‘Spirit of Christmas’ to have bear theme

Organizers are gearing up for the 11th-annual “Spirit of Christmas,” which will take place Sunday, Nov. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
“Things are starting to come in,” said Linda Hamilton, who sits on the organizing committee.
“Things are looking good. We just need cooler weather and a little snow. Who’s thinking about Christmas?” she laughed.
As in past years, the “Spirit of Christmas” will feature both live and silent auctions for crafts and handmade items donated by local residents.
This year’s theme is a “Beary Merry Christmas,” said Hamilton, noting that at least some of the items donated will reflect this, including plush teddy bears and a bear handmade with fur by Linda Clinker, who Hamilton said is getting out of crafting bears and so this may be the last one she makes for the public.
Other items donated so far range from a wooden rocking horse, artwork, knitting, and baking to Christmas items and even housecleaning service.
As in past years, all funds raised will be divided between the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Fort Frances Community Chest, which raises money to help local families facing medical bills.
Hamilton noted both charities are very worthy causes, with the latter seeming to get more use each year as more people become aware of it.
Last year’s “Spirit of Christmas” raised about $16,000.
A quilt, donated by the Cabin Country Quilt Guild (formerly the Sew ’n Sews Club), also will be raffled off that evening. As well, those attending can enter their names for door prizes or the Chinese auction.
Typically, the event features 250-300 handcrafted items, noted Hamilton, with 300-350 people coming out to take part in the festivities.
“Once again, we’re conflicting the Grey Cup. But it’s a good chance for a few people to get away from that too!” laughed Hamilton.
Admission is $2.
Donations can be dropped off at Tichborne’s real estate office (576 Scott St.)
Hamilton said she hopes all donations will be in by Friday, Nov. 25, but noted they will continue to accept items up until the day of the event.