Our Pumpkin Parade will be virtual this year

By Kathy Rowe

Fall has arrived gently and we have been able to enjoy some beautiful late summer days.  The growth within my vegetable garden has slowed right down and there are only a few late tomatoes left to harvest. We have been fortunate to be able to enjoy safe outdoor gatherings late into September. Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in our city. I urge you to adhere to the Toronto Public Health guidelines so that we may all remain healthy through this second wave.

Pumpkin Parade 2020

As you may have read on page 1, our third annual Pumpkin Parade will not involve people gathering to see pumpkins on display.  Instead, our committee has decided that a virtual Pumpkin Parade on November 1is the solution. We encourage residents to decorate their homes and carve their jack-o-lanterns for a Halloween celebration even if restrictions are placed on trick or treating this year. 

We are asking that you take photos of your pumpkins, homes and costumes. Then send the photos to our special gmail account so that a video can be created from them. On November 1, the final video will be uploaded to our website for viewing. Please see the flyer in this issue for details.  I want to express my thanks to the Pumpkin Parade committee for their creative ideas and willingness to offer a fun Halloween experience in the face of the pandemic.

CCRA Meetings

Our monthly meetings have been conducted virtually since the pandemic hit. Virtual meetings certainly have their challenges but we want to encourage residents to join us on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:15 pm. Please email us (news4ccra@gmail.com)  and we will send you the link for the meeting.

Now that the Port Union Community Centre is open on weekday evenings, up to 10 of the executive members will be able to meet in person  safely, while the other executive members and interested residents can join us from home.

We are currently working on live streaming our meetings as our AGM is coming up in November and we hope to make that meeting fully interactive using Facebook and Instagram.  This virtual format will enable us to conduct voting during the election part of the AGM.  Once we work out the technical kinks, I will have more information available for our November issue.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving  and a Happy Halloween. Stay safe.