Saturday was perfect weatherwise for the Opening Day of the club’s 110th season.
Hilary Sanford conducted the “choir” of club members in the singing of O Canada followed by President MaryLynne Rimer welcoming our honored guests. Acting mayor Marianne Alto brought greetings from the city and threw the first bowl of the season. Club pins were presented to our novices. Then we all lined up for the parade around the green led by 3 pipers from the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
Following tradition, with one bowl in hand, we all took aim at that giant spider in the middle of the green. Poor spidey got flattened but survived to live another year. The owner of the bowl closest to it got a grand prize of a giant chocolate bar as a sweet memento of their prowess ……well.…..maybe… just their plain good luck!
Then we all got down to the serious business of playing an 8 end game or a croquet game, all the while being serenaded by the wonderful music of Sandy Sanford and his 5 piece brass and woodwind quintet. What a treat! They certainly livened up the day! You could even hear the odd member singing along to the tunes.
All this activity worked up an appetite so we went inside, The tables were set with tablecloths, teapots, and flowers, soon to be graced with a delicious variety of sandwiches supplied by our croquet members. Dessert was a really good carrot cake. Judging by the volume of the chatter, everyone was really enjoying themselves.
Thank you to everyone who made this a very successful and special day, especially to our hospitality volunteers.
All photos courtesy of Nigel Pieloth