We should be used to this up and down weather by now, but the temperature rose by nine degrees from Saturday morning to Sunday morning; we got rain rather than frost. That’s OK because friends in Vancouver, and on Victoria Island, have had considerable snow as hey have had in Alberta too. I say “keep it there!”
A few weeks ago Nancy Marr, former Curator at the Uxbridge Scott Museum and Heritage Centre, who is also a friend, started a new craft/social gathering. It is held at the historic Leaskdale church, the first Thursday of the month, from 7 to 10 p.m. and the third Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. It is called “Handmade by Me and Tea”. It is not a class or workshop, you do your own craft, but in the company of others. For more information contact: email@example.com.
Last weekend there was a special showing at the Roxy, of the movie sequel to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. This one was called “Truth to Power”, and was an especially powerful argument for the consequences of climate change and what is happening around the world, not just natural disasters, but wars as well. Both the Saturday and Sunday matinees were well attended.
Al Gore also has a training program and one of the ladies who attended both sessions is Jenny Collings. She will be the special speaker at the next North Durham Nature meeting in Port Perry Library, November 23rd, 7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Non-members $5.
Another NDN event is the Kids Christmas Bird Count scheduled for Saturday November 25th at the Nonquon Centre, 1710 Scugog Line. Kids and parents are encouraged to visit and take part in learning more about birds and wildlife in general.
A little less busy this week but it heats up as the month progresses. The Harwood family celebrated Karen Popadynec’s birthday on Sunday. Happy birthday Karen! Seems there was an anniversary not long ago as well. Adele Boy attended the wedding of a nephew in Toronto on Saturday and some of the men are away hunting.
Friday night was the Epsom/Utica beef supper, which appeared to be well attended. These occasions are always a great time to meet with old friends and make new acquaintances and this evening was no different. If you are new in town, church suppers are a great place to meet new people!
'Tis the season of craft shows and bazaars! On Saturday, the annual “Pearls and Lace Craft Show and Bazaar” was held at Goodwood Hall. This is a fundraiser for the Foster Memorial upkeep and a good contributor to the finances. There was a fantastic assortment of beautiful hand-made crafts including clothing, jewellery, wood-working , Christmas ornaments and many other creative masterpieces.
The Ladies of the Foster will present their annual Christmas program on Sunday, November 12th, 1:30 p.m. at the Foster. They present their version of “A Christmas Carol”. There will also be a sing-a-long with Jane Loewen. All are welcome to bring in the season. All donations go to the Foster upkeep.
On that same Sunday is the Christmas Tour of Homes and one of the buildings at the Museum will be decorated in period style for the holiday season.
What a beautiful and moving Remembrance Day service we had at Sandford this morning, (and probably at Zephyr as well)! In the absence of our pipers, Bill and Deborah, Rev. Eiko was able to find a young man to fill in and we send him our thanks. Following the reading of the poem “In Flanders Field’ I read a story about the finding of the girl, who was the friend of the young man, whose death inspired John McCrae to write this poem then, everyone came up and pinned a poppy on the wreath in memory of someone.
By great good fortune I found out that this afternoon Claidhmore and the Legion Pipes and Drum were doing their annual Remembrance Day concert in Port Perry. What a fantastic afternoon of music! The crowd was smaller than usual since there was not the usual amount of advertising, but just as enthusiastic and several standing ovations were given. The separate groups, individuals, are spectacular on their own, but when they all perform together it is marvellous to hear! The sound has been playing in my ears all evening and not because it was loud!
On Thursday afternoon the Sandford U.C.W. are holding their meeting at the church, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Eiko is our guest speaker and will be telling us about growing up in Japan, which will be very interesting and enlightening I expect. All are invited to attend, including men.
On Monday November 13th, Scott Central School is celebrating 50 years! Hardly seems possible. I well remember the old school, having had a foster son who went there, and how conflicted everyone was about all the small schools closing. Now how many even know where the old school is? The party is from 5 to 7 p.m.; hardly seems much to celebrate so many years of achievement! Check it out on Facebook.
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