The Dec. 5/6 weekend was busy at the Vavenby Hall.
On the Saturday evening there was a Christmas community potluck dinner. The room filled quickly. It had been set up for 66 diners but more chairs were added and then another table. There was a warm and cheerful atmosphere in the hall and the wonderful decorations added to the Christmas spirit.
The banquet was large, varied, and delicious. Doris Scarff cooked a turkey, which was quickly eaten. There were many desserts to choose from. No one needed to go home hungry.
Who knew that Santa Claus could play an instrument? There was a band called the Silver Tones and Santa was a member! The band played throughout the evening and added to the Christmas feeling.
At one point the children were asked to go in front of the Silver Tones and sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with them. The children also enjoyed dancing to some of the music.
Near the end of the evening Katherine Chrystall asked the band to play her favourite Christmas carol, Oh Holy Night, so that she could sing it solo for the audience. She has a beautiful voice.
Another (?) Santa Claus showed up to talk to the children and find out what they wanted for Christmas. After sitting on his knee and letting him know of their deepest desires they were given goodie bags. He stayed until near the end of the evening.
Barb Pennell organized the event with help from eight volunteers: Doris Scarff, Noelle McCorriston, Margot Evans, Fay Jones, Cheryl Hall, Val Bellows, Lorne Yoerger and Joan Harrison.
On the Sunday afternoon there was a Christmas craft fair, also organized by Pennell. There were 12 vendors at the event.
It was well attended off and on throughout the day and many items were sold.
People could choose from baked and canned goods, jewellery, quilting, tie dye shirts, infinity scarves, gift baskets, glass art, Avon products, wreaths, natural products such as soaps, lotions, etc., Company 31 gifts, and more.
There was a concession looked after by volunteers Trina Ansell and Darren Stewart. Hot dogs, hamburgers, goodie bags, pop, water, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee were available.
Christmas in the Village
Vavenby Christian Church will hold its Christmas in the Village on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Everyone will be welcome.