Saturday, November 28, 2015

Devon:Christmas in the Park 2015

The Devon Lions club as members and as individuals put in a great deal of time in decorating the park and the Town of Devon, Town and Staff individuals put in their personal time and effort to make this local celebration a success along with the Credit Union.

Donations were also made by Hardy's  Independent Grocers, Fortis, Haduc Lumber, Carman Goldsmith, Mames R McDonald, Grounded, MacMillar Motos, Devon Chrysler, Reschke Fitz LLP, Bray Agencies and Wilf Bittner.  Also the Devon Bottle Depot, Mr. Printer, Aldritt Space for office, COP, Lionettes and the town Bus and a great deal on Busing!  The one Radio were very helpful and effective with promotion. Like few other very successful functions across this province, Christmas in the Park in Devon was a community effort like no other.  A rare experience in the goodness of people.

 The three Gentlemen above carry most the weight of the origination like buses, food and serving people. All are senior Lions and gave a tremendous amount of their personal time to the event. We thank  you.

There is Santa and his wife for the kids,  Cameras flash and the excitement is very high. More pictures will be added over the week as they come in.  This is a sampling:  I have missed much like the IGA booth for maple syrup snow,   And, the fire dancers who were mesmerizing.  Hope some of my friends or people who attended have pictures will take the time to email them to me.

 The Reindeer were and excitement for Kids and Parents signalling Santa was near.
 Foreground a cold tourist behind him one of the Jikitchens serving up hot dogs, hot chocolate and Chili.  Event starts at 5 PM with a bus ride to the Lions Park  Finishes up at 9Pm with a bus ride back to the staging area and our vehicles.
 Kid's mesmerized by the Reindeer who were snacking on their oats.
 On very excited and happy little girl, Reindeer behind her.
 One very excited and happy young man who won't allow being torn away from the Reindeer.
 Similar group from a side angle.  You could hear a chorus of "WOW"
 The Lion's Chalet hosted Santa and his wife for the whole evening.  Lineups were heavy and long.
 A collection of people in the Chalet at Santa time.  Center back is the original organizer.
The first event the Lion's expected 500 people and received over 1000!  Last year the event was cancelled due to -30 degree temperatures.   The year before last 5000 attended from around the country.
 Another collection of people  having fun.

 Santa welcoming still another child while the Devon Lion's Leo looks on and becomes part of the entertainment.
 Mrs. Santa and Santa have worked their hearts out on this service for several years.  Senior Lion's Members.
 Better look at Leo and the tree.
 Another assortment of people having a great time and a chance to warm up a bit.
 Still more people in the Santa lineup in front of the Lion's award wall.
 There has to be a lot dreams being passed on in this consultation.
 One little fellow a bit apprehensive.
 But, resolved.
 A young lady who has a lot to say and is laying it out for Santa.
 Appears the final deal is being shaped.
 And, made.
 This young man came away with a candy cane which he prizes.
 :Looked better before the flash went off.  Darkness, lights and many people.
 There were several fires like this going for warmth and comfort in a brisk evening. Something to envy while inviting friendship and sharing.
 This is story time, people sit on bales around a fire and a reader reads stories to them.   Popular for all ages, my guess would be the most popular event after Santa.
 Fire Engine was giving rids around the park.  No exhaust was visible until the flash went off.

 Fire Engine loaded with people ready to tour the park.
 Fire Engine from the side without the exhaust (and light)
 This is in a large heated tent.  Kids on this table are making necklaces and wrist bands out of pipe cleaners and a giant array of wonderful beads.
 Mom's get a workout while the kids build their dream necklacs.
 The other end of the tent opposite the beads is this interesting stop,  10 candies make a necklace Please; the sign says

One of a great many kids who have  had a full evening and looking for home and a bed.

I'm waiting for others photos to arrive.  The event is huge and covers a very large area and the crowds were heavy again; wonderful.

The mechanics:
It costs 5.00 for a family of 4 to catch the bus at the downtown lot. Can't miss it. Or, 2.00 per person.
No vehicles other than the Buses are allowed in or around the park.  Lots of buses to get back to you vehicle when ever you want.

No charge for the hot dogs, hot chocolate or chili. Just enjoy and smile with  every one else.
 Beautiful kids having the time of their lives with Santa and their dreams.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Devon Walking/Biking Trail Update 1

 Trails are now frozen easy walking.
 Beaver Dams allowed to expand greatly!  Dog can walk on them now.
 Another view of Beaver dams- See their forage on opposite bank
 This shot is better idea of how deep these dams are.  They are the reason the hills slump and take constant maintenance.
 Down stream from the one above
 Dog enjoys the listen; he knows better than to play with Beavers.

 Mud for dam and house are taken off the far bank,  This is still another dam on the small creek.
 More Beaver Dam
 There is a proliferation of posts along the trail.  They are I think intended to carry sign cautions for bikers.
 Below are to biker caution signs, Big hill  and twisty trail.  It is all pretty wonderful and a lot of bikes use these trails year round, Balloon tires and very low ratio gear sets mostly.  In past years we have made trail with walking and snow shoes.  I'm not  sure if further plans are in the works or not.  If someone does, send me an email and I will  update the page.   Trails like this have been looked after by a single cyclist!  On his own he cuts junk trees and makes lining along the trails, has built a bridge across a low spot, sink hole thing, all by himself.  The man as made a great difference when it comes to winter treks.

 First skiff of snow adds a wonder of beauty to the woods.  Loose Leaves on the trail makes going downhills a bit tricky.  I use 2 walking sticks.  That works!
 First Skiff
First Skiff
 Better view of Beaver Dams Each one is holding back 2500 cm of water!

 I use ice cleats and two walking sticks: When snow gets heavier, if ever I will be using my Faber 3' snowshoes.

This is the lower dam now just starting Construction.  New Kits will finish it next spring, perhaps over the winter.

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