The Byemoor Ball Tournament and Fun Fair is set to go this weekend, running Aug. 15-17. Activities get underway Friday with the start of the ball games of the 32-team slo-pitch tournament. Also, a street dance near the community hall goes from 7-9 p.m. with the music of Marty & Company. Fireworks at dark by Enerplus wrap up the first day of events.
Saturday starts off with the pancake breakfast at the hall from 8-10:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m. All entries are more than welcome for the parade and the parade theme is “Play it Safe.”
Kids’ events kick off at 1 p.m. at the arena. Activities include sheep riding, greased pig catch, chicken catch, pie eating contest, face painting, temporary tattoos, money pit, balloons and other games — lots to keep the youngsters busy.
A roast beef supper will be served at the hall from 5-8 p.m.
The dance and cabaret at the arena begins at 9 p.m. and will wrap up the Saturday activities.
Sunday once again starts with a pancake breakfast running from 8:30-11 a.m. The slo-pitch finals wrap up on Sunday.
Carrie Somerville was honoured with a bridal shower at the Endiang hall on Tuesday evening where she received many nice gifts.
On Tuesday the Alberta Women’s Institute District 5 members descended on Endiang for their annual conference. Verla Buchwitz hosted the event at Ruthie’s Roost. The café was closed for the private function which was filled by women from various locations in Alberta.
Vel Gore was the guest of honour at a farewell party held at Ruthie’s Roost on Tuesday where about 20 friends met to bid her goodbye until her next visit. Vel had spent more than three months visiting in our community this summer with her Boehlke relatives and many other friends. Vel’s cheery personality is a joy to be around and will be missed. She returned to her home in Westbank, B.C. on Friday. Donnie and Blanche Johnson and Mickey Tucker took her to catch the bus in Calgary.
Russ and Linda Kobi recently enjoyed a visit to Ontario where they were able to stroke a few things off their bucket lists. They attended two Toronto Blue Jays games, visited Niagara Falls, the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Casa Loma castle, Ripley’s Aquarium and other points of interest.
Congratulations to Carrie Somerville and Jeff Macleod who were married in a small ceremony on Saturday in the farm yard of the brides’ parents Rob and Laurie Somerville. Following the ceremony guests gathered at the Endiang hall for the reception and dance. We wish the young couple all the best in their marriage. The newlyweds will be living in Vancouver, B.C.
Several folks may have noticed the exceptionally large full moon on Sunday night. Known as a Super-moon, it is the largest full moon of 2014 as the moon was in its closest point to Earth this year in its orbit.
During the dog-days of summer if folks are looking for something to do, consider visiting the southeast corner of the County of Stettler and see what Endiang and Byemoor have to offer. Bring your rod and reel and cast a line in Boehlke Pond and try your luck at the rainbow trout pond north of Endiang.
Visit Endiang and experience a self-guided walking tour and see the many signs placed around the hamlet depicting the businesses of days gone by. About two and half miles east of Endiang is a provincial point of interest sign showing the original location of the settlement of Endiang and its early history.
Be sure to stop at Ruthie’s Roost, a café with country charm located in a former general store and enjoy home-cooked meals and pastries. The café is open seven days a week and features a turkey supper every Sunday from 5-8 p.m. (reservations requested). There are also a few antiques and collectables for sale at the café.
The historic St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is nestled in the rolling prairie hills about nine miles southeast of Endiang. The 100-plus year old church was built in Wetaskiwin in 1910 and when that congregation disbanded the church was cut into pieces and shipped by rail to the area in 1921 and re-assembled. A sign outside the church tells of the unique history of the church.
There is a lot to see and do at Byemoor as well. Visit the Byemoor Hotel —country hotels are becoming a rarity across the Prairie Provinces these days. The hotel features pizza night every Saturday and a brunch the last Sunday of the month. Family dining is allowed in the hotel until 8 p.m. so be sure to enjoy the country hospitality there.
Stop at the Byemoor Store for snacks, ice cream treats, coffee and your grocery and postal needs and experience the charm of a country general store. You can also fill up with gasoline or diesel and fill your propane tank there.
For history buffs there is a provincial point of interest sign on the highway west of Byemoor giving the history of Hartshorn and the Hartshorn Mission, an early settlement in the area.
More history is captured on the west side of the Endmoor Drop-In Centre with the early businesses of Byemoor depicted in a mural painted by local artisan Phyllis Starling.
We are proud of our Endmoor community and would welcome your visits.