Old Man Winter isn’t the only determined one

Dave White
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The beautiful sunny day that was Tuesday offered respite, albeit brief, from the tiresome winter that began in late October in Bay of Islands and yet looks not to let up for a while.

There is more wind and snow and stuff in the mid-term forecast. Yet, there is more than half enough goodwill to go around up the harbour, down the shore and out the bay. It is just ahead. Just passing, too.

Just as determined as Old Man Winter to carry on, community volunteers and their supporters are pressing ahead to see their regional fun’raisers through until spring officially arrives next month — March 20, to be exact.

Until then, among the active and arduous groups which will to take on the final push are family, friends and neighbours who individually and collectively do their best to help others in their fold and beyond arrive at destinations.

The Bay of Islands social network came together again this week to help ensure that Trevor Park and his family are once again able to face personal health concerns that all, like them, come to bear in day-to-day reality, and in cases yet unforeseen. Gladly, the Park family can press on thanks to people who wanted to help ... and did. All the best extended.

Just ahead

In time, and then some, among others, volleyball enthusiasts in Bay of Islands press on to achieve their goals with supportive undertakings like this weekend’s ladies’ darts tournament fundraiser in Summerside.

Participants registering at 10 a.m. Saturday are coming to help share the costs of the AJ-Freestyle Sports volleyball team in representing regional competition and better outcomes at venues province-wide and farther afield, as it happens. In time.

Carnival time

The Cox’s Cove Winter Carnival 2014, begins Friday, Feb. 28, and runs until March 2. Starting with a children’s sock hop that evening and continuing with a local talent show for folks 19 years and older, the festival carries on with a variety of events the next day.

On Saturday, March 1, fun kicks in with a carnival breakfast at the local senior’s hall that includes ham, eggs, beans, toast, tea and coffee, beginning 9 a.m.

At 2 p.m. that day, a prize card game is slated at the seniors hall, followed by a 6:30 p.m. darts tournament at the local community hall.

Sunday, March 2, involves activities for children, skating, snowshoe racing, log sawing, fire starting, tugs of war, relay racing and hockey shootouts. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate and a free family skate, followed by a competitive minor hockey and Bay of Islands Bombers showdown at Marshall Moores Arena.

Gillams Winterfest set

The Gillams Recreation Committee is sponsoring Winterfest 2014 in that north shore Bay of Islands community again this year, March 1-2.

Bologna, eggs, beans, toast, tea, coffee and juice are being served up to start the event in a big community breakfast, beginning 9 a.m. on the first day. A snowmobile run is set to leave Gillams community hall at 10 a.m. and travel to Frenchman’s Pond.

A prize card game at 2 p.m. at the local community hall shares space with a children’s sliding party at Clarke’s Field until 4 p.m.

That night, a regional talent show, with bar and canteen service available, begins 8 p.m.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at  688-2003, or email at: davidjwhite@columnist.com.

Organizations: Islands press, AJ-Freestyle Sports, Marshall Moores Arena.Gillams Winterfest setThe Gillams Recreation Committee

Geographic location: Bay of Islands Bombers, Trevor Park, Summerside

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