Hand Hills Grapevine

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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.

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