Despite cold weather Lassy Days run smoothly in Spaniard’s Bay
Not even rain, drizzle and fog could dampen the spirits of the organizers of the second annual Lassy Days held in Spaniard’s Bay Aug. 1-8.
When Mother Nature refused to co-operate for the outdoor events, the organizing committee just moved everything inside the town’s recreation centre, and the crowds turned out in droves.
Various groups and organizations throughout Spaniard’s Bay and Tilton hosted individual events as part of Lassy Days.
The event takes its name from the stonewall along the highway near Holy Redeemer Anglican Church. In lieu of cash, the men who built the wall were paid for their labours in molasses - thus the name: Lassy Wall.
The Upside Clown Show, performed by Beni Malone, proved to be a major attraction for children and adults alike.
The outdoor concert at the ball field was among the planned outdoor events that were rained out. The show was moved inside the recreation centre, where it turned into “ the biggest kitchen party on the Avalon,” according to Sheri Collins, special events committee co-chair. “ The party continued into the wee hours of the morning. All bands performed as scheduled with no acts having to be cancelled,” Collins noted.
Family fun day attracted a full house at the recreation centre, where local performers entertained the crowds throughout the day. Festival activities also included a community barbeque.
Some 15 teams braved the elements for the horseshoe tournament, which went ahead outside as planned. John Dyke and Rick Clarke persevered to become the 2011 Lassy Day horseshoe tourney champions, with Malcolm Smith and Dennis Collins finishing second.
By Sunday evening, Aug. 7 Mother Nature had finally calmed down long enough to allow all hands to venture outside and enjoy the fireworks display.
Organizers have already launched plans for the 2012 annual Lassy Days when they are looking forward to using their new outdoor stage for the concert in the park.
Children sing for their grandparents during Grandparents’ Day held Aug. 4 during Spaniard’s Bay’s annual Lassy Days celebrations.
Ray Smith of Bishop’s Cove painted the Lassy Days’ sign for Spaniard’s Bay annual celebration.