BOAA, Bowmanville, Life in canada, Myrtle The Purple Turtle

It’s a Purple Wave!

Blog Photo - BOAA - Lady holds Myrtle Book and smiles

Blog Photo - BOAA - People coming in for Signing

I didn’t count, but a lot of people wore purple in Bowmanville, Ontario last Tuesday! 

Blog Photo - BOAA Purple Lunch crowd

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple Lady seated reading book

I was one of them. I found a partly-purple scarf and a decades-old, no-longer-stylish jacket in my closet for a massive book-signing event, held in honour of Myrtle the Purple Turtle.

Blog Photo - BOAA - Cynthia signs book for Beth

 Staff, volunteers and members of the BOAA (Bowmanville Older Adults Association),  were in fine form.Blog Photo - BOAA - Cynthia signs Book with volunteersThen Dolly (below) showed up in her purple wig and had me beat.

Blog Photo - BOAA Dolly with Purple Hair

There were purple scarves, purple coats, purple shirts and sweaters, purple earrings, purple everything! And so many different shades of purple.

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple Ladies waiting for book sign

Blog Photo - BOAA Cynthia and Lady seated with Myrtle

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple Scarf and Earring

Blog Photo - BoAA Book signing - Purple lady with books

But I can tell you that everyone wore a smile. BOAA is that kind of place. You show up and you’re immediately made welcome.

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple Ladies 3 shot

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple shirt Gentleman with Myrtle

Grandparents, great aunts and uncles, great-grands and others from the community showed up to get their copies signed for the children in their lives. (And a few bought the book just for themselves.)

Blog Photo - BOAA - Purple Ladies waiting for books to be signed

Many were BOAA members; some had read about the event in the regional newspaper.

There was turtle jewellry.

Blog Photo - BOAA - Turtle ring

Blog Photo - BOAA Book signing - turtle Brooch

Executive director Angie Darlison set the tone, appearing as a purple turtle, complete with shell!

Blog Photo - BOAA Angie the Purple Turtle2

Blog Photo - BOAA Angie the Purple Turtle

 She also shared some turtle jokes.

  1. What do turtles use to communicate? A shell phone!
  2. What do you get when you cross a turtle and a porcupine? A slow-poke!

Blog Photo - BOAA Purple Couple Benny

The couple above, by the way, are Benny, the creator of the BOAA Christmas Village, and his wife Agnes.  It was a pleasure to meet them.

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village red house and track

Thanks again, BOAA!  It was turtally wonderful.

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Photos by Chelsea Wolf.

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Welcome to Bennyville, the Christmas Village

Happy Thanksgiving to my American family and friends! Here in Canada, we’re roughly halfway between our Thanksgiving (early October) and Christmas.

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Christmas is still more than 4 weeks away, but don’t tell that to my friends at BOAA.

Blog Photo - BOAA bldg side shot

Christmas decorations are already on display in this grand building in Bowmanville’s heritage district, east of Toronto.

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village red house and track

Blog Photo - BOAA Chrsitmas village and bus on road through village

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas Village City Hall lit up

You can’t help smiling when you enter this educational and recreational centre.

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas Tree

People are friendly. BOAA also holds many fun events and a surprising number of them involve costumes and decorations!

Blog Photo - BOAA Halloween 2-shot

How many associations can say their executive director (the wonderful, witty Angie Darlison, right) was a taco one year and a chicken the next? Not too many, I’d bet. Angie ensures that a sense of humour is alive and well at BOAA.

BOAA is big on celebrating the seasons and occasions, and its volunteers are some of the best decorators of all.

In November, the Christmas trees go up. 

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas Hallway

BOAA stands for the Bowmanville Older Adult Association. It’s run by professional staff and avid member-volunteers.  Its members are very active people 55 years and older. They’re usually on their way to or from classes and activities held at the centre.

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village gazebo

But when the Christmas village is set out on huge tables in the building’s original front hall, many linger for a while, smiling.

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village admirer

It’s been at least 8 years since “Bennyville” became a BOAA tradition. 

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village church

“Benny Young is a member of the BOAA and the entire village is his,” says Angie. 

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village and road

“When Benny moved to Bowmanville from Nova Scotia he offered to set it up each year at the BOAA for our members and guests to enjoy. He works days and days setting up the village.” 

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village buildings and people

Angie says some members bring their family and friends to see it. 

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village santa on roof

“It’s amazing to be in the office, listening to the folks enjoying the village. They look for the bank, the lawyer, the town hall … and of course the older adult centre.   

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village train and water tank

“The addition of the train a few years ago took some getting used to but we’ve grown to love its sound now too.”

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village carriage and horse

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village buildings and truck

Blog Photo - BOAA Christmas village at one end

As for me, I am one of those lingering as long as possible. I feel like a small child every time I stop to look. I always think they fit perfectly with the grand old family mansion that became the home of BOAA.Blog Photo - BOAA Historical Bldg

Blog Photo - BOAA Chrsitmas tree 2

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p.s. BOAA is holding a book-signing next Tuesday for Myrtle the Purple Turtle and me. I’m very much looking forward to it!