‘SnOasis’ to be held at Rainy Lake Square

Duane Hicks

Different location, same family fun.
After years of holding its winter carnival at the Lions Park and Fort Frances Public Library, the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum will be hosting “SnOasis 6: Your Winter Fix” at the new Rainy Lake Square in downtown Fort Frances.
The family fun day will take place there from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
“The Friends of the Museum are anxious to showcase the market square to the public and promote its endless possibilities,” president Robert Schulz told the Times last week.
“We want people to recognize it as a meeting place for certain events,” he added.
“We feel the square is a good fit for the carnival,” echoed museum curator Sherry George.
The site will provide plenty of room for children’s games, such as the “Frosty Toss,” bowling, an obstacle course, mini-golf, and scavenger hunt.
There also will be ample space for fire pits to cook bannock on a stick and warm their hands, and for a barbecue for volunteers to grill up “auger dogs” (spiral-cut hotdogs).
The back alley immediately behind the square also will be blocked off to traffic and parking for the duration of the event to provide more room for activities, like the “Mr. Dressup Relay” which involves wagons.
“We’re hoping this venue works out,” said Schulz, noting organizers are keeping their fingers crossed that there’s still ample snow on the ground come March 3.
Meanwhile, the museum will be open for families to go warm up, use the newly-renovated, fully-accessible public washroom, and enjoy cookies/hot chocolate and face-painting.
Schulz said despite the move to a new location, the Friends of the Library will be helping the Friends of the Museum with the event again this year, mainly by serving up hot chocolate and cookies.
A ceramic campfire mug will be introduced at “SnOasis 6” as a new fundraiser for the Friends of the Museum.
Tying into the 40th anniversary of the museum, the eye-catching mug reads, “Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, Est. 1978.”
They’ll be sold for a one-time price of $15 at “SnOasis 6.”
After this introductory offer, they’ll cost $20 each.
The group already has ordered them and is anticipating their arrival prior to March 3.
But if they do not arrive on time, the group will honour the special price for anyone who signs up to purchase one.
“Rainy River Valley Beginnings,” the book by local historian Merv Ahrens featuring the pioneer photography of William Hampden Tener, also will be sold for $25 each.
Town council has given the group permission to use the site, as well as to close the back alley immediately behind the Rainy Lake Square until 2:30 p.m. that day.
The back alley will reopen for Legion parking needs around that time.