Dan­de­lion Fes­ti­val was an­other success, de­spite the cool weather

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Mar­ian Durl­ing Malagash & Area Mar­ian Durl­ing is the Malagash and area colum­nist for the Cit­i­zen-Record.

Greet­ings, ev­ery­one! It has been a busy few weeks here in the Malagash area.

On May 20 Jost Win­ery held its Tidal Bay Bash with a great turnout and the crowd con­tin­ued on Sunday.

Nice to see the many cars in the park­ing lot – dropped in for a minute and there were lots of peo­ple din­ing and vis­it­ing with friends.

Nice to hear such favourable com­ments from first time visi­tors to the win­ery store.

Last Saturday was the an­nual lob­ster din­ner at RCL Branch No. 97 right here in Malagash. This is al­ways a great event and ap­prox­i­mately 50 peo­ple wined and dined on beau­ti­ful fresh lob­sters. On Friday evening, the pots were boil­ing on the back deck while mem­bers played cards and waited to “Jig the Joker” – it hasn’t been won yet and the jack­pot is now over $1,000. I have had the win­ning ticket a cou­ple of times but haven’t been able to find the elu­sive Joker! Draw takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday was a busy day as far as yard sales and flea mar­kets were con­cerned. A large one was held at the com­mu­nity hall with pro­ceeds for our lo­cal mu­seum. Again this was well at­tended as was the one at the com­mu­nity hall in Wal­lace in con­junc­tion with the Dan­de­lion Fes­ti­val.

This year a ca­noe-kayak flotilla was held for the first time. The nine ca­noes/kayaks set out from Kerr Mills Bridge at ap­prox­i­mately 1:30 and ended up at the bridge in Wal­lace Bay later in the af­ter­noon.

They were orig­i­nally go­ing to end up at the wharf but the cool weather and high winds caused them to end the trip a bit ear­lier. How­ever, most of them warmed up at the Dan­de­lion Sup­per, which was held at the Wal­lace Masonic Hall, spon­sored by Cedar At­lantic Chap­ter, OES.

The menu of baked beans, chili and fish­cakes, and desserts was well en­joyed by all.

A bar­be­cue was avail­able at the com­mu­nity hall through­out the day.

The Dan­de­lion Fes­ti­val be­gan in May 2008 un­der the di­rec­tion of Doug Perry and the Wal­lace Area Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion. It has proved to be a lot of fun and prof­itable to the var­i­ous groups, such as the Wal­lace Men’s Club.

I un­der­stand that a sam­ple of dan­de­lion wine was avail­able at one lo­cal yard sale. I men­tioned a cou­ple of weeks ago that I make dan­de­lion syrup and it is re­ally good. Haven’t tried to make the wine yet but maybe some day!

Glad to have Mary Prokopow back home af­ter a few days in the Amherst hos­pi­tal where she un­der­went surgery. Vis­ited with her Sunday af­ter­noon and watched a black bear in the lower field across the road from her house. He is a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the field, ac­cord­ing to Mary, and stayed there quite awhile.

This past week­end many of our Three Har­bours Pas­toral Charge con­gre­ga­tion at­tended the Mar­itime Con­fer­ence of the United Church in Sackville, N.B.

The or­di­na­tion of one Min­is­ter was a high­light of this ser­vice.

Next Sunday, there will be a com­bined Pen­te­cost Ser­vice at Malagash United. This will be fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue lunch and hope­fully some kite fly­ing. The ser­vice will start at 10 a.m. and ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to wear red, yel­low or orange. Russ can get a chance to wear his Hawaii shirt!

Come and wor­ship with us and bring a lawn chair – let’s hope the weather co-op­er­ates.

Friday our con­gre­ga­tion paid farewell to Ray By­ers, who passed away on May 21. Ray and his wife, Joan, were long­time ac­tive mem­bers of our church and com­mu­nity. He loved to sing in our choir and his bari­tone voice was sadly missed when he was no longer able to at­tend.

The choir was asked to pick one of his favourites and so we did and sang “The Old Rugged Cross,” which brought smiles to his wife Joan and his sis­ter, Edith Whit­taker, who no doubt were re­mem­ber­ing when he sang it with us. Our sin­cere sym­pa­thy goes out to Joan and the mem­bers of her fam­ily. A lovely re­cep­tion was held in the church fol­low­ing the ser­vice. A lot of peo­ple re­mem­ber­ing when Ray beat them in a good game of crib­bage!

Thoughts and prayers to any­one who is suf­fer­ing from ill­ness or griev­ing a loss of a loved one. Hugs to your fam­ily and tell them you love them – one never knows about to­mor­row!

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