Steen hosts garden party for seniors

Helen Steen hosted a garden party for the residents of St. Mary’s Health Care Centre on Thursday.

Helen Steen hosted a garden party for the residents of St. Mary’s Health Care Centre on Thursday. Folks came and toured the yard and enjoyed their picnic lunch, followed by one of Helen’s delicious desserts. Helen has host other groups over the summer, but she is such a busy lady that one can’t catch up to her to ask about them.

We had the pleasure of our family visiting with us Sunday as it was our wedding anniversary. Where did the 57 years go?

Rob Primrose’s birthday was Sunday also and he and his wife Mary Kay came to the farm to visit. Happy birthday, Rob.

Happy birthday also to Terry Hampton of Rowley as he celebrated with family with a backyard barbecue.

The whole community is busy this week, getting ready for harvest which is fast approaching.

The Byemoor ball tournament and fair were held this past weekend and several people took that in.

There were reports of frost in the area mid-week. I know it was plus-three here. It was also cold in Red Deer, as our daughter, Charlene lost all of her tomato crop.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, is the 68th annual garden show in Rumsey. The scary part is that I can remember well when it was started and my Dad Chris Clausen was instrumental in starting the junior garden plots. I remember George Robertson from Morrin was one of the judges, and he and Dad would travel throughout the districts of Rumsey and Morrin and places in between.

In some of those first years, the Storch family were young and I remember their entries of home canning for the judging. Those were the days.

Entries for this year’s show will be accepted the night before the show from 7 to 11p.m. and again the morning of the show from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Judging will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at which time the exhibits will be open to the public. Plan to take in the show and stay for supper, as it’s always a good meal prepared by the “Country Cookers.” There will be a silent auction in the Agri-plex from 5 to 8 p.m., which is always fun. The presentations will be made at about 8 p.m. The junior flower arranging competition will take place prior to the presentations. This is very well-attended and fun for all. There are prizes in the two classes of age groups: 6-10 years and 11-15 years.

The special baking class this year is Carrot Muffins. The recipe in listed in the prize-list booklet. The special prize donated by Trident Explorations of Rumsey is for the entry winning “Gifts of the Garden.”

The Rumsey Library is holding a photo contest at the fair this year. They’re looking for great photos to create next year’s community calendar. All photos will have to be taken locally in Rumsey/Rowley areas within the past three years. For info, call Patty Steen at 368-3820.

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