Some of the audience members at this year’s Desert Daze get ready to enjoy the Honky Tonk Dilettantes.

Some of the audience members at this year’s Desert Daze get ready to enjoy the Honky Tonk Dilettantes.

Comings & Goings On – Community club prepares for another season

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

I think I’m slowly coming out of the daze….Desert Daze and Tomato Red Movie daze all had the summer flying by – and suddenly here we are preparing for Fall.

The Desert Daze Festival went very well this year; I’m hearing lots of comments that indicate that it was the best festival in six years. There was such a diverse mix of music, many vendors with a wide variety of goods, and enough folks to give off a nice festive atmosphere! Thanks to all who attended – I hope you enjoyed it! I simply cannot express my gratitude enough to all those volunteers that worked tirelessly to make it all happen!

Many folks from Ashcroft and other areas really helped to supplement our own Spences Bridge small but dedicated group – all your help is very much appreciated! Of course we wouldn’t be able to put on this Festival without the generosity of our sponsors. I’d like to thank Canada Heritage Grant, Cantex, Second Time Around, Teck, Belkorp, CN, Winding Rivers Arts & Performers Society, KGHM International, TNRD, Frontier Power, ASC Automotive, Cook’s Ferry, The Packing House, Arrow Trucking, Ashcroft Timbr Mart, Ashcroft Safety Mart, People’s Drug Mart Lytton, Lytton First Nations, Work World Ashcroft, Rocky Mountaineer, Little House Lodge, Fraser River Expeditions, Kumsheen Rafting, Make Children First, and Community Futures! I hope I didn’t leave anyone out – my apologies if I have.

The SB Farmer’s / Flea Market continues through to October every Sunday 10 am – 2 pm in Clemes Hall. Check out all that there is to offer. Harvest time is really here, and there are lots of vendors selling their bounty. There are also plenty of arts, crafts, baking, and a trove of second hand treasures!

The first Bingo of the fall will be held on Sept. 7 in Clemes Hall on Hwy 8. Doors Open at 5:30, Game starts 6:30. Loonie pot $50. Come out for some fun. There will be a concession selling snacks.

Our AGM is Sept. 9 and  elections will be held for all executive positions for both the hall and TV society. Membership dues ($2) must be paid before folks can run and/or vote. Please come and consider a position on the executive. The SBCC needs some new volunteers and fresh ideas! We put on a lot of fun events – Bingos, Halloween party, Christmas Bazaar, Fall dance, New Years, Easter Picnic and egg hunt, Desert Daze, and we have applied for another New Horizon’s Senior’s grant.

If we are successful in receiving the grant, there will be lots of activities for all our Elders and Seniors. Hope to see lots of faces new and familiar on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm in the hall.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan