The countdown is on until Christmas. There are just 25 days until the big day is here. I love the holidays; everyone is out putting up their decorations, the children are making their Christmas lists and every community is hosting events that are so much fun to attend. And Richmond and the surrounding areas have a wonderful variety of events planned. On November 30th, Richmond Academy will be hosting their first Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Variety show from 6 to 9pm at Richmond Academy. On December 2nd, St. Peter’s will be hosting the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree, located next to Foodland Grocery, at 6pm with Santa present to give out candy canes to all the children. Following the tree lighting there will be live entertainment and refreshments at the St. Peter’s Fire Hall. Also on the 2nd, there will be a Family Square Dance held at the United Church Hall in St. Peter’s from 7 to 9pm with Music by Donna Marie DeWolfe and Al Martin, so dust of your dancing shoes and come and enjoy the music. A Relay for Life fundraiser will be held at the MacBouch Beverage Room and Restaurant in St. Peter’s on December 3rd, from 1-4pm. The event will have an auction with Christmas items, baked goods and a 50/50 ticket draw and great music from local entertainers. Also on December 3rd, the Noel Isle Madame Community Christmas will take place at LeNoir Landing in Arichat from 2:30pm until 6pm. And there will be a Christmas Bazaar and Tea held at the Strait Area Evergreen Senior Club in Port Hawkesbury from 1-4pm. On December 4th, a Christmas Bingo will be held at the Riverdale Community Centre in Lower River starting at 2pm. Also on the 4th, there will be Community Breakfast held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 in Arichat from 8am until 11am. There will also be Merchandise Bingo held at the Fourchu Hall starting at 2pm. And make sure to take in the Children’s Christmas Concert at the Lakeside Community Centre in Sampsonville on the 4th ;what a perfect event to gets us into the holiday spirit. The concert will start at 2pm.
With the Christmas season quickly approaching, we are always trying to find something different to give as gifts or send out to the people we care about during the holidays. I always look forward to going to the mail box and finding Christmas Cards from family and friends, it is such a heartwarming traditional way of keeping in touch with the people you care about over the holidays. If you are looking for a card that will also remind your friends of home, the St. Peter’s Community Club may have just the answer for you. The winning photos from the Community Clubs Photo Contest have been chosen and are now available as delightful winterscape cards. The Cards are $6 for a pack of six cards (one from each photographer) and 6 envelopes. This is a fundraising effort with all the proceeds donated to the Nicolas Denys Museum, in St. Peter’s. The cards are available at Jeantie's Mini-Mart, Shamrock Store, C & M Video, Home Hardware in St. Peter's, Fleur de Lis Store (Rockdale), the East Coast Credit Unions in Richmond County and St. Josephs Credit Union.
To help lessen the stress of Christmas shopping, Richmond County has some great shopping locations that will make picking that special gift item a lot easier. Glad Tidings the Christmas Shoppe in St. Peter’s, is always a must when doing your Christmas shopping. Lynn’s Flowers and Gifts, Mac’s Celtic Shop and Lawton’s Drug Store, also have a beautiful variety of Christmas gift ideas to suit your shopping needs. And don’t forget Forget Me Nots Gift Shop located in St. Georges Channel, where you can find 90% locally made gift items, just perfect for Christmas giving. In Petit de Grat, La Picasse gift boutique has some excellent gift ideas for the Christmas season. Well I hope, this will help with your Christmas shopping, until next week have fun as you prepare for the holidays.