Some of the hardy souls who braved the elements to take part in the Christmas Caroling and Tree Light Up on Dec. 7

Some of the hardy souls who braved the elements to take part in the Christmas Caroling and Tree Light Up on Dec. 7

Striking a Balance – Clinton quilters form their own group

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Curling Club Potluck

The Clinton Curling Club hosted a potluck dinner and a ‘draw to the button’ contest on Friday, Dec. 6.

It was open to everyone and several non-members attended as well as curling club members. Although I wasn’t able to make it, I’ve been told there was a good turnout and everyone had fun. And isn’t that really what it is all about?

Clinton’s Victorian Christmas Weekend

“Wow! Isn’t it cold out there?” is the refrain that was heard time and time again on Saturday, Dec. 8 as people braved the cold to take part in the Victorian Christmas Weekend activities in Clinton.

Numbers were down from last year but I’m sure the cold had a lot to do with it. Who could blame people from staying indoors when the thermometer dipped below –20 (without factoring in the wind chill)?

A few brave souls dropped by the Museum Open House and many more enjoyed the hot soup lunch available at the Legion Craft Sale. Merchants noted fewer shoppers but welcomed all those who did venture into their stores.

Several hardy souls braved the cold to sing carols around the Village Christmas Tree as Mayor Jim Rivett ‘threw the switch’ to light it up for the season. Special thanks to Tracy Fallstrom and the kids for leading the singing and to Tony Carron for bringing his propane heaters to give some warmth to the event. Also thanks to Greg and Mark Swan for providing the tree, Village public works staff for setting it up so securely and Bernie Nieuwenhuis, Christine Johnstone and Greg Swan for working with me to put the lights up.

The complementary Christmas Banquet provided by Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle on Saturday evening (Dec. 7) was enjoyed be many. A larger number of people than usual showed up and there was lots of food for all.

The singing and Christmas message all contributed to a lovely evening. Thanks to all those who prepared the food, set up the hall (and did the clean up after) and all who took part. This is truly a delightful beginning to the Christmas season and one I personally look forward to every year.

Christmas Light Up Contest

The judges will be out and about on Saturday, Dec. 14 to check out all the lights and displays around Clinton. If you want to have your lights judged please make sure your lights are on.

There is a $50 prize in each of the two categories, residential and commercial. There are already lots of residential lights up but the commercial ones are lagging a little. Come on folks, let’s Light Up Clinton!

The Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee and the 150/50 Committee jointly sponsor the contest.

Integris Stuff a Stocking’ Campaign

For the third year in a row Integris Credit Union and Insurance Services is organizing a ‘Stuff a Stocking’ Campaign.

Integris supplies the Christmas stockings, which can be picked up from either the credit union of insurance office. Each stocking is labeled with an age and gender and those picking them up fill them with appropriate items. They are then returned to Integris so they can be delivered for Christmas.

If anyone knows of someone who would appreciate one of these stockings please submit their name to Integris. You can also ask to fill a stocking for a specific person and Integris will see that it is delivered as well.

This is just one more way that Integris gives back to the community. Their goal is to make everyone’s Christmas a little brighter.

Clinton Quilting Group

A group of Clinton quilters has decided that, rather than driving to 100 Mile House one a week to quilt with the quilting group there, they would set up their own group in Clinton. To that end they have secured the use of a room at the Clinton Seniors Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

A ‘meet and greet’ and ‘show and tell’ has been planned for Wednesday, Dec. 11 for any local quilters who would like to join them. It is an opportunity to share projects that you have been working on, sit and enjoy coffee and goodies and talk ‘quilts’.

Beginning the first week of January the group will meet every Wednesday. The drop in fee for the use of the Seniors Center is only $2 per person per week with payment only on the weeks that you actually attend.

Anyone interested in quilting, regardless of your level of experience is welcome to come and see what it is all about.

Clinton Council Meetings

Due to the Christmas holidays the final regular council meeting of the Village of Clinton Council will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Since the Village of Clinton Office will be closed the first week of January (reopening Jan. 6), the January council meetings have been scheduled for the third and fifth Wednesdays of the month instead of the usual second and fourth. This means the January meetings will be held Jan. 15 and 29. Again, members of the public are welcome to attend.

Susan Swan

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