© Barbara Colbourne
Laura Oake and Desiree Heath (back) and Monica Oake and Destiny Heath (front) enjoyed their visit with Santa at the UCW Community Tree.
Christmas at Long Island
As we got nearer to the big day, the folks at Long Island were very busy in a whirlwind of Christmas parties and get togethers. On Sunday, December 11, the Faith Pentecostal Church held a beautiful community service at Lushes Bight with Mrs. Joy officiating. The theme was “Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come.” This was a community celebration of the Christmas story. The Pentecostal group sang “Angels We Have Heard on High,” Salvation Army group, “Away in a Manger,” United Church Choir, “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” and the Community choir did “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.” Nora Oake and Laura Oake did a beautiful presentation of the manger scene. Madeline Burton read a poem, “Christmas Meditation.” Monica and Laura Oake sweetly sang “Away in a Manger” accompanied by Maxwell Slade on accordion. On Monday, December 12 the Moving for Health fitness group held its Christmas Party with a delicious potluck supper and exchange of gifts (ornaments.) The Town Tree Lighting was held at the Lushes Bight-Beaumont town hall on Tuesday, December 13. Fifty residents and visitors came along. This event grows in popularity each year. After lighting up the tree everyone returned to the Town Hall and had great fun singing Christmas carols for about an hour, accompanied by Sterling Morgan and Elmo Parsons on guitar. Thanks very much for that. Hot chocolate, drinks, sandwiches and cookies were enjoyed by all who attended. The Pentecostal Church had its Christmas Banquet on Wednesday, December 14. The community Santa Claus Parade was held on Saturday, December 17. What a beautiful sunny day it was with just a minus two degrees. Brandon Croucher won the prize for best-decorated ATV while Louise Colbourne won for her decorated vehicle.
The Beaumont United Church held its candlelight service on Sunday, December 18. There was an excellent turnout of residents from all three denominations on Long Island. Thanks to Marie Croucher, Chair of the UC Board of Management, for planning and conducting the beautiful service.
On Tuesday, December 20, Long Island Academy put off its annual Christmas concert. Members of the community groups, the Fire department, fitness group and the community choir joined the staff and students with skits and carols. Principal Mike Barrett welcomed everyone, and then handed the mic over to MCs Billy and Brandon Croucher. It was an evening of entertainment with the Firettes skit “New Years Eve at the Bad Habits Club,” students and teacher’s skit “Santa in Jail,” staff, students and parents’ skit “Why We Say Merry Christmas,” and the Recreation’s fitness group’s skit “Dropping Pounds With Santa.” On the ticket draws Elsie Croucher won the PTA turkey, Boyce Heath won the Grad variety box, Laura Lee won the grad birdhouse and Freeman Walters won the Heritage Society’s variety box.
On Saturday, Christmas Eve the UCW held its annual community Christmas Tree. Two delightful Santa’s helpers showed up to hand out gifts to all the young and the young at heart. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to wish friends and neighbours a personal Merry Christmas, getting their gifts, getting lots of chances for pictures with Santa and a lunch of sandwiches and syrup. See you next year Santa. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all!