Striking A Balance – Clinton’s Western Heritage Week in full swing

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

Clinton Annual Ball

Clinton’s Western Heritage Week kicks off with the Clinton Annual Ball on Saturday, May 18. This event has been running since the first Ball that was held in January of 1868.

The plans are in place and this year promises to be another banner year for the Ball with a lovely three-course dinner followed by dancing to the 16-piece Cariboo Gold Dance Band from Williams Lake. The Perfect Match, also from Williams Lake will entertain during the bands intermissions. Clinton’s own fantastic Can-Can troupe, the Mill Girl Follies will also keep the crowd entertained.

With good food, great entertainment, door prizes as well as prizes for Most Elegant Lady, Dapper Gentleman and Best Dressed Couple, the Ball is a great start to the week.

Clinton’s Well Know Museum

The South Cariboo Museum (AKA Clinton Museum) will open for the season on Saturday, May 18.

Those wishing to have their treasures appraised can drop by the museum on May 19 for the Antiques Roadshow and have Ted Pappas evaluate their items for a $5 donation (per piece) to the museum.

Then on May 22 Museum Society members will host an Open House at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by for a cup of coffee and refreshments while you enjoy the Museum’s amazing display of artifacts, photos and memorabilia of the area’s history.

The museum in Clinton has been described as one of the best in BC. Drop by and see why.

Old Timers Tea

The Clinton Old Timers Tea is a tradition that goes back about half a century. It honours the old timers who helped build this community.

It will be held on Friday, May 24 from 2-4 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial Hall. It is a chance to relax with some refreshments and catch up with old friends or make some new ones.

This year there will be a display of old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and household items that tell the story of Clinton’s past. Everyone is invited to this free event.

Heritage Dress Up Contest

The Clinton and District Economic Development Society is sponsoring a 150/50 Theme and Period Dress-up Contest on May 24.

Although Clinton residents are encouraged to decorate their homes and businesses and to dress in period costume for the entire Heritage Week, judging will take place on May 24. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Business Heritage 150/50 theme, Best Business Individual Costume and Best Individual Costume.

Plan to visit Clinton on May 24 – you may see some interesting decorations and costumes.

Annual Clinton Parade

The 2013 Clinton Parade is Saturday, May 25 beginning at 11 a.m. The theme this year is the 150/50 Anniversary.

Pick up your parade entry forms from Integris Credit Union, Clinton Coffee House, Country Squire Gift Shop or at the Village Office. Parade organizers would like the forms returned by May 18 if possible.

In addition to the usual awards, there will be a special ribbon this year for the entry that best depicts this year’s 150/50 Anniversary Celebration theme.

If you are planning to come and watch the parade come early to stake out the best advantage points along the route.

Lions Beef on a Bun

As in past years the Clinton Lions Club will have their famous beef on a bun at a kiosk beside the Clinton Health Centre. Often the line up for this treat begins even before the parade has finished.

Fire Hall Hotdogs

Also as in the past, members of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department will have free hotdogs and drinks for the kids at the fire hall at 309 Lebourdais Avenue.

Then off to the Rodeo

Then it is off to the rodeo, but I’ll give you more details on that next week.

Clinton Seniors

While all the heritage week activities are going on, the regular events still take place.

The Clinton Seniors Association will hold their regular general meeting following lunch at noon on May 16 at the Clinton Seniors Centre at 217 Smith Avenue. New members are always welcome.

Council Meetings

The Village of Clinton Council meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Offices at 1423 Cariboo Hwy.

The public is welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to view the agendas or minutes of previous meetings can find them on the village website at www.village.clinton.bc.ca

Susan Swan

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