Our sympathies to Sandra Will on the death of her husband, sympathy also to her family, one of who is Sue, married to former Zephyrite Glen Arnold.
Eve Lynn and Mark Swan have been touring in the U.S.A. and spent some time in Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian Natural History Museum; and Virginia; among other places.
Friday Night at the Foster was a double feature with two artists and consequently a lengthier program. Jane Loewen filled the place with her beautiful and powerful voice and Edwin Shack made some wonderful sounds come from his electric guitar, not the usual sounds, but almost as if someone was singing in harmony, but using only the just the guitar! Next week a long-time favourite performs. Nancy Hall has been coming since the very first year. Just one more Friday night after that and two specials that weekend, to round out the season!
This past weekend was packed with events. The Zephyr United Church held their “Down the Aisle” bridal dress show, which was a wonderful success not only for the number of dresses on display and modelled, but for getting old friends together and renewing memories. One family had four generations of dresses on display! It was nice to see Rev. Diane Bennett-Jones in attendance. It was also a great pleasure to see Elaine Cox out and being in such great spirits despite her terrible ongoing ordeal.
Following this, I headed for Seagrave, where life-friend Betty (nee Munro) and husband Glen Somerville, were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This was another happy occasion to meet with old friends, many who came from some distance. Fred and Mary Catherwood were among the group.
One long-time establishment in the area was also celebrating 50 years in business, Green tractors, formerly the John Deere centre. Cousins Arnold and Gail Kerry started the business way back then and although no longer in charge of the business end, they still keep their eye on things while son Brian and wife Pat are employed. The longest serving employee is our own Bruce Smith, who has worked there for 48 years! Quite a record I think in this day and age. There was a customer appreciation event on Saturday morning, and a supper dance in the evening. Lots of laughter as well as tears!
Meanwhile, for the whole weekend, the Celebration of the Arts kicked off and I am sure Saturday would have been a great day. I visited Jeff Baker’s Woodworking on the 4th first. What beautiful and imaginative pieces he has created using mostly recycled wood and other materials! From there I went over to Foster Dr. and saw the unique stone carvings of Stewart Blower, again using various types of stone to create different styles and interpretations that come from each piece.
Following this I went over to Art on the Fringe at the Museum. This has been happening there for a few years now, but this year the Artists of Uxbridge were in charge of organizing, as well as showing their own artistic abilities. It’s always so interesting to talk to the various artists and learn about their different media, from the usual painting, jewelry made of a multitude of materials, woodworks and found objects and so much more.
Rick McKinley conducted a joint service at Sandford on Sunday morning and will do the same at Zephyr on September 24th, at 10 p.m. On October 1st, we anticipate that our new minister Rev. Eiko Hosaka will be at the pulpit. Come and meet her, at 9:30 a.m. at Sandford, or at 11:00 at Zephyr.
Sandford's 161st anniversary will be on October 15th. The annual Music gala is on October 20th. Zephyr's 131st anniversary is on October 22nd.