It was actually warmer Sunday, Dec. 8, the afternoon annual Santa Claus parade winners were presented their awards than on the evening of Saturday November 23 when the parade was held.
Never mind: there were warm wishes all ‘round.
Parade co-organizers Nancy and Bob Rusk, Tracey Loveless and Nancy Heighton alternately presented the Hoselton Studios trophies to 2013 parade winners as follows:
Best overall entry, the Ken Palmer Memorial Award: The Big Apple
Best depiction of theme, the Rose Nelson Memorial Trophy: Colborne Rotary
Best commercial: Shelter Valley Folk Festival
Best church/school: Colborne churches
Best youth group : Colborne Cramahe Minor Hockey
Best service club: Habitat for Humanity
Best family: Lakeport Lightning Ball Hockey Team
Best walker: 1st Parachute Battalion
When Colborne resident Gene Wile reorganized rooms in his home, Donna Rusaw suggested a “Storage Wars” party be held. Items Gene no longer wanted were concealed within boxes and bags and auctioned off at a party. The event was a great hit. The $500 in proceeds were presented to Colborne Legion Br. 187 President Patti May by Gene on Dec. 7.
Hard to believe! It’s the final monthly roast beef dinner of 2013 at the Colborne Legion Friday, December 6. For just $12 per person the homemade meal includes roast beef, gravy, roasted potatoes, roasted onions, mixed vegetables, soup and gingerbread with lemon sauce for dessert.
Back by popular demand are the homemade Christmas cakes! Chefs Marilyn Babcock and Brenda Graham have been stirring up a storm prepping these tasty delights. Prices for the weighty wassail treats are $15 for large, $8 small. These moist, delicious fruit cakes make Christmas entertaining or gifting a treat! The cakes are available at the club house bar.
There will be no mid-month dinner in December. Our main hall is dedicated to Christmas hampers preparation of Dec. 18 for distribution starting Dec. 21. This is a loving labour of volunteers. We especially thank the young cadets of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, Brighton, who will assist.
Applications for Christmas Hampers applications closed Dec. 5. The Colborne Legion program is coordinated with The Giving Tree of Northumberland County: each sponsor is matched with an family which tells Santa the ages, genders and secret gift wishes of the children.
To share the spirit of Christmas in our community this year, cash donations are definitely needed to ensure requirements are met. Food donations will be accepted at the Legion anytime after Dec. 8. The Giving Tree program coordinates the toy donations. Last-minute hamper applications can be made to Patti May (ask the bar steward in the club room) but toys will not be available.
One of the favourite annual events at the Colborne Legion is the Silent Auction. There are tables of donated new or gently used items ideal for gifts, stocking stuffers and/or favours. You never know just what treasure you’ll discover! The items will be on display and bidding sheets active from Thursday, Dec. 5. Then, the Sunday afternoon of Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. on, the last-minute bidding begins in earnest over wine and cheese. Bids are closed from 4 p.m. on, item by item. It’s great fun! If you’d like to donate an item or items, do so anytime after Nov. 24 at the Colborne Legion. There’s no admission and all are welcome! Ho, ho, ho!
A busload of Stirling Legion members will be visiting from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday 7, Dec. 7. Up to 32 people are expected to drop by to introduce themselves to the Colborne community. All are welcome to join us in the club room to meet and greet, play pool, bid on Silent Auction items and take part in the meat draw which will run from 4-6 p.m. this Saturday only to accommodate everyone.
This year, Colborne is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and dance! We’re bringing in the high-energy, live country/rock band Sawmill Road! The New Year’s Eve event includes a celebratory meal, special party favours and lots fun. Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 single, available in the Club Room or Tim’s Auto, 237 Industrial Park Road, Colborne, 905-355-3388. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Branch 187 will be closed Christmas Day but open 1-6 p.m. Boxing Day, Dec. 26. Feel free to drop by our club room for some friendly companionship, play some pool, listen to music and/or watch the news on the big-screen television.
As in keeping with tradition, Colborne Legion Br. 187 will host the annual New Year’s Day Levée from 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. This is a folksy, happy afternoon with everyone invited to drop by for friendly banter and best wishes for another year ahead. All are welcome!