Ayer’s Cliff Win­ter Fun this Satur­day

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ay­ers Cliff

Ayer’sCliff’s Win­ter Fun Day will kick off with a new ac­tiv­ity this Satur­day. A pa­rade will be­gin the fes­tiv­i­ties at 10:30 am, tak­ing two back streets, cross­ing Main Street twice, and fin­ish­ing on Tyler Street. “The pa­rade is be­ing put on by the Auberge Ayer’s Cliff and we have lots of mer­chants get­ting in­volved and get­ting their floats ready,” said Ayer’s Cliff coun­cil­lor Peter Mcharg who is help­ing or­ga­nize this year’s event.

“We’ve got a pretty full slate of ac­tiv­i­ties this year. There are in­flat­able games for the kids, a campfire, maple sugar on snow and home­made donuts, face-paint­ing, a broom­ball tour­na­ment, sleigh rides from noon to 6:00 pm, and dog sled­ding if there is enough snow,” men­tioned Mr. Mcharg. The ‘Cos­tumes on Ice’ com­pe­ti­tion is back and be­gins at 1:00. There will be prizes for the best cos­tumes and for par­tic­i­pat­ing. There will also be snow­shoe trails around the fair­grounds.

“A big at­trac­tion this year will be the Old Timers hockey game at 2:00. They’ll be tak­ing the rust off their skates and ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to this.” The game will be be­tween the Stanstead Old Timers, coached by Nel­lie Good­sell, and the Ayer’s Cliff Old Timers, coached by Stan­ley Holmes. “Stan­ley has jumped ship and come home for this one,” joked Mr. Mcharg. Some of the play­ers on the Ayer’s Cliff team in­clude Billy Good­sell, An­dré Laporte, Paul Viens, Guy Pa­try and a few mem­bers of the Holmes fam­ily.

“A lot of peo­ple have re­ally pitched in for this one, like France Coulombe, who’s a coun­cil­lor, and So­nia Nep­tune, Steve Luce and Richard Dezan who are help­ing with the broom­ball and the hockey. Sherry Drew has worked tire­lessly to find vol­un­teers and Linda Grenon is do­ing just about ev­ery­thing she can do. Eileen Dezan will work the food con­ces­sions and Diane Brus is keep­ing ev­ery­thing in or­der.”

Ev­ery­thing is free at the Win­ter Fun Day, in­clud­ing the hot­dogs that are served at lunch time and at sup­per time and the cof­fee and hot choco­late that will be served through­out the event. Fire­works will be let off around 7:00 pm and the day usu­ally winds up around 9:00 pm. “Our event is get­ting big­ger and big­ger ev­ery year. Peo­ple should have a great time,” con­cluded the or­ga­nizer.

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