Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Bev Bergman 403-665-2492

It is al­ways a “joy” to have spring in March and win­ter in April. ( Just a lit­tle bit of sar­casm from the fam­ily try­ing to pre­pare for a farm auc­tion on May 6!)

The bad weather and cold soil may not be con­ducive for farm­ing and auc­tion sale prepa­ra­tion, but lo­cals can soften the blow by com­ing out to the next Craigmyle pan­cake break­fast on May 7 be­gin­ning at 9:00 am. Feel free to share your late win­ter weather woes as you re­mem­ber the old adage, “Mis­ery Loves Com­pany”. The reg­u­lar “Cof­fee Break” on Thurs­day, April 20 took on a per­sonal twist as well over 40 peo­ple de­scended on our Cof­fee Time orig­i­na­tor and faith­ful man­ager, Betty Olm­stead. Lo­cal folk came out to give Betty their best wishes as she pre­pares to move from our com­mu­nity. Betty, who has lived here for 56 years, found her­self al­most in tears when she re­al­ized the morn­ing was to hon­our her. Betty has been a most valu­able as­set to Craigmyle and the com­mu­nity looks for­ward to her fre­quent re­turn vis­its.

The Craigmyle An­nual Pump­kin Fest is sched­uled for Satur­day, Septem­ber 9. That may seem like a long time from now but, when the soil even­tu­ally warms, some­one needs to grow the pump­kins!

The Pump­kin Fest is an an­nual af­fair de­signed to be an ex­tremely low cost event for area families. At­tend­ing young­sters are trans­ported to the “pump­kin patch” by hay ride, where they choose their own pump­kin, and re­turn to the Craigmyle Church to dec­o­rate their pump­kin with paint and stick­ers (all at no cost). There is also the op­por­tu­nity for young­sters to take part in a penny ar­cade de­signed to just cover the cost. Lunch is avail­able for families at­tend­ing the event. Last year the event was a re­sound­ing suc­cess with at least 70 young­sters at­tend­ing. Families came from as far as Three Hills and Chi­nook. The Three Hills fam­ily was so im­pressed with this cost ef­fec­tive fam­ily event that they in­sisted on giv­ing the Pump­kin Fest group a donation.

Now, back to the pump­kin grower is­sue! As a num­ber of va­ri­eties are grown, they must be separated to avoid cross-pol­li­na­tion. As well, pump­kins can­not be planted in close prox­im­ity to other mem­bers of the squash fam­ily (spaghetti squash, zuc­chini, etc) be­cause of cross pol­li­na­tion. (In my early gar­den­ing years I quickly learned that; I still do not know if I grew Zookin or Pumpini, but I cer­tainly had some­thing orig­i­nal that was not what I wanted!) Pump­kins re­quire min­i­mal care and are equally happy with a spot in a gar­den or a cor­ner of a field.

If some­one has space to grow a sin­gle va­ri­ety of pump­kin, the seeds will be pro­vided for you. Your re­spon­si­bil­ity will be to plant the seeds; main­tain your patch; pro­vide water if it proves to be an ex­tremely dry sum­mer; and if pos­si­ble har­vest the pump­kins sev­eral days prior to the Pump­kin Fest and de­liver them to Craigmyle. If any grow- er needs help with the har­vest­ing and de­liv­er­ing, the Pump­kin Fest or­ga­niz­ers will ar­range that. If you have questions or are in­ter­ested in be­ing part of this char­i­ta­ble project call Bev Bergman at 665-2492.

This past Satur­day saw Craigmyle come to life in a big way! Seven garage sale sites brought scores of peo­ple into the ham­let to search for the per­fect trea­sure. As one lo­cal res­i­dent stated, “I had to pay at­ten­tion to the stop signs!” That is quite a rare mo­ment in Craigmyle. Thanks to all the garage sale par­tic­i­pants whose small fee paid for both the ad­ver­tis­ing and the garage sale site hand­outs which proved to be very pop­u­lar with shop­pers.

Birth­day greet­ings go out to Danielle Olm­stead and Austin Smyth, both shar­ing April 28; Marylin Nor­lie on April 30 and Tim Len­festy on May 4. Happy An­niver­sary to Barney and Sandy Ir­win on April 30. Have a great day!

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