Well another great weekend weather-wise is over. There has been a lot of activity in the area the last couple of days as many cottagers are coming down to open up their summer homes.
It’s always a delight to drive along the North Shore Road at night and see the lights on! Makes one think that summer is actually just around the corner.
Of course, if you have been talking to relatives in southern Ontario this past couple of days, like we have, then you know anything is possible. According to reports there have been over 500 cars off the road in Toronto alone. As my niece who now lives in Hamilton says, drivers in Ontario don't slow down for anything. Having driven there many times, I tend to agree with her.
Last Tuesday, the regular card party was held at the Community Hall with seven-and-a-half tables in play.
Ladies High went to Beatrice Mills with Vince Kenny taking the Men's High. Linda was the Lucky winner again with Ian MacNeill taking the Travelling prize. The 50/50 was won by Donna Langille.
Now that the travelling is much better—weather-wise--but not the potholes, Doug Langille, 96-years-young, drove over from Truro to attend a game and to visit with his brothers, Winston and Burt, who used to live in Malagash but now reside in Tatamagouche.
Jost Winery Store has reopened after being closed for the winter months and the lineup for the Maritime Music Stomp has been released. It’s another great group of performers for the Stomp which is being held on Sept.15.
Tickets go on sale in mid-May and you have to get them early as they quickly sell out each year. It’s always a wonderful, fun-filled afternoon and early evening event.
Kudos to Donna and Carl Sparkes and their side kick, Bruce Guthro, for organizing this musical event.
Cedar Atlantic Chapter No 3, Order of the Eastern Star, held its regular meeting on Friday at the Masonic Hall in Wallace. Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Christine McGillivary, was in attendance and presented Sister Margie Allen with her 60-year pin and Sister Marianne MacMillan with her 50-year pin. What an achievement for these two dedicated members.
Sister Margie was initiated into Lady Doric Chapter No 28, Trenton, in April 1958 and Sister Marianne, in Victory Chapter No 17, in April 1968. Both are very active officers in our chapter.
We were delighted to have some very special visitors from our neighbouring Grand Chapter of New Brunswick. Sister Joanne Cameron, PM, newly affiliated member of Cedar Atlantic, was in attendance along with Brother Edgar Cove, Grand Chaplain of New Brunswick and his wife, Sister Barbara; Sister Diane Manning, Grand Representative of Pa in N.B. and her husband, Brother Leigh; Brother John Timmons, Worthy Patron of Frank H. Tingley, Chapter of Moncton. Sister Joanne assured us that we would be seeing more of these members in the future. We always love to have visitors with us at our meetings.
Initial plans for the upcoming 200th anniversary of our church in Malagash were announced during the service on Sunday.
This celebration will take place on Sunday, July 22 with a special service at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. So many of our friends from other churches and areas will be able to worship with us. As plans are finalized for this special day, I will be sure to let you all know. We always enjoy having visitors at our services and this past Sunday we were pleased to welcome Josephine and Charles Power of Charlottetown, P.E.I.
They are friends of Jannie and Peter Berkelaar and were over to spend the weekend with them. Peter and Charles attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College together years ago and have maintained a close friendship ever since.
I noticed that The Chronicle Herald is offering Bruce MacKinnon's editorial picture of hockey players from all provinces of our country assisting a player from Humboldt, Sask. off the ice, for sale with all proceeds going to the Humboldt fund.
We are going to order one and perhaps give it to our hockey-playing grandson in Ottawa. It is so sad to read about all the funerals being held. Life is so precious and the grief of these parents, grandparents, friends and teammates will take a long time to heal. Once again, hug your loved ones-your friends and if you have "fences to mend" do it now because no one knows what will happen tomorrow. Be safe, and have a good week everyone.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.