‘Parade of Lights’ goes Friday More holiday fun set for Saturday

Scott Street will be the place to be tomorrow evening when the local Business Improvement Association’s annual “Parade of Lights” gets underway at 6 p.m., signalling the true start of the holiday season for downtown Fort Frances.
BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson said this morning the festive event is really coming together (even the forecast looks decent) and encourages everyone to show up for the parade.
“[The temperature] will be cool, but it will be fine. And the town has cleared the snow banks, so it will be safe,” she noted. “Thank goodness the town did that. It would be way more treacherous if they hadn’t.”
Anderson said she’s had 10 individuals and groups, plus some perennials like the Fort Frances Fire Department and OPP, confirm their participation so far in this year’s parade, but she’s expecting many more to show up at the Shevlin wood yard at 5 p.m. to line up.
The route will follow Scott Street from the Shevlin wood yard to Central Avenue.
Anderson also said she’d like to see more volunteers participate in tomorrow’s parade.
“They can dress up. We can get them costumes through Masquerade,” she noted. “We’re trying to get volunteers to wear them and walk along with the parade.
“The kids just love to see them,” she added.
Anyone wanting to put a float in this year’s parade, or volunteer their time, can contact Anderson at 275-9774.
Something new to the parade this year is that Canada Post will be collecting letters to Santa during it.
Children who want to write letters to Santa, and have Canada Post deliver them, should address them to: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0.
Every kid who sends a letter is assured a response, said Anderson.
As in past years, B•93 FM and the local Salvation Army will be leading the parade in order to collect non-perishable food items, toys, and money donations for the Christmas hamper program.
In related news, the BIA’s annual “Lunch with Santa” will be held this Saturday (Dec. 2) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Warp 9. Kids can get their photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a bite to eat, for $2.
Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras, but those who don’t can buy pictures of their child with Santa for $2 each.
There also will be a mailbox there from Canada Post for kids to mail their letters to Santa.
For those who can’t attend “Lunch with Santa,” Anderson said jolly St. Nick may be back in town on Saturday, Dec. 17 for a photo session at Howarth’s Home Centre.
Meanwhile, the festive spirit will be alive on Scott Street each and every weekend leading up to Christmas.
For instance, a free gift-wrapping service will be offered at the Fort Frances Museum on Dec. 2, 10, and 17.
As well, parents are welcome to drop their kids off there while they get some shopping done as volunteers will be showing Christmas movies and serving up popcorn.
And next Saturday (Dec. 10), the museum will be having Christmas crafts for kids.
As well, Diane Maxey and her Choraliers will be filling Scott Street with familiar Yuletide songs that day.
And to coincide with the holiday shopping season, daily draws for $100 in gift certificates are being held on B•93 FM starting today.
Participating businesses will have a poster in their windows, letting customers know they fill out ballots there each day to try and win the draw.
An ad on page A6 of yesterday’s Times lists these businesses.