The family of Tom and Sadie Rowland held a ‘Mardi Gras’ style reunion this weekend at the community hall. Eighty plus extended family members sat down to a catered meal on Saturday evening. The original Rowland family consisted of 13 children, of which Bill and his wife Alice of Red Deer and Evelyn and her husband Fred Milner of Stettler were present. Sister Susie and husband David Ainsworth from Vancouver and Marlene and husband Irvin Larsen of Stettler were unable to attend. The rest of the guests, representing their families, were mostly from central Alberta with one coming from Powell River in B.C. and one from High Level in Northern Alberta. There were games, adult and children’s activities, a silent auction, raffles, a tour of Halkirk’s mini railway, food, reminiscing, music and fireworks. The Rowland family holds a reunion every two years. This year Sarah Cordel’s family were the organizers.
There will be a bridal shower at the community hall on Saturday, July 25 between 2 and 4 p.m. to honor bride elect, Lorisa Schilling. Everyone is welcome to attend.