Gala event planned
Organizers hope this year’s Mira Gala the best yet
I know I have alluded to this in previous columns but I feel I must address the issue again and that is, “I think I am losing my mind.”
This is no joke. I have hit menopause and the proverbial brick wall. All you ladies entering the second half of life know where I am coming from, right?
I am struggling to sit and write this column because I now have the attention span of a three year old. Not only does my mind race, but I have become so forgetful. I walk into every room with a purpose only to forget why I went in there.
As my estrogen depletes, my brain fog thickens.
I’ve had to say goodbye to a restful night’s sleep. Just as hubby’s little snoring issue is under control, bam, I’m hit with night sweats keeping us both awake, again.
And those hot flashes, don’t even get me started.
To extinguish the fire, I have been known to turn the heat way down or open windows and doors while experiencing some frigid winter temperatures. Family members have tried to scold me for this. Not a good idea given my fragile psyche when one of two things could happen: I could erupt in a fit of demonic rage, or, burst into tears and cry like a baby.
For their safety, I have recommended they just dress in layers.
I would love to say I am embracing and celebrating all these new changes but I’m not there yet. In fact, I have been trying to self-medicate with chocolate, burgers, fries and maybe the occasional adult beverage, but all that has gotten me is 25 extra pounds.
So, hold the applause because I am going to end this pity party right now and get to the real reason I am here, to showcase “Mira.” But before I do, let me share a Pinterest quote to show that I haven’t completely lost my sense of humor.
“Menopause ... it’s nobody’s fault, but someone will have to pay.”
Amen to that!
“Make the Mira Gala great again.”
This line has a familiar ring to it. But the Mira Gala organizing committee have regrouped and are now armed with more than two dozen volunteers, and gearing up to make the 2017 gala the best ever.
Mira residents and visitors have been enjoying the gala for over four decades. It generally takes place the first two weeks of July, kicking off with July 1 celebrations which have included a parade and many family events at MacPherson’s Field in Marion Bridge, then topped off with fireworks.
However, according to one of the event chairs, Rob MacPherson, the event was “put on hold last year due to a lack of volunteers.” The fireworks did go ahead.
Rob explained that the same five or six volunteers had organized the gala for the past number of years. With 2017 marking the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the gala organizing members decided to appeal to the community for more volunteers to revive the event. They were overjoyed when more than 25 people attended the first meeting in early February. Even more impressive was the age range, which ran “from teens to seniors.”
A full seven-day event is planned. Angie Collins-MacLeod will act as chair of the parade committee. Organizers are also hoping to add some new water activities to Canada Day celebrations including kayak and canoe races as well as the usual favorites, the slip and slide and dunk tank.
Fundraising efforts got under way with a mixed dart tournament this past weekend. Other fundraisers will include a teen dance, car wash and bus crawl, just to name a few.
The next gala organizing meeting will take place at the Mira Centre on March 5, 7 p.m. Any interested volunteers are encouraged to attend.
There will be a pot luck at the Mildred Grey Community Centre in Gabarus, Sunday March 5, 4-6 p.m. and a Paddy’s Fish Cake and Beans Supper at Union Church Hall, March 11, from 4-6 p.m.
For a complete list of events happening in the Mira area, including Chase the Ace, tarabish and dart leagues, please visit marion-bridge.ca and www. miraboatclub.com.
In a previous column concerning littering and illegal dumping on Trout Brook Rd. I mistakenly named Lauri Ravanello-Gallaway, instead of her sister Janet, as spearheading efforts with Linda Shaw to replace the aging antilittering signs found on both ends of Trout Brook. My apologies.