The Oram family from Spences Bridge prepares to enjoy lunch and the free camping at Madden Island.

Comings & Goings On – Work Bees and Dancing Trees create friendships

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

Ah, the lazy hazy days of summer… Hardly! The rain and the work haven’t eased yet.

The Community Club still has lots going on! The renovations to the hall are nearing completion as the furnace is now being boxed in, the electrical is almost finished, and the stage has been ordered! By the time our AGM rolls around in September, all work should be done and the hall will be looking good! Thanks to Carolynne Terry for keeping it all on track and moving along.

The work bee at Madden Island was attended by only a few, but the weed wackers and mowers attacked the lush spring growth and two hours later the campground looked so much more welcoming! A special thanks to Mo Linnenberg for continuing to pour hours and hours into the tough job working through the rest!

Our volunteers continue to maintain this site for free riverside camping – and doing a great job of it. Thanks to all.

The New Horizon’s Senior program had its first official outing May 18. Many folks ventured up to the “Dancing Tree” and enjoyed a picnic while learning about the Indigenous traditional background to this site.

The Dancing Tree is a special Spiritual site where the local Nlakapamux people celebrated such events as the solstice and weddings by dancing around the tree, hugging the tree, and offering prayers.

The goal of these outings and workshops is to bring all in the community together while Elders mentor Elders and learn from each other. The next meeting of the Elder’s Vision Council will be held before this publication, next field trips and workshops will be decided on and I will keep you informed through this column as best possible.

Planning for the Desert Daze Festival is going very well. The musicians are lined up and finalized, vendors are coming together, volunteers are signing up, porta potties ordered (very important!) and the posters will be out soon.

Anyone interested in being a vendor or volunteering, or if you need more information regarding times, prices, music line up etc., please visit the website The dates are Aug. 9-10. Hope to see you there!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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