Comings & Goings On – The Steelhead Shuffle is a rockin’ good time

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

As fall approaches the calendar seems to fill. The Community Club has lots of plans for events for the rest of the year!

New executive

At the AGM on Sept. 10 not only did the club lay out its plans, but a new executive was elected. I’d like to thank everyone for putting their names forward to sit on the executive; involvement in the community and helping with all the wonderful events that the club hosts helps to make our little town a vibrant active place to call home.

Congratulations to the following; Vice President Pat Jackson, Secretary Tina Draney, four Directors – Oliva and Craig Watson, Kathleen and Alex Kinesawich, and for the fifteenth year running, yours truly has taken the position of president. We are still looking for a Treasurer. On the T.V. society Jim Ryan let his name stand again for Chair, and Alex Kinasewich is the Vice Chair.

Rivers Day cleanup

River’s Day is Sept. 29, and in honour of such, the Club will be co-hosting with The Steelhead Advocacy Association, a clean-up and wiener roast on Saturday the 28th. Come down to Madden Island at 10am and pitch in to tidy the camp and river bank. Please bring along a weed eater, and wear some gloves.

Community Nights

Starting in October,  Movie nights return! On Oct. 2 we will show the locally shot film “Shooter”.  Starring Mark Wahlberg, directed by Antoine Fuqua, this film is an action filled thriller with Ashcroft starring as Africa! Rated “R” – show starts at 7pm at the hall; with popcorn, refreshments, door prize, and it’s all free!

Hallowe’en is another event that requires a few volunteers. Games, contests, arts and crafts, wiener roast, and fireworks – this town goes all out to make Hallowe’en a memorable occasion for kids and adults alike.

This year we will be putting on a fall dance, traditionally called the Steelhead Shuffle. The hall rocking to a live band on Nov. 8. Watch this paper for the details, but mark your calendar and save the date! If you would like to join the dance committee, let me know and I will steer you in the right direction.

Bazaars and bingos

Our usual Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Nov. 29. This event is our main fundraiser of the year which finances the upkeep of the hall, the insurance, and children’s events and so on. Raffle tickets are now on sale and there are five great prizes! First prize is a queen size quilt donated by the Cactus Strippers Quilting Guild; second prize is a beautifully framed limited edition Andrew Kiss print “Double Trouble” (two adorable fox kits), donated by Doreen and Bill Hare (we will miss you!). Third prize is $50 cash donated by Doug and Marlin Wyatt-Purden. Fourth prize is a lovely pine needle basket (with a surprise inside!) made and donated by Carol Madden. Fifth prize is locally handmade pottery. Names of the winners will be drawn at the Bazaar. Table rentals are available; contact me via email, phone or Facebook. There will be baking, crafts, second hand items, auction and lots of fun! If you would like to be on the bazaar committee (we really aren’t that bizarre….) let me know, the first meeting will be soon.

December just wouldn’t be the same without the Ham and Turkey Bingo! This event has been scheduled for Dec. 12. This is a great chance to win a ham or turkey or both – fun for the whole family, and also in need of some helpers.

None of the above appeal to you? Maybe you are the flashy glitzy party type? The Spences Bridge New Year’s dance is one of the best in the region! Folks come from all around to attend this party! Even if you’re not interested in helping out on the committee – plan on attending!!

Farmers Markets

There are still two more Farmer’s Flea markets left in the season. As we all know, Christmas comes our way far too soon – why not spread out the cost of gifts, shop local and start your Christmas shopping at the market?! The final market is Oct.5 and the committee would like to honour the vendors and shoppers by giving thanks by way of a turkey on a bun and pumpkin pie lunch! Come join the fun!

Next meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8 (always the second Wednesday) 7pm at Cleme’s Hall. Check out the Club on Facebook – Spences Bridge Community Club – and “like” us! Or contact me at

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan