KAWARTHA LAKES: The community came together this past Saturday, December 8th, Ken Reid Conservation Area to host the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid event – a free family event with fun, crafts, animals, wagon rides, entertainment and much, much more for people of all ages.
“We really wanted to create an event that offered something for everyone,” explained Kawartha Conservation Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands.
Christmas at Ken Reid ran from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a variety of activities including interactive Indigenous storytelling and drumming with Jake Charles of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and owner of First Nations Cultural Tours, guided, interpretive family hike through the Cedar Forest, live music from a number of local performers, interactive wildlife show featuring skunk, fox, opossum, ground hog and bobcat, kids indoor and outdoor crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, and more.
“The community has really embraced this event and it wouldn’t be possible without them or our local business community,” said Ms. Virgoe. “I would especially like to thank Van Halteren Music Centre, Boiling Over Coffee Vault, Fenelon Falls Tim Hortons, For The Birds Seed Company, the Lindsay Optimist Club, Pie Eyed Monk and the Days Inn and Suites, Lindsay for helping to create a wonderful event for our community.”
Throughout the day long celebration of community, nature, the outdoors and the holiday season, visitors joined in singing carols by the camp fire while other took part in a scavenger hunt along the Escarpment Loop, got up close to Canadian wildlife, enjoyed free coffee and hot chocolate, took photos with Santa, enjoy festive horse drawn wagon rides and made special keepsake crafts.
“Christmas at Ken Reid is about bringing people together and collectively supporting our community while enjoying a special occasion in a special place,” said Ms. Virgoe. “Staff and volunteers where on had to collect donations to deliver to the food source.”
Christmas at Ken Reid is possible thanks to the community who voted in supported of our Aviva Community Fund Small Ideas nomination.
“This event is the realization of a huge community effort and we are thankful to everyone for their ongoing support,” said Ms. Virgoe.
SCUGOG: The Durham chamber Orchestra will be presenting The Sounds of Christmas, on Sunday, December 16th, at 2:30 p.m., at the Townhall1873, with refreshments.
The orchestra welcomes charming Piano/Vocalist Irwin Smith, a long time entertainer at Town Hall 1873 and in our community. The orchestra also features trumpet soloist Andrea George and storyteller Dianne Chandler.
Join the orchestra and Emcee Jonathan van Bilsen, for an enchanting seasonal soirée, and enjoy the festive sounds of A Christmas Festival - A Holst Christmas - The Nutcracker – Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto - Holiday Sing Along with Irwin Smith.
Tickets are available for $25 each, at the Townhall1873.ca. You can also order you tickets by phone, by calling 905-985-8181.
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