Friday evening was one of my favourite annual outings of the entire year. Mom, Dad and I drove to the nearby town of New Hamburg. Every year on the last weekend in May, New Hamburg plays host to the MCC Relief Sale. Every year, we go on the Friday evening to the “Preview” events.
The weather this year: it was freaking cold! Seriously, I was thisclose to wearing my mitts. I DID wear fleece and my winter-weight jacket.
Brrrr…at least we didn’t have rain, but dark clouds were looming!
In the 2010 report, I talk about five of our traditions for this evening event – let’s compare last year to this year…
Tradition #1 – Dad’s Parking Spot
Every year, Erv magically finds a parking spot insanely close to the entrance, given the throngs of people and hordes of vehicles cramming the surrounding fields and grounds.
The tradition continues…Dad even had a lot of space with which to work this year! Although Mom did have step out into a mud puddle…
Tradition #2 – Meat ‘n’ Pie
The tradition continues…This year, Dad got his sausage meat and his pie (cherry with ice cream) but no fries…too many people lined up!
Tradition #3 – Mom Buys Apple Butter and Jams
The tradition continues…Mom walked away with FIVE jars this year, which may very well be a new record. With this selection…
…can you really blame her?!
Tradition #4 – The Viewing of the Quilts
The tradition continues…wow. The quilts up for auction were once again incredible.
They had a “Viewer’s Choice” award this year – everyone received one ballot with which to vote. I picked the quilt, above, because I can only imagine the acres of time required to hand stitch each and every flower on that quilt. Remarkable.
Many of the quilts would appeal to the little folk. I would bid on…
And, as always, Mom and I hit the wall before we finished our quilt tour. At a certain point, we can’t absorb and appreciate any more creativity and beauty. So much awesomeness.
Tradition # 5 – Catching Up
The tradition continues…but I have no photographic proof. [I'm not yet at the point, as a blogger, where I feel comfortable asking acquaintances for a photo so I can put them on my blog]. This year, I met:
- a girl I taught when she was in high school…and she was at the Preview Evening with her 4.5 month old daughter!
- a girl I went to high school with. I didn’t actually talk to her…but I heard her
very loudvoice from across the room
- my parents’ neighbour
- a favourite couple who are customers from the store
- and a few more!
As with every other year, this year was a really fun outing. I always walk away feeling so creatively inspired by the quilts. At this time, I’m not sure if my 2011 Goal of starting a knitted contribution for next year will happen or not. Too bad I don’t get inspired by the baked goods to learn how to make pies – haha!
On my Life Bucket List is to purchase one of these amazing quilts, and hang it as wall art in the Condo Casa. I have no idea how I will make this happen, as I don’t anticipate ever going to the Saturday morning Quilt Auction myself [the crowds are enormous and the auction lasts hours, neither of which entice me at all]; maybe I can send Gina some year, in my place?? Pay her in apple fritters (or pay her plane flight, haha!)? Let me know, G!
Are there any fairs/festivals/auctions that you attend annually? The MCC Relief Sale enjoys a huge following, and draws enormous numbers of visitors every year. The best part? All money raised goes to support MCC‘s work around the world.
Happy Sunday and Happy Birthday, Mom! <3