McIvers to celebrate winter this weekend

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Children and adults planning to attend the outdoor fun events at the community hall grounds for the 32nd McIvers Winter Carnival on Saturday are advised to dress in layers for warmth.

Gloves, mittens, toques, scarves, balaclavas and warm, dry footwear, even snow goggles, all go well with fullest enjoyment of the outdoor family fun package slated to start at 10 a.m.

The childrens’ events follow an open winter carnival breakfast, beginning 8 a.m. at the community hall. Ever well-attended, the morning gathering of patrons and newcomers to the church-sponsored carnival can look forward to fuelling their day with some home-baked beans, bologna, eggs, toutons, toast, tea and coffee.

Weekend in memorium

A weekend in memorium of well-loved carnival patron and local organizer Lowell Park who recently passed away, McIvers carnival celebrations wind up with the always-popular local and regional talent show at the McIvers Community Hall.  First performers are expected to take the stage to 8 p.m.

The event, which occasionally attracts participants and spectators from around Bay of Islands and further afield, has been known to continue to the early morning hours. Lots of music, dance, fun and prizes take up the night.

The McIvers carnival finale caps a couple of weekends of winterfest activities and talent showcases that also included scheduled events in Gillams, Cox’s Cove and Summerside last weekend, as well as in McIvers.

‘A huge success’

In Cox’s Cove, local organizer Perry Sheppard offered words of appreciation and praised resident volunteers, supporters and participants who got out and helped make the community carnival there “a huge success and great memories for all the kids involved.”

Sheppard says it is “nice to see” volunteer efforts being appreciated and offered, commending the Cox’s Cove Culture Committee for its generous supply of hot chocolate and hot dogs and the family skating party.

Smiles of the children make it work worthwhile, Sheppard said.

Cathy Halbot shared kind words in support of Gillams Recreation Winterfest 2014 and to those who helped make it a “great success.”

Last Saturday’s daylong event in Gillams had card games, a silent auction, a big breakfast and a snowmobile run way out of town and back before cluing up with its own memorable talent showcase that night.

Bay 4Hers worth voting for

Leader Terri Lynn Loder-Gillett has announced voting will end Sunday for persons intending to support the Summerside 4-H Club in a national Farm Credit Canada “Shout out for Agriculture” video competition.

Contestant 4-H clubs across the nation are competing for recognition and thousands of dollars in available prize money.

Competing clubs have submitted for scrutiny and voting online videos they prepared in-house. There are five prizes categories.

Summerside’s video on desiring a career in agriculture and other creations can be voted on by the general public at the 4H Canada website. The videos most voted win the prizes.

The local 4H leader says the Summerside Club could avail of a video prize to help fund club members’ intermediate and national 4H travel requirements.

Meanwhile, a Summerside 4-H’s local achievement day is April 5. That day, practical demonstration of handiwork and other skilled creation, performed in single and team categories, takes place. The demonstrations will share the spotlight with public-speaking competitions in junior (aged 9-13) and senior (14-up). Awards follow.

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

Organizations: McIvers Community Hall, Summerside Club, Cove Culture Committee Farm Credit Canada

Geographic location: Summerside, Bay of Islands, Gillams Lowell Park Canada

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