Outdoor skating party draws crowd at Vavenby

Kevin Sheffielld organized a outdoor skating party and hot dog roast at the rink on Sunday, Jan. 10.

(l-r) Tina Hewett and Caila Loring helping 4 year old Kate Lin Tourand around on the rink.

(l-r) Tina Hewett and Caila Loring helping 4 year old Kate Lin Tourand around on the rink.

Robyn Rexin

Vavenby resident Kevin Sheffielld, who, (as well as some others) spends a lot of his free time keeping the town’s outdoor rink flooded and in good skating condition, organized a hot dog roast at the rink on Sunday, Jan. 10.  He also supplied all of the food and beverages and did the cooking on his portable barbeque. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and there was a good turn out for the event. There were nine young children skating, some young adults, parents, and some people who showed up just to watch, wondering what was going on.

All the youngsters had skates on and some were playing hockey, but they seemed to have as much fun, if not more, crawling and sliding on the ice or being pulled around by others. Moira Chrystall, who is in Grade 1 said, ” We’re having fun out there. We’re even playing hockey!”

The adults were having a good time too, visiting with each other, going over to watch their children as they called out, ” Mommy, Daddy, look at me. I can do it. Come here. “, and also skating with their kids.

Sheffield never got a chance to take to the ice until near the end. He was kept busy roasting the hot dogs. He actually ran out of them and had to buy more. Everyone agreed that the hot dogs were good.

People started leaving around 3:30 p.m. The weather was much colder and the young kids, after skating non – stop except to eat, were pretty tired, though they didn’t know it. A lot of them did not want to leave and for some it wasn’t until given promises that they could come back again that they grudgingly went.

It was a great afternoon and many thanks should go to Sheffield for organizing it and buying all of the food. It would be great to have this yearly event continue and maybe Sheffield could have some help with the organizing of it. Thank you, Kevin.

Trailer catches fire

There was a fire in the Graffunder Trailer Park over the Christmas holidays. The man renting the trailer, got out of the trailer without any injuries.

The fire department arrived quickly and extinguished the fire. Not a nice way to start the new year.

Crib and darts start up

Vavenby crib and darts evenings have started again. Crib is on Tuesday nights, darts on Thursday nights, both at the community hall, both starting at 7:00 p.m. sharp, and both cost $3.00 a night. Come on out and join in the fun..

StrongStart program resumes

School has started up again and drivers should take extra care on the roads. The StrongStart program has also restarted. It is held on Tuesday mornings at the Vavenby Primary School for children 0 – 5 years old plus their parent / guardian. It is a great program in getting these children ready for Kindergarten.

Community potluck Jan. 27

The next community pot-luck lunch at the Vavenby Christian Church will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Come on out and enjoy the people and all of the good food.

Here’s hoping you had a great Christmas holiday and best wishes for