Detail of the new mural in Cache Creek.

Detail of the new mural in Cache Creek.

Comings and goings on in Spences Bridge: The holidays are almost here

There's a lot going on in the Bridge in the run-up to Christmas; here's a run-down of what's happening, where, and when.

Still picking flowers at the end of November: amazing! Winter is on its way, and although many of you are happy enough for it to stay mild, I’m kind of looking forward to some outdoor skating and cross country skiing!

December is always a very busy month, and this year is no exception. First of all, we have a new event this year: the lighting of a Christmas tree at the Lookout! This event is sponsored by the New Horizons Elders’ Vision Council. The plan is to light up a big tree with pretty lights while we sip on hot chocolate around a toasty fire, roast hot dogs, sing carols, and jam! Let’s get into the spirit early: December 1 at 5 p.m. at the Lookout. Thank you to Paul Miller, Dwayne Rourke, and Carol Madden!

Then it’s our Christmas bazaar on December 3. This is the Spences Bridge Community Club’s (SBCC) main fundraiser of the year, and of course its success depends on the donations and sales. The funds raised enable us to provide many events throughout the year; so please come out and support this fun event! It all starts at 3 p.m. at Clemes Hall.

There will be lots of Christmas shopping, with many arts and craft vendors, delicious baking (of course), the ever-popular second-hand treasures table, an auction (there is already a beautiful grandfather clock donated by Slim McKillican), and new this year: a cake walk! Take the night off from cooking, because there will be a concession selling sloppy joes and hot dogs.

This event is a great opportunity to mix and mingle and get into the Christmas spirit while you shop. Anyone with items to donate for the auction, baking, or second-hand treasures can contact me at (250) 458-2282; or folks can drop off donations on December 2 (2 to 6 p.m.) or December 3 (from 1 p.m. on) at the hall.

The raffle will be drawn at 5:30 p.m. on December 3: if you don’t have your tickets yet, you can still get them at the post office, the Inn at Spences Bridge, The Packing House, and the Cook’s Ferry office; and they will be sold on the day. Thanks to FlyBC, Oliva Watson, Joe Moriera, and the Wyatt-Purdens for generously donating to the raffle prizes!

Our regular bingo will go ahead on December 5: the doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Clemes Hall. As the bingo becomes more popular and attendance increases, so do the winnings; and the toonie pot is over $360! Come join the fun!

Not enough bingo for you? Come to our annual ham and turkey bingo on December 9. It’s another big fundraiser for us, and there are lots of hams and turkeys to be won. Your support is very much appreciated. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; and it’s always a good time.

A volunteer works on the mural along Highway 8. Photo by Dwayne Rourke.

I mentioned the completion of the mural project in October, but please check out the SBCC Facebook page and have a look at the great little video that Dwayne Rourke has posted. The video takes you through the before, during, and after in the project, and provides some insight into the scale of what the group took on. Congratulations everyone!

The next meeting of the Spences Bridge Community Club is on December 7 at Clemes Hall. Everyone is welcome!