Hand Hills Grapevine
Hello Hand Hills...what a mixed bag of weather we had this past couple of weeks. Rain, snow, wind and plus temperatures. Gophers have been seen, how much longer till Spring? Mother Nature sure is having trouble giving us Winter weather but she will figure it out.
The Valentine’s Steak and Lobster Dance was a hit! Everyone enjoyed themselves, got fed really well and most took the time to stay and socialize. The age range was from baby to 80 years young and all of the surrounding communities were represented. Thanks to the Hamlet of Dorothy for showing up! The band with their good music kept everyone on the floor and played a wide variety of music. The Lenfesty girls took a lot of pictures throughout the night and everyone had a keepsake to take home. The Live Auction proved to be a lot of fun and David Shields did a great job of auctioneering and all the items brought top dollars. Murray Moench was the one that bid the highest to take home the very first 100th Celebration Book. After his bid, the books were for sale. A very unique framed picture was bought by Clark Moench. This picture of Richard Cosgrave was donated by Scott Viste and the barn wood frame was made of the original wood from the chuckwagon barns that stood at the Hand Hills. Keith and Brenda Quaschnick donated the frame. Two benches up for auction were very popular and were made by Murray Johnston and Don Quaschnick.
The jewellery and the Calgary Flames Tickets were hot sellers. There are no words for the volunteers from the Hills! Enough cannot be said about the kitchen crew that worked tirelessly for over eight hours to provide the steak and lobster, chocolate fondue and veggie appetizers and all the trimmings. What a community we live in. The new paint in the hall and the decorations all added to the night. We sold out, with 180 people, so be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year if you want to get tickets.
The 100th Celebration Book is for sale. Get your copy. Phone Connie Gammie. For those of you who have bought yours, hope that you are enjoying it. Pass the word around that they are available. Give us your feedback on the book.
I received a call from 82 years old Malcolm Cooper from North Vancouver. He reads this column and he wanted to buy a 100th Celebration Book. In talking to him I learned that he lived with his Aunt Alice (Cooper) Dieter, wife of Conrad Dieter back in the 1940/50. He remembers well playing hockey with the Benedicts, Maetches and the Browns. He went to school at Rocky Hill and has very fond memories of the Hills. The history of the Hills stretches a long ways. Malcolm, we hope that you enjoy the book! Phone again and keep the history coming!
The Charity Sale has come and gone and if you missed it you missed out on a fun night. The baking was the hot item of the night. Young Lena Rosin baked some chocolate cupcakes and had them all decorated up and they sold for $25 for a pan of 6. Day’s baking was a hit and especially the Pizza Buns. Pickled Eggs from Vicki Beck are a mainstay of the auction and the buyer would not be disappointed as everyone in the Hills knows Vicki’s Pickled Eggs! Neu Muehl Colony donated a load of gravel again this year and it was bought by Scott Brady. The 30 dozen fresh eggs from the colony sold well and I think every family at the sale went home with a dozen or more. Layton Rosin and Kyle Hardy had to be very creative when things were not selling good. The logic was, if a certain item wasn’t selling well put a baked good with it and the buyer had no choice but to take the item and the baking for a high price. Worked every time! Catherine and Vern Thuroo were big supporters again this year. They donated lots of items and bought just as many to take home. Day Lenfesty ended up with a lot of boxes of goodies as he was the one that bid when no one else would. Scott Brady and David Shields shared the auctioneering duties and got high prices for most of the donated items. The crowd was small so everyone stepped up to the plate to buy things. The Canadian Red Cross was the big winner of the night.
There will be an Easter Party at the Club again this year so be sure to mark March 26 on your calendar.
Mark Sunday, April 3 on your calendar as well. This is your chance to come and see the “Work In Progress” at the Club. 1-3 is the time and will feature a few speeches from dignitaries and then just a very informal tour and explanation of what is happening with the addition and what is yet to come. Come on down and enjoy coffee and cake and see what all the hype is about.
Till next week....phone me with your news.