It’s been a week of extreme cold but at least there was quite a bit of sun. Several people reported seeing sundogs; I saw one straight up and down directly in front to my living room window. That same afternoon I saw and photographed what is called “rainbow clouds”, where colours are spread out over the clouds, a result of sunlight hitting ice crystals. Anytime I see something new and different is a good day for me.
Cor and Jenny VanMauik visited their daughter, who lives near Bala, last weekend and this weekend they were doing the entertaining, something most families will be doing in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, I was a guest at the Epsom/Utica U.C.W. potluck lunch, along with a number of other ladies, and enjoyed the wonderful variety of food that always shows up. Also present was Barb Hughes, to play her accordion for carol singing.
Barbara recently won the 2017 Ontario Senior Award for her many activities, especially playing at Reachview and other such locations.
A very exacting proposal was submitted by Betty Bignell with the award presented by the Lt. Gov. of Ontario. Betty and Gerry were present for this activity.
There was a small gathering at the Uxbridge Scott Museum Wednesday evening when “One Hundred Women Who Care” presented the Historical Society with a substantial cheque for $11,927! What a bonanza!
It was also nice to meet the new curator, Pat Neil, who takes over from Nancy Marr. Nancy spent 10 years in that position, taking over from Allan McGillivray, who was the first and so far longest serving officer in that position.
Our sympathies go to the Molloy family on the death of Pat’s mother, Mary Veronica Molloy, on December 13th, 2017, at the age of 83. It is only three months since his father passed away, so it's a double grief for the family. Pat has 6 siblings with families.
Best birthday wishes to Eve-Lynn Swan, whose mother Marilyn treated her and her family that evening; birthday wishes also to someone a little younger, Gwyneth Smith, at six years old. Congrats to any others who celebrated birthdays or anniversaries, you sometimes get overlooked at this time of year.
On Thursday afternoon, a Blue Christmas service took place at Sandford U.C. Only a few came, but those who did, spoke highly of the service as conducted by Rev. Eiko. I notice that other area churches are beginning to hold these services as well, although they may not be called exactly the same.
Thursday afternoon I again sat in for S.A. kettle duty and it is wonderful how many contribute to the kettle there were, not just by monitory donations, but by sitting for two hours to keep watch. Many of the people who donate their time are also those who are involved in other community activities, such as Maggie McCreath, to mention just one.
Following that, I hurried over to Trinity where the U.C.W. ladies were holding a potluck supper and had invited our U.C.W., as well as ladies from Stouffville and Lemonville. There was a great turnout of ladies, along with Rev. Constable and Fritz. Of course the food was delicious, as it always is, when someone else makes it. The previous evening they had served a supper of chicken, potatoes, and vegetable, to the ever increasing Handi-capable Group, which meets at the church and was instituted by Rev. Fritz.
I had to leave early as it was also the Christmas party for the Uxbridge Genealogy Group. There was a small number, but that meant more goodies for everyone. Since I didn’t need any more goodies, I just joined in on the various discussions and spent a pleasant evening. Regular meetings begin the third Thursday of the month in January and there are some very interesting and informative speakers scheduled to speak, so watch for more details later.
On Friday evening I sat in on the first performance of the Living Nativity. It was quite cold, but there was no wind, so it was not an unpleasant evening and the on-stage action kept the actors warm. There were few bleachers for sitting, indicating a large crowd. It must have been even colder Saturday night, but maybe not on Sunday, as freezing rain is predicted, something we don’t need! Thanks to all the organizers and performers who carry on in such wintry weather!
Sunday was third advent, “Joy or Joyous Sunday”. Bill and Sheila Richardson performed the ceremony of lighting the candles at Sandford, while Tanis Pottage and grandchildren did it at Zephyr. Next week there are only Christmas Eve services. The services are at 6:00 p.m. at Zephyr Church and 8 p.m. at Sandford Church. All are welcome to attend. Donations will go the Salvation Army.
A merry Christmas and happy New Year to all!