Many families of course celebrated the day together, such as the Norma Scott family, Harwoods and the Fred/Murray Wilson household. Many other yards were filled with more cars than usual.
Dwight and Deborah Clements have had an active time lately, not unusual for these young’uns! Dwight was canoeing for much of a week, than they assisted Deborah’s step-mother in moving, and this past weekend they were camping. I hope the colours were better than they are here, where things are just beginning to turn.
Bill and Sheila Richardson have returned from an exciting two week tour of Switzerland, house sitting for a friend and taking day-trips on their own. One thing Bill particularly mentioned was ending up in the middle of a celebration and parade where the cattle were being brought down for the mountain pasture to the farmstead. How great is that? I had no idea that still happened.
Speaking of Bill, he has arranged a great line-up of entertainers, including Town Crier Bill McKee, the Aurora Bell Ringers, a ukulele group from Port Perry and our own special musicians. The cost is $15.00 and the show begins at 7:30 on Friday evening, October 20th.
Sandford Church was decorated with flowers and vegetables for our Thanksgiving service. Rev. Eiko gave a lovely message, which we can all take to heart. We all filled in autumn leaves with those things for which we are thankful. Melinda sang a moving rendition of “How Great Thou Art!”
Following the service I cruised over to Port Perry to view the “Celebrate Agriculture” exhibit at the Heritage Centre. It was very well done and told of the changes that have taken place since prehistoric times.
One interesting note I found was that on October 26th there will be a “Celebrate Agriculture 150 Gala” at the Scugog Community centre. Families who have been farming over that period will be recognized. Unfortunately there has not been a lot of publicity about this. The only thing I saw referring to it was the article on the Rynard family of Zephyr. Farmers need more publicity!
From there I headed over to the Kent Farndale Gallery at the Scugog Library and enjoyed a beautiful exhibit. These displays change monthly, I think, so there is always something new to see. Down by Palmer Park, on Lake Scugog, another beautiful sight, a pair of trumpeter swans with their mostly grown cygnet, the work of the Master Artist!
Next Sunday, at the Foster, Metal Head Maidens will perform, 1:30 p.m. On November 12th, Ladies of the Foster, with Jane Loewen, will perform Dicken’s “Christmas Carol”, which ends the Foster, but we are looking forward to next year as most of the entertainers have already signed up for a return gig!
Check out the Museum agenda, newsletter, newspaper ads etc., as there are several programs coming soon for both kids and adults. If you are interested in the paranormal, there are a couple of shows for you!
Next Sunday at Sandford Church, we will be celebrating our 161st/118th anniversary. It is 161 years since the first church, a log structure, was built, by Methodists. This was soon outgrown and a second one was built on the site, standing on what is now the cemetery.
It was accidentally burned down and a couple of years later a new brick structure was created where the church now stands, as a Methodist church; that was 118 years ago. Of course, in 1925 most of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches joined and became the United Church of Canada. Previous to that, our congregation had actually been two differed Methodist denominations, which changed with the times.
At our service Sunday six families, pioneers in the community, who still have active members in our church will be honoured for their dedication to both community and church. Please join with us at 11:00 a.m. for this celebration. Rev. Jim Hackner is the guest speaker and we will have the most beautiful music you can imagine!