Comings & Goings On – 2013 fun is far from over in Spences Bridge

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

Gracie James confides her Christmas wishes in Santa Claus.

Gracie James confides her Christmas wishes in Santa Claus.

December is such a busy time with so many events and gathering to attend, and the preparations for Christmas keep us hopping as well, I hope everyone is coping and not getting stressed out! Several events are now “checked off” our calendar, but are worthy of mention here.

The Christmas Bazaar turned out very well. Although I was concerned that it didn’t seem to be busy and crowded enough, those that attended dug deep and it was a very successful fundraiser. The new look of other vendors selling their wares added greatly to the festive atmosphere, I do hope that it was a profitable venture for them. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, helped in the running, and bought merchandise and raffle tickets – it’s these community ventures that keep our community spirit vibrant.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Community Christmas Luncheon, however I heard that it was well attended, and that there was plenty of delicious food. Thankyou to everyone who stepped up to the plate and replaced me! (I am far more expendable than I think I am…)

At the luncheon, the New Horizon’s Senior’s Program folks presented the community with the beautiful work of art that 22 of our community members worked on. The piece is a glass mosaic depicting an image of the Dancing Tree – but there is so much more going on in it. The piece will be displayed at the old school next, so do take the time to admire this wonderful work.

There are lots of plans for future workshops with the New Horizon’s Program – a newsletter will be in your mailboxes very soon. The November pot luck dinner was extremely well attended, it was wonderful to see so many folks come out and share a meal and have a few laughs! The food was so very good, and such variety! Many folks shared stories about the baskets that they brought in. There were baskets from around the world, but we learnt a lot about the local basketry. I think I speak for all there that we found it very interesting!

Nor was I able to be at the ham and turkey bingo! It has been reported to me that it was very well attended (with some out of towners too!),  and that it also was very successful in the fundraising efforts. There are plans to bring a put on a bingo once a month – so watch for posters, and of course this space. Thanks Craig and Oliva for taking this on – and to all the other helpers too!

The New Year’s Eve dance is of course fast approaching. Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful night; only $10! It gets started at 9 pm with great dancing music supplied by… (back by very popular demand…) DJ Tracie! Some of the things that make this a fabulous way to ring in the new year are; fantastic snacks all night long, Champagne and noise makers / hats at midnight, and the comfort of celebrating with friends and neighbours! The Inn is right next door for those of you out of towners who need a place to lay your weary head. The hall will be all decked out in it’s finest, so put on your dancing shoes and join us!

The SBCC has set the date of Dec. 28 for a skating party at Mud Lake. The club will supply some wieners to roast over the fire, and some hot chocolate. There is a large box of skates in a variety of sizes for you to borrow if you don’t have a pair. There may be some snow by then, so we could be sledding too! Of course this event is entirely weather dependant – feel free to call me to confirm.

I have set up a facebook page for the SBCC, where I will try to post all coming events and activities – just ask to be added! Then you can also ask questions make comments or suggestions as well. It’s about time I ventured into this technology for the Club!

The soup day at the old school is continuing, except that there will not be soup on Dec. 25 or Jan.1. We always need folks to sign up to make the soup for future Wednesdays – please see Carol at the Post Office (thanks Carol!)

Our next regular meeting is Jan. 8 at 7 pm at Cleme’s Hall.

On behalf of the Spences Bridge Community Club I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan

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