Life Around Tobermory United… 47th Annual Chicken BBQ Aug 3rd

Submitted by Brad Inglis

Here we are at the Civic Holiday weekend and we are asking ourselves, where did summer go? Have you done all the things on your summer “to do” list? Have you made the trip to Beaver Tails for a treat, have you tried your hand at axe throwing, how was your supper at Tacomory? Time is starting to run out, you better get these things done before it’s too late. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to make a couple of trips back.
If you haven’t been to the various story telling venues around, they are a great way to entertain guests and make a lovely evening out. Sunday evenings there is a story and brief service at St. Margaret’s Church starting at 7:30 pm. You can find this beautiful little stone church at 133 East Road Cape Chin. On Monday evening’s there is story telling at the Story Barn in Dyers Bay hosted by Ron and Rita Baker – it starts at 7:00 pm.
What else haven’t you made it to?
There are always special displays at the Museum and it is great to keep going back to see what has changed and find out about coming events. If you haven’t made it to the Thrift Shop yet, it changes every day with new stock and great prices. It is open 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm six days a week and gently used drop-off items are always appreciated during the hours of operation.
Bingo continues to be near and dear to my heart because I am lucky enough to call the bingo once in a while and it is at the Community Centre Wednesday nights starting at 7:15 pm.
If all else fails and you run out of summer things to do, you can come to my garden and pull weeds in preparation for my annual Garden Party which will be held on Saturday August 24th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be homemade tea biscuits, a selection of homemade jams and loads of real, fresh whipping cream. It costs $5 to attend and you can find the parsonage at 30 Indian Harbour Rd. off of Warner Bay Rd. Proceeds go to the church for general maintenance and utilities so that we can continue to make our space available for community use.
Last but not least – Saturday August 3rd is our 47th Annual Chicken Barbecue held at the Community Centre from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm or however long the chicken lasts. You will smell the barbecue all over town and the same couple Jim and Syke Mehlanbacher have been perfectly cooking the chicken for all of these years. The meal consists of a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, corn, roll, dessert and beverage for $20, children $10 and preschoolers free. There is take out available, it is halal prepared chicken and there is tons of free, extra parking on the ball field next door to the Community Centre. You will find a great Silent Auction with something for everyone and dinner deliveries can be arranged by calling the church (519-596-2394) by Friday August 2nd.
During these crazy, hazy days of summer, we give our thanks to everyone who drives carefully on the roadways and in the waters, keeping all of us safe to enjoy this special little place at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at