Comings & Goings On – Fall rolls into Hallowe’en and Christmas fun

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

These lovely warm days just keep on coming…can’t bring myself to take in the geraniums yet.

The final Farmer’s Flea market was well attended and we had a wonderful turkey lunch in appreciation of all our vendors and customers alike. Thanks so much to everyone that contributed to making the second year of the FFM another success! There were many folks that stepped up to organize, take responsibility for the vendors, bake for and man the concession, and so much more – thanks!

Hallowe’en is fast approaching and the plans are all set for the ghoulish night. Join us at the Chief Wistemnista centre for games, prizes, crafts, hotdogs and tons of wicked fun! It all starts at 4pm, and then the kids can trick or treat from 6-7pm and return to the band office for the fireworks! Special thanks to Cook’s Ferry for the great partnership in co-hosting the event, and to the SB Fire Dept., for the donation for the fireworks and for safely managing setting them off. Thanks also to the Log Cabin Pub and Baits Motel for their continued generous support! So get dressed up in your best scary costume and celebrate All Hallowed Eve with your community!

The raffle tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Bazaar raffle. First prize is a colourful quilt donated by Judy Draney and the quilters club, the second prize is a Robert Bateman Eagle and nest print beautifully framed by Joe Moreira, and third prize is $50 donated by the Wyatt-Purdens; thanks so much to all the donators!  Tickets are on sale at the Post Office the Band Office, and the Packing House. We are still looking for any interesting items or gift certificates for our auction, if you have some gently used stuff you no longer have a use for, please consider passing it along our way! The Bazaar will be on Dec. 5 at the hall from 3-5pm. Clemes hall will be full of arts and crafts vendors, baking and second hand treasures for sale, a concession with goodies and treats, an auction and fun! Call me if you’d like to book a table or have something to donate (250-458-2282).

The final numbers for Desert Daze 2015 have been crunched, and not only did we throw a great festival, but we ended up with a wee bit of left over cash for the bank to assist with our start up next year – congratulations and thank-you to all the hard working volunteers and all of our sponsors! Please contact me if you are interested in joining the planning committee for Desert Daze 2016!

The regular monthly bingo for November has been cancelled due to low turnout. However, make sure you plan to attend the ham and turkey bingo on Friday, Dec. 11. This is always a very popular bingo with at least 12 turkeys and hams to be won!

At the last meeting there was a motion carried that the SBCC start up a performing arts committee; Joris Ekering and Steve Rice are spearheading this so stay tuned for further developments!

The next meeting is Nov. 11 at 7pm, at the hall – hope to see you there!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan