Thanks to COVID, an event that’s a long-time Christmas tradition in Chemainus has been cancelled.
Organizer Esther Craig, who picked up where Willie and Jean Fyffe started in bringing the community together, confirmed the gathering that so many people look forward to each Christmas and Boxing Day won’t be happening.
“We cannot hold the Fyffe dinner this year because of the social distancing rules and the fact that all the ‘banquet halls’ are shut,” she indicated. “The Chemainus Legion Hall is one of them. Next year is another year and hopefully we’ll be back on track.”
Craig added many of the seniors who have enjoyed the event over the years have called her about it.
“A number of them suggested a take-out dinner, but it is not all about the meal, it’s primarily about not being alone for Christmas dinner,” she pointed out.
The event was especially appreciated by those who had no family around at Christmas and could share some fellowship with people in the same circumstances.
That’s just going to make an already lonely situation for certain residents even lonelier.
People really enjoyed dropping in not only for the great food, but also the friendship of others and even to play board games.