CELEBRATE SIMPSON 2006
Latest update from the Homecoming Committee
for the big weekend of June 30, July 1 & 2
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The Homecoming Committee is meeting weekly now, as the time draws near. While everything appears to be coming together nicely, there is always that pesky little thought in the back of the mind -- wondering what has been forgotten!
The parade route was decided upon, and will make two passes down main street. Immediately following the parade, we will congregate at the Legion for the flag raising, singing of O Canada, and a piece of cake to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the village of Simpson. This is also where the children should be to have their bikes judged. Remember to come out and see the special visitor who will be in the parade!
There will be a space for handicapped parking at the south east side of the rink.
Potted plants will be set out around town.
Clean up crews are needed for the cemetery on the evening of June 28 at 6:30 pm, and the following day at 9 am to do the sports ground and ball diamond area. Come ready to work with your riding and push mowers, rakes, hoes, whatever. The tent arrives on the 30th and a crew will be needed to help erect that under the direction of a man who brings it down.
The committee passed a motion that a major portion of the proceeds from the weekend will be passed on to the town to help defray the cost of a new front deck commercial mower, that will be used for the cemetery and around town.
Friday night registration tent is open from 5-8:30. The ball tournament starts at 7 pm (13 teams have registered already), beer gardens opens at 6 pm, smokies and hamburgers will be served from 6-9pm.
Saturday the registration tent is open from 7 am-6 pm; pancake breakfast 8-10 am followed by the parade at 11. Rink kitchen will open at 12:30-4 pm. Museum 1-4 pm, as well as the Legion with coffee and cookies. United Church will also be open the same hours with self serve coffee and cookies in the basement. There will also be an ice cream parlor from 1-4 pm. Ball tournament continues all day, starting at 1 pm. There will be a "peanut drop" for the kids in the sports grounds at 3 pm. Colleen is serving supper at 6--no advance tickets. Cabaret in the rink from 9-1:30 am
Sunday a continental breakfast will be available starting at 9 am, followed by an interdenominational church service at 11. Everything else resumes, similar to the day before. There will be children's activities out on the rink surface from 2-4 pm. Around 5 pm everything will move down to main street. The beer gardens will then be at the Hotel, and barbequed burgers and smokies will be available for supper, followed by a variety show at 7, then a street dance and fireworks to finish off the weekend.
It is still not to late to donate to the large array of items to be raffled off. Contact Colleen Hunt, or leave at the RM Office.
Box ad should be in this issue of Watrous Manitou for any items that have been missed.
Plans are going ahead
for the big weekend of June 30, July 1 & 2
(May 31, 2005 Update)
A 40 x 40 tent has been obtained to put at the east end of the rink to accomodate registration, raffles, items for sale, and the beautiful quilt the Homemaker's have made especially for this event. It features pictures of homesteads and other local interest pictures, and it will truly be a wonderful keepsake for the lucky winner. (photos of thequilt are at http://www.simpsonsask.ca/quilt.html).
A work bee will be held early in the week to get the ball diamonds and sports ground in shape. A snow fence will be put up to curtail traffic.
Friday night, registration will be from 5-8:30 pm; with the ball tournament starting, as well as the beer gardens and some food for sale. Saturday registration from 7 am-6 pm. Sunday, open at 9 am.
Saturday morning the pancake breakfast, organized by the UCW will be from 8-10 am. Come and bring your appetite--cost is $3.
The parade starts at 11 am. Word is out that a special person will be in attendance. Get your floats ready.
Museum will be open both days from 1-4 pm; as will the Legion, with coffee and cookies for those needing a bite to sustain them. Ice cream parlour both days from 1-4 pm, looked after by the Homemaker's. Ball tournament continues both days, and the beer gardens continue, until Sunday 5 pm, when it will move to the Hotel.
Colleen is supplying the Saturday night supper--no advance tickets!!
There will be a cabaret in the rink Saturday night wth two bands--Stars Without Stripes and FX (?)
Sunday morning the Homemaker's will supply muffins, fruit, etc. for breakfast, starting at 9 am. This will be followed by a church service at 11. The offering will go to the Cemetary Fund.
There will be children's games in the afternoon and a barbeque supper on Main Street starting at 5:30 pm
A talent/variety show will take place before the street dance Sunday with music supplied by "HammerJammer". Contact Anne or Deanie at the Credit Union with your items for the show. Fireworks will finish off the evening.
Picnic tables are needed--if you have one that can be used, contact Donn Bergsveinson.
Thanks to Agricore, Co-op and Credit Union for picking up the tab for food supplies and other necessary items.
Remember: new items, crafts etc. are needed for the"tubs" to be raffled.
Committees are in charge of different work areas, but they cannot do it alone. Please be a willing helper if asked.
The community of Simpson is hosting a reunion July 1 & 2, 2006. On the Sunday evening we are organizing a talent show. If you have anyone in your family or know of someone coming to the reunion who would like to participate in the show, please contact Anne Moren @ 306-836-2095 or Deannie McKay @306-836-2325.
We are looking for a variety of entries whether it be poetry or story telling, musical selections, comedy, etc.
Please pass this information along to anyone you feel may be interested. Everyone is welcome to participate
January 16 meeting (and updated contact list): Eleven members met in the RM Office on Monday, January 16 to continue plans for the Simpson Homecoming on July 1 and 2. Darlene Mann chaired the meeting as Stewart Elder was unable to attend.Reports were heard from committees to show that plans are shaping up for a pancake breakfast Saturday morning (UCW); coffee and muffins on Sunday morning, and ice cream parlor (Homemakers); parade (Donn B.); beer gardens, ball tournament and Saturday night cabaret (Demons, Hall Board, Service Club); Sunday night street dance (Village/Legion); garbage/bathroom cleanup (Doug M, Lawrence, Vice, Teresa); volunteer co-ordinator (mernie; church service (Pat, Marilyn, Yvonne); property signs (Marilyn); raffle prizes (Stewart); talent show (Anne); rink Kitchen (Wendy); souvenirs (Lori); fireworks (Jules); kids' games (Stewart, Joan V).
Plans are to raffle prizes in Rubbermaid totes. Everyone is asked to donate items for the raffle -- old souvenirs, preserves, useful articles, crafts, whatever you think may be of interest. Items can be left at the Credit Union, RM Office or the Co-op store. The committee would like to have a nice variety of items to raffle.
Many people have been phoned to volunteer for this event, as it takes many hands and bodies to have a successful weekend. The response has been very good. If you have not been contacted, but would like to help out in some way, please contact Mernie Pedersen.
Thanks to the Credit Union who have offered to sponsor the pancake breakfast and the ice cream parlor, and to provide the name tags.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions to add to the weekend, please contact Darlene Mann at the RM Office 836-2020 or Wendy Gullacher at 836-2078 or 836-2055 (work).