Honey Gables Canada Day 2017

July 5, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Community Events

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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head   
For the past month, I had hoped for a sunny and dry Canada Day to mark the country’s 150th birthday celebration.  I imagined Lise Estrom, Heather Gulyas, Lauren Gough and myself swimming downstream from Keith Ingold’s beach, flanked by a protective fleet of canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddle boarders. In my mind’s eye, as we step proudly up from the water onto the shore at Honey Gables Park, we would appear to the large crowd of our waving neighbours just as would a team of synchronized swimmers emerging from an Olympic pool.
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; The Old Man Is Snoring   
Yes, I could see it all clearly – the residents of our fair community, adults and children alike, facing each other in pairs and holding red and white pool noodles criss-crossed above our heads as we move triumphal up the hillside.  This would have been such a glowing moment of glory. Sadly, ‘twas not to be.
Rain, Rain, Go Away; Come Again Another Day   
Because of a torrential downpour, our swim was cancelled at the last minute. Nevertheless, a planned party and awards ceremony did take place thanks to the kindness of Heather and Paul Gulyas. These wonderful neighbours came to the rescue with a heart-warming offer to host our number under the protection of their screened and roofed porch.
Still I Wonder, Who’ll Stop The Rain?   
Dozens of muffins were on hand along with chocolate milk for the children.  Heather made some orange juice appear.  Then Andrea Huck arrived, three children and husband in tow, along with milk, cream, sugar and a 35-cup hot coffee urn. 
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again   
After leading the crowd of well over twenty in a rousing, bilingual rendition of
O Canada, the outgoing President of the Honey Gables Community Association Bron Vasic presented Sesquicentennial National Awards to Heather Gulyas and Dorothy Meyerhof for their many years of solid support to our community. Sesquicentennial National Awards were also presented to Wally Williams, Dawn McLean and, in absentia, to Keith Ingold in recognition of their longstanding residency in Honey Gables.
Singing In The Rain   
Despite the unrelenting rainfall, all present agreed that this event was a memorable and cheerful way to begin their Canada Day Celebrations. Our sincere thanks to Pierre Poilièvre MP, who arranged for the preparation of the Sesquicentennial National Awards presented to our deserving neighbours, and for the delivery of a generous number of Sesquicentennial pins and 150th anniversary flags for us all to share as souvenirs of the occasion