was a little cheaper and the pancakes were better,"
says Fred Jones recalling the very first Cumberland Lions
Maple Fest pancake breakfast in 1969. "Other than that
it's pretty well stayed the same just different faces."
As a charter
member of the Cumberland Lions Club, Jones has been to all
50 pancake breakfasts. He can still recall when a local
television station came to cover the breakfast in the early
of the guys who was stirring the pancake batter was smoking
a cigarette while he was doing it and there was about an
inch of ash on the end just hanging there. It was a different
time back then."
Lions Club president Betty Shields holds a plate of
pancakes as her fello Lions Club members look on in
the kitchen at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village,
home of the annual Lions Maple Fest. Fred Sherwin/Photo
has been coming to the breakfast for 41 years. The former
Cumberland municipal councillor was a Girl Guide leader
the first time she came to the Maple Fest and her Girl Guides
were responsible for cleaning the tables. She's kept coming
back all these years to show her support for the local Lions
Lions do so much for the community, it's important to support
them so they can keep doing what they," said Stronach.
raised just over $6,000 last year which was use to help
fund a variety of Lions charities.
usually serve about 1500 people and at least 50 per cent
comes back for seconds, or thirds, or fourths, so that's
a lot of pancakes and sausages," said Cumberland Lions
Club president Betty Shields during a break in the action.
attracts people from across Cumberland and further afield.
Many former residents make it a point to come back year
after year to take part in what has become an annual tradition.
breakfast is always held on the first weekend in April,
so mark in on your calendar for next year and be sure to
drop on by to support a time honoured community initiative.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)