A last brush of winter at the St. Patrick’s feast last weekend offered fondest farewell and a timely hug in the official start of spring Wednesday morning.
We’ve since been thinking that now must be the end of it, winter 2013. Here, wishfully thinking it can only get nicer for doing things outside once the spring cleaning is done inside. Bay of Islands oldtimers wisely remind that it is yet still only March, and that the month did come in like a lamb.
Lions none to be seen, the first day of spring was indeed lamb-like down by the bay, where afternoon temperatures in hometown McIvers flirted with the 10 C mark through the afternoon.
Yet. There is April, don’t you know. And, the first snow in May takes your freckles away. Did mine. And, this youngtimer has seen snow in June, twice. Different years, of course.
Six months hence, August times in Bay of Islands offers up some added flair for the summer festival season in western Newfoundland.
Looking already well prepared, news and views from Humber Arm South carried in its March community circular includes a tentative 10-day calendar of events for Come Home Year 2013 in Humber Arm South this coming summer.
The Come Home Year Committee and the South Shore Bayfest Committee, principal partners for the festival, has released an extensive list of events intending to reflect matters of lifestyle, culture and heritage in hometown Bay of Islands dating back to early in the last century.
Hopes and interests past and present are now set to converge at a future date on destiny’s calendar as a fine bunch community service volunteers, local and corporate sponsors prepare and keep working to offer up some colorful festive fun for everyone. All for a good cause and a whole lot of good folk, many local patrons and ex-patriates interested in memorable fun and meaningful moments are sure to again find themselves in the thick of the times to be had in Humber Arm South Aug. 9-18, 2013.
A reunion atmosphere and historical family ties will additionally be observed in aboriginal culture, feasts of traditional Newfoundland food and music, historical dinner theatre, assorted stage presentations and ceremonial and memorial community gatherings, among other things.
There is also darts and bingo and card games, a scavenger hunt, a block party, a beach fire, children’s crafts and jumping castle, a Teddy Bear breakfast, nature walking, an ATV run, volleyball, a duck race, and fireworks; not necessarily in that order. The entire tentative schedule for Bayfest Come Home Year 2013 can be seen at the Town of Humber Arm South website online, and on its Facebook page.