Dandelion Festival was another success, despite the cool weather
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!