Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Eve Lunch at Nana's

"A knight in shimmering armour." WOW!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Camp Drawings

The other day I found these two caricatures of yours truly in my box of office decorations I used to stick up on the wall of my Program Director corner at Dorion Bible Camp every summer.

The first was done in 1998 by the speaker for the week, Bob Knight.

I think Bob is still with CSSM. I felt some affinity with him back in those days when we'd meet at staff conferences because we listened to similar music. The conferences were a good time, but I always felt like I'd stepped into a time machine. Bob, though older than me, was an exception.

Bob would always draw caricatures of the campers during chapel. They were done very hastily and so were not (in my opinion) very convincing, but amused the campers (big ears and so on) nonetheless.

I had seen other pieces of Bob's work and knew it wasn't that he was untalented. At the end of the session in question he presented me with this very convincing caricature which, I suppose, he had worked on in his quarters (from memory? from sketches done unnoticed by me?). I was very impressed!

The second was done by a camper, David Hotson, and refers to the Tiny Troll Village (one of my favourite Christmas presents) I would set up every Primary Camp Christmas Eve during Dining Hall Decoration time.

I was at Dorion for 25 summers. One summer we tried Easter instead; it didn't work that well and we returned to Christmas. (No one heeded my suggestion of Hallowe'en. Kidding!!!)

In Summer 2003 I was on Health Leave. Each summer since then I've had Christmas at Gitchigomee Junior Week. That makes 30 Christmases in July!!!

Christmas Tree (sort of) 2008

I didn't get around to finding a tree this year and so I just set up the old fold-out mini tree from my childhood. I didn't get around to decorating it either and so eventually (for this picture) I hung candy canes on it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Fox and Hedgehog: Dec. 23/08

The title refers to the location and is not a caption for this photo...

... nor this one.

Lance doesn't spend much time in Thunder Bay anymore. It's been about three years since I'd seen him. He, Shroom and Kevin showed up on my door to take me out to visit with him. Thanks for the Guinness, Shroom!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Pageant: Dec. 21/08


Thank you, Karen, for all your work on this! Good job, kids!

Pix by George:


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Carolling: Dec. 18/08


A small group of us sang door-to-door along Redwood Ave. and gave out some invitations to our Christmas Eve Candle Light Service (7 pm).

I say a "small" group, because the majority of the group were short in stature.

A couple of people commented (positively) that they didn't think people did this sort of thing anymore!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Party at the Melos' : Dec. 14/08


The weather outside was frightful, but....

Calvin shows Dave how to solve the Cube.

Kristian hams it up with Grampa.

Note Kristian's great Christmas gift: his new ears!

Bishop meets the Bishop of Myra.

"Hey! You! You're trying to trick me into coming over there to put my jacket on by taking photos of me that I'll want to look at!! It won't work!!"

It didn't.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Murder Mystery Dec. 10/08

A small group of us from Cambrian Players reprised "One Last Request" from this past May for a new audience: the Fort William and Lakehead Rotary Clubs.

Axel fires Buddy.

Axel dumps Mary Jane (or Angie or Mary Joe or something like that).

The Mysterious Dr. Y

Just before the murder.

Round up the usual suspects.

Buddy transforms himself into a magician.

Little Drummer Boy

The Night Before