Appreciating Mother Nature’s gift of a warm January

Mayfair News

Isn’t it nice to wake up to warm January weather? Mother Nature sure is treating prairie folks well. Enjoy this while we can.

Ukrainian Christmas is around the corner and good wishes to all those of that culture. Not many of them observe the traditional 12 dishes on Christmas Eve. Ukrainians first arrived on the prairies  near Yorkton approximately 100 years ago and remain an innovative and hardworking people.

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In the near feature, I hope to travel to where citizens would be wishing everyone “Feliz Navidad.”

Here is a recap of COVID-19 in Mayfair. In mid-March Canadian citizens were advised to be careful. Those away for the 2019-20 winter were urged to hustle back over the border. Most heeded the government, but friends from Creighton, Man. stayed in Yuma, Ariz. until the end of April and re-entered the country no problem.

Mayfair is home to many community events and initiatives that were affected by the pandemic. These include three craft and farmers markets, usually at the end of May, September and the last Sunday in November, hosted by Creative Corner. There is coffee time once a week at the local library Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There is usually a Catholic fall supper at the beginning of November, local senior birthday gatherings in the hall and finally Old Mills Players live theatre in February, which draws large crowds to Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. These three shows always feature a meal prior to the live comedies. February 2021 will not see live theatre, but the Old Mill Players vow to be back in 2022.

For a small hamlet, population 32, Mayfair is still on the map on Highways 324 and 378.

Let’s hope 2021 will see the end of COVID, so life can normalize with all the events that make rural life a little less lonely.

How many of us are going away for medical reasons or on a winter holiday to a foreign country, providing we self quarantine upon arrival? Good luck to all leaving Canada fro warmer weather and please stay COVID free.

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