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Mayfair and District News: Creative Corner hosts fall sale Sept. 17

Hafford Vikings kickoff football season with a win over Big River.

MAYFAIR — September is indeed a scenic month with deciduous tree leaves turning crimson and other colours. But with heavy gusts of winds, they don’t last long on the branches. Enjoy the beauty while it lasts.

Local folks just got a notice that Mayfair’s Creative Corner is hosting a fall sale Sunday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hall. To book tables please contact Dorothy at 306-480-9016 or Lindsay at 306-290-8146. The concession will be open for those hours also. We have enough notice to plan our time on Sunday, Nov. 26 as that is the slated date for the craft sale.

Thank you to Judy for being the mail delivery person west of Mayfair route for a good number of years. Since summer, Heides has been awarded the Canada Post delivery route.

For one month now Dr. Justin Hodgson and Tess are Spiritwood’s new veterinarian clinic owners. They have named their business Farm Docs Animal Health Services. The grand opening is this Friday, Sept. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. with free burgers, raffles, prizes and an open house. They focus on equine, small ruminants, small animals and cattle clients. The emergency line is open 24/7 by calling 306-883-2370 5.

Enjoying being outdoors and listening to music in a comfortable lawn chair was a wonderful way for me to spend Sept. 9 at “Doylefest,” a weekend music festival at Eagle Hills Regional Park. Did it rain on Saturday? You betcha it did but two intermittent showers, one in the afternoon and then early evening, didn’t put a damper on the eager audience. All proceeds went to Community Arts Mentorship Programming bringing different aspects of music to remote, mostly northern Saskatchewan communities. Many young children were out and about but one can’t forget the dog lovers in the crowd. I guess dogs do love music. The outdoor music event included face painting, disc golf, hilly walking trails and a busy concession. A tie-dye table kept the young volunteers busy assisting newcomers in creating interesting pieces of clothing. One could either purchase a new $30 Eagle Hills Doylefest slogan T-shirt and then get it tie-dyed or there was a table with an assortment of used free clothing to give the same treatment.

It’s interesting that there wasn’t a beer garden. One doesn’t always need booze to have a good time. “Doylefest” reflects the instigator of these festivals, well-known artist Eliza Mary Doyle from Saskatoon. She is a polished singer/songwriter and her performances are second to none. She has toured Canada, the United States and Europe extensively with her banjo, guitar, dobra and mandolin winning many awards. In 2015 her vehicle broke down in Nashville, Tenn. thus enabling her to catch more concerts and even perform herself. At the Eagle Hills festival, there were more than 30 excellent solos and bands performing from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Sunday. What a fantastic weekend for this festival as all in all the weather did co-operate other than those couple of showers ending with a full beautiful rainbow.

Maymont Sharon United Church services held Sundays at 11 a.m. are: Sept. 24; Oct. 15 and 29; Nov. 12 and 26, which is “White Gift Sunday;” Dec. 10. The Dec. 23 service will be the Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.

For local football fans wanting to see some fast-paced, exciting games mark your calendar, as Hafford Vikings have already played their first game defeating the opposing Big River team 74 to 25. Their home games are: Friday, Sept. 15 against Macklin at 4 p.m.; and Oct. 5 against Plenty at 4 p.m. The away games are: Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. in Big River; Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Kerrobert; and Friday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Plenty. Vikings are a strong team so one can reassured of semifinal and other playoff games when the weather is guaranteed to get colder. That’s when the crowd needs hot beverages and winter apparel. Good luck to Hafford Vikings high school football team.

This Sunday, Sept. 17. come for a leisurely drive to Honeywood Nursery near Parkside (Shellbrook area) for their “Touch of Autumn” event. Admission is $5 which includes a tour of the park submerged in stunning fall colours, many craftsmen and artists displaying and selling items and great musical entertainment for music lovers. One can order mouth-watering rhubarb and apple pie made from fruit grown on the site. Enjoy this treat with ice cream and coffee. What a wonderful day to spend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If most readers are like me, they are skeptical about answering thier phone to unfamiliar telephone numbers. I recently discovered the telephone code for toll-free numbers in North America start with 844. Are you expecting an important call from that code followed by the seven-digit number? I Googled that 844 code and did some searching and it can come from almost any foreign place including Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and others. Get what I’m saying? Not many of us Canadians know honest law-abiding citizens who live in distant countries. I’ve gotten stung a few times with my banking compromised by idiots who have nothing better to do than prey on us hard-working people trying to pay our bills. They try to sneak in a few purchases under our accounts and think we will ignore the transactions. Our world is going from bad to worse with all of these criminals. Please stay closely connected to your accounts and check them frequently.

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