A few hundred visitors descended on the quiet little village of Bishop’s Mills on Saturday, May 20, to take in this year’s Community Day activities. The bright sunshine was conducive for serious bargain hunting at the many yard sales in the village and surrounding area. The Women’s Institute bake sale was again a big hit with some items still warm from the oven. The Tweedsmuir local history collection, a mock-up of the original Bishop’s mills, and a display of photos of by-gone days were on display in the Community Hall in honour of Canada’s 150 celebration. The silent auction and the United Church craft sale and luncheon counter continued to be popular stops. This year, gardeners were treated to an impressive selection of perennials on sale as a fundraiser for the Community Hall and UNICEF. It was also heartwarming to see a number of former residents returning to the village to reconnect with old friends and neighbours and to catch up on local news.
The annual day is a community building and fundraiser event organized by the Bishop’s Mills Community Association, the Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute, and the St. Andrew’s United Church. Organizers would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s day such a success, including all those who contributed baking for the bake sale, who donated items for the silent auction and craft sale, and who volunteered at the Community Hall and Church Hall.