It was called “polar vortex,” but in truth it was cold. Almost too cold to think about our first ice cream social of the New Year.
In the middle of those freezing days, the most amusing site at the local store was Ron and Heather Graham pushing a cart loaded to the brim with frozen ice cream. Boy, that was a topic of conversation for their fellow shoppers. Our chairperson, Heather, felt like the mailman — we must deliver in sleet or snow.
As she noted, all we have to do now to get ready is slice it into squares. Brrrr.
The ice cream social always is a popular event, and luckily the temperature rebounded enough for the 6 o’clock serving to bring more than 110 into the hall. For $1 you got a cupcake and ice cream. What a deal. Cold cash gave you an equally cold dessert, on an equally cold day.
On Jan. 11 we all headed down to the hall again for our first park breakfast of the year. Jim Grant and his cracking (egg) team again plated their mouth-watering breakfasts of pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast and coffee for $3. All you had to do was bring your silverware, coffee mugs, and a big appetite. And, of course, three bucks. Last count was 104 happy eaters.
Jim probably wished he had that many on KP duty. Not being deterred, he is planning the next one for the first weekend of February. He may have a special addition to his menu, so stay tuned.
And, since we seem to overdo our feasting frenzies sometimes, on Sunday evening we finished the week with our first potluck dinner of the new year. Since our official capacity counter had the weekend off, association president Linda Jenkins defined the crowd, equally as large as we had this week. Cleanup crews as usual are many and anonymous, but still thanked for their service.
There is no doubt that the high days of the winter season are upon us. Now the sports venues are heating up, the crafts, hall activities, bus tours, etc., are active. It will now be a few busy months.
By Ian Marwick