Comings and Goings On – From music festival to farmers markets

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

Summertime and the living is easy…..then why is everyone so darn busy! It’s been a pretty hot sunny summer and the Desert Daze weekend was no exception! For the fifth year running the sun shone on our little festival, actually the coolest so far at only 34 degrees!!

The weather wasn’t the only thing cooking: the music was hot as well!  I can’t mention all the artists here, and couldn’t possibly only highlight a few as all were fantastic in their own right. There were sweet singer song writer women, some guys singing storytelling style, we had relaxing grooving music, rocking sing-a-long music, and both nights were finished off with some great dancing tunes! And of course the entertaining Can Can dancers delighted the crowd!

All the workshops were well attended and folks walked away with beaded earrings, bark baskets, pickles and canned tomatoes all of which they had learned to make themselves. There really was something for everyone – a little water park to keep the kids cool, vendors selling everything from jewelry, ice tea, empanadas, to locally roasted coffee, bannock, and hotdogs! The beer garden was a popular spot for the adults to cool down, with a great view of the stage. The apple bobbing was also a nice way to cool down that many took advantage of. There was a nice little throng of kids enjoying the science experiments thanks to Bridging to Literacy!

Although we’d love to have more folks attending (put it on your calendar for next year!), the preliminary results look like we did manage to more than break even. Thanks so much to all our sponsors; Canadian Heritage grant, Belkorp, TNRD, H.E. Mining and Excavating, Cook’s Ferry Band, ASC Automotive, Frontier Power, Second Time Around, M.E. Media Electrics, The Packing House, Community Futures Sun Country, Arrow Transport, Secret Gardens Farm, The Inn at Spences Bridge, and Safety Mart. Also all those businesses and individuals that donated something for our raffle – thank-you! There were over 15 prizes, too many to thank them all here, but the biggies are: Little Horse Lodge, Watch Lake Resort, Kumsheen Rafting, Kamloops Wildlife Park, and our locals Cache Creek DQ, Rolgear, and Ashcroft Workwear. All the support is so very much appreciated!

Our Farmer’s Flea Market is going very well! Every week brings different goods for sale; tasty goodies, gorgeous crafts and interesting used items. The hall is air conditioned so it’s a nice reprieve from the heat and folks can shop in comfort. The market has become a lovely social event as well where one can enjoy a coffee with friends and neighbours out on the deck while watching the river flow by and the osprey soar. We’ll keep going with the market through October, every Sunday 10 -2.

Our AGM is fast approaching, Sept. 10 at 7pm at the hall. This is when the $2 member fee is due, which must be paid in order to vote. Elected positions to be filled are; president, vice-president, secretary treasurer, four directors, TV society chair, vice chair, and secretary treasurer. Please consider getting involved in all the wonderful events and activities the Community Club hosts. Home is what you make it, so come out and make it a community you can continue to proud of!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan