Columbia Ridge News

CRCA Annual BBQ – A Great Success (see pictures below “Bear Alert”)

August 10, 2013 was a beautiful summer day and the evening remained warm and clear. It was a perfect day for the annual Columbia Ridge Community Association Barbeque.

About 130 community residents and guests of all age ranges enjoyed gourmet burgers and hot dogs along with an amazing potluck array of salads and desserts. Freezies were available for the youngsters and the “kid inside all of us” was able to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

This year, on-tap refreshments were purchased from Arrowhead, the new Invermere microbrewery.

The event kicked off with a very active craft table organized by Yi-Nei Kao. The kids always enjoy the activities Yi-Nei coordinates.

Kids of all ages enjoyed the three bouncy castles that were set up. Due to their popularity and the affordable price we were offered, our community association, together with Columere Park, has now purchased the large castle, ensuring its ready availability for future events.

Our annual BBQ would not have been a success without the keen organizational skills of Wendy Coombs. Wendy, those of us who attended the BBQ, your fellow board members, and your fellow volunteers send a heartfelt thank you your wayÂ…as well as to Daniel for his behind-the-scenes support.

We would also like to extend our thanks to: Music and Sound: Breezie Fielding and Danny Coombs Bonfire Manager: David Hubbard For use of community centre, tables and chairs and the large BBQ: Dave, Donna and Chris Rae Chefs and Bartenders: Brian Beiko, Russ Munroe, Randy Marinescu, Craig Dearden, Gary Schitthelm, David Hubbard Food Chauffeurs: Jackie Nielson and Gary Schitthelm Beer Chauffeurs: Kerry-Anne and Russ Munroe Kitchen Clean-up: Dave and Jacqueline Swanson Late night clean-up: John Schitthelm and Breezie Fielding Bouncy Castle Bouncers: All the kids Recycling and Garbage Removal: A secret elf Accounting: Kerry-Anne Munroe and Michael Schitthelm Youth Volunteers (assisting in many places): Ashley Platt and Claire Edmond Photographer: Gerry George BBQ Volunteer Committee: food, supplies, 50/50 draw, communications and planning: Jackie Nielson Kerry-Anne Munroe Cathy Cornfield Mary Clare Coleman Yi-Nei Kao Donna Wunderlich *If you have any suggestions or feedback, send your comments to and they will be forwarded to the BBQ Committee. Thanks.

  Posted: Wed Aug 21st 2013 3:21am  8 years ago