McCreary Homecoming 2010 Committee Updates
Hillman stage photos and dance set lists from last week's
Newdale Homecoming dance are featured at:
Joining us will be our son Robin on bass,
Kenny Jarvin on synthesizers and Dave Laco on drums
Hope some of you can join us for our special show on
August 7 in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Museum's Shakin' All Over
We're really looking foward to seeing friends
old and new at the McCreary Homecoming.
McCreary has always been a special place for
we have been playing shows and dances there
since the early 1960s : )
Attached is the schedule of events for the Home
Registration opens at noon Friday and will be open Saturday until noon
at the Community Centre.
Pick up your registration package for the weekend. Look at the Auction
items and buy a souvenir mug, ball cap or t-shirt.
Registration includes the three meals, Friday Social, guided hike, discount
for the Saturday Social and your support has made this function possible.
If you are not registered and want to attend the socials please purchase
tickets at the arena.
Thanks for the support. This couldn't happen without you.
Velma, Louise, Pam, Gwen, Donna
Good News for Homecoming
The Manitoba Liquor Commission has agreed to increase our
allowed capacity at the McCreary Arena.
Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10 for those not registered
for homecoming. Everyone Welcome.
If you are registered the social tickets will be in your package for
the Friday Social and the Hillman Social on Saturday if you ordered them.
Please spread the word. See you soon...
More camping spots will be available at the Rose Farm south
- contact Merlin (Butch) Scott at 204 835-2087
There are also sites outside of McCreary at Laurier, Ste Rose, Kelwood,
(book online at www.pccamping.ca)
We encourage people to register before this weekend because we are running
on a limited number of social tickets and we need to know meal numbers.
There will be sign-up sheets at registration for some events like the
Game, Hiking, Biking and Baseball.
Reminder for anyone who likes to sing the Glee Club is practicing
at the United Church on Friday at 1:30 and Saturday at 11:00 and performing
at the Jamboree.
We are still looking for a volunteer to help with the biking on Sunday
The Gorge Creek hike with the RMNP interpreter is Sunday August
1st - meet at 8:30 at the arena to bus/carpool up to the trailhead.
We will be back for the parade.
The bike ride on Sunday August 1st meets at 2:30 at the arena.
We will ride this lovely road to the Agassiz gate about 8 miles (12.8 kl)
each way. There are several good points to turn around on this road if
you don't want to go all the way up the mountain such as the golf course,
the Park entrance, and Oak Ridge Trailhead.
The ski area has a Superintendent's Closure on it right now due to
safety concerns and vandalism of the site. We are not encouraging people
to go into the site unless you know the area well. The grass is long and
there are many holes, wire and pipe laying around the hill and the buildings
are quite derelict.
The McCreary Trivia Game is Saturday at 9:30 am at the Community
Centre. This is going to be a fun and entertaining game where we ask questions
about McCreary. We have made up questions in categories like History, Geography,
Famous McCrearyites, Current Happenings, Pioneers, Recreation etc...there
are true & false, multiple guess and some photo identification to test
your knowledge. We have distinguished judges in case answers are close,
made up or family fueds begin to surface. The judges decisions are final.
Enter a team of 4-8 people - "more brains are better than one" Get you
team together and come on down.
There will be sign up sheets at the Registration Desk when you
arrive for these activities. Please sign up so we have an idea about how
many are interested in these activities.
Thanks to those who have sent in registrations. Deadline of July 19th
is approaching fast so get them in if not sent already.
During Homecoming we are planning several activities that many of you
ticked off on your registration forms. The hike we have planned with support
from Riding Mountain National Park is described below. This is included
in your registration fee. There will be sign up sheets at registration
or email back to secure a place on this hike.
Join a Riding Mountain National Park Interpreter for this
gorgeous walk (down) on the Manitoba escarpment.
"From Boreal Highlands to Manitoba Lowlands, the Gorge Creek is
an experience not soon forgotten. As we explore the transition
from white spruce forest to hardwood-lined streams, your guide will explain
the geological history of this area. Inland seas and ammonites, glaciers
and great lakes - all played a part in the formation of these breathtaking
vistas at the edge of the Manitoba Escarpment!"
Trail Length: 5 km (we will hike one-way & downhil) Volunteers will
shuttle people to the trailhead or we hope to have a bus.
Duration: 2 hours hiking (not including driving time to the trailhead
of 20mins there/ 20mins back to McCreary)
Meet at: the McCreary arena.
Not recommended for children under 12 or seniors (there is challenging
terrain on this trail)
Please bring drinking water, a snack, sturdy shoes, a hat and/or sunscreen
and mosquito repellent.
This message may be of interest to those who remember
the Hillmans and the Western Union who played at many dances
They are the band Saturday at McCreary Homecoming 2010.
Sue-On and I are well represented in the new
SHAKIN' ALL OVER exhibit at the MANITOBA MUSEUM OF MAN AND NATURE:
This exhibit is a multi-media celebration of music in Manitoba through
I've compiled a Web feature with 12 Web pages on the exhibit starting
The Museum has asked us to perform at a special show on the Museum stage
on August 7th.
Some of our appearances closer to home this month are
the arena dances at the Homecoming celebrations in:
Newdale ~ July 24, 2010
McCreary ~ July 31, 2010
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
Some information you may need when coming to McCreary:
Camping is available in McCreary but on a first come first serve basis
Fletcher Park is the main camping area but we have some other non-serviced
options for people at:
Golf & Country Club - call Alex at 835-2178
School Parking Lot
lot across from 5 and 50 Service station
lot has space for a few campers
Other amenities that McCreary has to offer include a swimming pool,
skateboard park, library, golf course and play area along with 2 restaurants,
a grocery store, hardware store, florist, spa, giftstores, a service station,
a pub, a lounge and pharmacy. Please look us up on the web at www.exploremccreary.com
We are looking forward to visiting with everyone in 16 days.
Camping is available at the McCreary Golf & Country Club.
For more information call: Alex Hanson at 204 835-2711
Fletcher Park Campground is first come first served. No reservations
Overflow non-serviced camping will be available at the school and some
empty lots in town if required.
We have posted the schedule of events for
the McCreary Homecoming Weekend.
Coming Schedule (alt)
If you have not sent a registration form in yet
please do before July 19th if possible.
We need to know numbers for the food ordering.
Forms can be found at www.exploremccreary.com
The McCreary & District Library is pleased to
announce a reading by Children's Book Author Anna Pinette. Anna is a local
writer from Ste Rose du Lac and has published two children's books "Petunia"
Anna Pinette lives on a Ste. Rose acreage with
her husband. She is a teacher by profession. She has spent most of her
career in the Kindergarten, Grade 1 & 2 classroom and in Special Education.
She has taught in English and Français schools. This Canadian born
grandmother loves to write stories for her young granddaughters. They are
her inspiration. She also enjoys fishing with her husband, reading, painting
and playing scrabble.
McCreary Library is holding an open house Saturday
July 31st from 1230-4:30 pm
Readings by Anna Pinette will take place at 12:45
& 1:15 pm
Please bring your children and join Anna while
she reads from her books.
Signed copies of Anna's books will be available
Check out her website at www.mts.net/~annaep
For those of you who enjoy golf this is
the McCreary Golf And Country Club has provide
for the Homecoming Weekend:
July 30th, July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd the special Homecoming
rates for Golfing are:
Nine Holes $14.00
Eighteen Holes $20.00
To book a tee time please call the Golf Club at 204 835-2711
Go to www.mccrearygolf.ca
are excited about Bill & Sue-On Hillman
coming back to McCreary to play
Saturday July 31st social at
the McCreary Arena.
The Friday (PJ the DJ) & Saturday (Bill & Sue-On Hillman Band)
at McCreary Homecoming are open to all ages.
The $40.00 Homecoming fee includes the Friday Social and
the Saturday Social costs $5.00 if you are registered or $10 for non
Tickets can be purchased at the Registration Desk at Homecoming
- in the McCreary Community Centre
Friday noon until 10 pm ~ Saturday 8 am until 4 pm
Thank you to the skating rink for providing the volunteers for this
Check out Bill & Sue On Hillman's website by clicking on the address
They have a link to McCreary Homecoming too. Thanks Bill & Sue
McCreary is connected:
If you are afraid to leave home to come to homecoming because you will
miss your computer and access to email we want to remind you that the McCreary
& District Library has computers for public use.
Wireless internet is available. Bring your laptop and connect.
The library will be open Saturday afternoon of Homecoming from 12:30
until 4:30 pm.
Please pass the message around and get your friends and relatives to
come home this summer.
Homecoming events are nothing without participation.
So far the response has been good so keep those registrations coming.
Thanks to those new people on the email list who have registered for the
McCreary 2010 Homecoming to be held on the August long weekend. Receipts
will be in your registration packages.
We are looking forward to seeing you. We hope to have an official schedule
out to you by the end of June. Confirming all the activities and volunteers
has been a complicated process as you can imagine. We will continue to
send updates and describe the events so you can plan your time here.
One event planned for the Saturday of the Homecoming is the Teachers
Tea at the McCreary School from 1pm until 4pm.
Some of you may remember going to teas in McCreary in your youth either
as a fundraiser for an organization or for someone's bridal shower. Well
this is that kind of tea. Teachers Pat Blake (Weins) and Joan Tereck (Boiteau)
are organizing the tea. They encourage all former students and teachers
to drop in for tea & dainties. This is a good opportunity to tour the
present McCreary School, look at the old Yearbooks and re-connect with
former students, classmates and teachers.
Plan to attend the 99th McCreary Fair & Rodeo on Sunday & Monday
of the weekend. The McCreary Agriculture Society are working closely with
Homecoming to plan events for all interests.
McCreary Homecoming 2010 Committee
Velma Fletcher, Louise Jackson, Pam Little, Gwen McLean, Donna Filipchuk
If you have registered already thanks. Receipts will be in your registration
packages at Homecoming 2010.
Plans are shaping up for a fun weekend with something for everyone.
One of the activities planned is the McCreary Trivia Game on
Saturday July 31st at the Community Centre.
The McCreary Trivia Game includes eight categories of questions related
to McCreary that are being prepared by a keen group of volunteers:
The questions and answers will be packed with interesting facts and fun.
geography & History
businesses & buildings
former & present schools
The major reference is the McCreary Milestones & Memories History
Book although some questions may be based on hear say.
The game is open to teams of 6-8 people. Enter your family, a team of
friends or a team of complete strangers (and make new friends). Stacked
teams are encouraged.
We think everyone will be a winner in this game even the audience.
Pass this message on to anyone you know that may not get an email. See
you in July...