De­spite cold weather Lassy Days run smoothly in Spa­niard’s Bay

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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