This is indeed a busy summer at St. Mark’s! Our Cherry Festival broke all records – in
terms of volunteer involvement, attendance, and most important, profits! We really
appreciate the efforts of parishioners – and especially the Chair, Andrea Douglas and
the silent auction organizer, Nancy Bongard. The pie and jam committees, under the
leadership of Diane Turner, sold out their products in record time.
The following week, the Wardens and the Finance Committee organized a BBQ for
everyone who has volunteered at St Marks during the year. It was also a resounding
That same week, the choir from Trinity College Cambridge arrived for a five day visit
which was sponsored jointly by St Mark’s and Music Niagara. The choristers were all
billeted by St Mark’s volunteers, the arrangement having been coordinated by Janet
James. At their first concert, St Mark’s was presented with an original choral work
which was commissioned by St Mark’s through a generous contribution by the Foster
Hewitt Foundation.
Music Niagara is now in the midst of its month-long season and many of their events
are held at St Mark’s. So the church and the hall are occupied by their performers
much of the time.
During July and August, we have had only one Sunday service, at 10 AM, and the
Wednesday service will not be held in August.
The sad news this time is that our indefatigable Administrator, Gillian MacKay, has
informed us that she will be retiring later in the year. So the Rector and Wardens have
been busy drawing up job descriptions and planning advertisements for both her
position and that of our Music Director and Organist.
Joy Rogers
Allan Magnacca
Maryland Robson