Nativity returns to Welcome
Submitted Photo New Hope United Church UCW members Donna Brimacombe (left) and Shirley Beckett display one of the beautiful hand-made quilts that will be part of the church's bazaar Saturday. Lunch will be available, and everyone is welcome.
WELCOME -- You can always tell when the holiday spirit has hit the little village of Welcome, because their famous life-sized Nativity gets installed at its prominent Dale Road intersection.
This was the Millennium project of what was then known as the Welcome United Church, now New Hope United Church just across the road. So this year's installation was for the 18th annual showing.
Volunteer Julie Thompson reports that Hoover's Home Energy crew has assembled the scene -- which started out at Christmas 1999 as a humble creche scene. Today, Thompson listed, "its creators have added three camels, three kings, an angel, an ox, a donkey, three shepherds, numerous sheep and an inn with no vacancies."
As well as loving care, the annual display requires periodic fundraising for its maintenance and upkeep. For a number of years now, Ron and Donna Brimacombe have hosted tours of their home at 3286 4th Line Rd., where admission is a donation for the cause.
It's a dazzling tour, as the Brimacombes have lavish displays in every single room, upstairs and down, from star-spangled shower curtains in the bathroom to the upside-down tree in the dining room. Their Christmas trees come in every colour, size and theme imaginable, and number in the dozens -- and that's not even taking into account the wall hangings, table-top displays, wreaths and other regalia.
This year's open-house hours are 3 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7, Dec. 13 and Dec. 18.
Meanwhile, Donna Brimacombe and her United Church Women colleagues are doing their part for the New Hope United Church bazaar Saturday, arranging an array of items that includes beautiful hand-crafted quilts.
The bazaar runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a luncheon will be served. Everyone is welcome.