Comings and Goings On – Full Moons, Farmer Markets and Desert Daze

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

Summer is upon us! 30 degrees today and the river is already looking mighty tempting for a swim!

Desert Daze festival

The plans for Desert Daze Festival are also heating up! The dedicated group of volunteers are very busy with preparations. I’m very happy to announce the main musical line-up for this year’s Festival – Friday evening we have local favourites Spiritus Mundii, followed by North Country Gentlemen, and Magic Rooster finishing off the night. Saturday evening will see another local favourite Flat Busted, followed by Terrence Jack and then back by popular demand, The Johnson Brothers will finish off the festival. The afternoons will be filled with a variety of musicians – starting at 3 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday. The final schedule with all the start times is still being developed, but will be posted on the website in the very near future.

Saturday afternoon we will again have an apple bobbing and watermelon seed spitting contest, and there will be a supervised area for the kiddies to play. The Volunteer Fire Dept. will be putting on a pancake breakfast, and of course we will have a beer garden. Ticket prices and other details can be found  on the website desertdaze.ca , and I encourage you to check out the various musicians’ websites or facebook pages – we really have some fantastic talent coming to entertain us! Anyone wishing to volunteer in exchange for a weekend pass or a discount please go to the website – we need lots! And if you would like to be a vendor the applications are there as well.

Farmer and Flea Market

The Spences Bridge Farmer/Flea Market continues to thrive, with cherries now coming in hard and fast as well. We are enjoying the social atmosphere of folks visiting over a cup of coffee as they check out the tables. If you have something to sell, tables are $5, call 458-2489 to book. Anyone interested in busking? We have a mic set up, and love the atmosphere of music filling the hall, so call the above number and come on out! We are encouraging market goers to visit the other businesses in the area while they are out and about – don’t forget to ask for 10 per cent discount!

Full Moon celebrations

The Cook’s Ferry Wisdom Keepers and the New Horizon’s Elders Council partnered to host two great pot luck celebrations on the Full Moons of May and June. June’s was a Hawaiian themed night with limbo contests, Hula dance contest, ukulele playing and incredible food! There was much laughter! This is a true testament to the work of the New Horizon’s program continuing to bring folks together! The next one is planned for the Full Moon of July 12. It will be held at the “Arbour”, and will be celebrating the sun. Watch for posters for specifics. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for fun and games, food and laughter!

See you in September

Although many of us are busy with the above events, the club won’t meet again now until the AGM on Sept. 10. Hope to see lots of new faces!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan