Santa’s Maxville visit starts holiday season
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.