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!