Homecoming left behind, next is Trail Ride for STARS in Rumsey

Monday afternoon, July 19, the ladies from the district travelled to Trochu to host the July birthday party at St. Mary’s. Kendra Kiemele was the hostess and made delicious orange cakes that everyone enjoyed with ice cream. Kendra’s two boys, Jonathon and Noel joined the ladies in serving the party treats, residents do enjoy young folks when they come to visit. Ray Duft and Bob Smith was on hand to play and sing for everyone to enjoy.

There were nine birthdays to celebrate this month; Nora Scheurer, Henry Greig, Dave Mathews, Grace Boyden, Mrytle Upton,Marie Lorenz,Stan Bryan, Marie Burran, and John Van Manen. Each birthday resident received a small useful gift, courtesy of the Rumsey Ag. Society, who so graciously finances these gifts. We are forever grateful and the residents always enjoy getting a gift.

Laura Griffith will be the hostess in August when Marian Stiekle and her group from Three Hills will be on hand to entertain with their music.

Bits and pieces heard about the homecoming; there were 26 folks out to play crib in the tournament that was held on Saturday. Helen Steen was the over-seer of this and everyone received a goodie bag. The winners for the afternoon were Robert Sinclair Jr. and his partner David Morgan. Comments about the parade are that it was just great. Aunt Abbie McNaughton, as everyone knows her by, was the oldest registrant at homecoming having had her 95th birthday last April. Sorry I missed seeing Norma (Matheson) Christianson of St. Albert as she was one of my school mates in Rumsey in the 40s.

Sympathy to all the friends and family of the late Jimmy Primrose who passed away at Tom Baker Cancer Clinic in Calgary recently. He is the son of Scott and Phyllis Primrose.

The weather has finally changed to warm or should I say ‘hot’ and haying is in full swing for those that do that chore.

The Homecoming Committee would like to express their gratitude to all those who attended the spectacular homecoming at Rumsey on the weekend of July 16-18, to everyone who contributed, either big or small, we commend your efforts.

Without all the support, this event could not have been so successful. Our hats off to Rumsey; the community that never quits. Thanks for making ‘the Rumsey Connection’.

If you would like a picture of any of the groups that were taken on Saturday, please contact Pat Holowath at 403 368 2344.

Yes, this year’s homecoming is history and July is nearly over (again.) If only someone could figure out how to slow down the passing of time.

With August, comes the 21st annual Trail Ride for STARS, and the 66th annual Rumsey Red Deer River Garden Club Show.

The ride for STARS will be on Sunday, Aug. 8, beginning with the pancake breakfast in the morning, cooked by the Rumsey Fire Dept. and then the trail riders leave for their rides at 10:30 a.m. There are only the two rides this year and both leave at the same time but from different locations. Be sure and come and bring your own drinks as there is limited drinking water available. Plan to come and spend the day; with your lawn chairs, umbrella, and bug spray. There is something going on most of the day. STARS staff from Calgary will be there with their souvenirs, and the 20th-year commemorative t-shirts will be on sale for half price. There will be a poker rally, quilt raffle and visiting all day. For those who want to camp, there is free camping on Saturday night donated by the Lynch family. The trail riders must be back from their ride by 3 p.m. and the presentations of awards and speeches will be held then.

The helicopter is scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. for all to view and talk to the pilots. The grand finale of the day is the enjoyment of a BBQ beef supper. Wow, sounds like a fun day and so far in the 20 years there has been $449,528 raised to keep STARS in the sky. “ Hope to see you there.

Folks that were involved in the great homecoming should be recovered by then.