Comings & Goings On – Successful activities breed plans for more

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

Ah, May. It’s the pre-curser to summer; river swimming and bbqs, camping and gardening.  Are you ready?

Clean and sparkly

Our Spring Clean –Up went very well. There was a great turn out, the weather was good and the town was cleaned of all litter in no time. Then some relaxing over lunch was enjoyed by all. Thanks everyone fore chipping in and getting the job done!

Farmer & Fleas

Our Farmer’s / Flea market is surpassing all expectations. Each weekend has seen many varied vendors and pretty good crowds to come and shop. Some of the local businesses  have seen an increase in  business  and that’s what we want; everyone to benefit from folks “driving the loop’ as they check out the market, and the restaurants, pub, thrift stores, and the road side fruit stands! Come check us out every Sunday 10-2 ‘till October!

Movie Night

The last movie night only saw a few folks come out, but ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants “was a great little movie! We’ll try one more and see what kind of turn out we get. So Thursday, May 27th at Clemes’ Hall we will be showing “Iron Road”. This is a locally filmed movie not only exploring the history of building the railroad through the Canadian Rockies – but is a “sweeping story of forbidden love, bravery and courage.” Directed by Davis Wu, and starring Peter O’Toole, Sam Neil, Sun Li, and Luke MacFarlane, rated PG. Popcorn, door prize, and FREE! Everyone welcome.

Music in the Desert

Desert Daze planning is coming along; this is when you really know that summer is fast approaching as the timelines for festival planning start running tight! Keep watch for the line-up and details re volunteering. Visit our Desert Daze website. www.desertdaze.ca

Soggy campsites

Madden Island (the unofficial free campsite) is looking close to being flooded now, but a special thanks to Pat Jackson and Alec Kinasewich for working so hard on the mowing and weed whacking prior to the long weekend – it looked so much better!

Full Moon

There was good turnout for the May 14 full moon Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a celebration organized in partnership with the Cook’s Ferry Wisdom Keepers and the New Horizon’s Elders Council. What fun!   There was fantastic food, creative and hilarious hats (and prizes), and much laughter. Please join us for the next gathering planned for the full moon in June 12. It is a Hawaiian themed potluck, and as for details, that’s all I know right now, so please watch for posters!

Park referendum

Although not a SBCC venture, as it will greatly impact the social / recreational events in the town, I am mentioning the Park Referendum here. An information meeting was held on May 21, regarding the change of status of the old school property to one of a service area park. The referendum is on June 21. Please look at the TNRD website for more information, and do come out and vote on this important issue. www.tnrd.ca/content/spences-bridge-referendum-information

Community Club AGM

The Community Club will be holding its AGM on Sept. 10. The $2 membership fee is due at that time, and we will hold elections for our executive. Please consider getting involved in some of the planning and organizing of the great things this community does. Come check it out at Cleme’s Hall at 7 pm.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan