Winter blahs stand no chance

With Wiarton Willie’s annual guessfest looming, it appears likely this winter’s weather will bring more of what we’ve seen so far: a bit of this and bit of that, sort of like this column.

While prognosticators were calling for everything from snow to rain as January closed out, the longer term forecast shows the mercury heading down, though not exactly plunging, into minus territory as February begins.

With that in mind, it’s nice to see north Wellington residents aren’t hibernating and there are a number of events on the horizon to break up what is often the drabbest month.

For example, tin can curling is coming up in Moorefield next week. With paint cans doubling as curling stones, the Moorefield Optimists will host the  2020 Tin Can Classic on Feb. 1, weather permitting, at the club’s outdoor rink on Ball Avenue. Anyone wanting to give it a try needs to collect a team of four and pre-register ($40 per team) by calling or texting 226-929-5011.

If you prefer your fun indoors, Arthur United Church will be hosting a Community Games Night on Feb. 8, starting at 6:30pm.  Open to the entire community, the event offers an evening of board games and family fun.  For more information contact Janice Walsh at 519-848-2022.

The annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington Bowl for Kids’ Sake is coming up at the Mount Forest Bowling Centre. Arthur and Alma area residents hit the lanes on Feb. 9, Mount Forest residents on Feb. 23 and Minto/Mapleton’s bowling day is March 1. It’s a great cause and a major fundraiser for this important organization. This year’s theme is Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat Day. Call 519-323-4273 for information or to book a time.

The Minto Pride Committee is hosting a Winter Rainbow Social in the Harriston library basement on Feb. 15 from 1 to 4pm. The event is billed as a winter social with board games, tea and treats. All ages are welcome.

For anyone seeking a great way to spend the Family Day holiday, the second annual Darren’s Day is planned for Feb. 17 at the Palmerston Community Centre. The event, held in memory of Darren More, features a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, with all proceeds going to Minto Minor Sports, Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington and community improvement endeavours. More information is available at

Whatever the weather, there’s no reason for boredom in north Wellington.

Check out page 2 of the Community News every week for a full list of local activities.

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