism season. With new Yukon tourism commercials airing widely and with the Canadian dollar so low, Sid expects a rise in international... Read more

, Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Teresa Vandermeer-Chasse

The tree leaves are rapidly changing and the temperature is beginning to drop. Autumn is about to arrive in Beaver Creek, Yukon and the tourism season is nearly complete. Like many residents of the small border town, Sid van der Meer is starting... Read more

, Beaver Creek