Brookfield Notebook, Judy Matheson
- A large crowd packed the Brookfield Baptist Church gym to enjoy an entertaining night of coffee house music. SUBMITTED
More than 500 volunteers gave their time and energies to make the 18th year of Coming Home to Brookfield and the annual Whing Ding an enjoyable time for the large turnouts.
After a scorching first weekend, the weather became more of a challenge but nearly all activities were continued, although some indoor venues were necessary.
On Monday yoga, hip hop and a recreation night were well attended and fun for all.
The Biggest Little Art Show, displaying the talents of numerous local artisans, including quilters, painters, rug hookers, woodworkers, jewelry makers, knitters and photography enthusiasts, drew a steady flow of folks during the two days of viewing.
The always popular horse and dog show was moved to the inside ring, due to heavy rain, causing some confusion and disappointment to those who missed the action.
Bountiful Brookfield Blooms at the gardens of Scott and Erin Veitch was a glorious tour of flowers with knowledgeable guides. The coffee house on the same night was filled to capacity to hear the voices and music of musicians from across the county.
Thursday’s events included fitness and nutrition in the morning, a golf scramble, 4-H petting farm and movie night. Each event was enjoyed by various age groups.
Celebrating Our Youth, an afternoon tea, featured three talented youngsters including Angela MacKinnon, guitar and voice; Brandon Rice on guitar; and eight-year-old Victoria Fraser, a stunning vocalist. The audience was catered to by several young capable servers.
Saturday’s fun run welcomed 40 entries for the 5-km route around the village, and Jonathan Crouse was the overall winner, with several other winners in various categories.
Other events included the Mad Hatters Fun Time moved indoors due to the strong winds, where many stylish hats were adorned by the young participants. Also, bingo at Elk Court with the residents and young and older guests was well attended, and at noon, 4-H club members were barbecuing lunch at the corner lot on behalf of MacQuarrie’s Pharmasave.
The chilly afternoon didn’t deter the many hearty young folks who took several turns on the waterslides provided by the fire service. And the sail boat regatta was held on Saturday and Sunday at Shortts Lake. The winner of the homecoming trophy was Kevin McDonough of Truro.
The Sunday worship service and homecoming closing at the beautiful Carter homestead property featured the Baptist Church choir, with reverends Eric MacKinnon and Larry Harrison leading in worship. The Good Time Fiddlers provided entertainment before and after the service, while a lunch of beans, brown bread, hot dogs and ice cream was served.
Other homecoming highlights included the Gordie Tucker Band with Megan Isenor as lead soloist providing entertainment at the Whing Ding on Friday night, the band Nighthawk with vocals by Sarah Bates, CJ and Bob Prest and Dale Fisher keeping the crowd enthused on Saturday night, and games of skill and chance, contests and the meeting of old and new friends.
The inaugural Randy Roop Memorial award, donated by the Brookfield Athletic Association, for outstanding athletic accomplishment, community involvement and leadership was presented by Randy’s widow, Betty, to Hugh Matheson.
Matheson was recognized for his successful coaching career in ball and hockey, as a founding father of the Sportsplex and for his accomplishments as an athlete, in fastball, hockey and curling.
Brookfield resident Terry Henderson submitted the following to the Brookfield notebook this week:
The 60th high school reunion of the class of 1953 from the Brookfield Rural High was held at the Best Western Glengarry on Thursday, July 25. That year, 20 girls and two boys made up that class. Five members of the class of 1953 and all the teachers, with the exception of Beth McDade, have died.
Probably the most unique feat of this class was all students wrote the dreaded provincial exams in both Grade 11 and Grade 12. Everyone passed the exams. Surely much of the credit for these results lay with the teaching staff headed by principal Ralph Guy, vice-principal Don MacPherson, Beth (Masters) McDade, John Banks, Mary Dodge, Percy Mosher and Art Nelson.
Twelve members of the class attended the nostalgic gathering, with each giving a short resume, as to family, career and present place of residence.
Kay (Archibald) James came from Calgary, Catherine (Redden) Johnson came from Ottawa and others travelled from around the Maritimes.
Letha Mowatt emceed the evening and a fine meal was enjoyed by all.
McDade could not attend as she and husband Eric were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. She sent a lovely letter, remembering fondly her first class, in her first year of teaching English at Brookfield Rural High School.
Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.