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The Barn Celebrates Sherry Snider

A delicious buffet was provided by staff and pot luck contributors

by Bill Monahan

On Sunday, March 25th, The Barn Co-op in Meaford held a special open mic to celebrate the spirit of Sherry Snider, who passed away suddenly last week in the prime of her life.  This was in addition to the popular open mic that runs every Sunday at The Barn from noon to two.  Organized by Jim and Mary Lang, this additional gathering allowed musicians and friends to remember Sherry, who was always present at every musical gathering at the Barn.  In addition to the live music a free buffet was offered upstairs, prepared by staff with contributions from those who attended.

It is always sad when a valued member of the community passes, but it was difficult to remain sad for long on this occasion because sharing the stage with every performer was a large photo portrait of Sherry, her characteristic joy beaming with an ear to ear grin that was familiar to everyone who knew her.  There were some in attendance who hadn’t known her by name but they recognized her face as the woman who was always positive and encouraging.  Those who did know her knew well what a special person she was.

Clark Little recites “High Flight”

Clark Little began the proceedings with an emotional recital of “High Flight” by John Magee.  The familiar poem begins with the lines “Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,” and concludes with “I’ve trod the high unsurpassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

The “laughter-silvered wings” seemed particularly appropriate in relation to Sherry whose sense of humour was always paramount.

Remembering Sherry Snider

This Sunday at The Barn Co-op a special musical tribute has been organized to honour of the memory of Sherry Snider an active and highly valued member of the coop who very suddenly passed away this past week.

Jim and Mary Lang have set up a special open mic at The Barn running from 3 pm to 6 pm, following the regular open mic which, hosted by Kailey Hawkins, runs from noon to two.  This second open mic will be specifically to remember Sherry, who was a consistent attendee at The Barn’s open mics and always brightened the room with her enthusiasm and ear-to-ear smiles.

A founding member of the co-op, Sherry, a retired nurse, was also a central part of M.E.N.D, a unique health collective that teaches the use and benefits of medicinal cannabis.  A recent interview with Sherry by director Kim Saltarski for an upcoming documentary called M.E.N.D. with Dignity captures Sherry’s generous spirit. See https://vimeo.com/260707497

The open mic, in this instance, will include a pot luck dinner.  They are asking you to bring your music, stories and food contributions to help make it a special afternoon that Sherry would appreciate.

For more information contact Jim Lang at 519.270.4380.