By Robyn Rexin
The snow melted fast in Vavenby last week so the annual Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet contest, both organized by Barb Pennell, were able to carry on.
Approximately 20 children and 23 adults gathered outside Vavenby Hall on Saturday morning, March 31 for the event. It was a sunny day but with a cold wind.
The kids had a lot of fun using the equipment of the new playground while waiting for the event to begin.
The egg hunt was first. The tiny preschoolers were sent to the ball diamond so that they wouldn’t get knocked around. It is also a completely fenced-in area. The older children had the rest of the grounds to search, which they eagerly did.
After the hunt there was a break for hot dogs, coffee, water, and rice crispie squares.
The Easter bonnets were judged in groups. Winners for the older group were Kylie Prince for first and Ethan Meidl getting second. The next group winners were Moira Chrystall for first and Kelsey Rexin coming in second.
Vavenby Trails and Recreation Society donated the food, bonnet prizes, and items for the hunt. There were some extra prizes for the preschoolers and adults donated by The Fine Things Thrift Store.
Brussel sprouts in chocolate – Yum
For the last day of school before the Easter long weekend the Vavenby primary students had a hot lunch of pizza pockets, cheezies, yogurt, and apple slices. Teacher Adam Forsyth made an Easter treat for each child. One student indignantly said as he pointed them out, “Look what Mr. Forsyth did. He took chocolate and put Brussels sprouts in it!” The treats were Brussels sprouts wrapped in chocolate.
After lunch there was an Easter egg hunt in the library. Each student also had to look for a chocolate bunny. These were donated by Sheldon Mattenley.
There was an Easter coloring contest at the general store organized by Val Bellows and Kathy Cederholm. For the 0 – 4 year old group, winners were Alice Smith for first, Brooklyn Ruttan second, and Finn Anderson for third. They all won a stuffie.
For the Kindergarten – Grade 3 group, winners were Nathaniel Weber for first, Teagon Easson second, and Courtney Prince third. They all won sunglasses, mini frisbees, and a hollow chocolate bunny.
Gavin Prince, Hunter Chrystall, and Mercedes Flegel were first, second and third for the Grade 4 – 7 group. They each received a solid chocolate bunny.
And the Grade 8 and up group received T-shirts. First was Ariel Greene, second Jessica Greene, and Marshall Peebles was third. Sheldon Mattenley had the most creative picture. He won a T-shirt as well. All participants got a chocolate carrot or bunny.
For the Dummy Run at the ski hill on March 26, Forsyth took a cardboard school bus that the class had made. Student Nathaniel Weber said that each of their pictures was on the side of the bus as if they were looking out the windows. According to Forsyth the bus crashed. It didn’t make the jump.
Lots of good food
The monthly community potluck luncheon at the Vavenby Christian Church was on March 28. Approximately 26 people attended to add to the food table, visit with others, and just have a good time.
There were two kinds of soup, a cream of potato and cheese made by Ron McRobert and a clam chowder by Colleen Rothwell. It was Rothwell’s birthday so it was celebrated with a delicious and filling cheese cake made by Melissa Stone.
The last community potluck luncheon before the summer will be on Wednesday, April 25, 11 – 2. They will start up again in the fall.
Lambing has begun
The first lambs were born at Aveley Ranch on March 30. They were twins.
People can come on self-tours but it is suggested not before April 10. Payment is by donation. There will be no hay rides this year.
Tree on fire
Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department got a callout on the Friday evening, Mar. 30.
A tree had fallen onto the power-line next to the highway four km north of the Vavenby turnoff and burst into flames.
Two fire trucks answered the call. B.C. Hydro was also on the scene. The firemen were gone for about one hour.