By Sue Tiffin
Oftentimes after the respectful marking of Remembrance Day, Canadians begin preparing and celebrating the festive season, which will lead us all into the new year.
Those who have been organizing and hosting events, volunteering to help or just coming out for a good time to the offerings of the community will note that days have not been much slower since the summer, but with just weeks left until the end of the decade, why stop now?
Lights and Delights welcomes the town to celebrate
the season along the main street on Nov. 15, and Ladies Night at
Minden’s Home Hardware offers a chance for togetherness indoors on Nov.
Rest before the November weekend full of cheer that starts with the Festival of Trees on Nov. 22 (running until Sunday, when prize winners are announced) and brings the Santa Claus Parade, the Minden Legion’s Holiday Bazaar and Carolling at the Pioneer Church on Nov. 23 and the Christmas Artisan Market on Nov. 24. Stop in at the Minden library that weekend for the mega book sale.
Also at the Minden branch of the Haliburton County Public Library, a wide variety of unique happenings that will fill your calendar and give you a break from shopping, cooking or wrapping: Tech Time (an opportunity to better learn how to use technology through patient guidance) on Nov. 15; a mini-makers workshop for kids on Nov. 20; a drop-in evening craft for teens and adults on Nov. 20 and 21; and drop-in altered art craft for adults on Nov. 30; a giant Candyland board game until Nov. 23; and Festive Family story time and craft on Nov. 29.
Drop in to learn about your ancestors with the Haliburton Highlands Genealogy Group on November 26, or for a ukelele jam session on Nov. 28.
looking for live music, Nicholas Russell performs at Rhubarb on
Thursdays, and Paul Mills and David Bradstreet are at the home of Don
and Marie Gage on Nov. 17. At the Dominion Hotel, Trina West performs
Nov. 16, Chris Smith on Nov. 23 and Gary and the Rough Ideas on Nov. 30.
Stop by the Agnes Jamieson Gallery or sign up for an art class with Carole Finn at the Finn Artists’ Centre, happening Nov. 27. Minden Ladies Night on Nov. 28 is a fun chance to get friends together for shopping and refreshments.
season brings with it joy for many, as well as additional stress for
those struggling. Make time for clothing drives, the Highlands Christmas
Shindig (in Haliburton, but helping to benefit our friends and
neighbours), and church and service club events as well as opportunities
to volunteer making food baskets or organizing at the Food Bank.
These events and more are advertised throughout this paper, and online at haliburtonlibrary.ca,
mindenhills.ca or myhaliburtonhighlands.com.