Comings & Goings On – Activities move indoors and winter moves in

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

It hardly seems like October as it’s 23 degrees already this morning and such warm nights! It doesn’t seem right to be pulling plants and bringing in the geraniums. And yet it is October and the Fall plans must go forward.

Soup Day Wednesday

Soup Day is back! The first Soup Day Wednesday is Oct.29. This is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house, mingle with friends and neighbours, and share a nice hot bowl of soup. There’s always goodies and coffee as well. We are always looking for folks to sign up to make the soup – if there are enough volunteers it works out to only once per season. Join us every Wednesday at the old school at noon.

Hallowe’en party

Halloween is the first item on the Fall list. On Oct. 31 the SBCC will be hosting the party for the community. It all starts at 4pm with crafts, games and costume prizes for the kids, wiener roast and goodies for all, and after trick or treating, fireworks at 7pm. So get on your Ghoulish attire and come join the fun!

Thanks so much to Cook’s Ferry,  the Fire Dept., Bait’s Motel and the Log Cabin Pub for their contributions to fund this event.

Canyon War

Just before Halloween, however, is our next Movie night. On Oct. 29 we will be showing “Canyon War”.  An interesting documentary hosted by Kevin Loring and Dr. Daniel Marshall, this film explores the history of the Fraser Canyon in 1858. Using very well done re-enactments, the film looks at the truth behind the conflicts between gold rush miners, the local Indigenous communities, and the politics of the time. Directed by Eva Wunderman.

It’s only 53 mins. long, so not a huge time commitment to see this great local film. As always, there will be popcorn, a door prize, and it’s FREE!

The Steelhead Shuffle

It has been a few years, but the Community Club is again putting on a Fall dance. As our town is usually full of fishers (men and women) in the Fall seeking the elusive Steelhead, the dance is named The Steelhead Shuffle.

This dance is a long standing tradition: I attended my first one 22 years ago and it has always proved to be a great time! A live band has been hired – Bobby Garcia and the Six Strings from Merritt. They play country / rock and are guaranteed to have you up on the dance floor! Fantastic snacks are served all evening. Tickets are for sale at the P.O., the Inn, and the Packing House.

River Day cleanup

There was a great turnout for the River’s Day clean-up. The campground was weed wacked and mowed and the outhouse and garbage cans cleaned out. The place looks really good and is being regularly used by campers. Madden Campground is a kind of no man’s land, not owned by anyone as it is below the river high water mark. The SBCC volunteers work to maintain it as much as possible, and I would like to thank everyone who has been chipping in to keep this by donation campground an inviting aspect of our community. Thanks too to the Steelhead Association for their assistance and support.

Last Market of the year

The final Farmer / Flea market went very well. There was a fantastic turnout, and turkey on a bun, baked salmon, pumpkin pie and all sorts of goodies were enjoyed. I offer my apologies to those who arrived after we’d run out of turkey. The market has proved to be a wonderful addition to our community events; it has been great to see so many come together on a Sunday support local farmers, producers, crafters and artists. Thanks to the market committee for all the hard work pulling this new venture off so successfully!

Desert Daze

Planning for next year’s Desert Daze Music Festival is about to begin! On Nov.10 we will not only have our first planning meeting, but will host a dinner for all our volunteers. Planning committee will meet from 4:30-5:45, then at 6pm everyone who volunteered for the festival is invited to join us for dinner. Hope to see as many as possible at the hall to celebrate volunteerism!

If anyone is interested in collecting, archiving, and displaying historic photographs of our region (people, places, or things), come to our next meeting. There has been an interest expressed in the SSSBCC.

Bazaars and Bingos

Watch this space next month for details regarding the Christmas Bazaar (Nov. 29, table rentals available), Turkey Bingo (Dec.12) and our New Years Dance. Mark these dates on your calendar. Anyone interested in helping out with the Bazaar, please come to a brief meeting at 6pm at the hall Wed., Nov.12 . A light dinner of soup and a bun will be served. Then stick around for our regular SBCC meeting at 7pm.

PS – We are still looking for a secretary!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan