Christmas activities bring Spences Bridge residents together

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly column of community news and activities in Spences Bridge.

Gracie James enjoys a little time with Santa at the Spences Bridge community Christmas party.

We’ve had some most wonderful events here in Spences Bridge. We are so fortunate in this tiny community to have such great dedicated volunteers that make all these events possible!

Christmas Bazaar a success for Club

First, I’d like to report that the Christmas Bazaar was a smashing success! Well over $2,000 was raised for the Community Club – these funds will partially pay for the insurance and heating bills for the coming year. Thank-you so much to all those that donated baking and various items, and those that put so much time and effort into the event, and of course those of who supported the event financially!

Christmas lunch well attended

The following day saw many of the same faces enjoying a Christmas lunch together at the Chief Whisteminitsa complex. What a great way to start off the holiday season, sharing a meal and celebrating our children and Elders.  The Community Club and the Cook’s Ferry Band partnered to host this festive occasion – Turkey and all the trimmings, and children singing Christmas carols, and of course a visit from Santa! Thanks to the Cook’s Ferry Band for providing the venue and your amazing kitchen!  Again, thank-you to everyone for chipping in and helping out, bringing deserts and whatnot, and thank-you Santa!

Turkey Bingo

The Turkey bingo was another great success! I’m not sure of the numbers yet, but the hall was pretty full and very hushed, as bingo players listened intently for their numbers to be called, that they might win a turkey! Thanks again to all those who helped to make the evening possible and to all who attended; your ongoing support is much appreciated!

News Year’s Eve party in Cleme’s Hall

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! Tickets are only $10! Cleme’s Hall will be all gussied up looking sparkly and festive – fantastic dance music provided by dj Tracie, tasty snacks to nibble on all night long, and Champagne and noise makers at midnight!! The Inn next door to the Hall is offering a special rate for rooms for you out of towners. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No minors.

Hall renos started

The renovations have begun on the Hall: the attic has been cleared of bat guano – 350 lbs of it!! In the new year the renos will really get going with the furnace, doors, insulation and so on.

CBC Radio is back

Now here is a Merry Christmas for Spences Bridge: we have CBC radio back! It has been a very long saga; everything that could go wrong did go wrong! There is still some work to be done, the power is not at its fullest, and at the moment we have CBC north, but Yippee we have CBC! Stay tuned…

Drop In Days

The Drop In Soup Wednesdays with crafts and games will be put on hold ‘till after the holidays as it seems folks are busy right now. The next one will be Jan. 9.

The next regular meeting of the Spences Bridge Community Club is 7 pm Jan. 9, 2013 at Cleme’s Hall.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Winter Solstice! All the very best for 2013!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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