So much to enjoy and be thankful for
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer as another holiday season is over and a new year begins.
I love everything about the holidays. When Russ and our daughter, Miriam, went on their annual Christmas tree hunt they didn’t just go for an ordinary tree. Miriam lives in a beautiful house with cathedral ceilings and I swear each year the tree gets taller. This year it is about an 18 feet tall fir tree.
Can you just picture the fun they had putting it in the back of the truck and then up onto their back deck – cutting some off and then into the house?
I didn’t go see it until it is up, anchored, and decorated. I didn’t want to see my daughter hanging over her loft to put the star on! But it’s always a thing of beauty when it is finished.
My thoughts also go to the annual Wallace Country Christmas and it was a great success. Cedar Atlantic Chapter No 3 held its annual dinner and served more than 90 people. The menu of fish cakes, chili and beans always is delicious. During the afternoon there was a large amount of local crafters at the community hall which was also well attended.
Also a highlight during the recent holidays was the Santa Claus Parade, which had about 15 floats, and from all reports, it was the best ever. The evening ended with fireworks over the harbour. It is amazing what our small communities
can do! Talk about cooperation and participation!
Malagash Church held its annual Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24. This is always a very well attended and beautiful service. The choir, under the direction of Jannie Berkelaar, sang some special pieces and the hymns that Rev. Connie chose for the service were well loved and well known Christmas hymns. The service always ends with candle lighting and the old familiar Silent Night. Hot cider and snacks were served following the service.
There was also recently a special fundraising Christmas feast at St. John’s United Church in Wallace. The lower hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were very festive. The meal started with stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. The entree was pork tenderloin with wonderful vegetables and a lovely dessert. The committee sure outdid itself. Pugwash High School students did all the serving and did a fantastic job. This was the third such feast and has always been a great success.
The last card party for 2018 was held recently in the community hall. Ladies high went to Beatrice Mills, Low to Peggy Patriquin; Men’s High to Murdock Murray, low to Kevin Brown; Travelling Prise went to Maxine Brown with Kevin Brown won both the Lucky and the 50/50. There were four and a half tables in play. The next card party will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Also in recent happenings, Cedar Atlantic Chapter No 3 held its meeting with Worthy Matron Marilyn Farrell presiding. A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of Life Membership to Sister Margie Allen, a 60-year member of the order.
Sister Marian Durling, PGM, presented the honour to Allen who had been a very active member of three chapters over her years of service. An honour well deserved! During the meeting a large cash donation, along with a number of gifts, was made to the Pugwash Food Bank on behalf of the members.
Sympathy is extended to Mary Hunter of Tatamagouche on the passing of her husband, Dana. Dana was born in Tatamagouche and raised in Malagash and Wallace. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter, grandchildren and a brother. Celebration of Life was at Coulter’s Funeral Home in Tatamagouche.
Have a wonderful week everyone.