By Ken Hirter

Macassa Bay Yacht Club was the venue for the 50th Anniversary/Birthday celebration for the North End Breezes on June 18th 2022, the perfect setting for an early summer kick off and community gathering. There was a buzz of excitement for this much anticipated event. A 50/50 draw, door prizes, entertainment, food, and silent auction were hosted both inside and out. What began as the vision of Eva Googe as a community information paper has evolved into what we know today as The North End Breezes. Thanks Eva!

The community gathered in the greenspace from within the North End, Hamilton and beyond. All generations of friends and neighbors connecting, old friends reconnecting, former residents reuniting and reminiscing and the folks new to the neighborhood. It was wonderful.

The stellar entertainment line up started with a “Tribute to Dusty Springfield” and other songs sung by the delightful Cathy Carbonne. Anthony Carbonne’s performance of Frankie Vallee had guests swaying to the music and dancing on the grass. Sound was contributed throughout the event by Michael Carbonne. “North End Elvis”, the fabulous Tony T, was up later accompanied by Anne-Marie Pavlov, his beautiful back up singing partner on the guitar and harmonica, supporting as always the community they love.

Councillor Jason Farr, came by to offer congratulations and The Breezes received tributes from Matthew Green, MP and Ward 3 Councillor Nann.

Everyone got to meet the people behind the scenes. Board of Directors: Paul Havercroft, Chrissy Chrzan, Chris Pearson, and Elizabeth Poynter, Coordinator Brenda Duke and the Publication Team, Kit Darling, Katie Fitzgerald, Marie Mushing and Chrissy Chrzan who use their magic to bring the paper to life. The Delivery Team and Writers, too many to mention, were given a round of applause. As stated by Brenda Duke, it is an amazing feat in the world of publication that the North End Breezes is here to celebrate 50+ years in circulation. They are proud and honoured to keep Eva Googe’s dream alive.

The North End Breezes would like to thank everyone for joining us to celebrate: The staff of Macassa Bay Yacht Club for their exceptional service, Darlene Billingsley and Maureen Scally for sharing their experience in vent planning, and Deborah Kanfer for donating her talent to take photographs.

We appreciate the generous donations that made the draws and raffles a success: Thank you to:
Collective Arts Brewery
Fennell & Gage Home Hardware
The Hamilton Store
PetValu, Wilson St.
Fishers Pub
Grandads Donuts
Karen Thibert
J. Joel
Candace Jerranne
Rosemary Hilbert
Elizabeth Poynter
Rose Divecha
Meredith Evans
Marie Mushing
Brenda Duke
Kit Darling
Ken Hirter
Sheri Selway
Rick Brusey

Happy 50th Anniversary and Birthday North End Breezes and cheers to another 50.