The Town of Rosthern, Rosthern & District Chamber of Commerce, and Station Arts Centre Co-operative joined together to bring an evening of festivities to the town. Several businesses in town kept their doors open late for the Annual Tree Lighting and Late-Night Shopping. Shoppers could avail themselves of special offers and an extra couple of hours to begin, continue, or even complete their shopping and just enjoy the ambience. Good Neighbours Food Centre hosted an indoor market with ten different vendors offering a wide variety of products. The revenue from the rental of table space is another way they add to their fundraising total.
Free donuts were given out by the Rosthern North Stars courtesy of Friesen’s Bigway, Good Neighbours Food Centre in partnership with the Rosthern branch of Affinity Credit Union provided free hot chocolate, and a roaring fire warmed the people gathered to listen to the carolling that was provided by local singers and await the lighting of the tree. The seasonal event was one of community building and saw approximately 300 people, young and old, take to the downtown street with even jolly old Santa Claus stopping by to sprinkle a bit of holiday magic in the air. Santa will be back in Rosthern on Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm at the Good Neighbours Food Centre. The Rosthern Lions are partnering with GNFC to provide chilli lunch with all proceeds going to GNFC. Lunch that day includes a bowl of chilli, a bun, and a choice of coffee, water, or juice. Lunch will be available starting at 11 am.
The Town of Rosthern took to Facebook the next morning to thank the local businesses along with the community organizations who collaborated to make the event possible, while also taking time to publicly thank the Public Works staff for the work they did installing the lights and getting everything in order for the event to proceed. Many times, the behind-the-scenes work can so easily be overlooked, but it is that behind-the-scenes work which contributes to the most seamless delivery. Many happy faces were a testament to the enjoyment of the fruits of their hard work.
Sunday, December 10th, at 4:00 pm, is Santa’s big appearance in Wakaw. Before he arrives though the Wakaw Lions Club have coordinated with Santa to have several activities available for the youngsters and the young at heart. Activities start at 1:00 pm with bingo for adults at the Rec Centre and several activities including a bouncy castle for the kids in the curling rink. Be sure not to miss it.
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder