Santa’s Maxville visit starts hol­i­day sea­son

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

It’s a pretty tough task try­ing to fig­ure out the ex­act mo­ment when the hol­i­day sea­son de­scends on the area. Is it at the first touch of snow? Is when the first Christ­mas carol plays over the ra­dio? Is it when the depart­ment stores stop sell­ing plas­tic jack-olanterns and start sell­ing tin­sel and coloured Christ­mas lights?

Here at The Glen­garry News, we think the an­swer may very well be that it’s when St. Nick makes his very first ap­pear­ance. Hav­ing said that, we can safely pro­claim that the Christ­mas spirit is of­fi­cially in Glen­garry, fol­low­ing last week­end’s Santa Claus Pa­rade in Maxville. The en­tire week­end, in fact, was packed as full of Christ­mas stuff as a child’s stock­ing.

Things started on Satur­day morn­ing when mem­bers of St. An­drew’s United Church in Dal­housie (also known as The Round Church) gath­ered for their an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar and soup lunch. We spoke with Ethel McKay, who op­er­ated the ad­mis­sion desk, and she let us know that there were seven dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of soup avail­able for the dis­crim­i­nat­ing diner. Ham­burger, chicken noo­dle, veg­etable, pea – there was a hot steam­ing bowl to match any­one’s mood.

And the church it­self was get­ting ready to have a holly jolly Christ­mas. Ev­ery­where you looked, there was an op­por­tu­nity to stock up on Christ­mas bak­ing, crafts, and cloth­ing. Many of the items were hand­made by mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion. We were told that pro­ceeds go to op­er­ate the church and to var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours, like look­ing af­ter the church’s fos­ter child.

Later that evening, the Friends of the King Ge­orge Park in Maxville tried some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent at their an­nual Christ­mas tree light­ing. Once again, the an­nual tra­di­tion was ac­com­pa­nied by a per­for­mance from the Glen­garry Girls Choir, but this year it was pre­ceded by a gin­ger­bread con­test. There were five en­tries al­to­gether as in­di­vid­u­als and groups as­sem­bled gin­ger­bread, candy, and other sweets into ed­i­ble win­ter won­der­lands.

Ash­ley King took first prize in the adult com­pe­ti­tion with a stun­ning farm scene that showed a barn, a pond, and sev­eral an­i­mals. Maxville Manor got the run­ner-up while the Glen­garry In­ter-Agency Group got an honourable mention. The Joly fam­ily won in the fam­ily cat­e­gory while the Ger­main fam­ily re­ceived the run­ner-up prize.

The next day, Heather Ben­der, or­ga­nizer of the an­nual Christ­mas craft fair at the Ap­ple Hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, hap­pily stated that she en­joyed the busiest year in the sale’s three­year his­tory.

That’s mostly be­cause the weather “co­op­er­ated” this year. In years one and two, it was plagued by snow­storms.

This year, about a dozen crafters and ven­dors set up, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from home­made cards to pho­tog­ra­phy ser­vices.

The sale also dou­bled as a fundraiser for the NGS Braves Atom C hockey team, in that any­one help­ing them­selves to free cof­fee could make a do­na­tion to the squad.

But of course, the spot­light be­longed to the Jolly Old Soul, him­self. There he sat, perched atop a fire truck at the rear end of Maxville’s Santa Claus Pa­rade on Sun­day evening. Weather-wise, it was a per­fect evening. There was snow. It was cold, but not too cold. Par­ents and their chil­dren lined the pa­rade route and ac­cepted candy canes and other sweet treats from the pa­rade’s par­tic­i­pants.

Later, the masses re­tired to the Maxville Sports Com­plex, where there were free hot dogs and hot choco­late and where Santa had some one-on-one time with the kids.

Don’t for­get that over the Dec. 1-2 week­end, Santa will be in pa­rades in Alexan­dria, Lan­caster, Moose Creek, and Mart­in­town.

Ho ho ho, in­deed.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

TWO CATHYS: Cathy Grant of Green Val­ley and Cathy Cooney of North Lan­caster found some Christ­mas bak­ing at the United Church’s Christ­mas Bazaar in Dal­housie on Satur­day morn­ing.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

JOLLY ST. NICK: Maxville’s Adam Mur­phy, 4, and sis­ter Mor­gan, 7, met Santa Claus at the Maxville Sports Com­plex fol­low­ing Sun­day evening’s Maxville Santa Claus Pa­rade.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

SAY CHEESE: Kim Abra­ham of the Ap­ple Hill-based Sim­ply Pho­tog­ra­phy takes a hol­i­day-themed snap­shot of lo­cal sib­lings, Emma and Henri De­coeur, 6 and 3, at the Ap­ple Hill Christ­mas Craft Sale on Sun­day.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

SWEET HOUSE: Amalie Landmesser, 4, of Maxville looks at one of the five gin­ger­bread houses that were built for a com­pe­ti­tion at the King Ed­ward Park in Maxville on Satur­day.

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