On a trip to town this week, I was amazed at how the crops are turning. Soon there’ll be combines out in the barley fields. Some hay is being baled and summer is half over. West of Taber, near Barnwell, the crops were completely destroyed by hail in a storm last week, no corn off their fields this year. There was frost on the car windshields in Medstead Sunday morning but not likely to hurt flowers or crops.
Paul Gregoire has moved from Harwood Manor in North Battleford to Diamond House in Warman to be nearer some of his family in Saskatoon.
Charles Walker has moved from Harwood Manor into Hearthstone Manor in Lloydminster, also to be closer to family.
Duplicate bridge played in the city Aug. 6 saw top score go to Vern Iverson and Gerry Craig, Joeann and Rudy Wiens, and third were Trudy Iverson and Ella Meisner. Playing Aug. 8 in the city top score went to Catriona Winterholt and Donna Scherman, Jean Lawes and Fraser Glen, and Joeann and Rudy Wiens. This night, 18 players showed up, so a nice crowd.
On the TV show Cash Cab the passengers were asked to name five Canadian provinces. They only got three right, so missed out on the $250 award. These Americans don’t know much about our country, it seems.
The local golf course was honoured to have an American couple playing here from Florida. They were guests of Stan, the manager.
Canasta was played at the Do Drop In Aug. 9 with top scores in order - Bev McCrimmon and Lorna Pearson, Nestor Fransoo and Lillian Sorenco and Arlene Walker and Paulette Neale.
The Cody Duhaime Memorial Walk is a five-kilometre walk to build community awareness for suicide and mental health issues. It will be held from the Do Drop In Sunday, Sept. 8, where you can register at 11 a.m. Adults pay $20 and children $10 with proceeds to support mental health in the Battlefords area. A wiener roast will follow. Pledge sheets are available from Joanne at 306-386-2490 or Sylvia at 306-892-2115 or most business places in Meota.
Coming up at the museum grounds on Aug. 17 and 18 is Those Were the Days! - a history lesson of the past and pleasures of today.
The Blueberry Festival at St. Walburg comes up the next weekend with the ethnic supper Friday night, Aug. 23, and Saturday with live entertainment and the many booths to check out all day. This day ends with a ticketed supper and dance. For supper tickets call 306-248-3353.
Entertainment in the Battleford Legion Hall Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. will be the Dirkson Family.
My great grandson from Calgary, Eric Sandstrom, is spending a few days helping Grandpa Al with his building project in Lakeview. Nice to have the help and pleasant to hear of his travels and adventures as he spent six months working in London and visited many European countries while there and he has spent three weeks touring in Italy.
A nice weekend was spent at Green Lake where Garry and Elaine Poole celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with nearly 70 friends and relatives attending. They played games and did some fishing and enjoyed all the good food, so it was a memorable time for everyone. Special guest was their great granddaughter Lennon Maisie Mohns.
On Aug. 4, Meota Musical Productions hosted a nostalgic look at music called “The Golden Oldies.” They performed to a sold out audience rocking to the music of Elton John, Neil Diamond, k.d. Lang, Mary Hopkins, Kenny Rogers and many more.
The performers were true to their characters costumed from Janis Joplin to Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy. Stephen and Jo Carter sang “Somewhere” from the Broadway musical West Side Story. Andre Van de Merwe sang “Starry Starry Night” a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh featuring his paintings on the screen. The Meota Beach Boys performed three songs finishing with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Charles Baillargeon and his son Colin sang “Cat’s in the Cradle” reminding us to cherish time with our children. Colin’s two-and-a-half year old son Jackson made a brief appearance to bring three generations on stage and to close the song saying, “I’m going to be like you, Dad!”
There was rockin’, romancing and reminiscing with music. There was jazz, dancing and an astounding array of instruments and musicians to bring it all to life. The ensemble ended the show with a lively rendition of “Aquarius.” There was an appreciative, enthusiastic crowd and a fun-loving cast.
Meota Musical Productions is grateful to all who participated; the audience, performers, musicians, workers and sponsors for the door prize and auction. Together they raised $6,839.50, which will be donated to Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation.