On Saturday, November 25th, buildings in Sandy Lake were decorated with the large wreaths that were made by Lorrie Lewandoski and donated to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum. Lorrie is a long time museum member and volunteer.
Doing the work of putting up the wreaths from the backhoe were Josh and Warren Lewandoski, and Warren's son Mike. They were assisted by Leonard Lewandoski (backhoe driver) and Lorrie Lewandoski.
The wreaths were made from donated artificial Christmas trees which were attached to a welded rebar frame, and to which lights and other decorations were added.
Other buildings in the village that receive wreaths are the old Consumer's Co-op building, The Lewandoski Ice Gang Barn and the Senior's Drop In Centre.
The Sandy Lake Community Hall has a new look. A new sign has been placed on the front of the hall though the effort of the hall volunteers. This is part of the maintenance and upgrading of the hall. Work has also been done on the hall dance floor and carpet and there will be improvements to the roof in the near future once funding is in place.
The new sign has the same colours as the village entrance signs which are the colours on the flag of Ukraine.
If you wish to support funding the changes to upkeep this historical building in Sandy Lake, there are a couple of ways to do that.
Bingos are held every Friday starting in November and running to April. Perogy suppers are also being held intermittently to raise money. The next supper is this Sunday, October 22nd.
This following video is a sample from the Sandy Lake Historical Village Audio Walking Tour accessible at the Ukrainian Museum in town. The tour includes stops in the main part of the village, with some places still in existence while others are no longer there.
The work towards organizing Sandy Lake Western Days for 2017 has begun.
Western Days is Sandy Lake's main community event of the year and has been happening since the early 1990s.
The latest committee meeting was held on Tuesday, April 18th to start putting together activities for this years fun event.
Western Days 2017 promises to be a very full weekend, as it usually is, that will include some activities from previous years along with some new ones.
The main issue surrounding Western Days is securing enough volunteers to make the weekend run smoothly, which is mostly due to the village's low number of residents. This year there will be a push to sign up more volunteers in a coordinated effort so that they work for a shorter time and then are able to enjoy the day of fun.
Watch in the coming months for notifications about giving a little time to help out Western Days this year.
ANYONE interested in doing anything towards with important village event is welcome to do so. That includes cross-posting this blog post, or sharing it on your FB timeline or contacting a volunteer rep.
The volunteer contacts for this year's Western Days are Charlene Lewandoski and Anne Bachewich.
Sandy Lake is well known for its fabulous fishing in all seasons. People used to fish from the lake for subsistence in the last century and people from all over Manitoba came to the village to utilize the lake and and its recreational possibilities.
Today, most fishing from the lake is done for enjoyment and recreation.
One great way to participate in this pastime are ice fishing derbies. The Sandy Lake Merchant's Association will be holding their 5th annual derby on Saturday March, 18, 2017. The derby will take place at the "waterfront" from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. The snow date is March 25th.
This is a catch and release derby at $40 per hole and $60 for 2 holes for the same person.
Prizes are being donated by different businesses and organizations.
1st - $1,500
2nd - $1000
3rd - $500
4th - Ice Auger
5th - Town Behind Sled with hitch
6th - Buddy Heater
7th - Movie Package
There will also be a 50/50 draw and a concession selling burgers, smokies, hot dogs, and chili on a bun.
"Early Bird" tickets can be found at the Sandy Lake Hotel, TruValue Hardware, Frontier House and Sandy Lake Auto. The proceeds of the derby are to assist in developments at the lake for recreation improvements.