Nation Valley News
WINCHESTER — It’s that time of year again … strawberry season! Dundas Manor held its annual Strawberry Social yesterday in their courtyard.
The yearly social gathering raises awareness and funds for the local Alzheimer’s chapter in Cornwall.
Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society were in attendance as well as several seniors, employees of the Manor, community visitors, and entertainment provided by locals Brea Lawrenson and the Rivermen.
The event was free to manor residents but visitors were charged a $4 entrance fee to go towards the cause.
A raffle was also held as a fundraiser. Top prize was a handmade quilt created by volunteers of the Manor. Second prize was a birdhouse donated by the Manor and third was a one-night stay at the Terrace Green Bed and Breakfast donated by owner Annette Angus.
Anne Gibson was the lucky winner of the beautiful quilt, Katie Grimes won the birdhouse and Don Reynolds will be enjoying a one-night stay at the Terrace Green Bed and Breakfast.
A group of residents were bused out to Dentz Berry Farm in Dixons Corners last Saturday to pick up 20 large baskets of strawberries for the event.
Heading the event was Activity Program and Services Director Jennifer Hill.
Hill assured that, “The residents were very much involved. They helped plan, choose the theme, and decorate.”
She also mentioned that they were in the main lobby over the past few weeks selling raffle tickets.
“Seventy-five percent of the raffle tickets were sold by residents,” she reported.
The manor opened in 1978, and there has been a Strawberry Social for at least the last 30 years, according to Hill.
This year’s theme was Canada 150 and everyone was encouraged to show their Canadian pride by wearing red and white.