Annual Good Friday breakfast in works

With Good Friday coming up March 21, the local Kiwanis Club is busy planning its annual breakfast that morning.
And those who plan on attending had better get their tickets as soon as possible, warned Kiwanian Shanda DeGagne-Begin, who is chair of the organizing committee.
“It usually sells out,” she remarked. “I would recommend people get their tickets before too long. You don’t want to be left looking for a ticket.”
Tickets, which went on sale this week, are available at Drs. Lidkea, Elliott and Lidkea’s office, from several Kiwanians, or from DeGagne-Begin for $8 each (while the buffet breakfast actually is valued at $12, the club subsidizes a portion of it).
This year’s breakfast will start at 8 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Rev. Jill Warner of International Falls will be guest speaker, noted DeGagne-Begin, adding some people also may know Rev. Warner from Knox United Church, where she’s been an interim pastor.
“She’s apparently quite a wonderful speaker,” said DeGagne-Begin.
Meanwhile, the Borderland Choral Bells, led by Diane Maxey, will perform at the Good Friday breakfast.
“We’re very excited to hear them,” remarked DeGagne-Begin, adding the group is relatively new and some people may not have heard them before.
The event began here back in 1994 by Kiwanis past governor Ken Koprowski, and has grown to be extremely popular. Last April’s breakfast saw about 250 people come out.
It nearly always sells out.
< *c>No Easter cantata
In related news, Maxey will not be directing an Easter cantata this year.
“It’s been busy, with the bell choir and other things, and Easter is very early this year—that’s the main thing,” Maxey said.
“Easter came so early this year. Usually Easter is in mid- to late April, and now it’s not even the end of March,” she noted.
But those who regularly attend the popular cantata, which traditionally is held at St. Mary’s Church, need not worry. Maxey said she plans on directing a Christmas choir at the end of the year, and very likely an Easter cantata next spring.
“People shouldn’t give up on us. We’re still around,” she laughed.