Record turn-out at annual Winter Carnival

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Under light snow and relatively mild temperatures, more than two dozen families dropped in to take part in the neighbourhood’s Winter Carnival celebrations at Fisher Heights Community Place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2014. It was the annual event’s biggest crowd yet, and big hit for all who took part.

“I just wanted to take a moment to say what a wonderful experience the event was,” wrote Eleanor Drive resident Bridget Mooney. “From the horse drawn wagon rides, broomball, crafts, pot-luck supper and magic show (where my five-year-old daughter got to play a leading role as a magician’s assistant!), it was truly a wonderful family event.”

“I can only imagine how much work was involved to make that such a success and I wanted to thank you and the team of volunteers for doing that for the community,” said Mooney, a mother of two. “It was very much appreciated. We are lucky to be part of such a friendly community.”

The event’s main organizer, Lyn McCaw, was thrilled with the turn-out. “For the potluck, we had to pull out every one of the 57 chairs in the building,” said the long-time community volunteer, and member of the FHACA board. “We’ve never had to do that before.”

For McCaw, the success was especially gratifying because it was her last year as the event’s primary organizer. While she’ll continue her community activism — the grandmother who lives on Beaver Ridge is also a prime driver of parks and rec improvements being made to our neighbourhoods — she’s hoping “somebody will step in to co-ordinate next year’s carnival.”

If you’re interested, please feel free to contact McCaw at lyn.fhaca@bell.net. Whoever takes over the event next year certainly won’t have to do it alone: more than a dozen people helped ensure this year’s event ran so smoothly:

  • Mary Beth Pion – served hot chocolate and cookies during the afternoon
  • Keith Bray – outdoor activities, marshmallow roast and donated the cost of the fire permit
  • Eli Brown – outdoor activities
  • T.C. D’Agostini – indoor arts and craft room
  • Bev Kirkpatrick, Frank Podruski, Marjorie and Collin Lay – setting up and managing the potluck supper
  • FHACA’s newest board member, Lisa Wood, outdoor activities, marshmallow roast.
  • Local real estate agent Ken Harten sponsored the wagon ride.
  • Dr. Kaboom did some magic tricks that yielded much explosive laughter.
  • The horse-drawn carriage rides were provided by Gary Scharf and his team from Hollybrook Farms (613-822-0172)
  • 20-year-old Michelle Pion, who grew up in Fisher Heights, gave a short Irish dance demonstration before the potluck. Pion and her dance partner qualified to compete at the World Irish Dance Championship in London, England, in April. But they need  to raise $1,500 before Monday, Feb. 10, in order to be able to make the competition.

The two Senators tickets and parking pass (donated once again this year by local promotional and communications company P. Kom Promotional Specialities) were won by Katherine Percival of Parthia Avenue.

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