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Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Orléans knitting club in desperate need of wool
Fred Sherwin
Nov. 7, 2023

The Busy Fingers knitting club has been left scrambling for wool after a local busi-ness partner decided to no longer collect material for them.

In past years, the 200-member plus club has knitted and crocheted thousands of scarves, mittens, toques and afghans which they then donate to social service organizations and agencies across Ottawa in the weeks leading up to the holiday season.

Members of the Busy Fingers knitting club meet at Eileen McCaughey’s home the first and third Monday every month. FILE PHOTO

According to its founder, Eileen McCaughey who is 90 years young, the club donated over 3,000 items last year, all of which were made using wool donated by members of the public.

In past years, wool donations could be dropped off at the Aspira Bearbrook Retire-ment Residence in Blackburn Hamlet, which had volunteered to act as a collection point.

McCaughey found out in mid-October that Aspira was no longer interested in collecting wool for the club. She has been scrambling ever since then to find an alternative.

That’s when the Orléans Star stepped in and within a few days, they had found not one but two willing partners – Riverbend Retirement Communities and Symphony Senior Living.

Unfortunately, in the time it has taken to find alternative locations to collect the wool, the club has fallen way behind in both donations and knitted items.

McCaughey says her members have been working on different projects on their own, but not nearly at the pace they need to meet the demand from the organizations they provide items to.

“Everyone is ready to start knitting, we just need the wool,” says McCaughey.

Wool in any amount or colour can be dropped off at either Symphony Senior Living Orléans on Lumberman Way off Orleåns Boulevard, or the Willowbend Retirement Community at the northwest corner of Trim and Innes Roads. The fire station on Charlemagne Blvd. is also accepting wool donations.

Donations can also be made by calling Eileen at 613-841-3641. Arrangements can be made to either drop wool off at her house, or have it picked up by a volunteer.

The vast majority of the items the club knits or crochets are donated to veterans and other seniors, women’s shelters, hospices, and anyone else in need of warmth during Ottawa’s long winters. Last year, the club donated over 100 items to refugee families who were fleeing the war in Ukraine.

The core group of about 20-30 women, meets the first and third Monday of each month in McCaughey’s South Fallingbrook home where they share their love of knitting.

“It’s a way to keep busy and feel like we’re doing something useful,” says McCaughey. “For me personally, it keeps me busy and it makes me feel great. I like to help people. It’s what keeps me going.”



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