Well another wonderful holiday weekend has just gone by!
It's always a great weekend as most cottagers are in residence all around our area. There is an old song which goes "Friends greeting Friends, etc." and that's the way it's been all through the weekend.
Saturday started in the wee hours– I was afraid the alarm wouldn't go off so I was wide awake from 4 a.m. on until time for the wedding activity to start. At 6:30 a.m. my chauffeur, complete with bowtie and hat, drove me to Cathy Bates' beautiful summer home on the Malagash shore overlooking our beautiful Strait, to join a Royal Wedding Party. What a great time we all had.
Jocelyn Dobson arrived in style in her husband, Robert's 1930 antique car. Robert was in a black tuxedo and escorted Jocelyn and Nancy MacKenzie to the door.
Alexina Lepage from Fredericton was there and actually did a painting of the wedding as we sat there. My hat did get in the painting. Sheila Parker from Sackville, Linda Arsenault of St. Charles and Anne Arseneault from Riverview along with Mary Jane Fraser, Bayhead, and myself were also guests of Cathy's for this occasion.
An unexpected guest arrived via lawn tractor and it was "Ms" George LeFrank wearing a very fancy "granny" gown and a gorgeous red hat which could have suited the Queen!
Many thanks to Cathy for a wonderful morning. The food was terrific and certainly enjoyed by all. It was so wonderful to see the Mulroney twins, Brian and John, assisting Meaghan with her train. I always worry when so many young people are in the wedding party but everything seemed to go fine.
Thrilled with the Canadian connection and noticed Ben and Jessica were in the prime seats in the chapel. Can imagine the senior Mulroneys were proudly watching from home.
Saturday afternoon, Jost Winery held their first spring event with the Tidal Bay Release Party with everyone's favourite band, The Laughing Freeman, providing the music.
We stopped in for a few minutes and it appeared that there was a great turnout as usual. Saw lots of good friends there.
The next event is Summer Solstice with Mac & Hawes on June 16. There are special events planned for the whole summer and you can find out more by going to the Jost Website.
The Maritime Music Stomp to be held in September was sold out almost immediately! There is apparently a wait list for tickets. Thankfully we got ours within the first hour.
Sunday, Three Harbours Pastoral Charge held its traditional Pentecost service at St. Andrew's United in Fox Harbour. The church and practically everyone attending was decked out in red, orange, and yellow to represent the flames of Pentecost. Lots of fun with salad spinner art, lively music by the choir and a wonderful message from Rev. Connie. She quoted Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered the excellent sermon at the Royal Wedding.
Bishop Curry quoted the words of the late French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard deChardin's words on Fire and Love. Terrific! A lovely lunch followed the service!
Well this coming weekend is a very busy one here in our area. It is the annual lobster dinner at the Legion-sorry tickets all gone-the 50th Wedding anniversary Open House for well-loved residents, Jean and Ken Tibbetts, at the community hall and then the Dandelion Festival in Wallace.
The Dandelion event is bound to be an fun-filled day with yard sales all around the area, a Dandelion art display at the Wallace Community hall, plant sale at the school, canoe/kayak flotilla down the Wallace river starting at Kerrs Mills at 10 a.m., supper sponsored by Cedar Atlantic Chapter, OES, at the Masonic Hall from 4 to 6.
The evening ends with kitchen party music at the community hall at 7 p.m. Sounds like something for everyone. Just need to learn how to be everywhere at once!
Best wishes to Bev Ripley-Hall and Doreen Chalmers as they recuperate at home. Wish them and everyone else who is ill or just having a "bad" time all the very best. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. It is a time to count our blessings. Count your garden by flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your days by golden hours. Don't remember clouds at all! Have a good week everyone and be careful!
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.