Rumsey & District Register
Welcome to October, everyone. I guess all I can say is “let’s hope for sunshine and warm winds.” This last deluge of rain was remarkable to say the least and has put a definite delay on the harvesting efforts of our farming community.
I am a little late in spreading this news so my apologies to Marilyn. The Morrin Seniors are looking for folks who like to play cards, specifically cribbage. The start date for this was Thursday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. and will continue every Thursday at the senior center in the lower level of the Morrin Arena. Everyone welcome. With this in mind, I would also like to start a cards afternoon at the Dropin for all those cribbage players in our community as well. I was thinking that the third Sunday of each month, starting November 20 at 1:00 p.m., let me know your thoughts. I would love to see how many in the community would like to join in. You can contact me at home, the library or through facebook.
The Rumsey Community Library has put together the 2017 community calendar with the winning photos and there is a beautiful collection again this year. I hope to have the calendar ready by the Fall Supper, which is November 5 this year. Also the library will be continuing our Craft evenings starting in November. Everyone who joined in last year enjoyed the evening of shared projects so I hope that more people will join in this year. We will explore Knitting as our first craft so remember to join us on Tuesday, No- vember 8 with your projects, your needles and yarn and willingness to give something new a try.
If you haven’t purchased your new history book there are always copies available at the Rumsey library as well as with Mary Newton and Dariel McNaughton. They include a wealth of knowledge about our community and its members.
With thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I would share some Canadian trivia for your thanksgiving table.
1. Algonquin Indians were among the first to harvest wild cranberries. They used them as food, medicine, and a symbol of peace.
2. Canadians purchased three million whole turkeys for Thanksgiving in 2011, according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada - about 32% of all whole turkeys sold during the year.
3. Thanksgiving was first celebrated in Canada when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a feast in what is now Newfoundland to mark his safe arrival to the New World in 1578.
4. But, ironically, Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
5. Americans did not invent Thanksgiving. It began in Canada. Frobisher’s celebration in 1578 was 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1621 for the bounty that ended a year of hardships and death.
6. Even though Canadian tradition dictates that Thanksgiving be held on the second Monday of October, we, in the farming community, tend to follow more traditional ways which are “when the harvest is done and the garden is stored, the celebrations can begin”.
Have a great thanksgiving everyone, I hope you are combining!