“We’ll have a playground in the Spring.”

Ridgeway Lion Casey Bruyns


The Second Annual Spreading Christmas Cheer was held on a snowy Saturday, December 8 at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre in Ridgeway. The roast beef dinner and entertainment event was hosted by the Friends of Crystal Beach and the Ridgeway Lions Club to benefit the proposed playground at the public beach at Bay Beach in Crystal Beach.

In the gloriously decorated banquet hall, over one hundred people enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Following the meal, the Sherkston Trinity Singers provided musical tributes to the season and its true meaning. A carol sing and hilarious audience participation in a rendering of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” got everyone it a holiday mood.

Crystal Beach’s Ward 5 Councillor, Don Lubberts emceed the event which also featured remarks by Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop (who substituted his regular Chain of Office for a blinking set of Christmas lights) and Member of Provincial Parliament Wayne Gates who both applauded the the Friends of Crystal Beach and the Ridgeway Lions for their community efforts.

However, the highlight came when Ridgeway Lion Casey Bruyns presented an update on the effort to fund playground equipment at the Bay Beach public beach on Erie Road. A display at the entrance to the event showed that $75,000. of the $85,000. goal had already been achieved. Casey estimated that the night’s dinner would add $2000. towards the goal. He recalled that, earlier in the week, he had spoken with Signe Hansen, Head of Community Planning at the town and she advised Bruyns that she was comfortable with giving the go-ahead to the project based on the nearness to the goal already achieved.

“We’ll have a playground in the Spring,” Casey announced to thunderous applause.

See more about the Spreading Christmas Cheer Roast Beef Dinner Here.