It took mere seconds for Derrick and Sheila Anthony to give a resounding yes to the posed question.
The Pasadena couple were sitting at home relaxing when they received a telephone call from a member of the organizing committee for the Pasadena Winter Carnival.
While on speaker phone, the Anthonys were asked if they would serve as carnival patrons for this year’s event.
They were delighted to be even considered for the role so they said yes.
Both have been active participants and supporters of the annual winter carnival over the years so it only made sense for them to get a bigger sense of what carnival means to the community by being more involved.
“I think it’s quite an honour to be selected for something like that, and I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the winter carnival, as did Sheila, and to see the effort and the fun that goes into 10 days of special activities is nice,” Derrick said Friday as the Pasadena Winter Carnival officially opened in the Humber Valley community.
Derrick said winter carnival has a way of getting people in the community out of the house and enjoying a break during the harsh winters we’ve been experiencing for a number of years so the timing of it is impeccable.
“It sort of recharges your batteries and gets you through that last leg of winter, but everybody seems to get in the mood of wanting to get out and have fun with people,” he said. “I guess we spend a lot of winter huddled inside our houses in the warmth of the home, but with the activities that are going on it’s a great opportunity to get out and see folks, talk to them and have some fun with them. It sort of rejuvenates you, I think, and gets your spirits up.”
Derrick has been involved with the Pasadena Lions Club for a number of years and is now the president of the club so he’s looking forward to his group putting off its skit night during carnival, but he’s also looking forward to going to more events now because his role as patron will keep him more active than previous years.
“She will be so sick of me after 10 days seeing this much of me,” he said with a hearty chuckle when asked about spending extra time with the wife.
Sheila believes it’s going to be a fun experience for her because she will get to check out more events and see more friends out and about with her and husband expected to show their face at a number of events over the 10 days of carnival.
“It’s very humbling, I would say, to realize that even though you don’t advertise yourself as doing a lot of things for the community, other people have noticed that you have contributed to the town over the years and it feels really good,” she said.
There will be plenty to do for people of all walks, and Sheila made it clear that the variety of food available during carnival is certainly a drawing card for her.
“What I find the best part is I don’t have to cook hardly any meals all week long,” she said.