Sadie Hendricks and her friends had a great time Easter morning

Comings & Goings On – Desert Daze musicians, Farmers Market getting ready

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

Just when you thought spring was here the temperature plummets and the Coquihalla gets a dump of snow!

We were fortunate enough to have nice weather for our spring cleanup. There was a pretty good turnout including a gaggle of kids and everyone chipped in and did their share of picking up litter from all our roads and highways. What a great thing to do! I do think that folks are not littering as much as they used to. It seems that over the years of doing this I have seen a decrease in in how many bags of garbage we collect. Thanks everyone for coming out and helping.

Easter Sunday was also a lovely day. What an amazing turn out! (Photos on page 10.) The Easter Bunny left lots of chocolates for all the kiddies, lots of kids took part in the many games, kite making, and t-shirt decorating. And somehow all the food got eaten! Thanks so much to Cook’s Ferry, The Log Cabin Pub, Bait’s Motel, and the SB Fire Dept. for the generous donations that enable the Spences Bridge Community Club (SBCC)  to host this event! The SB Farmer’s / Flea market committee ran a successful raffle and bake sale to assist with the start up costs for the market. Thank-you to everyone for donating the raffle prizes, baking the goodies, and to all those who purchased….thanks for your support!

Our monthly bingos continue, with our next one on April 20. Mark your calendars for the third Monday of every month, and come to Cleme’s Hall on Hwy 8 for a fun night of bingo! Doors open at 5:30 – concession snacks available. Hope to see you there!

I can now announce another fantastic band that has confirmed for desert daze – Kara Kata is a 10-piece high energy band. The following description is from their website: “Kárà-Kátà … can be called world but we blend effortlessly original afrobeat, afrobeat reggae, soca, calypso, afrobeat gospel, modern funk, jazz, blues, salsa, psychedelic rock & soul. our musical spice is exotic and inspiring. We celebrate and share the beauty of African/Canadian multiculturalism with dance, music, fashion through our live performances. although the music is African origin, but we are 90 per cent of different backgrounds and origins and 10 per cent African. we are truly the world beat.”

This will truly be a dynamic musical experience! And just as an example of the diversity of the music at this festival I am very excited to have also confirmed award winner and multi-award nominee alternative country, roots, folk, bluegrass singer and songwriter Angela Harris!! For more information, or to sign up as a vendor or to volunteer please visit the website www.desertdaze.ca and visit us on Facebook!

We’re planning another cleanup on Saturday, April 18 – we’re tackling the graveyard this time. Please come along and lend a hand to tidy up our graveyard. Bring a rake, shears, weed wacker, or whatever your tool of choice might be, and meet at the graveyard at 9:30 am.

The SB. Fire Dept. has reported that we have two new First Responders stepping up to the plate for training. This is great news, as our First Responders are a very important vital part of the emergency medical response for our community and their dedication is truly appreciated! The Fire Dept. and the First Responders will be holding their annual Mother’s Day Pancake breakfast fundraiser. Please come out and support these volunteers and enjoy a fantastic breakfast at the same time – your Mother will love it! Sunday, May10 at 9 am at the old school.

The Sunday of May long weekend (May 17) will be our first Market of the year. It is fast approaching, so if you’re interested in renting a table, please call Oliva @ 458-2532. We could also do with a few volunteers to help with concession and market opening / closing. There is a sign-up sheet at the PO if you’re interested.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our secretary Joris Ekering who has given his notice to step down in his role with the SBCC. Thank-you Joris for your dedication to our community, and we wish you all the best.

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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