Last week’s edition of the Triangle News reported most of the activity on Christmas in Coronach Day on December 1..
This week, we will pick up where we left off, about 5 o’clock on Thursday!
After a full day of activities, that included letters, crafts, shopping, and eating out, the local restaurants filled up with residents anxious to fill up on the Christmas in Coronach specials.
Centre Street in Coronach was the next stop, with vehicles lining the whole street, in anticipation of the Santa Claus Parade.
This was not the first parade for the community of Coronach, but this was the first after-dark parade.
The Coronach RCMP cruiser led the way for 17 floats as they weaved their way through the snowy streets of Coronach.
Floats included: Hillcrest Enterprises, The Coronach Health Centre, Coronach School, R.M. of Hart Butte, C.R. Plumbing, Poplar River Pharmacy, May B Sew, Town of Coronach, Richardson-Pioneer, Coronach Skating Club, Coronach Co-op, Coronach Ambulance, CIBC, Coronach Fire Department, Coronach Agencies, and Santa Claus.
Each of the floats were decorated with lights and Christmas decorations, all sharing their style of Holiday Cheer! The style of choice for float riders most certainly included a heavy coat, touque and mittens and rosy red cheeks. . . some natural, some enhanced!
Cash prizes, sponsored by the Poplar River Mine, were awarded for Most Christmas Spirit to Hillcrest Enterprises for their nativity scene; Coronach School was awarded Most Effort for their work painting the characters on their float; Most Original was awarded to the Coronach Co-op and their Santa’s Workshop inspired float.
Many floats tossed candy to the people lining the streets. The snowy streets and mitten covered hands provided a bit of a challenge to those picking up candy from the street.
People on the street were thrilled with the parade, with the number and creativity shown by the organizations and businesses.
Jackie Marshall, Chamber of Commerce President, said, “The parade was fantastic. There were a lot of people that came out to see it, and that was great to see. I am so happy there were so many entries. It was nice to see. the amount of businesses and organizations that participated.”
Once Santa left the street, he hurried over to the Coronach Library where he greeted throngs of children and their families, anxious to share their wish list.
Brenda Obrigewitsch lent a hand helping organize the children, as Assistant Librarian, Giselle Wilson, snapped shots of Santa with his admirers. Library board member Cheryl Powell produced prints for the families to take home.
Wilson reported approximately 60 children in attendance with the evening stretching until 10 p.m.when they wrapped up their silent auction that had been going for the week.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsored two draws from the entries will be made from the Scavenger Hunt entries
For the “You’ve been caught shopping locally” campaign. the Chamber of Commerce, enlisted the help of Access Communications to place gift certificates on window around town.
Marshall reported that 18 people brought in the certificates and drew from a drum for a Sears gift card, a turkey or a ham.
Preschoolers Nathan Therens and Jordice Molsberry had their names drawn from entries in the colouring contest for a mini-mart gift certificate.
A Christmas trivia contest was available for K-12 classrooms at the Coronach School. One classroom was drawn, from those who participated, to win a pizza party.
Marshall, who owns the Poplar River Pharmacy was very happy with the day. “As a business owner, it was a very business day, there were lots of people in the mall, that was nice to see.”
Marshall chuckled as she recalled the comment of youngster Braton Doney. “This is one of the funnest days of my life” he said to her that day. “When you hear kids saying that, obviously something is being done right.” said Marshall.
“I think overall it was a success and we will continue to do it.” she concluded.