Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Country Christmas Remembered ... the Scoop

Your Passport is your ticket to all events* and unlimited Horse Drawn Wagon rides for a full weekend of fun (*Turkey Dinner excepted)
A Country Christmas Remembered − December 6 to 8, 2013

The heritage village of Spencerville invites you back for the 9th annual family festival A Country Christmas Remembered, December 6 to 8.
Travel back in time ~ Favourite activities include the Starlight Parade, Breakfast with Santa, the Children’s Shopping Emporium and Santa's Workshop with its model railway display, crafts and face painting. A Horse Drawn Wagon to get you around. The Christmas Country Market is better than ever and fireworks are back following the Friday night parade. Family Weekend Passport $15; single $5. For details, visit www.acountrychristmas.ca
"Living History" is embraced in Spencerville during A Country Christmas Remembered festivities. As a small community, folks come together to reflect on the values of the past and appreciate the coming together in the present. In the 1930's folks depended on one another to survive the harsh winter months. People had to help on another especially when times were tough. This special event takes people back to simpler times.
I talked with Sandra Ketchum from the committee who told me about the importance of this special event! Without the economic base, small villages have difficulty surviving. This event encourages and helps keep the community together with a great volunteer base, community contributions; and creates excitement of a great achievement as A Country Christmas Remembered as it runs strong into this 9th year.
The committee encourages the young kids and teens to take part by contributing with volunteering. There is a lot they can contribute, from assisting decorating, to social media (like Skype, Facebook, tweeting) and much more. By volunteering kids today can gain insight about festivals and events, learn about the importance of volunteering, learn to work as a team, gain experience; add to their high school volunteer community hours and add to their live experiences. They don’t necessarily have to just “help”; Sandra tells me they can take their ideas and make them happen as a team.
A community such as Spencerville has many business support from such folks at the Hands Fireworks down the way in Prescott ~ Canada's original fireworks company. We are Canada's oldest manufacturer of family and display fireworks, with a legacy dating back to 1873. This will be their 3rd year in a row donating the fireworks for this special event! The Hubbard & Co. is a highly skilled team of construction and restoration specialists serving clients throughout eastern Ontario since 1981. They provide the space and ambiance in the upstairs building to host the volunteer appreciation night.
As a key component to successful event, Sandra Ketchum tells me they provide a Volunteer Appreciation Evening to just prior to the event taking place. They show a slide presentation letting the volunteers see a glimpse of all the activities taking place and what to expect. The volunteers are also provided with free passports, which encourage everyone to attend and participate.  A Country Christmas Remembered knows the importance of volunteers and the true contribution from all community supports. Whether sponsors, in-kind donations or the volunteers and committee members themselves.
Looking back to the 1930’s A Country Christmas Remembered festivities offers country food and a community sense of fun and time to reflect on the values of days gone by. This Christmas celebration is not commercial and offers all kinds of old fashioned values.
Your Passport is your ticket to all events* and unlimited Horse Drawn Wagon rides for a full weekend of fun (*Turkey Dinner excepted)
Family Passport $15
2 adults and 3 children under 16
Single Passport $5
A Country Christmas Remembered − December 6 to 8, 2013
Check out their website for all the fun details, times and activities.
Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays! Happy Season!