Submitted by Mike Warkentin,
The 2018 Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association raffle was successful again this year. The raffle brought in almost $5,000 to help fund Bayside Astronomy, phragmites fighting and training, water testing and other educational initiatives like the Forest Fair in October.
The prizes this year were all donations and included Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, a Margarethe Vanderpas limited edition print, a beautiful Lighthouse bookcase hand built by local woodworker Ron Stewart, stargazing for six at the Cunningham’s Quetican Observatory, an Eco Adventure Tour and a 60 minute Aromatherapy massage with local RMT Glenda Barber.
Kevin Perdon in Markdale won the Maple Leafs tickets, and Star Gazing for 6 was won by former councillor Tom Boyle. I phoned Tom and his reaction was “Cool, I am really looking forward to visiting the observatory”.
Brian Cameron in Little Red Bay was the lucky winner of the Lighthouse bookcase. He is looking forward to finding a special spot on Ice Hut Lane for the cabinet.
Bill Sabo of Lion’s Head was the winner of the Eco Tour and Mark Godin of Kitchener was the winner of the aromatherapy session.
Finally, Lindsey Sutherland of Chatham was the winner of the limited edition print. Lindsey has a cottage outside of Pike Bay and is a doctor in Southern Ontario who doesn’t get up as often as she would like, but has close friends Wilf and Judy Barnes who offered to host the print until she returns. The picture (above left) shows Judy with the print. It may be tough for Lindsey to collect, as Judy and Wilf loved it!
A special thanks goes to our local vendors this year who helped to sell raffle tickets, Solway’s Market and Bruce Beckons in Wiarton, Garden in Thyme, FDI, Scott’s Hardware, IDA Pharmacy, the Dandy Lion and Liverance Lumber in Lion’s Head.