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['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Malagash News with Marian Durling

It is hard to believe that it is now December! 

We have observed the First Sunday in Advent. As I write this it is only 20 days to Christmas Eve. Doesn't seem possible! It is starting to look a lot like Christmas as the song goes when you drive home at night! 

Lights and many decorations are being put up all around the area. I just love seeing the Christmas lights. Do people still drive around just to look at the lights?  It was always a special event when our girls were young - tuck Nana and the two girls in the backseat of the car and off we would go - drive all over Halifax and Dartmouth, stopping for a  treat on the way home.  What a memory for us.

The regular card party was held at the Community Hall on Nov. 28 with 6 1/2 tables in play. The Ladies High was won by Maxine Brown; Men`s by Curtis Langille; Lucky by Helen Duggan; 50-50 by Kevin Brown; travelling prize went to Geneva Gullons.

The last card party for 2017 will be held on Dec. 12t 

The third annual Christmas Feast was held at St. John's Church, Wallace, on Sunday evening with a nice turnout of guests.  

The menu consisted of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer following by chicken, twice baked potato and delicious salad. The evening ended with a nice dessert and all the ladies received a little gift from the committee. Kudos to the chefs and the great bunch of young people who served us so promptly and efficiently. 

It was a good chance to visit with friends and neighbours.

On Friday evening, our local legion hosted a Christmas party with a guy in a "red suit" front and centre. Santa and his elf gave out many humorous gifts.  

Jig the Joker is starting to build up again and will be drawn for again this coming Friday. The draw takes place at 8 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and try their luck. It would be a nice Christmas present for someone. 

Christmas music presentations are gearing up to full steam. Tatamagouche Area Singers are holding their annual Concert at Sharon United Church in Tatamagouche on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.  This is always a wonderful concert with several ladies from Malagash in the choir.  The massed choir has been rehearsing for the Christmas Eve presentation in Wallace - and this year it will be held in St. John`s United Church at 7 p.m. 

The Malagash Choir plus some imports are practicing for the annual Christmas Eve service in our little church.  This is always such a well attended event. 

Wallace Country Christmas will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 with lots of activities in the village. The community hall will be the site of crafters and other tables. 

There will be a dinner at the Masonic Hall - baked beans, chili, fish cakes and of course, yummy desserts. The annual tree lighting will take place at St. Johns and we can purchase a light for the tree in memory of or in honour of loved ones. 

Then the much awaited Santa Claus Parade will take place at 7:30 followed by fireworks.  Speaking of parades, the village of Tatamagouche held their first Santa Claus parade last week and from all reports it was a very successful event.

I will end with a Christmas Legend.  In Old World Germany the last decoration placed on the Christmas Tree was always a pickle. Carefully hidden deep in the boughs. Legend has it that the child who found it on Christmas Day was blessed with a year of good fortune and a special gift.  Have a great week everyone and be safe! 


Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.

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