Springtime brings with it many things. Warmer weather, longer days and perhaps most important of all, new life. When Family Day arrived, JHamilton was prepared for a very special visit from some newcomers to this world…a handful of baby goats! The back room of the J was transformed, with tarps, hay and a little fenced area set up for our fuzzy visitors, who wanted nothing more than to be snuggled by anyone who came their way! Along with face painting and two separate crafts, it was a JCC event unlike any that has come before it.
The children of our community, for whom this event was created, filled JHamilton with laughter and excited chatter. To hear that we would be visited by newborn kids (the youngest being only three weeks old) was one thing, but getting to see and snuggle with them was something else entirely. With visitors coming in from Burlington, Oakville and one family all the way from Niagara, it is safe to say that Furry, Family Fun! was a complete success. Big thanks to Triple C Farms, who supplied our fuzzy friends and left our back room immaculate, as well as to Glitterbug for their constant creativity. You helped make this event so beautifully memorable.
A few weeks later was the eagerly anticipated 'Princess & Me High Tea', an event which saw the J completely transformed into a lovely tea room, complete with scones, finger sandwiches, baked goods and all kinds of delicious treats. The event sold out quickly, with people in attendance both from our vibrant community as well as the wider Hamilton area.
With the Feast of Esther quickly approaching, what better time to celebrate with goodies and royalty? We welcomed Princesses Elsa and Anna from Arendelle, who read a Purim story from our very own PJ Library along with their ownFrozen tale. There was even a musical performance by our visiting monarchs; the children were completely spellbound!
When running such a spectacular event, it would be impossible to do so without a strong team. Catering was done by the incredible Elie Ferguson and Jackie Levin, two professionals in the area of high tea and treats! Clare Gadjo and Jenn Laslo worked tirelessly throughout the whole event; deepest gratitude to you all. Thanks also go to Forever Fairest, who provided us with the Princesses that made the morning truly magical.
Finally, to the families in our community who keep up their support and kind words, thank you! These programs are always designed with you in mind. I can hardly wait for you to see all that I have planned for the coming months!
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King