Ayer’s Cliff Unity Fifty Plus
The Easter Bunny stayed hidden around Ayer’s Cliff until April 3. when he showed up at Ayer’s Cliff Unity Fifty Plus. Upon arriving we found lots of pretty spring flowers, chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and Peter Cotton Tail could be spotted everywhere.
President Linda brought Easter greetings and welcomed everyone, saying there are lots of Easter treats on the tables, help yourselves, they are for all to enjoy.
Forty-five members were joined by four guests, Jim Mackay, Jim Wharry, Geraldine Smith, and it was nice to see former member Pearl Goodsell joining us.
Linda presented Leta Dustin with a three coloured miniature chrysanthemum plant for her 90th birthday with a card signed by the members. Happy Birthday Leta from all of us. Linda also presented May Cunnington with a variegated chrysanthemum plant, a Thank You for all the work she does for our Club and a card with Get-well wishes after her second foot operation.
Linda came up with her first of many jokes. A teacher asked her student, “Which is further away, the moon or Florida?” The student replied, that’s easy, can you see Florida?”
Rev. Barbara Wintle asked the Blessing. Forty-nine hungry people sat down to a delicious Easter dinner with a choice of maple ham or pineapple ham, scalloped potatoes, creamed carrots/turnip and coleslaw with crusty bread.
A Bunny sticker under a dinner plate was won by Jim Mackay. Guessing the number of candy eggs in a jar was won by Marsha Wallis who guessed 90 which was the closest, winning the jar of eggs. Alice Boomhower received second prize, which was a bag of Smartie carrots. The Booby prize went to Leta Dustin guessing 402. Oh my Leta, that would have been a pail full. The draw was won by Leslie Bliss, Linda Belanger and Geraldine Smith. Thank you to Barb and Lois for selling the tickets.
Bunny sticker under the cake plate was won by Phil Kerwin.
Ernestine Whipple played the birthday song to Wallace Mosher, Lise Beauvais, Barbara Carbonneau, Arnold Mackeage, Leta Dustin, Geraldine Smith and Jean Caty. Ernestine continued to play a few favourite Easter selections.
It was time to clean up, as usual many headed for the kitchen. Unknown to them the kitchen was loaded with 30 hidden Easter eggs. Those washing dishes had their own egg hunt. Eight enthusiastic helpers were on the run. The winner finding the most eggs was Jerry Sutton who received a Bunny Planter. The rest got to eat their eggs.
Door prizes were won by Marguerite Dunlop, Marilyn Lawand, Jean Cass, Barbara Burrows, Jim Wharry, Ernie Wintle, Jane Pierce and Jerry Sutton.
A recording of The Easter Parade was played as sixteen participants with pretty Easter Bonnets marched around the hall. Linda had selected three people to be judges. The bonnets were all so pretty and unique. Out of the ten women, Beth Hartwell was the winner receiving a Bunny Planter. From the six men wearing decorated hats, Mel Dustin was awarded a chocolate bunny.
Our first game of the afternoon was Heads or Tails. This was won by Pearl Goodsell and Jean Cass. A second game of Heads or Tails was won by Barbara Burrows, consolation prize going to Mary Levasseur and Phil Kerwin, all receiving a prize.
The third game was Ring Toss: A cute 3’ bunny was minding his own business when along came twenty-seven ambitious people taking turns trying to place a hoop over his ears. Marsha Wallis bothered him the most by landing three rings over his ears. Marsha also received a Bunny planter with a plant in it.
The last game of the day was a lot of Ayer’s Cliff Fifty Plus dishwashers on an Easter Egg hunt fun. Pinning a fuzzy little tail on Peter Rabbit. With his keen instinct of Birds, Bees and Bunnies, Raymond Belanger put the Tail right where it should be and made Peter a happy little rabbit. Raymond’s award was the last Bunny Planter of the day. Consolation prize a bag of Smartie carrots went to Jane Pierce. Vice-president Phil Kerwin presenting Marsha Wallis with a Bunny Planter
This brought our Easter Party to a close. A load of thanks goes to Linda for organizing the day with games and prizes, combined with lots of fun and laughter.
Hope to see you all next month on May 1.
Submitted by Phyllis Dustin, Secretary
April birthdays: Wallace Mosher, Lise Beauvais, Barbara Carbonneau, Arnold Mackeage, Leta Dustin, Geraldine Smith and Jean Caty.
Ayer’s Cliff Fifty Plus Easter Parade