The Shirley Hall and adjacent Pioneer Park were very busy places on Sunday, August 20 when the Shirley Community Association hosted their annual Shirley Day.
There were over 35 vendors and community groups in the park, the Fire Department showcased their equipment and fire trucks for the public, a very popular closed bid auction was held in the hall, the Shirley kitchen produced its usual yummy fare, the Salmon BBQ was well attended, there were activities for the children …all contributing to an extremely successful day raising over $5500 for the maintenance of our 75+-year-old Shirley Hall and Pioneer Park.
Shirley Day could not occur without its very hard working volunteers. Specifically, Mary Dunn, our Shirley Day CEO, Fern Dunn and Jennifer Taylor who organized all the vendors in the park, Colin McMechan, along with his crew of Mel Kimmel, Bernard Sauve, Michael Scott and Judith Carder kept the kitchen humming, Sean Rafferty and Malcolm Taylor, our jacks of all trades, Christian and Pascale Knoglinger, BBQ chefs extraordinare, Penny and Les Hilliard who contributed to the BBQ, Robin Fleming and Grant Richardson who went above and beyond to source donations to our closed bid auction, Karen Fonger helped with the auction table. Catherine Hawkins who presided over the bake table along with Mary Brown and Donna Allen. Karen Skripitsky and Roseanne Day kept the children entertained in the park. Colleen Minten, Karen VanVeen and Jean Conway who took in the money for the concession and BBQ dinner. Fiona McDannold looked after advertising and Chuck Minten placed all the road signs.
As well, we are very grateful to the 56 people/organizations and local businesses who donated to the Closed Bid Auction.
The Shirley Community Association was established in 1934 and the Shirley Hall was constructed in 1937 on donated land on the corner of what is now West Coast Road and Sheringham Point Road. The Shirley Community Association has evolved from those days, yet we remain true to the tradition of community spirit and volunteerism.
The Association provides and maintains the Shirley Hall and Pioneer Park as facilities for:
- Public and private events;
- A base for the JDF Emergency Response, Shirley Chapter, and the Shirley Volunteer Fire Department;
- A home to the Shirley Quilter’s and Crafters, and the Shirley Women’s Institute;
- As a venue for various recreational programs;
- A weekly summer Sunday market;
- A green space for travellers to enjoy a picnic lunch.
The Association also hosts Shirley Day on the third Sunday in August each year, and spring and fall craft fairs.