Comings & Goings On – Spirit Masks and Hallowe’en activities

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

The Spirit Mask workshop was well attended and produced some beautiful results.

As I wrote the article for last month, we had yet to have our first fire of the year in the wood stove, and now it already feels like routine. Certainly enjoying the cozy warmth today as I look out on the spectacular fall colours!

Party Time

We’ll be seeing lots of colour at the annual Halloween party! Plans are set – there will be games, T- shirt painting, crafts, weiner roast, and prizes. The party is scheduled for 4–6 pm at the old school. Kids can go Trick or Treating afterwards, and everyone is invited back for the fireworks at 7 pm. Thanks so much to Cook’s Ferry Band, Spences Bridge Fire Dept., Baits’ Motel, and the Log Cabin Pub for their continued support in making this event possible! Everyone is welcome – this is for everyone – with or without kids!

Spirit Masks

The Spirit Mask Making workshop was fantastic! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday – being creative. Kathleen Kinasewich did a great job of sharing her knowledge and talents with diverse mix of about 12 participants. The finished masks look amazing – very different styles and approaches: there is a wolf, a horse, a red-tailed hawk, a goat, a dragonfly – just to name a few! Thanks Kathleen for conducting such a great workshop for the New Horizon’s Seniors program – the lunch was also fantastic!

New Horizons

The next New Horizon’s event is an Equine Therapy field trip this Wednesday. Many have signed up for this interesting event; I really look forward to hearing all about it!

The next Community potluck dinner is Oct. 22 at Clemes Hall starting at 5:30.  The presentation this month is a double whammy! Improvisation skills will be shared and tried out, and there will be a fish smoking demonstration – all sure to be informative, a good laugh and lot of fun! Hope to see you there.

Also on the same day at 10 am is the New Horizons Vision Council monthly meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas activities

The Christmas Bazaar planning is now well under way. This event is the major fundraiser for the Community Club; we raise over $2,000 most years – pretty good for a little community like ours. It would not be possible without lots of volunteers, and of course the support of the folks who come to shop.

Please note a few changes this year: firstly, the time is 4–7 pm, and we are renting out tables this year – so if you’re a crafter, or have other interesting things to sell, book a table. (No baking though please, the club will still run its so very popular Bake Table.)

Also new is the reduction of our “second time treasures” table, so please do not donate any clothing, bedding, or books, (we have done away with the book table as the bright red book shelf is operating so well providing free books), and only clean re-sellable items please.

So mark your calendar to attend the bazaar Nov. 30 at Clemes Hall on Hwy 8.

Another date to remember is Dec.13. This is another fundraiser for the club that’s lots of fun – the Christmas ham and turkey bingo. It’s at the hall with the early bird bingo starting at 6:30.

Radio signals

At our last SBCC meeting the TV society chair reported that plans are underway to switch from CBC north to CBC Kamloops, which will be great. It will be so nice to hear our own upcoming events, and local weather and news.

However, other equipment is required, and we are dependent upon or technician’s availability, so stay tuned. The fencing around the TV /radio shack needs posts. Anyone have any 10-foot galvanized posts kicking around they might like to donate?

Train-set fires

TNRD Director Steve Rice also reported at our meeting that there is an important public fire meeting with CN, CP, and all other stakeholders to discuss solutions to the fires that are started by trains. The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 7 pm, at Clemes Hall on Hwy 8.

Steve also reported that he is meeting with highways people and our local MLA Jackie Tegart regarding our bridge and keeping it open. Also mentioned was the interest in the local Lytton radio station here in Spences Bridge. It certainly would be nice to have more listening options, so our requirements are being investigated.

Soup Days

Soup Day is back! The SBCC will be hosting the soup day at Clemes Hall every Wednesday. We are dependent on volunteers to sign up to cook the soup (do so at the Post Office) and folks to take turns making sure there is coffee, crackers and so on. This is open to everyone of all ages in the community – come out and share a healthy meal with your neighbours!

Next meeting

The next meeting of the SBCC is Nov. 13 (always the second Wednesday of the month) – open to all. Please call me regarding the bazaar, soup day, or anything else you may have questions about, 458-2282.

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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