Espanola Legion Ladies Auxiliary holds annual Remembrance Day Tea
The annual Remembrance Day Tea at the Espanola Royal Canadian Legion fell on a damp, snowy day Saturday this year, but that did not keep people from attending and showing their support.
The Legion Ladies Auxiliary always does an excellent job of providing a nice luncheon, complete with opportunities to win a lovely door prize and penny table items.
This year, they had a 50/50 draw, as well as draws for a Santa Claus snowman and a lovely warm afghan knitted by Doreen Bourcier. She is one of the oldest members of the auxiliary, but still finds the energy to both knit and bake.
The door prize was won by Deb Merchant. The Santa Claus snowman Christmas decoration went to Linda Strong and the afghan was won by Pauline McColeman. The lucky winner of the 50/50 draw was Judy Noon.
The penny table tickets were presided over by Pauline Demonski with a little help from Betty Bowerman, who also sold tickets for the luncheon. Bowerman said that 77 tickets were sold for the event. She estimated that the number attending was about the same as last year.
There was a nice assortment of prizes for the penny table ranging from a big box of puzzles, glassware and cute harvest figurines, to a beautiful framed rendering of a vibrant hummingbird. The hummingbird was one of the more coveted prizes. One table seemed to be on the verge of giving up on winning any prizes. When one of their numbers was finally pulled their surprised shout of joy echoed around the room.
For those who can never get enough sweets, there was also a bake table with treats being sold by Della Bodenham and Julie Track. It seemed to be a very good draw because there were very few goodies left by the time the luncheon was over. The crowd had also thinned considerably by the time the prizes were drawn, so some of the attendees collected items for the ones who had left early. Fortunately, sturdy boxes and good friends were available to help make sure the prizes got to the absent winners.