Christmas Spirit comes to Cornwall
All of the 12 days of Christmas might be in December, but Cornwall kicked the Christmas season off right with a weekend of charity and fun.
The weekend began this past Saturday with the Santa Claus Breakfast. Terry Muir was an organizer of the event and he was also a driving force behind the Santa Claus parade that took place later in the day.
Terry told me that this was the biggest year ever for the Santa Claus Breakfast. I was there, and I think he was right. From the time the event began at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, until the time it ended around 10:30, the salons at the Civic Complex were packed parents and their kids who enjoyed a delicious bacon, egg and sausage breakfast and waited in line to meet Santa.
So many people showed up that throughout the morning the line-up for Santa spanned twothirds of the room.
Historically high turnouts were a theme throughout the day. Later I was at the Santa Street Hockey tournament organized by Robin McIntosh and Jeff McCullough, who told me that this year, the sixth year for the tournament, had seen the most teams and players they ever had.
The Santa Street Hockey tournament is a great day and a great opportunity for kids who might not get a chance to play sports.
Also, you never know what will happen at events like these. This year’s Santa Street Hockey tournament saw another first when nuns from the local Salesien Sisters of St. John de Bosco beat Robin and Jeff in a game.
Even that night, at St. Lawrence Secondary School, the Santa Claus Parade saw a huge surge of participation. There were 57 floats and other entrants in this year’s parade and despite the chilly weather, residents lined the whole route along Second St. to see members of their community celebrate Christmas and of course, to see Santa too.
Santa actually had a busy weekend. He was in Cornwall on Saturday night, then on Sunday, he was in North Glengarry for the Maxville parade.
Weekends like this show that there is plenty to do in Cornwall and the Counties and that there is a large amount of community participation, but more importantly, it shows that there are those willing to give time and money to organize these great events for the community and also those in need.
Let’s not forget, that an important part of the Christmas season is giving, and there were events to support community causes happening this past weekend as well.
Welch LLP turned 100 this year, and to celebrate they held a gala at the Nav Centre. The gala also raised money for Cystic Fibrosis. Before the event even started they had raised $8,500 and when all was said and done they had collected more than $11,000 to help fight this disease.
Out in the Counties, Roy & Cher’s Animal Rescue held their sixth annual Night of Live Music for the Animals. Roy & Cher has worked hard to help animals in need and has taken the initiative in helping find a solution to Cornwall’s roaming cat problem.
If you want to do something truly in the Christmas spirit, then get involved in your community.