Snow or no snow, SnOasis presses on

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

It’s been an odd winter, weatherwise. Last week when the Times spoke to a member of the Friends of the Museum there was no snow at all, yesterday we had a snowstorm and yet the snow may have all melted by Saturday when SnOasis 11 takes place in Fort Frances but the event will press on, no matter what.

“We’re pretty confident we can adapt all of our activities to manage them with or without snow,” said Friend of the Museum Caren Fagerdahl. “This is our 11th year and it’s really just a fun day for families. Most of the snow activities are directed at younger children but there are things for all ages.”

The Fort Frances Museum and Friends of the Museum have teamed up with other organizations including the Waking up Ojibwe team, the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre (FFPLTC), Friends of the Library, Fort Frances Kiwanis Club, Northwestern Ontario Métis Child and Family Services, Rainy River District Emergency Services and Sunset Country Métis Council as well as the Town of Fort Frances to combine for a full day of winter oriented fun this Saturday, March 2.

The day kicks off with STEM Saturday at the FFPLTC from 10:30-noon with an activity called Indoor Ice Fishing.

Running from noon to 2 p.m. there will be activities at the Rainy Lake Square and the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre on Scott St. The 200 Block of Scott St. will be closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Outside at Rainy Lake Square, options include making bannock on a stick, getting a barbecued hotdog, making cedar tea and playing Anishinaabemowin language games. There will also be other outdoor games and activities including frosty toss, glacier golf, ice bowling, a treasure hunt, an obstacle course, bubbles and more. A variety of emergency vehicles will also be on hand for families to take photos and ask questions.

Inside the museum there will be face painting, hot chocolate and cookies as well as Métis jigging and games.

Then from 3-5 p.m. there will be a free family skate at ‘52 Canadians Arena. Helmets and waivers are required for skating.

Fagerdahl says events like SnOasis don’t happen without the help of volunteers and the Friends of the Museum are always looking for new members.

“We all work together, it’s a tremendous group,” Fagerdahl said. “We do, of course, have people who take the role of leadership in different activities that we do. The leadership of this has been Sam (Manty of the Fort Frances Museum) and Nichole Lowey. It’s a tremendous group to be a part of because everybody works so willingly.”