Another week of “maybe, maybe not” with the weather! At least harvesting seems to be progressing at a normal rate with fields of grain cut, and baled, second and maybe third cuts of hay processed (hopefully making up for what was lost with the first cut). It’s hard to believe it is close to the end of August and that school will be reopening, too soon, for many students. Strange to think that our little Epsom school, after 141 years will not see kids arriving in the yard again. It's very sad!
Congratulations to Mike and Susan Risebrough, who marked 25 years of marriage on August 15th. May there be many more years together. Shirley and Don Hewlett, formerly of Zephyr, celebrated their 62nd anniversary this past week. Wow! Best wishes to anyone else who celebrated birthdays or anniversaries.
Last week I, and my granddaughter Charlene, spent three days at Pearl Lake with my brother and family. The kids had a great time in the water, but it was far too cold for me! We visited a family, friends of my niece, who laid claim to the fact they owned the smallest dwarf miniature horse in Canada. This horse was only about 30” tall!
On Wednesday, several of my sorority sisters attended the luncheon at the historic church in Leaskdale. We enjoyed both the meal and the speaker afterward, who talked about the history of cheese making. Did you know that in the late 1890s there was a cheese factory in Leaskdale?
On the 24th of August the L.M.M.S. (Lucy Maud Montgomery Society) are having their Island supper, followed by the performance of the play “The Blue Castle”. This story is completely different than other Montgomery stories and the setting is in Ontario, rather than P.E.I. The play will also be given the following three evenings at 7:30 p.m. Buy your tickets on-line and save!
Chris Saunders and friends performed to a full house, Friday night at the Foster. I was sorry not to have been able to be there, when I heard that Leslie Barr Joosten, formally of Uxbridge and now living in Holland, played her flute as part of the group. Next week the Shimoda family entertain, with their wonderful variety of flutes of various sizes and materials, as well as the harpsichord. They are a truly talented family.
This weekend was 'Art in the Park'. Saturday was a great showing and I'm sure Sunday was even better. Several of the usual vendors were absent, but there were new ones present who offered a variety of interesting and unique items for sale. Thomas the Train was tooting his whistle as well!
This coming weekend is 'Heritage Day' at the Museum. No Hoedown this year! As always the antique cars; trucks; and tractors will be on display; live music at the gazebo for the whole day; a kids zone; a mini train ride; horseshoe games; Laura’s Casual Kitchen, which is the new owner where Frankie’s used to be; corn; and pies. Wynn Walters will be there, with his model for the Sam Sharpe sculpture. This is important both for honouring this local hero and for bringing reality to the seriousness of P.T.S.D. You may have heard that more Canadian vets of the Afghanistan war died by suicide, than did in the war itself! Admission is by donation this year. Come and support your town’s history!
September is full of events emphasizing the arts and artists of the township. More on that later!
Church will resume on September 3rd, at Sandford. We will learn how music has been a major force in worship, and our fantastic Carol Gibson will be at the piano! The U.C.W. will meet on September 28th, with the speaker initiating us into the Prayer Shawl program. The Sandford anniversary will be October 15th, with special events, and the annual Gala, on October 20th. This is followed by Zephyr’s anniversary on October 22nd. Meanwhile the search continues for our new minister.
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