Well, I have some good news and some bad news, my friends.
Let’s start with the bad news, and get it out of the way. According to Environment Canada, we’re in for a wallop of winter this coming weekend, and never mind that it’s mid-April and it’s supposed to be spring, for gosh sakes. “Significant freezing rain,” they’re saying. “The potential to be a major ice storm.” I believe I do not speak only for me when I say: This is entirely unacceptable.
But the good news is: the intrepid kayakers who brighten Queensborough every spring with their colourful craft and their derring-do (now that’s a word I’ve probably never used before) as they pilot their tiny craft over the dam on the Black River in our hamlet – are coming!
(Never seen the kayakers? Have a look at the wonderful photos at the top of this post, taken by Lloyd Holmes of Marmora. Lloyd caught up with a group that was testing the water [so to speak] a couple of weekends ago, and generously shared the resultant photos. Thanks so much, Lloyd!)
But they’re not coming this weekend, even though that was the plan as recently as an hour or so before I started writing this post.
Bowing at last to the forecast, the organizers of the Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival have announced that they will scuttle a recently devised plan to hold the event this coming weekend, and instead go ahead no matter what (“barring a cataclysmic weather event,” they say) on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.
If you read my post last week, you’ll know that at that point things weren’t looking good for MACKFest this year. Because of low water levels and bad weather generally, the plan to hold the event last weekend (April 7 and 8) was cancelled, and a tentative rain date (which is an odd phrase to use when you’re talking about low water levels) of April 21 and 22 had been set. But then there was an announcement that it would be this coming weekend.
And then an ice storm showed up.
Man, it’s not easy being a MACKFest organizer.
It’s also not easy being the committee of volunteers that welcomes the kayakers each year at the riverside home of Lud and Elaine Kapusta, keeps the bonfire burning, and serves up barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade soup, coffee and tea and of course homemade Queensborough pie to them and to the crowd of spectators. Those volunteers work very hard, often in extremely chilly conditions, and I have to say I’m just as happy for everyone that we won’t have to be out there in the freezing drizzle this coming weekend. Though if we had to be, you know we would. Queensborough people are nothing if not hardy.
So my news flash this evening is that MACKFest will be the weekend of April 21 and 22, and that the warm Queensborough welcome will be there for everyone, kayakers and spectators alike. Meanwhile, this weekend you should stay home, stay warm, and send out whatever good vibes you can summon that spring will finally, finally come.