2:30 p.m., April 2)
annual Maplefest dedicated to former Lion Mel Walker
By Fred Sherwin
photo of former Maplefest chair Mel Walker
looks over his widow Bobbie Walker and son
Criag who were thrilled to take part in this
year's event which was dedicated in his memory.
by the crowds that filed through the Cumberland Maple
Hall for the 43rd annual Lions Maplefest on the weekend,
the event was another major success, raising thousands
of dollars for Lions charities..
an exact dollar figure wasn't available at the time this
story was posted on the Internet, the event has raised
as much as $4,000 in the past,
year's Maplefest was dedicated to former chair Mel Walker
who passed away in February leaving his wife Bobbie and
son Chris to carry on in his absence.
Mel took over as chair of Maplefest in 1991, a position
he held until his death this winter.
son Craig remembers helping to empty the garbage cans
when he was just a boy. He would later man the maple products
table as a Boy Scout and would eventually graduate to
sausages as an adult.
done everything except for pancakes. We have specialists
for that," said Walker during a break in the action
Mel's passing left a tremendous void at this year's Maplefest,
the Cumberland Lions Club rallied together to make sure
the event went off without a hitch.
may not be with us in body, but he's defintely here in
spirit," said Walker.
year hundreds of people file through the Cumberland Maple
Hall for a serving of pancakes, sausages and either hot
coffee or orange juice. Many have made the trip to Cumberland
Village an annual tradition.
Stevenson remembers coming to the Maplefest as a boy.
He would later go off to college and start a career. When
he started dating his wife eight years ago, one of the
first places he brought her too was the Maplefest. They've
since had a daughter who they've been bringing to the
event since she was two.
love it. It's one of thosse things that reminds you of
your youth," said Stevenson, "and the pancakes
are top notch too."
The numbers are stag gering. Over 1,200 pancakes and nearly
2,000 sausages are served every year, not to mention gallons
of maple syrup and orange juice,
takes a massive effort on the part of the Cumberland Lions
Club, but the reward comes in the form of close to $4,000
for a number of good causes. Some of the past beneficiaries
include the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre,
the Ottawa Foodbank, the Canadain Alzheimers Society and
various Lions International causes.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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