Sad to see the old bridge coming down.

Comings & Goings On – Author gives reading in March

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly report on community news and events in Spences Bridge.

What incredibly warm weather for February! I’ve been out in the garden feeling like spring is here. However, February can be tricky – it will lull you into thinking its spring, and then can slap you in the face with a Nor’easter blizzard!

Until we’re sure the warm gardening weather is upon us, Soup Day continues, with growing attendance. Be sure to remember Wednesdays at noon at the school to share some good food and a few laughs.

The Bridging to Literacy community unplug and play literacy family day was a great success in Spences Bridge.  Fifteen kids and several adults turned up for the fun; there was story time, crafts, pancakes, badminton, and lots of prizes. Thank-you Ann Belcham and Deanna Horsting for coming to our community to spread the fun! Thanks also to Angie Thorne, Christine Walkem, and the crew at Cook’s Ferry for hosting.

I’m excited to announce that the Bridging to Literacy committee has engaged Richard Wagamese to come and speak in our communities. One of Canada’s foremost Indigenous authors and storytellers, Richard has been a professional writer since 1979. His impressive body of work includes six novels, a book of poetry and five non-fiction titles, including two memoirs and an anthology of his newspaper columns. Richard has been honoured with many, many awards recognizing his achievements in writing. Everyone is welcome to come and listen to Richard speak about his work.

There are two opportunities to catch Richard on March 19; at Ashcroft Secondary school at 1:30 and at 5 in Spences Bridge at Clemes Hall on Hwy 8. There will be light finger food snacks, (pot luck sandwiches, cookies, etc.) after the Spences Bridge talk.

The Desert Daze Festival committee has met to shortlist the many many musicians that applied to play at our festival this year. It is very difficult to choose, but we have shortlisted a wide variety of genre bands – everything from country to rock, folk to world to bluegrass! August 7-8 promises to be two fantastic days! We are specifically looking for someone to manage the vendors, (booking them, directing them for set up, etc.), anyone out there interested in taking this on?

Plans for our 2015 /16 Farmers Flea Market are under way – we’ve decided that we’ll open for our first market on the Sunday May 17 of the May long weekend, then every Sunday from 10 to 2.

We hope to see the attendance of our monthly Bingo build as we continue to hold a bingo on the third Monday of each month. At Clemes Hall, the doors open at 6 – concession snacks available. Hope to see you there!

The date has been set for our annual spring clean-up – Saturday, March 28.. We’ll meet at the school at 10 am, and make our way around town to clean up our roadways. We’ll finish up by gathering for a lunch to celebrate our good work!

Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful with our Imaginebc grant application. Without the funds that the grant would have provided for the historical project, it is not possible to move forward as planned. However, we are still exploring the idea of archiving some our history, but on a smaller scale.

New to Spences Bridge – Zumba Gold dance / aerobic exercising class! This is a super fun way to get some exercise, men and women of all ages are very welcome to attend. Classes are Tuesdays at noon at the hall. You can pay the drop in rate, or get a discount if you pre-pay. Thanks to Karen Savage for taking us on and her willingness to travel down to us! There will be a three week break in March for holidays, (3, 10, 17), but we will continue with a dance exercise cd on those days to keep us going! (that will be free).

Check our Facebook page for updates, news and announcements. Comments and questions will be answered there, or you can contact me at mavr@telus.net. Our next regular meeting is March 11, at the hall at 7pm. Please join us!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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