This year's Snow and Soup Party was held on January 7 at Hanzo and Ineke's new house in Newcastle. There was plenty of soup, but snow was noticeably absent.
The Snow and Soup started out as a modest gathering 30 years ago. Hanzo and Ineke invited Nellie and Aart van der Meer and their three young children to come over to their house in Unionville for a day of cross-country skiing followed by some Dutch pea soup (the infamous ertensoep, also known as snert). The next year Hanzo and Ineke many of their friends and attendance started to grow. It has been a great party year after year even though the snow has let us down sometimes and the skiing changed into walking.
We explored the walking trails around Hanzo and Ineke's new house and worked up an appetite.
Of course the big stars of the event were the newest OMDA members: Taya and Wyatt Beaumont
A great chance to play "Rent a Grandkid"
Some come for the soup, while others are more interested in the deserts!
It's never too early to start instilling a sense of loyalty in your crew. The really keen skipper goes straight to the source: the maternity ward!
The Mirror Mafia held a reunion over the Christmas holidays.
Thanks to Heather Pugh, Paulette Tae, John McCulloch and Stephen Steel for the photos. And of course, many thanks to Hanzo and Ineke van Beusekom for hosting the event at their new home.
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